Tag: canning

Week in Pictures

Two of our four girls thinking I can’t see them as they nap behind the lavender and pineapple sage. I suppose it’s a good thing they don’t like to be snuggled as I’d be taking them with me everywhere if they were the cuddly kind. This year’s canning, much more disciplined than in years past but enough that it required…

Week in Pictures

From the 99% zone, we got a kick out of the eclipse. Nothing like folks an hour or so south of us where hundreds of thousands gathered, but we did see the sky go into sudden dusk mode, street and store lights turn on, shadows go from clear to fuzzy (I didn’t notice any ‘snake shadows’ but I didn’t know…

Week in Pictures

Just before the jackasses in pickup trucks showed up to terrorize the beaches. I fucking hate how there are still places they allow people to drive right on the sand – it’s dangerous and disrespectful, both environmentally and to people trying to have a quiet day at the beach away from all that kind of thing. Ugh. But it was…

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It’s like watching paint dry waiting for tomatoes to get red. Our tomatoes I will say have definitely made up for lost time, I mean it isn’t even the end of July yet and after such a late start with the rainy spring, to have the first few glimpses of orange-turning-to-red, I’m pretty stoked. Crossing fingers that blossom end rot…

Eco-licious

My girl looking up at me as she lays at the end of our bed on the floor.  Whenever I’m feeling crappy she does this, it’s so sweet. This week has been gorgeous weather – high 70’s, low 80s, perfect for the garden. I personally prefer low 70’s but as long as the house stays cool I’m happy. This year…

Week in Pictures

Absolutely no regrets choosing general over local anesthesia for the vitrectomy. I may gasp at the bill, but the horror of knowing THIS is what they did is plenty for me. Headed to the doctor again for another checkup this morning to see what he thinks of my progress, but I can say I’m optimistic as the “horizon” (where the…

95 Homesteading Skills – the 2017 edition

Last year I posted this Homesteading Skills list as a way to audit our capabilities as urban homesteaders as well asĀ  and we’ve accomplished a bunch more of them. From getting through our first year as new beekeepers, to making our first batch of farmer cheese, to learning to cut up a pig and cure the meat for bacon, etc.,…

Week in Pictures

Again, food was center stage as fall’s arrival has kicked things into even higher gear when it comes to preservation and final harvest. Clockwise from top left: 1)Today’s garden harvest is smaller, and I’m starting to pull off any tomato that’s gotten to yellow/orange to bring them in to turn red (our tomato plants have been severely pruned to stop…

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Ahh, one of the reasons I adore September – harvesting from our garden! Sweet bell peppers for roasting and marinating; serranos, habanero & scotch bonnet chili peppers for hot sauce; fresh oregano for drying; and loads of San Marzano and Amish Paste tomatoes to combine with garlic (harvested earlier this summer), bay leaf, onions, salt and pepper, and olive oil…

Week in Pictures

My honey’s birthday on Sunday was all about celebrating love…and GREAT food! With his growing interest in learning the art of charcuterie, I gave him a mini-library of great books (presenting one each day up until his birthday) that give four perspectives of beautifully, respectfully, sustainably and deliciously honoring everything Pig. And for the piece de resistance? A French canvas…