Category Archives: homesteading

Success

Finally. I finally cracked the code on how to make thick, healthy yogurt at home. It happened on Wednesday. I’ve watched videos on YouTube, read multiple blog posts, talked with Nicole our neighbor who knows how to make it.  Had … Continue reading

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Sun Dog

Sun Dog 1-24-19 (Took that at sun set last night). ++++++++++++++++++++++ I love winter. ( I really do). It gives me a chance to do things I normally don’t have time to do when I’m building houses. +++++++++++++++++ Writing 80% … Continue reading

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Artisan bread making for a beginner

The smell of onion flakes, sour dough, caraway, black poppy and sesame seed is in the air….the darn stuff smells so good. I am on a bread making kick (again). For years my go-to recipe was a rye bread recipe … Continue reading

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Snapshot

Already there is the hint of Fall in the air. The Ginger-golds (my personal favorite) are picked and in the cooler.  The Cortland’s will be ready to pick this week. Already the earliest ones have started to drop.  The Japanese … Continue reading

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Canned Goods

Just fired up the dehydrator. The smell of garlic and tomato is still on my hands. Got me in the mood for a little Greg Brown…. Do you have any memories of helping someone in the kitchen growing up…even if … Continue reading

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Ten things to keep in mind when starting a small orchard in Iowa

I met with a young man this afternoon who wants to plant 100 apple trees on his acreage.  I invited him to our property  this afternoon to go over some basics. I knew I could pass onto him in 30 … Continue reading

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Spring Potato Harvest

Last year it happened by accident. This year I did it on purpose. I left some of our potato crop in the ground over the winter under heavy mulch. Some of the potatoes  turned to mush and some of them … Continue reading

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