If you are anything like me, food storage is always a problem. It either takes up a lot of shelf space or room in your freezer. There is one method that takes up very little room on the shelf and no room in your freezer. Dehydrating! It is easy to do and takes up so little space, you will not believe how much food you can store in a cabinet or closet shelf. Grow your own vegetables or buy them in season and you will be eating them all winter long.
Hard to believe it's been 9 weeks since we bought our meat chicks. In that time they went from chicks to teenagers to adults ready to harvest. It really was unbelievable how quickly they grew up, so much faster than the laying hen chicks we bought at the same time. I would say the rate at which the meat birds grew was almost double to the rate of the laying hens, on the same food. They also ate a lot more! I noticed the meat birds didn't really do much of anything other than eat and roost.
It's finally time to start my seeds. This winter has been so long and cold, I was beginning to wonder if it would ever end. But the time has finally arrived to plant my seeds and begin preparing my garden beds. It is exciting!
Over the years of gardening, I have tried several methods of starting seedlings with varying success. I wasn't really impressed with any of them. Some were too expensive, some were too much trouble and some fell apart before I was able to replant. So last spring I had an idea while at a family restaurant. I tried it out because I wanted to see how it worked before writing about it. I think it worked like a charm and it was also cheap and easy! Can't get much better than that. Let me show you what I did.
When you live in the country, there are an amazing amount of things that stain your clothes. Just every day things that you would never think twice about can do a real number on fabric. It is especially bad when you are in a hurry and don't examine the pieces before you wash and dry them. That sets the stains and makes them much harder to get out. As a result, I was in need of a super stain remover!
My sweet banana peppers are very prolific this year. One garden bed has been coming in heavy for weeks and the other one, which I planted later is just starting to get little peppers on the plants. Needless to say, I will not be hurting for peppers this winter. What I may be needing more of is storage. We only have one chest freezer, so I decided to put up a bunch of peppers by dehydrating them. It's easy and drastically cuts down on the amount of storage space needed!
We have chickens! How we actually got these chickens is kind of an odd story. We have always planned to have chickens, but we had no coop or yard. My husband decided he wanted to build his own coop after seeing the cheesy construction and high prices of the ready made coops at Tractor Supply or Home Depot. However, he has been quite busy making raised garden beds, and helping me get the garden in, so he has not had time to build the coop. He started it, but it's nowhere near completed. Now we have a neighbor, who has chickens........
When you toss those stiff, white dryer sheets onto your wet clothes in your dryer, do you ever wonder what is in them? What makes them stiff? What do they infuse them with that gives them that nice smell. Even more importantly, what do they transfer on to your clothes? Does it shorten the life of the garments? Is smelling the odor of them in your laundry room toxic? I decided to do some research and see if I could find out.
The word pickle comes from the Dutch word "pekel" or northern German "pókel," meaning salt or brine, two very important components in the pickling process. Believe it or not, people have been preserving food by pickling for over 4000 years. The first known food to be preserved in this manner was cucumbers, hence the name "pickle."
We have had such a mild winter, that the dandelions are already up and ready for harvest. There are so many things that you can do with dandelions. A couple years ago, we had a very popular post on How to Make Dandelion Soup.
So today we are going to share another yummy recipe that uses dandelions, dandelion pesto. Pesto is a useful thing to have in the fridge or freezer. It can be put on pasta, or French bread. It can also be put in soups or sauces.
Pesto can be made with just about any greens or herbs like spinach, basil, thyme, parsley or dandelions!.
No man made a greater mistake than he who did nothing
because he could only do a little
~ Edmund Burke
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