It’s hard not living on a big ol’ farm, but living the way we do. We constantly get people saying “but you live in town” or ” well you can’t have (filling the blank with whatever animal) at your house!” Which is totally true! But here’s the kicker, we are doing so much with what we have! Here are a few examples of things we did around here just this weekend!
I gave Izzy dog a nice solar powered fur cut! It was so sunny, so her clippers were being powered by the sun!
While gathering eggs I found our first Easter egger egg in the coop! She takes most of the winter off from egg laying!
Next I threw some banana peels into the worm bin in the basement and realized I need to clean out the worm castings. Their 💩 is great plant food!
It has rained a lot here this winter, instead of snowing. So, the area around the coop was super muddy and gross. I got to haul more and more buckets of wood chips to their area. It looks so much better!
At work Friday, these apples were being given away because they had some bad spots.
At first, I was going to just chuck them in to the chickens. Instead, the chickens just got the bad spots and I made some yummy apple muffins! Zero waste breakfast tomorrow!
Last night I realized I needed to make up some yogurt for lunches this week. I used 2% milk and it came out a little more runny, so I had to strain off the whey to thicken it up. It’s delicious!
And between all that I was able to craft up a ton of items! I got an order for 60 white beaded bracelets! I’m half way there already!
And of course I played some uno with the boy, visited family and even got to see my beautiful little niece smiling so big. Made my ❤️ so happy! And of course this makes me smile as well:
Seriously, whose dog sits like that? Our crazy pup!
This month has flown bye and I can’t wait to update you all on our progress around the homestead! Have a great week!
To many, today was just an ordinary Tuesday, but to me it was remarkable! It started out with a 2 hour delay. When you’re a teacher, that’s a pretty great start to your day! While sitting here for a longer morning, the power company finally came to hook up our new meter for the solar panels! They are finally up and running!
Then, we got the final format for our new homestead logo and we love, love, love it! It’s going to look great at craft shows with all of our products!
Then after working a much shorter day, I had one of those dinners where I was able to help create less waste and use up food that was on it’s way to going bad. We made chicken salads, croutons from clearance bread and made chicken stock from the leftovers and will make some chicken noodle soup later in the week!
At the end of the evening I spent it crocheting some chicken hotpads and adding the labels with our new logo!
By the way, those are for sale on my Etsy shop: llewellynhomestead.etsy.com
So maybe it doesn’t take much for me to be excited, but I am really looking forward to our new business venture!
Here’s to more regular days turning extraordinary!
Here lately I have been looking for ways to reduce our waste even more. The boy loves to eat yogurt. He takes one in his lunch most days. So, the problems are: 1. We really don’t know about all of those ingredients 2. We can’t recycle those cups in this area. 3. I don’t want to buy a yogurt making contraption!
Here is the list of ingredients for this super delicious vanilla yogurt that is picky kid approved and can be make in your crockpot:
1/2 gallon of whole milk, container of yogurt (to use as a starter), regular white sugar (some say you can use honey), Vanilla extract and a crockpot.
Step 1: put the whole half gallon of milk in the crockpot and turn it on low for 3 hours (yes, this will take lots of time!)
Step 2: unplug the crockpot and spoon 1 cup of the warm milk into a bowl with a half cup of the store bought yogurt. Whisk it together and then whisk it back into the crockpot.
Step 3: whisk in the 1/2 cup of sugar and 1 Tbsp of vanilla into the crockpot. Then grab a couple towels and wrap them around the crockpot.
Step 4: Let it sit this way, still unplugged and wrapped in towels for about 9 hours. (The longer it sits, the tangier it gets. I don’t like weird tang!)
Step 5: I used it as is, but thought it was a little thin. So then, I should have used cheesecloth to strain it, but I used coffee filters. Go with the cheesecloth to strain faster. It takes about 3 hours to strain over a bowl with a cheesecloth lined collender.
Step 6: package it up in some nice ball jars and store it for about 2 weeks. I highly doubt it will last that long.
And the picky boy’s review: he claims it’s better than the yocrunch that he loves! I know, candy in yogurt, ugh!
I like mine with fresh fruit and the hubby likes his with some coconut.
Don’t be like me and time it out horribly and be up after midnight on a Sunday trying to put the yogurt in the jars. Be smarter! The next time I will start the whole process at 8pm and then let the crockpot sit at 11pm to be ready at 8am the next morning! It takes about 12 hours altogether!
I’m going to give this a try with 2% milk and post an update! I’ll keep you posted!
You read that right! Same old things! We are enjoying the quiet days of winter, enjoying our harvest that were preserved from the summer and dreaming of summer! The mister surprised me with some popcorn seeds! I can’t wait to give that a try this summer in the garden!
When the evenings are cold and I need a friend, old Sherman dog has no problem cuddling up! He’s such a sweet pup!
And of course I have been spending time working on combining my crafting and homestead! I’m working on getting a custom logo made! It’s a load of work getting a business going!
I also picked up some super amazing vintage style fabric for some aprons. Then, I finally cleaned up my nightmare of a craft room. The holidays kind of turned it into a mess!
I ended the weekend with some yogurt making! It turned out pretty yummy and I’ll do a whole post just on making this yumminess! Have a fantastic week!
I’m still on my quest of creating less waste! I try to bake a lot at home, so I use brown sugar in many recipes. Unfortunately, it comes in a plastic bag that turns rock hard in no time. Turns out, it’s crazy easy to make! So, here ya go!
Materials: Molasses, regular white sugar, bowl, measuring cups and spoons and storage container
Step 1: measure out 1 cup of white sugar
Step 2: add in 1 Tablespoon of molasses (it’s quite sticky!) for light brown sugar lie I made or 2 Tbsp. For dark brown sugar
Step 3: I started with trying to stir with a spoon, but it just didn’t mix easily. So, I used my hands and made quick work of it!
Step 4: store in a tight sealing container!
That’s it!! All done!
I waited a couple weeks to post about this because I didn’t want to recommend something that turned rock hard over night. And this does not!! It’s 3 weeks later and it is just as soft today as the day I made it! I’m thinking that this is cost effective as well! So, enjoy making some fresh brown sugar!
On this very cold day, I’m going to think back to the warmth of summer and the plants I grew! And, up for potential space in your 2017 garden is the birdhouse gourd! I bought my seeds for about a quarter from Dollar General. I figured they would be worth a try!
So, I started the seeds in late May in the house until the threat of frost was gone. Then I planted the seedlings by the chicken run, but you obviously don’t need a chicken run! In no time they will give you beautiful blooms!
The blooms were beautiful along the run, and the bees loved them! Very quickly the gourds started growing!
And they grew and grew!
This plant served 3 purposes! It obviously gave me gourds, gave the bees some pollen and kept the chickens cooler because the vines provided shade. And they did look great!
Just look at the before and after:
Before a heavy frost, I cut the gourds from the vine and stored them in the basement to dry out!
After about 3 months, some have dried out all the way! So, to make birdhouses, we cut the hole in the front of those dried ones and pulled out all the seeds and “other” stuff!
I was able to get this big ol’ bag of seeds from just 3 gourds!
The mister drilled the entrance hole, some drainage holes on the bottom and attached a chain that we had on the top! And Voila!
I had to scrub them really well because they grow some weird fuzziness and other moldy stuff on it! (Totally normal!) After it dried, it was stained. But, you can paint them or decorate however you’d like!
These will definitely make another appearance in my 2017 garden!
Last year we tracked our goals and loved being able to share with others! Check out last year’s results: https://littlellewellynhomestead.wordpress.com/2016/12/31/2016-goal-recap/
As for this year, we have come up with 12 new goals for 2017!
1. Zero waste our home! We already do a good bit to avoid creating trash, but there is always room for improvement! Here’s the last post on what we already do: https://littlellewellynhomestead.wordpress.com/2017/01/01/zero-waste/
3. 12 bags of garbage per year. Americans are super wasteful. We are going to try to only produce one 13 gallon kitchen trash bag per month
5. Create a summer kitchen. We will be turning a spot in the basement into a nice canning area. (And continue preserving our harvest!)
6. Expand the garden. We won’t be planting the grandparent’s garden this year, but we will be expanding our own garden!
7. Grow some different plants. Last year I was so excited about the luffa gourds that I grew. I’ll be growing them again along with some other different plants. Cucamelons are definitely on the list!
8. Make a chicken viewing area. In the warm months I love sitting by the garden and watch the chickens and bees, but I normally sit on the ground. We are hoping to make a nice seated area!
10. Track our solar panels. The panels were installed in December. We will be tracking how much energy we make and how cost efficient they are!
So, there you have it! We are going to try our best to accomplish our goals and would love for you all to follow our adventures! Did anyone else set some goals?