Happy Homesteading

BISCUITMAKR
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.


Syrup Trees

juzzme
By Teresa G.
Jan 11, 2016
Who knew you could tap walnut trees?! I wonder how it tastes.

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Cured Egg Yolks

BISCUITMAKR
By Millie Johnson
Jan 1, 2016
Salt cured egg yolks.. Has anyone ever tried this ? I stumbled on this in The Salt Cured Pig group I'm in on facebook. A few guys say they use it instead of parmesan now. Ummm, that's got me wondering ... and the girls are laying now so we have plenty of eggs so I just may give this a try. Here a link one of them posted....
honest-food.net/...t-cured-egg-yolks

Happy New Year !

BISCUITMAKR
By Millie Johnson
Jan 1, 2016
Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year !!! Hope you all had a lovely Christmas as well. We had the usual, tons of food and treats and got to spend time with the family here on the homestead the day after Christmas. Hubby and I went down the road to his aunt and uncle's place to eat and watch the game last night (literally, as they live on the same road we do. lol) We were back at home around 11pm, sober as a judge. Hubby made it till about 11:45. haha ! Party animals we're not !!! :)))


Happy New Year Happy Homesteading group!!

Cmom02
By Sharon Colyer
Dec 31, 2015
Millie, hope you & yours had a great Christmas! Now wishing you & yours & all the group a very Happy New Year!!

Hugs, Sharon

HAPPY NEW YEAR'S FROM AUSTIN TEXAS

grandedame
By sallye bates
Dec 31, 2015
I hope everyone has a safe and delightful New Year's Eve. This is a picture of Sixth Street in downtown Austin. If you celebrate outside your home, please be safe and choose a designated driver. If you celebrate at home, please be safe and don't undo so many agraffes that you have a hangover on New Year's Day.

Here's wishing you a brand new shiny and bright New Year that will exceed all your greatest expectations.


I find it hard to believe that I enjoyed being a part of the festivities there when I was younger.

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CHRISTMAS THOUGHTS

grandedame
By sallye bates
Dec 23, 2015
We are living in a troubled world today. Our society is filled with violence and hatred that is out of control. The social media has made terrorism, bigotry, racism and ridicule of our fellow man a sport to be enjoyed as we indulge in our rudest and most unkind thoughts.

Our leaders seem unable or unwilling to take the reins and bring this country back to its heritage of glory, dignity, and most of all, to regain our pride and self respect.

Please take a moment in your holiday festivities to remember these truisms:

Every time a hand reaches out to help another....that is Christmas
Every time someone puts anger aside and strives for understanding…that is Christmas
Every time people forget their differences and realize their love for each other…that is Christmas

May this Christmas bring us closer to the spirit of human understanding and closer to the blessing of peace!

May your Christmas be filled with love and laughter, and may you remember the joy and wonder of the season.

Lots of love and big Texas hugs to you and your loved ones from my wonderful family and me as we celebrate Christmas in Austin.

Hi guys!

BISCUITMAKR
By Millie Johnson
Dec 14, 2015
Yes, I'm still alive and kicking. lol.. Both hubby and I have been sick. So glad to be feeling better ! I have also been busy learning to make soap. I'm starting to be a little more relaxed handling the lye so it's not as stressful now. I am really happy with the response of my friends and family to my soaps. :)
All the critters are doing well and growing like crazy. The chicks are outside in their new brooder pen under a light. So glad to have them outside ! I have been trying to sell the males but so far no takers. Guess we'll have to make another brooder and raise them for the freezer. ;)
The goaties are doing very well. I can see little baby bumps ! Yay ! Jacob has finally come out of rut and you can stand being near him now. Hahaha ! We'll be putting the younger boys back in with him. I just wasn't comfortable leaving them in with him while his hormones were raging. He may have accidently hurt them. Better safe than sorry.
Oh, my young hens are starting to lay ! I am so happy. I had sticker shock when I had to buy eggs ! Wow, the price sure went up on them. By next spring the new chicks should be laying as well. We should have plenty of eggs to sell. Maybe we will be able to keep up with the demand. Right now we're getting 3-5 eggs a day. My older hens are just coming out of molt and should start laying as well. A couple of them need to be culled since they aren't laying anymore. I hate that part of homesteading, but it's necessary.
All in all, it looks like next year is going to be a good one for our little homestead. I'm looking forward to it ! :)

This first photo is of my Lemongrass & Poppy Seed soap and my Lavender with shea and cocoa butter soap.

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Where are you, Millie?

Cmom02
By Sharon Colyer
Dec 13, 2015
Guess you are busy with your chicks & goats! If you get a chance, give us an update.

Hope you & your family have a great Christmas!! Hugs, Sharon