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.
Jan 4, 2018
We have new beginnings this year on the homestead with two new does to start our new dairy goat herd. These girls came from a tested herd so hopefully we won't have any problems. Logging is starting on the new homestead site soon and we hope to start building this spring/summer.
We raised two pigs for slaughter this past year and I have to say, it's the best pork I have eaten in decades ! Fact: happy pigs = yummy meat. There is so much more flavor than the bland and boring pork from the grocery store !
I even smoked the bellies and sliced it into bacon. Jowls, too. The fat will be rendered into lard (its in the freezer right now). Leaf lard for baking and the rest for frying and soap making. Once I get it rendered we will be butchering 2 goats for the freezer. Always something to do on a homestead. LOL.. Now if it would just warm up some, I would be happy. No fun breaking ice and lugging hot water out to the critters. I'm thankful to live in the south where we are at least above 0*F !!! I feel for those of you that are having brutal -20* to -40* weather ! Ya'll are tuff !!!
Sharing a pix of my oldest grand daughter on our first winter's snow. I think she took a great selfie !
Happy Homesteading ya'll !
Apr 26, 2017
Neem Oil Spray for Garden Pests & Fungal Disease
Mar 27, 2017
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
Jun 20, 2016
Does anyone have experience with a can sealer? Any recommendations?
May 25, 2016
Fresh goat cheese sweetened with some agave nectar, topped with fresh strawberries and crushed graham cracker. Who needs cheesecake ??? Not this girl !
May 10, 2016
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