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The Happiest Place on Earth!

ImageTomorrow we will be leaving for the Disneyland!  In a radical unprecedented move, a while back I decided to “skip” Thanksgiving and take the little kids to Disney ~ GASP!  We have been trying to get to the Happiest Place on Earth for about a decade but the timing has just never been right.  It isn’t this time either but based on our hectic schedules and time ticking away, we decided ~ Let’s GO if we’re GOING!  So we are.  We will be arriving the night before turkey day and as I understand it the park will be decked out for Christmas, I’m very excited about this as ever year it seems like the 25th of December sneaks up on me and I never get all the things done I wished to do.  I’m glad to have this early kick-start.  One of our older daughters will stay and keep house and home, looking after the homestead and tending to the animals.  Wish us well ~ adventure awaits!

I would LOVE to see pics or hear about your Disney adventures!

Got Sand Bags?

Looking for a better sand bag and a better way of sandbagging your homestead?  Try Sand Bricks!!  These innovated new type of sand bag is clearly the right choice for homesteaders!  VERY easy to fill and even easier to lay down.  When our home flooded last year when the Arcade Creek backed up we were awestruck at how fast our sand bag (Sand Brick), wall went up.  They are easy to order online and come packed up in boxes for neat storage in your garage, barn or attic.

Vacation, Just Me and My Lil Big Boy

Sometimes one just has to get away from it all.  Not that “all” is a big deal but to remove yourself from the usual is grand.  This week Sammy and I headed North to the condo in Tahoe.  Unsure of when Big Daddy can make it up we’ve been enjoying some much needed Mommy and Me time.  The first night started off great as we enjoyed dinner, playtime and videos together, but the joy was soon short lived when Little Big Boy packed up his wares declaring it was “going home time now”.  Neither one of us had a good sleep last night so today has consisted of one long windy walk and lots of coloring, playmobil and naptime.  I think tonight will be better.

Childs Play

Streams full and rushing
Young boy splashing
Wellies wet, dashing
Water lapping,
Small hands smacking.
Face wet, dripping.
Little boy grinning
Eyes wide, winning.
Photo taken, smiling
Memories making.

Robert Green
Nothing says vacation like Pediasure in a fancy glass… Cheers!

October 31, 2012

“I’m very fond of men. I think they are wonderful creatures. I love them dearly. But I don’t want to look like one. When women gave up their long skirts, they made a grave error…” ~Tasha Tudor

Preparing Your Homestead for a Hurricane

As hurricane Sandy bears down on the East Coast, it is being proceeded by flurry of activity.  People are battening up the hatches so to speak and getting their homes and families ready for the possibility of flooding, high winds, power outages, and whatever else might be in store.  Here we spent the day harvesting, checking on the animals, and getting some last minute work and play outside before the rain sets in.

All it it takes to remind us of what can happen is the memory of past storms.  Just mention a name, and we  are all reminded of the paths of devastation: Irene, Hugo, Katrina.  At the same time, we all know that often  times, all the hype and doomsday prophesies only amount to a bit of rain and maybe a fallen tree.  No matter what hurricane Sandy (or Frankenstorm) does in your area, being prepared gives you piece of mind.

Here is a list of things to do in preparing your homestead for a hurricane:

  • Make an emergency contact list
  • Check your property to determine which shelter is safest for animals – have a back up if something happens and you need a new place to house animals.  Consider power lines, trees, flood regions, etcIf you have dead tree overhanging your house, barn or shed, try to cut it down before the storm arrives.
    • After the storm inspect your fencing, housing and pastures, for damage and fallen trees (especially poisonous ones)
  • Make sure livestock has plenty of food and water with a good back up supply in case you can’t get to them right away, or you can’t get to the feed store.
  • Keep a livestock kit near at hand with emergency info and basic first aid supplies (know where your human first aid supplies are!)
  • Decide at what point to lock your animals inside their shelter.
  • Have evacuation supplies nearby: If you need to leave know where everything is: cages, leashes, food etc.
  • Have access to emergency gear such as shovels, chainsaws, hammers, nails, wood, etc.  Think through what might happen and have your gear ready to go.
  • Put stuff away – anything that could blow around, or be damaged with serious precipitation or flooding.
  • In places that are expecting high winds, cover your window and secure things like screens.
  • Harvest anything from your garden that could be damaged in the storm.
  • Stake plants that may be damaged by heavy winds.
  • Have food prepared that you can cook without electricity.
  • Have access to clean water (enough to last 7 days)
  • Be prepared for power outages and consider the food in your fridge in freezer.  If you know you will experience a long power outage, eat the food that will go bad.
  • Have flashlight, matches, candles, and other emergency equipment ready for your home.
  • Charge cell phone batteries or other batteries.
  • Move any large equipment to high ground to avoid flooding problems.
  • If you have one, check your generator.

You can never be prepared for every potential, but this list is a good place to start.

Great Info! Thank you Backyard Farming Connection!

Sweet and Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds…

This recipe has yummy sweetness with just a little bite of spice !

Save all of your seeds from pumpkin carving.
Separate seeds from pulp, by hand. (Don’t use water.)
Spread on a parchment paper lined baking tray.
Bake at 250 degrees for 1 hour.
Then saute the seeds in 1 and 1/2 Tbsp. canola oil.
I will usually saute until a few of the seeds are just beginning to turn brown.
In a small bowl, mix together 4 Tablespoons of sugar,
1/4 teaspoon each of salt, cinnamon and ginger.
Add a couple shakes of pepper.
Add sauteed seeds to sugar mixture and toss to coat evenly.