Winter food prep!

Winter food prep has started!! I am hoping to purchase a freezer soon!

Today I found a great local meat sale so I stocked up on ground beef and sausage. I made about 60 meatballs. Tonight we are having meatloaf and I still have two pounds of ground beef to prepare and freeze.

I really enjoy prepping for winter. It feels so nice to fill my pantry with food, prep toilet paper, laundry stuff and to make homemade soaps to put up for the year.

I am going to start canning this week.

In the fall after canning season is over, I want to make homemade pasta to store! I have been wanting to do this for such a long time.

Right now I am focused in the garden!

I’m really trying to get everything caught up. I need to take down some of my bean bushes and start planting some carrots.

Cabbage will be ready soon! I’m excited for some yummy sauerkraut! Cabbage rolls sound so good too! I haven’t made them in a long time!

A lot of my beans and corn will be frozen this year. I prefer some vegetables frozen, and those to me just taste better frozen fresh.

School starts soon. I am going to try to squeeze in some more fun with the kids in the next two weeks. We might go camping! It will be nice to have some family time! This summer has been so busy!

Pickin’ time

Cora and I did some picking this morning.

We picked fresh tomatoes, many types of green beans, peppers, basil, and two different varieties of parsley.

Cora said when she wants to grow up she wants to be a farmer and she wants us to farm together. She wants sheep, chickens, pigs, cows and horses.

She’s the best helper. She loves working in the garden! She plants, weeds, Trims, picks and waters the garden with me!

Today we have some chores to get done. Laundry needs hung, dishes need washed and the floors need mopped. I also want to do some food prep.

Tomorrow Cora has to get her tonsils and adenoids removed. I’m hoping for a fast recovery!

Cute pic of jack from yesterday 🥰

Summer Reading

What are you reading this summer? I read Young Pioneers the other day. It was such an easy read that it took me one day to complete it!

If you like the Little House books, you will enjoy it. It is written by Laura’s daughter, Rose.

I’m really enjoying the frontier / pioneer theme. I have a few books to choose from and will let you know what I decide to dive into next. I really enjoy series. I actually haven’t really read for myself in years. I am always reading kids books these days.

If you have any suggestions, leave them in the comments, I would love to hear them!

Rolling’ up our sleeves!

Today is another slow paced day so far. We all slept in (until 8am!) and spent the morning pretty lazy.

Mid afternoon, I went in to the kitchen to tackle the dishes. Our dishwasher is broke (something I can probably fix, but haven’t) and I have been avoiding the dishes in the sink. I got started on them and actually found the work to be very relaxing.

It really reminds me that there are so many things in life we don’t want to do; but we should just make the best of it and change your perspective and enjoy the hard work that comes with it. Washing all of the dishes didn’t take me long. It was much faster than waiting for the dishwasher.

After I tackled most of the dishes, it was time to learn! For awhile now I have been wanting to make butter with the Little girls. Now that we are reading the Little House books, it really seems appropriate. Emma and I did this when she was young and it was really fun!

The butter tasted great! The kids each had a piece of bread with the new butter spread thickly over it. Cora really enjoyed making the butter and eating it. We have buttermilk left over, so hopefully I can make some biscuits if I ever get around to it.

For lunch we had the left over spaghetti and broccoli, then went out to swim!

I recently ordered a new skimmer bag for the pool and it was so helpful! Cleaning the pool takes a lot of work, but I do it daily. I am so glad the pool hasn’t given me and trouble this year. All the levels are always good and since I get in and skim at least an hour or so a day, it’s pretty clear!

This has been one of the best purchases aside from our popcorn maker for this year! Especially since I only bought it for $40! Such a steal.

Now that we are inside and relaxing, I plan on finishing everything I started yesterday. I’m hoping to get my kitchen cleaned and mopped, my fridge cleaned out, some laundry put away and to finish my room.

I have no idea what we will have for dinner tonight. Cora wants me to make Chinese, but I am perfectly fine with continuing the leftovers. If everything goes well, we may need some icecream for all of our cleaning and organizing efforts today.

Cozy and grateful

The title is how I have felt this week. For the first time in months, we have had a pretty calm week without lots of plans. It has felt so good being close to home and catching up on things here.

We have been doing a lot of reading and homeschool. In the afternoons we are relaxing and playing in the pool.

The weather has been extremely hot, so I am very grateful I have a pool!

I still have not weeded. It is extremely hot, unless we are in the pool, we are inside.

Tonight I made spaghetti. I used sauce I canned last year. I also had homegrown green peppers, onions, basil, parsley and fresh zucchini. On the side, we had garlic bread and roasted broccoli with melted mozzarella on it.

Earlier we read Little House on The Prairie. It always makes me laugh because I can hardly get through a few paragraphs without the kids interrupting me and wanting to talk about Laura. They love her so much! They play House and pretend to be Laura and Mary, they always reference her too.

They are sponges! They are listening and really absorbing the material. I thought it was really cute because Ava reminded me today about how Laura’s daughter, Rose, built her parents a house to live in but they didn’t like it.

This is true! Rose made a lot of money as an author and wanted her parents to retire nicely. She bought land half a mile away from their farm house and ordered a Sears house they built. It is the “Rock House” as many people call it. It had modern amenities like a bathroom and shower. After living there 6 years they decided to go back to their farm house ion Rocky Ridge! They wanted to live more simple.

Thanks to YouTube, I have been able to show the kids all of Laura’s homes. They also love watching the series too.

Another little thing Ava remembered was Laura and Mary eating the pigs tail and thinking it was a delicacy. We giggled at that!

Most of the week has been spent relaxing. I have been catching up on laundry somewhere in between, and trying to deep clean room by room. I have been so unmotivated! My room is half done. There are dishes in my sink as well, so hopefully I can get caught up by tomorrow!

I did manage to catch up on laundry and had 3 loads on the line today!

It has felt really nice staying close to home and making this week slower paced. This weekend I am thinking about taking the kids to the drive in! They always have a lot of fun going!

I made this salad for lunch today and it was so delicious! I think we have only one pound of strawberries left!

As far as garden updates go, today I pulled some more onions, got some cherry tomatoes and more beans. My purple beans are just about done, which will be nice to clear that area and think of something else to put in its place.

We shelled some beans and are keeping some seeds for next year!

The girls had so much fun doing this!

I am going to try and blog more. I would love to blog about what we are doing daily, but sometimes it just slips my mind.

I hope you are staying cool!



Summer Harvest

I have been feeling alittle gloomy when it comes to my garden. A very bad storm last week knocked so much of my corn on the ground. There will be a huge loss from it. My promising corn is now a fraction what I planned for, but this is gardening life!

I feel like I am always working when it’s nice to weed. Many rainy days have made it hard to get into the garden, on top of that I have crazy schedules running my kids to activities. The next two weeks I am hoping to really spend a lot of time in the garden. Especially today. A heat wave is starting tomorrow and lasting throughout the weekend.

I have harvested my first peppers! They were a wonderful surprise yesterday.

I have lots of green tomatoes. Cherry tomatoes too! I have been really busy picking beans. I have blanched and bagged about 6 quarts total.

Onions have been about ready for harvesting too!!

Swiss chard

Sugar beets

Cabbage – there have been so many Beatles! They have been extremely frustrating this year. Last year I didn’t even see one!

I am hoping to clear out my mud room. It has somehow turned into a junk room. I am going to store my gardening tools, get some shelves and use it to prep seeds. Most of all, I want to put a deep freezer in it!! We desperately need one!

Hope you all are staying cool…

Today it will only be in the 80s… before the terrible heat comes tomorrow!



Jam day

I was late on the jam this year. I never found strawberries that were a good price. My parents found strawberries for 99 cents a lb at the store. I had them buy me 20 lbs! They are normally close to $4 per lb.

This week we are eating strawberries like crazy. I still have 5 pounds after making 18 jars of jam. I am thinking we need a strawberry pie.. shortcake and other strawberry desserts! Maybe even strawberry muffins to freeze?

I checked on them this morning. Everything sealed well. They do look alittle liquid-y to me. I’m hoping they set better in the next few days. This is the first thing I have canned this summer! Even if they are more on the liquid side, we will use it for strawberry lemonade, on top of icecream, with milk, in cakes, and whatever else I can think of! Nothing is wasted.

I will keep you posted on how well they end up setting.