Around the Homestead

Labor Day Weekend-Saturday

Time to bake bread.  I cheat a little and use a bread maker to mix and for the first rise.  Then I slap it in a stoneware bread pan for the second rise before baking.  We never by store bought bread.  Every once in a great while we will buy hotdog buns, but this is a treat (more for my husband than myself, it’s the small things in life that make us happy).  I also put a pork roast in the crockpot for pulled pork sandwiches for later. 

Mid-morning it was time to catch up 6 of our roosters (yes, six roosters is ridiculous when you only have 15 hens).  Three bantie roosters met their maker and three Rhode Island Reds were escorted to our neighbors where the were butchered.  They kept two for their help, and we left with one bird and six chicken’s feet to put in a pot.  I put the chicken and feet in a freshly disinfected sink full of ice water and ran to mom and dad’s for yet another crockpot to cook the chicken in.  Once the chicken was done I put the feet in and let that simmer overnight for an incredible broth.

That afternoon when it was too hot to continue working outside I headed inside to heat up the house canning tomatoes, seven quarts to be exact.

I also made up some Nettles Hair Rinse.  It’s really easy and wonderful for your hair and new hair growth (which I need desperately).  Just place one ounce of dried nettles in a quart jar and cover with apple cider vinegar (I recommend Bragg’s).  Put a lid on the jar and let set overnight.  In the morning strain out the nettles and place the liquid in a container ready to use in the shower.  I just squirt a little bit on my scalp after cleaning, let set a few minutes, and rinse.

We indulged in an afternoon swim before doing chores.  What a great way to cool off and relax.  It felt great!


Pulled BBQ Pork Sandwiches (local pork from a 4-Her, homemade BBQ sauce, homegrown and canned sweet green tomatoes, and homemade bread)

Fried Potatoes in Coconut Oil

I promise to post recipes eventually.  I’m just playing catch up right now and don’t have the time.


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