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Outdoorsy by nature, I love spending time in the woods, whether it is taking a leisurely walk around my property, hiking a few miles, or going on extended backpacking trips. I also love just about everything that involves homesteading and pursuing the simple life. Chopping firewood, building sheds and cabins, helping fellow homesteaders on their projects, canning applesauce, planting, and hanging out with my two daughters are some of the greatest joys in my life. And I've got to mention what someone once pointed out to me - I can’t help but smile every time I drive my tractor!

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Canning, Freezing and Preserving Peaches From a Local Orchard

By: Tommy B

Wow, can you believe it’s that time again!  It seems like yesterday that I wrote last summer’s posts on canning peaches and applesauce!  Well, it’s peach time once again and I’m full blast getting plenty of them put up for lots of winter and spring smoothies! This is the second year in a row I […]

Floyd Virginia Needs a Local Craft Brewery – Nano or Micro, I’m ready!

By: Tommy B

I was tetter-tottering back and and forth on whether I wanted to write and publish this post.  I didn’t want to cross any ethical lines on whether I should use this forum for personal gain, but after much thought, and reassurance from a good friend, I’m going for it.  After all, I assume most viewers […]

A Simple July Garden Dinner

By: Tommy B

Welp, it’s early July and my tomatoes are still green, but I have plenty of other things in my garden that contributed to a simple, yet delicious, meal this evening.  I was outside working on my homestead and started getting hungry.  Hungry for something natural and something local.  So, I walked out to my garden […]

The Greenbox Thrift Store

By: Tommy B

Before I moved to Floyd County I used to take all of my old or unwanted stuff to Goodwill, Salvation Army, local thrift store, or, shamefully, just throw it in the trash. Not now. Since moving back to Floyd I have learned of the fine art of “Greenbox Recycling.” What I used to call dumpsters […]

Catching a Bee Swarm

By: Tommy B

I belong to an email list for a local beekeeping club and for the past month it has been hot with folks postings leads on swarms – in buildings, on the side roads, in gardens and so on. It’s amazing how quickly beekeepers get on these leads and immediately snatch them up. Just the other […]

Spring is Sprouting in Floyd County Virginia

By: Tommy B

Spring is fastly approaching.  This evening after watering my peas (yes, they are up about an inch now!) I went for a walk around my property starting at the creek and noticed the skunk cabbage is about 3-4 inches out of the ground already.  A little further I saw a bunch of new greenbriar growth, some […]

Quick and Easy Beer Bread

By: Tommy B

A friend of mine forwarded me an email of a beer bread recipe he received.  As I was looking at the recipe I noticed he, also a homebrewer, inserted his Murphy’s Ale as the beer ingredient!  Not having a Murphy’s ale on hand, and not having much experience making bread with beer, I decided to use a trusty […]

Guinea Hen for Dinner

By: Tommy B

I guess I will start this article with a “disclaimer” similar to what Everett did on one of his posts a few months back… Disclaimer: This post contains words, information and pictures on killing and eating a live animal. I make no excuses nor do I feel guilty about my current omnivore diet. I have, […]

Setting Up and Using a Band Saw, or A.K.A. – Wrestling with a Bandsaw and Finally Winning!

By: Tommy B

I have a lot of power tools – a lot!  And up to this point in time I have not acquired a tool that I could not figure out how to use within the first 15 minutes.  Welp, it took at 9″ band saw, several hours of my time, and finally resorting to visiting a woodworker […]

Blue Sky Daydreams

By: Tommy B

When I first moved to Floyd a dozen years back one of the first things I fell in love with was the summer sky.  The sky seemed more blue than I had ever observed and vastly big and reaching for being in the mountains.  At that time I was doing a lot of odd jobs and construction, and […]