Adventures on our Homestead

Winter Luxury Pumpkin……Homemade Pum...


I’ve put it off long enough. It is time to make pumpkin puree. This should be my last preserving project of our bountiful harvest this year. Last year I grew Winter Luxury Pumpkins for the first time. My friend Bryn gave us a start and out of it came three pumpkins. Cute little things. With […]

Pumpkin Pancakes with Sauteed Apples


We have been having such lovely Autumn weather. The nights are crisp and the days are slightly warm. Autumn is my favorite season. The colors, the smells, the cooler days. Ahhhh. It is lovely. For my boys, Autumn isn’t Autumn without these Pumpkin Pancakes and Sauteed Apples. I can’t even tell you how many years […]

Bratwich (30 min meal)


On Saturday, Michael and I went up to Portland to celebrate our 16 year anniversary. We stayed at the Embassy Suites in down town Portland. We always pick the Embassy Suites whenever we want to do a quick get away. We had a lovely time just the two of us. Enjoyed the outdoors, did a […]

16 Years Ago Today

16 Years Ago Today

On October 2nd, 1999 I married the love of my life. That was the beginning of so many great happenings in our lives. Marriage starts off with such a BANG. All the excitement and anticipation. Culminating in a fun ceremony celebrating your love and commitment. As time goes by you learn more about the other, […]

Aunt Margie’s Salsa


This salsa is amazing. The recipe comes from my dear friend Kirsten. Actually it originated with her beloved Aunt Margie. Here is a quote from Kirsten, “This recipe has been in my family for years! My aunt made this salsa well into her 80’s. She was quite the canner as the mother of 6 and […]

Apples and Cider and Bees, Oh My


I’m still tired. Saturday we rented the cider press and got to work making cider. Last year went quickly and was easy peezy so why wouldn’t this year be just the same. More apples, that’s why. Please don’t misunderstand me. We worked hard and had fun in the process. But I did sleep a solid […]

Zesty Zucchini Relish


Here is another great recipe for all that extra zucchini. This is a boiling water bath canning recipe. Very simple to do just involves a lot of chopping. It has zucchini, onion, green and red bell peppers. It is called “zesty” because you are supposed to use a chili pepper (seeds and all). I chose […]

Refrigerator Garlic Dill Pickles


My friend Kirsten, told me about a great dill pickle recipe a couple of summers ago.Last year I grew pickling cucumbers for the first time. Having just moved here, the garden was quickly thrown together and just as quickly overgrown. I couldn’t find the pickling cucumbers through all the perslane. By the time I found […]

Harvest Weekend


  It began on Friday. I had avoided the garden for two weeks. Physically, mentally, emotionally and any other “ally” you can think of, I was done with the garden. It was an underlying stress though. In the middle of that time period I had a dream about a zucchini in the garden that was […]

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