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    Kindling {Homestead Haiku}

    by  • December 7, 2014 • 1 Comment

    There are so many big plans in the works that I’m finding it hard to write here. Instead, I’m spending a lot of time at the chopping block. Making kindling is my winter weeding, a meditative, productive exercise. Do you know the joy of splitting kindling?

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    Mushroom Gravy {Video Recipe}

    by  • November 25, 2014 • 0 Comments

    This one time, on my birthday, at 8 in the morning, I made my mushroom gravy recipe in front of a video camera with Adrienne from XOXO Cooks. Here’s the result, featuring a cameo by Nightshade the cat: Gravy is serious business this time of year, though we make gravy year round. My method is...

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    Scenes from Pre-Thanksgiving

    by  • November 23, 2014 • 0 Comments

    finished rolls

        1. live turkey from a local farmer, the only way I could source a heritage breed a week before the normal turkey day 2. brining the turkey 3. jiggly gelatinous turkey foot stock 4. rolling homemade yeast rolls 5. Lil calculating dough ball weight 6. baked rolls 7. knife sharpening observed by...

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    Announcing the little farms

    by  • November 14, 2014 • 7 Comments

    the little farms perennial berries

    I’ve long been inspired by the permaculture movement. It just makes sense to invest time in longer-growing, diverse groups of plants because work in the present can benefit for years to come. When I read Mark Shepard’s Restoration Agriculture, I began to see perennial design as a potential humanity-saving system of agriculture and potential...

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    Care & Feeding of Sourdough Culture

    by  • October 28, 2014 • 0 Comments

    sourdough bubbles

    Winter is a great time to add a new pet to the family. No, this isn’t another post about Annabel. And I’m not referring to the bee checking out this jar either. I’m talking a pet of the culinary variety – sourdough. Sourdough is a grain-based, aerobic, yeast and bacteria culture. The most vibrant...

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    A New Woodshed

    by  • October 14, 2014 • 0 Comments

    simple woodshed with pallet sides

    After hobbling through one winter with a tarp-covered pile of not-quite-aged-enough wood, we’re doing it right this year. In a couple afternoons, Alex built a small woodshed. We’re filling it with logs that were taken down over a year ago on the left and standing-dead ash on the right. Alex designed the woodshed as...

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    A First Visit to Cedar Point

    by  • September 27, 2014 • 2 Comments

    cedar point ohio entrance

    Lil’s summer was full of firsts this year – she learned to ride a bike without training wheels, endured a bee sting, and went to Ohio’s famous amusement park Cedar Point for the first time. Tall Lil was fortunate enough to meet the height requirement for all rides at Cedar Point and lines were...

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    Meet Annabel

    by  • September 14, 2014 • 6 Comments

    puppy annabel

    Since Devie the coonhound died in December we’ve been missing a big dog. Our spring and summer were so busy with the kitchen, guests, travel, and farming that we knew we had to wait so that we’d have the time to devote to training a new dog. We said that after Labor Day weekend,...

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    If Canning Jars Leaked But Sealed, Are They OK?

    by  • September 5, 2014 • 0 Comments

    canning jars with uneven headspace

    When I’m asked the same question by three different people in three days, I know it must be a hot topic worthy of discussion. Here’s the scenario: You’ve made stock, applesauce, or peaches in syrup. You carefully ladle it into hot jars with the recommended headspace and dutifully can the recommended length of time...

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