Wednesday, 28 January 2015

making the most of your wood stove

Making the most of a wood burning stove is fun. I know because I use one almost every day, at least 6 months of the year.

I also know that as comforting as watching the fire can be, learning new ways to use the heat other than warming my house can be satisfying, too.

I like making use of this ‘free' heat source. Even though it is not a traditional cook stove, if mine isn't multi-tasking, it isn't working as efficiently as it could.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

homemade simmering potpourri

If you want your house to smell like you've been cooking something delicious but you don't have time to actually bake, just whip up this simple homemade simmering potpourri, like I do sometimes.

It’s been in my recipe binder for about 20 years and you know what that means…..

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

I wish you enough

I’m sitting at my desk right now waiting for the last sunrise of the year, and as I look out the window of this old farmhouse I wonder how many New Years these walls have celebrated. 

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

stop pre-holiday anxiety

One night last week I woke in a panic. It was around 2:30 am. It was hard to catch my breath and I felt nauseous.

As I was pulled from the world of sleep into consciousness a to-do list was rolling around my head ...

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

caramel & cream cheese fruit dip

Today I'm sharing a signature dessert from my friend, Sonya's kitchen. She agreed enthusiastically when I asked if I could ... it's really delicious ... and is a favourite with almost everyone when she serves it. If you would walk a mile for a caramel, you would walk ten for her caramel and cream cheese fruit dip...

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

12 DIY farmhouse canning jar ring projects

Dangling from a peg hook in my kitchen, under a vintage medicine cabinet turned spice cupboard, there is a loop of twill tape.

Hanging on that loop is a small cluster of canning jar rings.

I keep them close at hand as part of my farmhouse decor and for practicality.

They are near by whenever I need one...

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

pretty, little hostess gift idea

I have started taking these pretty, little hostess gifts with me when invited to a friend's house for a meal or get-together.

They are received with a thank you and smile as the happy recipient draws the package to her nose to sniff.

So quick and easy to put together, even at the last minute! Let me tell you how to put together this ...

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

how to achieve your goals

Welcome back!
I have been very excited about sharing my latest handcrafted project with you! I've been working on it intensely these last few weeks and couldn't help but stay focused to the end, after 18 months it was soooo close to being finished. 

And to think that just a couple of months ago I was lamenting to my friend, Debbie, about how long this lap blanket was taking and praying to myself; good lord, will this project ever end? 

Sometimes, my paralyzed hand would get tired and drop the crochet hook... 

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

4 visible signs your meat chicken is having a heart attack, part 2

While raising Meat King chickens for your table, unfortunately there are quite a few things that can go wrong. 

One of the most common, and the one I am addressing in this 2 part series, 4 Visible Signs Your Meat Bird is Having a Heart Attack, is congestive heart failure. 

It seems that at least one chicken contracts heart trouble every flock I raise. In the beginning I didn't know how to recognize it, so I didn't understand what was happening when the birds died unexpectedly. 

The first post in this series explains how to recognize the symptoms. You may want to start reading here.

I did eventually learn what to look for and what to do to try to diminish problems, namely the premature death of a meat bird…

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

4 visible signs that your meat bird is having a heart attack, part 1

This article is part 1 of a 2 part series concerning the visible signs that your meat chicken is having a heart attack. In it I’ll explain the four symptoms of heart trouble that I've learned over the last few years.

Next week in part 2 I’ll talk about some remedies that have worked for me.

Some people are a bit curious when I point out which meat birds in my flock have heart troubles. It’s not an amazing talent (unlike riding a unicycle, which is pretty darned amazing if you ask me). 

Once you are aware of what to look for it’s really quite simple and that’s what this article is about – creating awareness...

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

found your peeps?

Late for our first meeting. Oi!

It was less than a week ago, but I already forget whether it was because of slow traffic or that my caregiver husband and I were just tardy leaving the house. Regardless, we were the last to arrive at the building. No, not at the building, the meeting.

It’s okay, I thought to myself. We’ll just sneak quietly into the back... 

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

things you need to know about chicken nipple waterers

I have used homemade nipple waters for the last 3 broods of broilers that I've raised and I love watering my chickens this way. 

You would be surprised how quickly new chicks learn to use them…really fast (like in just seconds some of them). 

But, there are a few things you need to know about chicken nipple waterers...

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

confessions of a disabled chicken keeper

21 days. 

The length of time it takes to incubate a chicken from egg to chick. 

The time it takes to form a simple habit. 

The time I have to wait until the meat birds go off to the butcher...

Friday, 11 July 2014

the creative longing inside us

I feel compelled to write this morning, breaking my self-imposed hiatus. I wonder, does this ever happen to you? An urgent feeling from somewhere inside insists that you to do what you love … work in the garden, bake, play an instrument, write a few paragraphs...

Whatever it is, it can be insistent! Quietly first, then nagging until finally you feel like you will burst if you don’t bake that cake, or perform that concerto, or write those words. Doing quiets the restlessness.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

homemade chicken soup

As requested by a reader, this is how I make homemade chicken soup. My recipe has evolved over many years. It is nourishing and delicious.

My family loves it, especially when it's paired with hot, buttered, homemade biscuits and molasses. 

Friday, 28 February 2014

home storage friday: self-rotation shelves

Home Storage Friday is a bi-monthly series about food storage and wise, purposeful living. I believe that slowly building up stores of food, medication and money, enough for at least 3 months shows prudence, forethought and self-reliance. Having these resources will give you peace of mind and prepare your family for both good times and lean.

Friday, 14 February 2014

home storage friday: copy canning 101

Home Storage Friday is a bi-monthly series about food storage and wise, purposeful living. 

I believe that slowly building up stores of food, medication and money, enough for at least 3 months shows prudence, forethought and self-reliance. 

Having these resources will give you peace of mind and prepare your family for both good times and lean.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

homesteading where you are: SAVE

Welcome to week 5 of the Homesteading Where You Are series
5 women, 1 topic, 5 points of view

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