Time for Christmas Lights

December 2, 2014 lisa63 Uncategorized

It’s that time of year again.  The weekend after Thanksgiving, we don’t participate in Black Friday.  I don’t know who is more to blame…the retailers or the shoppers; perhaps both.  We refuse to get caught up in the chaos. Instead, we put up Christmas lights, inside and out.  Since the gardens and herbs are finished […]

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To Be Truly Thankful

November 25, 2014 lisa63 Uncategorized

Living such a busy and hectic life, we sometimes forget to see the small pleasures in life. I know I can get bogged down with my job, my school work, bills, Cub Scout meetings, and most recently car repairs. Sometimes when it rains, it pours. In the midst of all this chaos, it’s hard to […]

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Recommended Publications

November 18, 2014 lisa63 DIYgardenherbsmiscellaneousrecipes

Every serious urban farmer needs advice from time to time.  Even though you can find almost anything online, I still enjoy sitting with a cup of coffee reading one of my magazine subscriptions.  I enjoy getting away from the computer and actually turning the pages of a good “read.” So I thought I would talk […]

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Hand Held Kitchen Tools

November 11, 2014 lisa63 miscellaneous

I was reading an article on one of my favorite sites, Urban Farm Online.  The article, 7 Multi-Purpose Kitchen Tools to Save You Space, lists its favorite “go to” hand tools for the kitchen. I have a number of hand tools that I use on a regular basis in my kitchen.  As a general rule, […]

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Fall is made for Applesauce

November 4, 2014 lisa63 recipes

It’s that time of year again.  Time to make applesauce! We don’t have any apple trees on the homestead, so we buy our apples at Rufener’s, a local farm. This year I bought Jonagold apples.  I didn’t get as many apples as I usually do, but I had enough to give a couple quarts to […]

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Fire Cider!

October 28, 2014 lisa63 herbsrecipes

Well, I promised a Fire Cider recipe a couple weeks ago, but I got sidetracked by pickles and garlic.  So here we go.  Get ready for Fire Cider!!! What is Fire Cider? Fire Cider is a traditional recipe rooted in Folk medicine.  Fire Cider, incorporated into your daily diet, will help boost natural immune system […]

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Calendula Salve

October 21, 2014 lisa63 herbsmiscellaneousrecipes

Now that the Calendula has been picked and dried, it’s time to make some salve.  Calendula salve is a fantastic all purpose salve to have around the house. Calendula is highly favored for its skin healing properties.  It is excellent for sensitive skin and has no known precautions.  Calendula is calming and an anti-inflammatory. It […]

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Time to Plant Garlic!

October 14, 2014 lisa63 gardenherbs

It’s time to get the garlic in the ground. Garlic should be planted between October 1 and November 15 to give the roots a chance to develop before it goes dormant for the winter months.  I prefer to plant hard-neck garlic or Elephant Garlic. SOIL PREPARATION Garlic prefers well drained soil.  Raised beds are ideal […]

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Canning Pickles

October 7, 2014 lisa63 gardenmiscellaneousrecipes

It’s been a rough couple weeks on the homestead.  As I said last week, winter illnesses have arrived early.  My youngest son has been very sick for the past 3 weeks.  Two doctor visits, one antibiotic, and six missed school days later, he may finally be getting better.  It has been a very worrisome few […]

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Winter Illnesses Are Here.

September 30, 2014 lisa63 herbsmiscellaneousrecipes

WINTER ILLNESSES HAVE ARRIVED….BUT I’M READY! Soon after the kids return to school, colds and flu start their attack.  This school year is no different.  My youngest son caught a cold 2 weeks ago.  We thought he was getting better, but then the 102 degree fever came last Sunday night and it all went downhill […]

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