Happy Homesteading

Hosted by Millie Johnson
Group active since Mon, Jan 28, 2013

This group is for anyone who homesteads or is just trying to live a more self sufficient lifestyle. Share your recipes and tips for the homestead.
My hubby and I live on a small farm have goats, horses, dogs, cats and soon, chickens. We garden and can. I am also trying my hand at cheesemaking !
We would love to hear your ideas for the homestead. Welcome ! Come sit a spell with us.

Timing is everything...

By Millie Johnson
8 Hours Ago
Murphy has decided to pay me a visit today. My future dil is having her bachelorette shindig this weekend at the lake camp. Hubby volunteered to do the milking for me so I could go for the week end. We leave at 5pm today... Then I hear a knock (actually a ding as it was a message)... It's Murphy... wanting to know if I ever found any organic corn and saying they may have some to sell as they are done canning/freezing and will be pulling plants.... this evening.... So, bye-bye lake and hello corn !

Sweet Pickin's

By Millie Johnson
Yesterday at 9:08 AM
Got my chores done and heading out to pick some sweet blueberries before it gets too hot. Gonna be another scorcher today.
My seedless concord grape vine made grapes for the first time ! Yay ! I picked a grape yesterday and they are delish. I see grape jam in the very near future. Yummmm

Potato, Bacon, Cheddar Tart

By Millie Johnson
Tuesday at 12:36 PM
OMG ! This looks fabulicious !!! I want to try this ! Ummm bacon, bacon, bacon.... ;)

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Remember flour sacks ?

By Millie Johnson
Jul 10, 2015
The 1930's Flour Sack
by Colleen B. Hubert

In that long ago time when things were saved,
when roads were graveled and barrels were staved
and there were no plastic wrap or bags,
and the well and the pump were way out back,
a versatile item, was the flour sack.

Pillsbury's best, Mother's and Gold Medal, too
stamped their names proudly in purple and blue.
The string sewn on top was pulled and kept
the flour emptied and spills were swept.
The bag was folded and stored in a sack
That durable, practical flour sack.

The sack could be filled with feathers and down,
for a pillow, or t'would make a nice sleeping gown.
it could carry a book and be a school bag,
or become a mail sack slung over a nag.
It made a very convenient pack,
That adaptable, cotton flour sack.

Bleached and sewn, it was dutifully worn
as bibs, diapers, or kerchief adorned.
It was made into skirts, blouses and slips.
And mom braided rugs from one hundred strips
she made ruffled curtains for the house or shack,
from that humble but treasured flour sack!

As a strainer for milk or apple juice,
to wave men in, it was a very good use,
as a sling for a sprained wrist or a break,
to help mother roll up a jelly cake,
as a window shade or to stuff a crack,
we used a sturdy, common flour sack!

As dish towels, embroidered or not,
they covered up dough, helped pass pans so hot,
tied up dishes for neighbors in need,
and for men out in the field to seed.
They dried dishes from pan, not rack
that absorbent, handy flour sack!

We polished and cleaned stove and table,
scoured and scrubbed from cellar to gable,
we dusted the bureau and oak bed post,
made costumes for October (a scary ghost)
and a parachute for a cat named jack.
From that lowly, useful old flour sack!

So now my friends, when they ask you
As curious youngsters often do,
"before plastic wrap, elmers glue
and paper towels, what did you do?"
tell them loudly and with pride don't lack,
"grandmother had that wonderful flour sack!"

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Happy Independence Day, USA !

By Millie Johnson
Jul 4, 2015
I hope everyone has a great 4th of July ! We went and watched the fireworks in town the other day, so we're just hanging out at home today, being lazy, lol.

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White Beans and Rib Greens

By Sherry Blizzard
Jul 3, 2015
I love this time of year.....greens are coming out of the garden like crazy! A few years ago, I was lamenting wasting those ribs of the collards, kale, etc.....I decided that I would try and cook a batch of white beans with those chopped up rib greens. I pulled out my pressure cooker (you don't have to use one---but I like the time it saves) and Wowza! Forget the dinner.....I just couldn't get enough of those beans. I posted the recipe but don't know if anyone every tried it.
White Beans and Rib Greens


By Sherry Blizzard
Jul 1, 2015
I wasn't sure where to ask but this seemed the best forum for what I need and you guys are so good to give suggestions. We just went on vacation to Washington, where we hope to retire. We like small town...but close enough to get groceries and etc. Here are two that I really like a lot.

www.TourFactory.com/1123422 which is out it the middle of no where...but is a dream girl home....

the other is at www.tourfactory.com/1040461
This is an in-town place...I need a garden plot.

Bone Meal Fertilizer

By Sherry Blizzard
Jun 21, 2015
Has anyone used bone meal as a fertilizer for their garden veggies? If so, how much did you use and how often?