Getting ready


So, I’ve been pretty sick. I’m mostly better now. I have a lingering cough but for the most part it’s not too bad. I’m trying to get back into getting my garden ready and I really want to get back into my soap and candle making.
This week is about getting stuff ready to move the beehive to their new place. We are very excited about getting them moved.

A new home… for the bees.


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My Husband has a coworker that has about 30 acres of pasture land. There’s a couple of houses on it, but the majority is pasture. The coworker also happens to like honey. My Husband had been talking around work that we were looking for some land to put a satellite apiary on. Someone told him about this coworker. Well, they got to talking and have worked it out. So we now have another area and will be able to expand!

On to other news…
I tried kale for the first time this Sunday. I love it! I can’t believe that I haven’t had it before. Now, I haven’t had it cooked only raw. But now I think I’ll have to keep it available. My oldest son thinks the curly leaves are neat.

Planning my garden


So I’ve been figuring out my garden plan. I have decided on the style and what I’m planting. We’ll be doing two 3’x3′ areas, as well as, a couple of planters and maybe a 2’x1′ area. We already have asparagus established. This is it’s third year, so hopefully it’ll produce. We also already have cilantro and dill. We have an onion still, but it has doubled and I think I need to separate it.

Here’s my list of things I’ll be planting:

  • Carrots
  • Chives
  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Turnips
  • Summer Squash
  • Peas
  • Spinach
  • Radishes
  • Celery
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Green Beans
  • Corn
  • Cantaloupe
  • Potatoes
  • Lavender
  • Marigolds
  • Kale

I know it seems like a lot. A good bit of this is to see if I can grow it. The potatoes are going in a tire stack. The lavender will be going in a container. I’ll be planting the carrots and chives together. I’ve also got some flowers that I’ll be planting around the house. This will be a lot of work but in the end it will be worth it.

“Just jump in”


Homemade soft pretzels

Homemade soft pretzels

 

I have recently started experimenting with bread. I finally got up enough courage to attempt make plain bread loaves. When I figured out how easy it actually is, I started trying other types of bread. To date, I have made plain bread, soft fluffy dinner rolls, dense biscuit like dinner rolls, an artisan style rosemary loaf, and now soft pretzels. At first I was intimidated by the pretzels, but since I started making bread I have adopted a motto when I start a new recipe: “Just jump in.” I am trying to not let being scared of new things stop me from trying them. I have wanted to make pretzels from the beginning of my bread making. I let it intimidate me. But no longer! I just keep reminding myself to start at the beginning and work my way slowly through the recipe. I take my time and make sure I have all the ingredients out and ready to go.

I do need to make sure I follow that advice when I make things I already know how to make too. I developed a salsa recipe that my Husband usually loves. But the last time I made it, it was awful. I think the problem was that I was rushing to get it ready and wasn’t paying enough attention to the recipe. Unfortunately I had to throw it out.

I have a few new things that I need to start working on. I am going to “Just jump in.”

 

Here’s the soft pretzel recipe if you’d like to try it: Soft Pretzels

Getting Started


The new year brings new goals.

My family has several. I will be using this blog as a way to track our progress as well as a way to express myself. That’s actually one of my new goals. Here are the official goals:

  1. Create a garden
  2. Create a compost pile
  3. Get the Candle/Soap Business up and running
  4. Write a blog

My biggest goal, which is not a new one nor one to be completed in a year, is to have us living on several acres self-sufficiently. I’d prefer to live off the grid. I also want goats (I’m working on my Husband about that, he’s not crazy about them).

I want to learn how to can and preserve food. I’m teaching myself new kitchen skills. I’ve already learned how to make bread from scratch. Well not completely. I do use bought yeast. I’m a bit scared of trying to do the yeast on my own.

There are things I already know from growing up on a small farm. I know how to do a garden in the general sense. However we will be trying to do a Square Foot Garden. I understand the concepts. But I still have some research to do on the vegetables themselves. Mainly which ones can be put next to each other and the like.

Those are my goals. I will update as we work on each thing.