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Self-Sufficiency
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Self-Sufficiency

I decided to use the covers to my portable cake holders as cloches to cover as much as I could.

I decided to use the covers to my portable cake holders as cloches to cover as much as I could.

From frugal fare... One day I would like to have a nice box, maybe with a used window on hinges for a lid, nestled right up against the brick wall of the house. But this winter I am happy with my hoops, a sheet of agribon, and some old planks and bricks. I thought that three hoops might be enough for one row, but that turned out not to be stable enough in the wind. So if I want to do another row I’ll have to find some more hoops....

From frugal fare... One day I would like to have a nice box, maybe with a used window on hinges for a lid, nestled right up against the brick wall of the house. But this winter I am happy with my hoops, a sheet of agribon, and some old planks and bricks. I thought that three hoops might be enough for one row, but that turned out not to be stable enough in the wind. So if I want to do another row I’ll have to find some more hoops....

Looking Ahead for Lettuce

Looking Ahead for Lettuce

Canning Anxieties Conquered | virgin homesteader

Canning Anxieties Conquered | virgin homesteader

Canning Anxieties Conquered

Canning Anxieties Conquered

Canning Anxieties Revealed

Canning Anxieties Revealed

10 Edible Garden Ideas to Steal from Michigan's Favorite Foodie Farmers - Gardenista

10 Edible Garden Ideas to Steal from Michigan's Favorite Foodie Farmers - Gardenista

“Last season, this was a bare plot,” says farmer Stephen Lamberti. “There was nothing here.” Thirteen months later, this half acre on Zingerman’s Cornman F

My Winter Garden. Some musing about winter plants.

My Winter Garden. Some musing about winter plants.

This is a good idea. I'm going to try stuffing some of my other greens this summer.

This is a good idea. I'm going to try stuffing some of my other greens this summer.

A philosophical post about food and the family.

A philosophical post about food and the family.

My strawberry lane. I'm looking for lots of strawberries for jam and other goodies...

My strawberry lane. I'm looking for lots of strawberries for jam and other goodies...

A fresh egg with wrinkles...

A fresh egg with wrinkles...

Nine heads of lettuce all in a row, before even tilling or planting any seeds in the ground. Very soon I will stop buying lettuce again...

Nine heads of lettuce all in a row, before even tilling or planting any seeds in the ground. Very soon I will stop buying lettuce again...

I'll Show You Mine

I'll Show You Mine

How To Grow Ginger? Growing Ginger Root Is Not That Hard...

How To Grow Ginger? Growing Ginger Root Is Not That Hard...

How to grow ginger? Growing ginger requires little space, little resources and little knowledge. All you need is a piece of ginger...

Aquarian Bath: Homemade Ginger Ale Recipe

Homemade Ginger Ale Recipe

I had gotten out of the habit of making ginger ale until recently. It's so fun and easy though. With the cold weather we've been having,...

Our first blue egg means that one of our Ameraucana hens laid her first egg.

Our first blue egg means that one of our Ameraucana hens laid her first egg.

Follow This Tip In Your Garden & Get A Ton Of Organic Strawberries!

Follow This Tip In Your Garden & Get A Ton Of Organic Strawberries!

A little strawberry education and follow this one tip in your garden and get a ton of organic strawberries!

Herb Thresher

Herb Thresher

Pantry Politics

Pantry Politics

Food Mill

Food Mill

How to Can Grape Juice With Whole Grapes in Jars

How to Videos, Articles & More - Discover the expert in you. | eHow.com

Learn how to do just about everything at eHow. Find expert advice along with How To videos and articles, including instructions on how to make, cook, grow, or do almost anything.

By Hand or by Gadget?

By Hand or by Gadget?

When I see cabbage growing, I also see jars of chow chow on my pantry shelf, that I get to enjoy after my husband and I have put in the labor...

When I see cabbage growing, I also see jars of chow chow on my pantry shelf, that I get to enjoy after my husband and I have put in the labor...

Flowers

had a happy surprise, seeing two bulbs blooming in my kitchen garden. They are both some variety of daffodil. Since they looked lonely out there, in two different beds, I brought them together in our bedroom. I’m on vacation until January 6, 2020. Wishing everyone a happy and prosperous New Year.

had a happy surprise, seeing two bulbs blooming in my kitchen garden. They are both some variety of daffodil. Since they looked lonely out there, in two different beds, I brought them together in our bedroom. I’m on vacation until January 6, 2020. Wishing everyone a happy and prosperous New Year.

Cherry blossoms.

Cherry blossoms.

Marigold or Calendula

Marigold or Calendula

An artichoke flower at the heart of an artichoke.

An artichoke flower at the heart of an artichoke.

Spring Flowers | Martha Cinader Mims

Spring Flowers | Martha Cinader Mims

Rosemary at Dusk

Rosemary at Dusk

mystery flower growing wild in the woods

Mystery Flower in the Woods

They were blooming in the shade among the ferns, and prickly vines that made it hard for me to get close. I took some pictures with my phone, and when I went back there about a week later, the flow…

Tulips along a strawberry lane, with a blossoming cherry tree in the background.

Tulips along a strawberry lane, with a blossoming cherry tree in the background.

Mushrooms in a pot that look like flowers.

Mushrooms in a pot that look like flowers.

MorningMushrooms

MorningMushrooms

My title isn’t referring to ingesting mushrooms in the morning. I saw a variety of mushrooms this morning while I was just walking around, and thought that t...

Carolina jasmine

Carolina jasmine

Verbena

Verbena

Writing and Gardening

Writing and Gardening

The novel isn't ready yet, but in the spirit of sharing the pleasure of flowers, here are some pictures from my spring garden...

flowerpetalsnow

flowerpetalsnow

blueberry flowers

blueberry flowers

Amaryllis in the window.

Amaryllis in the window.

Now we have a baby fruit orchard and all the variety of trees are beginning to bloom. From here on in it will be a competition between the insects, the birds, the squirrels and us for the fruit.

Now we have a baby fruit orchard and all the variety of trees are beginning to bloom. From here on in it will be a competition between the insects, the birds, the squirrels and us for the fruit.

Stuff I like to Cook

My Secret Brownie Recipe | virgin homesteader | virgin homesteader

My Secret Brownie Recipe | virgin homesteader | virgin homesteader

Other times they call me a witch, when I get out my herbs and make bitter brews… But, sometimes, I feel like an artist, or maybe not the artist, but I feel like I understand the pleasure an artist probably gets from her pure palette before she ever paints a stroke.

Other times they call me a witch, when I get out my herbs and make bitter brews… But, sometimes, I feel like an artist, or maybe not the artist, but I feel like I understand the pleasure an artist probably gets from her pure palette before she ever paints a stroke.

Even More Ways to Preserve Eggplant | virgin homesteader | virgin homesteader

Even More Ways to Preserve Eggplant | virgin homesteader | virgin homesteader

Homestyle Puff Pastry

Homestyle Puff Pastry

This fermented, probiotic lemonade is lightly sweetened with honey, loaded with gut-friendly beneficial bacteria and is naturally fizzy.  Super easy to make, too!

Naturally Fermented, Probiotic Honey Lemonade Soda

Naturally fizzy and full of bubbles, this lemonade soda is fermented and full of gut-friendly probiotics. A great ferment for kids, and lightly sweet.

Easy maple barbecued drumsticks with maple syrup, chili sauce, ketchup, and seasonings.

Oven-Barbecued Chicken in Tasty Homemade Sauce

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70 minutes
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This simple, top-rated barbecued chicken is made with chicken parts slathered with sauce and baked to perfection in the oven.

So much better than fried!!! Melt in Your Mouth Chicken Breast, 1/2 c parmesan cheese,1 c Greek yogurt, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 1/2 tsp seasoning salt 1/2 tsp pepper, spread mix over chicken breasts, bake at 375 45 mins looks-delicious

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So much better than fried!!! Melt in Your Mouth Chicken Breast, 1/2 c parmesan cheese,1 c Greek yogurt, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 1/2 tsp seasoning salt 1/2 tsp pepper, spread mix over chicken breasts, bake at 375 45 mins looks-delicious

Baked squash purée with bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese and butter topping...yum.

Baked squash purée with bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese and butter topping...yum.

Toasted walnut butter melting in a bowl of smoky carrot sweet potato soup.

Toasted walnut butter melting in a bowl of smoky carrot sweet potato soup.

Waffle Iron

Waffle Iron

Honey roasted peanuts and chocolate chunk bars for school lunches.

Honey roasted peanuts and chocolate chunk bars for school lunches.

bagels in my dreams

bagels in my dreams

Culinary Couture: Cinnamon Brown Sugar Pop-Tarts

Cinnamon Brown Sugar Pop-Tarts

I recently took a good look at my ever growing list of bookmarked recipes to try and noticed that 95 percent of the recipes on there wer...

Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken | An amazing slow cooker meal that is way better than takeout! The chicken is breaded to perfection and the sauce is full of flavor! The cashews hidden throughout are the best part!

Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken | The Recipe Critic

An amazing slow cooker meal that is way better than takeout! The chicken is breaded to perfection and the sauce is full of flavor! The cashews hidden throughout are the best part! My love for cashews run deep. One time I bought a big thing of cashews from Costco and ate the entire thing by…

Strawberry silver dollars.

Strawberry silver dollars.

2 large old bananas + 1 cup of quick oats. You can add in choc chips, coconut, or nuts if you'd like. Then 350º for 15 mins. THAT'S IT!

2 large old bananas + 1 cup of quick oats. You can add in choc chips, coconut, or nuts if you'd like. Then 350º for 15 mins. THAT'S IT!

fritters by alexandracooks, via Flickr I'm going to have to try this recipe.

Chard Fritters | Montreal - Alexandra's Kitchen

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Crispy on the edges, creamy in the center, these little chard fritters, squeezed with lemon, make the most lovely Meatless Monday meal.

Turkey burger pizza with bread and butter pickles and cheddar cheese. My kids loved it, husband not so much.

Turkey burger pizza with bread and butter pickles and cheddar cheese. My kids loved it, husband not so much.

Peanut butter walnut oat cookies.

Peanut butter walnut oat cookies.

Potted Plants

It’s hard to tell you how much pleasure I get from my indoor plants during winter. I like to drink coffee and watch the sunrise with them. This photo describes my feelings better than I can in words this morning.

It’s hard to tell you how much pleasure I get from my indoor plants during winter. I like to drink coffee and watch the sunrise with them. This photo describes my feelings better than I can in words this morning.

Mushrooms

Mystery Mushroom

Mystery Mushroom

Garden Poetry

When everything is grey and cold  and the world seems old and weary is when everything changes.

When everything is grey and cold and the world seems old and weary is when everything changes.

While stepping on carefully placed stones  on an errand in the garden of my hours, my eyes scour  either side of the path, spotting weeds and winter chores waiting for me. Sometimes a surprise,  like strawberry flowers  for Christmas.

While stepping on carefully placed stones on an errand in the garden of my hours, my eyes scour either side of the path, spotting weeds and winter chores waiting for me. Sometimes a surprise, like strawberry flowers for Christmas.

The Rooster is Crowing

The Rooster is Crowing

Setting up for Spring | virgin homesteader

Setting up for Spring | virgin homesteader

Insects and Spiders

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When everything is grey and cold  and the world seems old and weary is when everything changes.

When everything is grey and cold and the world seems old and weary is when everything changes.

I decided to use the covers to my portable cake holders as cloches to cover as much as I could.

I decided to use the covers to my portable cake holders as cloches to cover as much as I could.

My Secret Brownie Recipe | virgin homesteader | virgin homesteader

My Secret Brownie Recipe | virgin homesteader | virgin homesteader

Foggy Sunrise on Paris Mountain

Foggy Sunrise on Paris Mountain

Other times they call me a witch, when I get out my herbs and make bitter brews… But, sometimes, I feel like an artist, or maybe not the artist, but I feel like I understand the pleasure an artist probably gets from her pure palette before she ever paints a stroke.

Other times they call me a witch, when I get out my herbs and make bitter brews… But, sometimes, I feel like an artist, or maybe not the artist, but I feel like I understand the pleasure an artist probably gets from her pure palette before she ever paints a stroke.

had a happy surprise, seeing two bulbs blooming in my kitchen garden. They are both some variety of daffodil. Since they looked lonely out there, in two different beds, I brought them together in our bedroom. I’m on vacation until January 6, 2020. Wishing everyone a happy and prosperous New Year.

had a happy surprise, seeing two bulbs blooming in my kitchen garden. They are both some variety of daffodil. Since they looked lonely out there, in two different beds, I brought them together in our bedroom. I’m on vacation until January 6, 2020. Wishing everyone a happy and prosperous New Year.

Adding a new Trick...

Adding a new Trick...

Adding a new Trick...

Adding a new Trick...

From frugal fare... One day I would like to have a nice box, maybe with a used window on hinges for a lid, nestled right up against the brick wall of the house. But this winter I am happy with my hoops, a sheet of agribon, and some old planks and bricks. I thought that three hoops might be enough for one row, but that turned out not to be stable enough in the wind. So if I want to do another row I’ll have to find some more hoops....

From frugal fare... One day I would like to have a nice box, maybe with a used window on hinges for a lid, nestled right up against the brick wall of the house. But this winter I am happy with my hoops, a sheet of agribon, and some old planks and bricks. I thought that three hoops might be enough for one row, but that turned out not to be stable enough in the wind. So if I want to do another row I’ll have to find some more hoops....

Empty Pots as Cloches

Empty Pots as Cloches

While stepping on carefully placed stones  on an errand in the garden of my hours, my eyes scour  either side of the path, spotting weeds and winter chores waiting for me. Sometimes a surprise,  like strawberry flowers  for Christmas.

While stepping on carefully placed stones on an errand in the garden of my hours, my eyes scour either side of the path, spotting weeds and winter chores waiting for me. Sometimes a surprise, like strawberry flowers for Christmas.

Looking Ahead for Lettuce

Looking Ahead for Lettuce

It’s hard to tell you how much pleasure I get from my indoor plants during winter. I like to drink coffee and watch the sunrise with them. This photo describes my feelings better than I can in words this morning.

It’s hard to tell you how much pleasure I get from my indoor plants during winter. I like to drink coffee and watch the sunrise with them. This photo describes my feelings better than I can in words this morning.

Growing in Winter

Growing in Winter

The Rooster is Crowing

The Rooster is Crowing

What's Left of Summer

What's Left of Summer