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One mother making ends meet and surviving today's recession by writing. One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Adopted Motto

"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~

Saturday, April 20, 2013

From the Homesteading Journal . . .

"Snow!? Are you kidding me?!"

That was first thing out of my mouth this morning.

It's a small layer is here and there, but seriously.  It's April 20th!  Look at all that green from our recent rain too.

. . .  obtained my fishing license for this summer (Hubby too).

. . . one of our last two red hens pass away. For some reason all of our red hens consistently became egg bound and died. This is why we chose to invest in barred rocks this year.  We lost one to the great horned owl, but they seem to be larger and don't get egg bound or sick as much. 

. . . made another batch of goat's milk ricotta cheese.  I plan to make ricotta pancakes, stuffed shells and even cookies.  

Here is the link to the recipe we useHow to Make Ricotta Cheese with Goat's Milk, Mother Earth News

. . . added meat grinder and pressure canner to the homesteading wish list.  I was iffy on buying either one, but I can see the use for them.  We can grind the chicken we raise for meat, and eventually beef.


Sandra said...

We woke up to snow too! Crazy!

Do you have your ricotta cheese recipe posted?
We will be milking goats soon and usually have more milk than I know what to do with.

nancy said...

I got a nice little meat grinder at a yard sale. A lot more $$$ for pressure canners though. I wish I had a different range to can on, can't use one on glass...

EMMA said...

Woke up to 35 cm of fresh snow this morning!!
I bought a meat grinder last year, the old fashioned kind that you have to screw on to the end of the table and turn by hand! Works well but is a nightmare to clean, so it's worth grinding a lot of meat and freezing it in batches. Have seen some snazzy electric ones but they are sooo expensive.

Kristina said...

I'll post the link to the cheese recipe - very easy.

Candy C. said...

Snow?!? This spring has been crazy! I bought a pressure canner last year and I'm glad I did. I haven't used it a whole lot yet but it has come in handy.

Willow said...

We hopefully aren't going to get snow but we have been getting frost the past two nights. Spring has been very of here in New England too. Was so cold Saturday night I pulled out old Summer camping photos for my post. Good to remember that warm weather is coming soon lol