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.

Millie Johnson
Mar 27, 2017

Farm update

Sorry I have not been on here lately, but so much has been going on here at the homestead. We have had some setbacks, but also making some great changes. We are moving the homestead ! We found 6.65 acres of land closer to town. It will take us time to clear some of the trees where an old pasture was 20 years ago, which is now in pine trees that are too small to get anyone to buy (bummer). We will be leaving as many trees as possible since goats are browsers not grazers. We will only cut about 2 acres or less. Where we are now was clear cut before we bought it and it can get really hot with no shade trees ! What I like about the new property is the trees. Our front yard will be nice and shady then behind the house will be cleared for barn and pasture then after that will be woods all the way to Big Wills Creek. I hope that we can get moved before winter. All depends on how long it takes to sell our rental property. When it sells we will break ground for the house. In the meantime we will be clearing, fencing and building the barn and out buildings.
Had one of my does test positive for CL so will be testing the others and probably just starting over with the goats with new stock that has been tested. This nasty stuff can stay in the soil for years, so it is a blessing that we plan to move. Of course it was my favorite and only registered doe ! :(
For some reason jap is not letting me post any pics so here is a google link.... photos.google.com/...XdvWXlwY05UVmpR

sallye bates
Dec 25, 2016


Have a magical day filled with the wonder and joy of this Christmas season.

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Sherry Blizzard
Jun 20, 2016

Can Sealer Questions

I am thinking of buying a can sealer and going to cans vs jars. I have the go-ahead from hubby. The cheapest is $200. The rationale is that we are leaving AK in 3 years and want to process our salmon in cans. Does anyone have experience with can sealers and pressure canning? Can you reuse the cans? We thought that because I have to pressure it for 90 minutes it will be sterilized. I'm not sure I want to go through with this until I learn more.

Does anyone have experience with a can sealer? Any recommendations?

Millie Johnson
May 25, 2016

Strawberry snack

I bought some local strawberries fresh picked off the farm, so I thought I'd make a little treat...
Fresh goat cheese sweetened with some agave nectar, topped with fresh strawberries and crushed graham cracker. Who needs cheesecake ??? Not this girl !

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Millie Johnson
May 10, 2016

Goat Cheese & Soaps

I have been busy lately with milking goats, making cheese and making soap. Having fun learning and my skin is wonderful ! I made a guy soap with sandlewood, ylang ylang, pine, lavender and lemongrass essential oils that smells fantastic. I have to sniff it every time I walk by it. lol.. I can't wait for hubby to try it ! It will be ready later this week. I also made lavender soap and it is drying as well.
Tonight I made a soap for a friend who has a grandchild with skin problems. It is a calendula soap with finely ground oatmeal, zinc oxide and lavender essential oil with little cubes of pine tar soap in it and topped with calendula petals. I can't wait to cut it tomorrow and see what it looks like inside ! That's half the fun. lol :)
Anywho, I'm still alive and kicking as is the computer (barely tho, lol). I hope all of you are doing well, too. Hugs from the od homestead ! xo

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Millie Johnson
Apr 21, 2016

Puter problems

I have been having serious issues with my laptop so just letting everyone know if you don't "see" me on here, it is probably in the shop.

Millie Johnson
Apr 13, 2016


National Peach Cobbler Day is observed annually on April 13. Peach Cobbler day was created by the Georgia Peach Council in the 1950’s to sell canned peaches. It recognizes a delicious dessert that originated during the 19th century.
Unable to make traditional suet puddings due to lack of suitable ingredients and cooking equipment, the settlers instead covered a stewed filling with a layer of uncooked plain biscuits or dumplings, fitted together. When the dish is fully cooked, the surface has the appearance of a cobbled street. The name may also derive from the fact that the ingredients are “cobbled” together. Some cobbler recipes resemble a thick crusted, deep-dish pie with both top and bottom crust.

Peach Cobbler day was created by the Georgia Peach Council in the 1950’s to sell canned peaches.

*There are 419 calories in 1 cup of Peach Cobbler.

In 2007, the world’s largest peach cobbler was made at the Georgia Peach Festival. It consisted of:
•90 lbs of butter
•150 lbs of sugar
•150 lbs of flour
•32 gallons of milk
•75 gallons of peaches

If you want a really simple recipe, here's what is known as the "Cuppa" recipe from my area... Delicious warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top !

Peach Cobbler, The Old "Cuppa" Recipe

Sharon Colyer
Apr 7, 2016

Last Fall at the Pumpkin Patch 2015

Here is my daughter-in-law & granddaughters at a pumpkin patch, back in Oct. I didn't see the pictures for some reason, at the time. You can't see much of them anyway, but were feeding the goat, at the pumpkin patch. : )

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