• Homestead Log

    Weekly Homestead Log—6/24/18

    Here is our weekly homestead log of time spent and rewards gained on the One Hour Homestead: Routine Animal Chores Morning chores–10 minutes x 7 = 1:10 Evening chores–5 minutes x 7 = :35 Milking–15 x 7 = 1:45 Gardening Planted beets, green onion, lettuce seeds = :20 Weeding and mulching = 1:30 Harvesting asparagus, greens, snow peas, and lettuce = 1:30 Replanted melons, squash and cucumber transplants (sigh) = :20 Total Week’s Time 7:10 Results 1 dozen duck eggs 5 1/2 dozen chicken eggs Milk — 5 quarts (made a 2lb farmhouse cheddar) Two gallons of lettuce A quart of snow peas 1/2 lb of asparagus…last of the season

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    Homestead Log

    Weekly Homestead Log–6/17/18

    Here is our weekly homestead log of time spent and rewards gained on the One Hour Homestead: Routine Animal Chores Morning chores–10 minutes x 7 = 1:10 Evening chores–5 minutes x 7 = :35 Milking–15 x 6 = 1:30 Gardening Planted more green bean seeds = :20 Weeding = 1:15 Harvesting asparagus, greens, snow peas, and lettuce = :40 More mulching around potatoes and some paths = :30 Total Week’s Time 6:00 Results 1 dozen duck eggs 5 1/2 dozen chicken eggs Milk — 4 quarts Two gallons of lettuce One gallon of braising/stir fry greens A quart of snow peas, and a handful of sugar snap peas 1 lb of asparagus

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    Recipes

    Asparagus and Goat Cheese Pasta

    With mixed feelings, I made the best of this quiet evening home alone.  It is still a rarity; one kid at camp, one kid at work, and the husband also is working.  A little solitude was a great way to enjoy a beautiful summer evening, puttering around and enjoying the sights and sounds of my lovely little farm.  On the other hand…no hustle and bustle, no noisy playful banter, no companionship.  Sigh.  Sniff.  The kids are growing up and so much less dependent on mom. But!  I can eat whatever I want for dinner.  And no one will complain, or push their plate away only to replace it with a…

  • Garden

    Grow and Eat Garden Beets

    I will admit that there are a few vegetables that, grown in the garden, do not taste significantly different/better than their grocery store relatives–onions, I suppose, and maybe cauliflower.  But most, fresh from the garden…there is just no comparison.  Take freshly harvested garden beets.  If you don’t grow them for their beauty alone, you should absolutely grow them for their fresh, earthy yet sweet flavors. Beet Varieties There are so many varieties of beets, it can be difficult to choose!  Many heirloom varieties are available; options include color of the beet (red, yellow, orange, white and even striped), shape of the beet (round or cylindrical), and leaf/stalk color (greens and…

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    Homestead Log

    Weekly Homestead Log–6/10/18

    Here is our weekly homestead log of time spent and rewards gained on the One Hour Homestead: Routine Animal Chores Morning chores–10 minutes x 7 = 1:10 Evening chores–5 minutes x 7 = :35 Milking–15 x 7 = 1:45 Gardening Planted even more seeds for sweet corn = :15 Transplanted a few replacement tomatoes, cucumbers, summer squash, and melons = :30 Weeding = 1:00 Harvesting asparagus, greens, snow peas, beets and lettuce = :40 Mulch around potatoes and some paths = :15 Total Week’s Time 6:10 Results 1 dozen duck eggs 5 1/2 dozen chicken eggs Milk — 5 quarts (4 quarts made into chevre) One gallon of lettuce One gallon of braising/stir fry greens A quart…

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    Homestead Log

    Weekly Homestead Log–6/3/18

    Here is our weekly homestead log of time spent and rewards gained on the One Hour Homestead: Routine Animal Chores Morning chores–10 minutes x 7 = 1:10 Evening chores–5 minutes x 7 = :35 Milking–15 x 7 = 1:45 Gardening Planted more seeds for sweet corn (first batch did not come up), bush beans and dried beans = :30 Planted another 5 lb of seed potatoes = :20 Transplanted more peppers,  tomatoes, plus tomatillos, basil, cucumbers, winter and summer squash, melons = 1:00 Weeding = 1:15 Harvesting asparagus, greens, snow peas and lettuce = :40 Hill potatoes = :20 Total Week’s Time 7:35 Results 1 dozen duck eggs 6 dozen…

  • Garden

    Garden Lettuce

    This is it! No more grocery store lettuce…is my pledge. This right here is my first lettuce harvest of 2018, but the beginning of a quest to grow and pick lettuce year-round. With so many different ways to grow lettuce, even in cold northern climates, such as our zone 6b area, year-round homegrown garden lettuce is a distinct possibility. Lettuce in the Garden This is where my lettuce is growing now. I started seeds in March and April and transplanted then to the garden in early May. This year, my lettuce seedlings were placed (along with most other crops) in holes in landscape fabric laid over garden rows. This technique…

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    Homestead Log

    Weekly Homestead Log–5/20/18

    Here is our weekly homestead log of time spent and rewards gained on the One Hour Homestead: Routine Animal Chores Morning chores–10 minutes x 7 = 1:10 Evening chores–5 minutes x 7 = :35 Milking–15 x 7 = 1:45 Marmalade and I are back in the milking routine.  I milk each morning, using a machine.  The milking only takes about 5 minutes, but putting the milk away and cleaning the machine take about 10 minutes. Gardening Planted seeds for sweet corn (early and mid-season varieties), bush beans, and pole beans = :50 Transplanted peppers, some of the tomatoes, and eight sweet potato slips = 1:00 Weeding = :30 Finish setting…

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    Recipes

    Asparagus and Spinach Frittata Recipe

    This was a perfect spring day! I took a vacation day from work. A friend from out-of-town came over for lunch and a visit. The weather was glorious…75 degrees and sunny. I picked flowers, played with goats, and gardened. There was asparagus frittata. I make this frittata once each year during asparagus season.  Frittatas are so versatile and simple, as well as delicious and healthy.  They can be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner; may be eaten hot, cold or room temperature; and can be modified for almost any fresh vegetables and cheese that you have available. This recipe is modified from Giada’s Frittata with Asparagus, Tomato, and Fontina using ingredients…

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    Homestead Log

    Weekly Homestead Log–5/13/18

    Here is our weekly homestead log of time spent and rewards gained on the One Hour Homestead: Routine Animal Chores Morning chores–10 minutes x 7 = 1:10 Evening chores–5 minutes x 7 = :35 Milking–15 x 4 = 1:00 Our doe is still producing colostrum for her new kid.  But, since she only had one baby, she needs to be milked out a bit.  Some of the colostrum went into the freezer (in case any future kids need it in an emergency) but most was enjoyed by the cats and chickens. Gardening Water seedlings and transplants–:30 Start flat of melons, squash and cucumbers–:20 Other Projects Goat birth and cuddling baby…