Friday, August 15, 2014

So many things...

Life has been busy for us the last month and a half. Too busy. But many good things have come from the busyness. Last month, each child had their own week of Bible camp to attend. Though it was a lot of trips back and forth to Kalispell (and hour and a half away each trip, six trips total) the munchkins really enjoyed their individual time away. The last week in July (when my youngest was at Bible camp) my husband and son were gone for a week long hike in the sawtooth mountains in Idaho. Meghan and I were home by ourselves. It was very nice to have some one on one time with her.
The weather has been extremely HOT this last 6 weeks. 90* or more almost every day. YUCK! But the pond has been well used by the kids.

The garden was doing quite well. It is small as I am building as I go, but the tomato plants are loaded with unripe tomatoes right how. Hopefully they still have enough time to fully ripen. 


Of course these pictures were taken before the deer decided the fences and marigolds were not enough deterrent to keep them out. :-( But they left my tomato plants alone and the carrots and beets will survive without their tops.

Our puppy Sophie decided to take a 3 day vacation away from us. While my husband and son were at a friends house cutting up a fallen tree she decided to wander away. Luckily we live in an area where people are so good about turning in wandering animals and we got a call from a family who said "I think we have your puppy." We were very happy to have her home again.

We have had a large amount of company visit us this summer which has been so much fun, and are expecting more next week. Of course this keeps us hopping as all the visitors want to see the beauty of the wilderness of Montana. Oh, and all the animals too. :-)
There was also Vacation Bible School that we were involved with the first week of August. We were blessed with the opportunity to see one young man place saving faith in Christ Jesus that week. Those things make all the work worthwhile.

My dear husband has begun to create a pantry area in my kitchen for me. This project has been put on hold due to company coming and going, but the finished project looms in the near future. I am VERY excited about this!


Things look like they are about to slow down for us here shortly, and though we have loved all the variety of the summer, we are longing for the peace of cool air and surety of routine coming with the fast approaching Autumn months.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

A few things.

Donald came home the other night with a surprise for us. He found a baby turkey all alone on the dirt road. It just sat there and let him walk up to it and pick it up. We kept it in the house for a few nights until we knew it was eating and drinking and would live. Today the kids put up a separate pen in the chicken coop for it to live in. It is quite a noisy little critter. Never thought we would raise turkey, but thats the fun of living on a homestead. You never know what is going to happen next.


This morning I headed down the hill for ladies bible study then came home to finish up mowing the lawn that I didn't get to the other day before the rain hit. I got the last couple sections finished up and decided to try out my new large sized muffin pans. I was looking for some new breakfast ideas for Donald to take to work with him.



YUM! It was hard to not try to taste test every kind. I make banana chocolate chip, Chocolate chocolate chip, strawberry cream cheese, and apple pie strudel. I am pretty happy with the way they turned out. Now Donald can keep some in the freezer at work and if he doesn't get to eat before he leaves the house he can pull out one of these goodies. Of course, there is enough for some to stay home for everyone else to enjoy too. Off to clean the kitchen now. It is a pretty big mess after all this variety.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Around the gardens

Just a quick picture update of the gardens and a new project or two.

A happy greeting by the front door. I have two of these lovelies, thanks to my dear husband who convinced me that I should buy the pots even if they were more than I thought I should spend. He said, "You'll never find others that you like as much so you should go ahead and get them." So glad he convinced me. I really do like how they look.


 The upper garden section is coming along quite nicely. I keep adding on and adding on. In a couple years I should have a beautiful garden area with walkways built up nicely. goal now is to get some moss growing on the concrete blocks.
Today I replanted my asparagus seeds as the chickens got in and dug up all my starts. I also planted brussel sprout seeds today. I am new to both of these veggies, so it will be fun to see what happens.


 The tomato's took over the garden area this year as every seed I planted came up amazingly enough. I ended up planting 17 tomato plants. (I also gave away quite a few)

 This is the newest project. This area is along the driveway. I want to build just a short wall and turn this area into flower gardens.

The wild roses are in bloom all over the property right now. No matter where you go in the yard, you smell the roses. It's heavenly!!

It's true!

Cats really do like catnip, a lot. Our kitty Cloe found the pot of catnip and I can hardly keep her out of it. I never would have guessed that they liked it quite as much as the rumors say they do, but it's true.


There have been a couple times that I had to actually pull her out of the plant as she was trying to lay in it and was threatening to knock the whole thing over.


Life on the homestead is always entertaining. And you never know what form that entertainment might come in.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

March 26, 2014

It is starting to feel like Spring might actually show up at our house this week.

Our robins are here and singing their evening song. One of my most favorite nature experiences.


I love that they sit in the very tops of the trees (so much easier to find them) and sing their hearts out. No better song could accompany the setting of the sun.


Today I had to do some more re-potting. I needed to do a whole lot, but I ran out of dirt, so I re-potted my jalapeno peppers, bull nose peppers and my amish paste tomatoes. That added about 18 more pots to my little table. I absolutely love seeing these things take off. The growth and health that we will be able to appreciate and eventually harvest is so much fun to watch.

Some of the pepper plants I re-potted.

The table is filling up.


Yesterday the porch was finally clear of snow, so I was able to get out there and sweep it off. It was piling up with wood chunks and saw dust from our firewood that we store on it. It really felt good to get out there and do that. We have running water in our frost free by the chicken coop again! Yea! Its a step in the right direction. At least now we don't have to take the water tank to town every other day to fill it up. We were able to run a hose from the frost free to the tank and we can keep it full that way now. Still no water to the main system, but I am sure if this warmer weather holds up (55* yesterday!!!) it won't be much longer. 

As a side note, I happily found the sound track to Anne of Green Gables the other day and I tell you what, it is the perfect music to enjoy as we welcome Spring to our home. It is very cheering and uplifting. I sense a movie marathon for the girls and I in the near future. :-)

School is moving right along. Wesley seems to be getting over his severe dislike for writing, so that is a huge win for us for this school year. It has been such a battle the last couple years. But we are seeing much light at the end of that tunnel. Praise God. 
*On a side note to that, I highly recommend the book called "Educating the Well Trained Mind." There is so much good and helpful information in there.*

Not much else to report here. Just the regular every day stuff to do.

Have a blessed day!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

March 22, 2014

First, I am happy to say that I did get my bread done two days ago. Yay for  fresh bread. Meghan bribed me a little. "Mom, if I do all the dishes  will you make us homemade bread?" We had been given a few loaves of that bread that has all the nuts and such in it and it is not Meghan's favorite. So since we have no running water, and we were still waiting for our new pump to show up (which we now have!!!) washing dishes is quite a big ordeal. So she did the dishes, and I made 16 loaves of bread. I sold 4 and gave away 2. We should be good in the bread department for a while :-)


When I went down to the pantry to get the flour to make bread, I found 3 onions that were starting to get soft, so I decided to dice them up and threw them in the dehydrator. Boy did the house smell GOOD! Between the baking bread and the drying onion it was heavenly.


I did finally get my recipes all transferred over to my recipe box and I found all kinds of fun recipes that I haven't made it quite a while. Last night I decided to make Bacon and Egg soup served in homemade bread bowls. It was a major hit. Everyone enjoyed it. I was told that I definitely had to make it again. I was surprised at how easy it was to make the bread bowls. I just took my easy french bread recipe (the prairie homestead) and divided it into 5 equal parts, shaped them into balls and baked them. The crust on the french bread held out really well to the broth of the soup. My family loves homemade bread, so this was well accepted by everyone. And, did I mention it was EASY!



Today, Hadassa is with Donald doing her field course for hunters safety class. She was so excited for this that she woke up the first time at 6:00 AM. Silly girl. But I am glad that she is enjoying it. I should have some pictures for tomorrow's post. 
Have a blessed day.


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Hello Spring....

On this first day of Spring, I sit in my cozy house, knowing its 28* outside and the snow is gently falling. We have accumulated almost two inches since last night (on top of the 6" we accumulated 3 nights ago) and it doesn't look like its going to let up very soon. I am spending the morning looking at things that actually remind me of Spring as I am feeling a bit down this morning. I did learn a new word today:

Agrarian: Of or relating to farm or farming, characteristics of farmers or their way of life, organized or designed to promote agricultural interests.

After I found this word, and the meaning thereof, I looked it up on pinterest and there are some amazing boards under this title. That is where I am today.
You can see the view from my desk in the picture above. Also you can see how big my garlic is getting. Though they look a bit wilted from insufficient watering yesterday. I've already transplanted my tomatoes once since I started them. I am beginning to think that I am going to quickly run out of space if I can not get some of this stuff in the ground in a month. The ground is still frozen solid and we still have no running water. But, I am happy as long as I can have a day now and then to waste away enjoying the beauty of nature and Spring, even if it is through pins on other peoples boards on pinterest....

Enjoy your first day of Spring!

P.S. Just so you all know, I will be making 16 loaves of bread today, so I will accomplish something productive. :-)