Waylon and I decided to bring a camera along when we fed the pigs yesterday. Here are 2.5 minutes of happy pigs and a happy little boy who is reminding daddy to watch his mouth or risk being repeated on camera… These are Tamworth pigs. There are four of them: three big brutes and one […]
Food preparation, including food storage options like canning, drying, and freezing, as well as cooking, savoring, recipes, and everything involving food that isn’t still moving or growing in the gardens and pastures.
A much-needed stay-cation here at LASL has come and gone, and we’ve been busy catching up and getting back into the swing of things. It was good to slow down for a time, take a step back from our busy busy schedule for a few days, and we’re thankful to be enjoying a quiet house […]
It’s blueberry season. They’re ripening faster than we can pick ‘em right now. The rush to put up as many as we can inspired me to write some background on preserving abundance. If you’d like to skip the intro click here to jump to the Blueberry Apple Jam recipe below. Eating seasonally is a good […]
Swiss chard is one of those tricky greens. I love to grow it. The tall blades of leafy emerald green shot through with vibrant rainbow colors are one of the prettiest things I’ve ever seen. But eating it? No matter how I prepared it, it just tasted…off. Too watery when cooked. Texture was wrong when […]
I read Make the Bread, Buy the Butter in one sitting (I heard about it from our friend Erin at Blue Yurt Farms). It was so engrossing I gave up trying to mark recipes with little post-its halfway thru and unabashedly dog-eared the rest. I was also laughing hysterically. Why I Love “Make the Bread, […]
Last year we didn’t get much of a garden because we had to clear the area, which was lightly forested. We managed to save some bean, tomato and pepper seeds but still had to buy a lot this year. Too much, you might say – but what a lovely sight on this snowy winter day.
My sister alerted me to this article on DIY Almond Milk, and now it’s hard to think of the stuff that comes in cardboard cartons as palatable or healthy. The fresh milk is much more thick and creamy, and the best part? It’s DIY, so the sweetness level is up to you. It’s just like […]
It can be difficult to avoid the sugary, ADD-inducing goodies during this season of generosity. I myself was about to brew up a batch of pumpkin butter and can it to give as gifts, but that didn’t work out. Then I remembered the assortment of nuts and dried fruits we’d stocked up on at Trader […]
Leftover Halloween pumpkins – what to do? The only one we carved this season has long since rotted off the picnic table, but the few we left intact and scattered around the house look as fresh as the day we picked them out – perfect for preserving. My first thought was canned pumpkin butter to […]
Even small-scale farming is permeated with an amount of food waste whether from a poor market day, blight, Food Bill loopholes, or USDA regulations – and it has always been one of the tricker realities in farming and homesteading for me to accept. However, every so often an opportunity arises to salvage what has become […]