The Farm Must Go On.

Well you will have read all about the losses of our layer flock by now. I’ve read those posts a hundred times before they were published. Until you’re farmer, you can’t begin to understand how it irks me (maybe me a little more than others in a psychotic OCD sort of way) when I fail….

2 out of 12. Not too good.

Well honestly things haven’t worked so well with our poor backyard chickens. We were pillaged by a red fox.  Ol’ Red got 2 out of 4 of our remaining chickens. My two favorite chickens. Miss Henrietta Featherbottom and Miss Minerva Louise McGonagall. They started laying much earlier than the others and their eggs were big…

Red Tomato Jam or Swanky Ketchup…

Ya know, whenever I get a hundred pounds of tomatoes to can, I often wonder if I should seek immediate medical attention. I have to be nuts to do it. It’s a mess. It takes forever. Blah blah blah. When I’m done with them though, I am always glad I did. So I call for…

When Life Gives You Lemons

When life gives you lemons, maybe one of your chickies will lay her first egg. ~Ancient Proverb~  Ahem. Me. Dust bath anyone? Sometimes when you @Finally get your homestead moved and are in the throes of cleaning, scrubbing and unpacking, your points will go out on your pump for the well. Sometimes the repair guy…

Finally.

We are finally moved. Thank God. This transition has been a pretty rough period for our little homestead. 7 out of our original 12 chickens have been killed. By our landlord’s dog. So that’s awesome. Otherwise, we are finally here. So we can finally begin to clean up our new farm and get to work….

Just Checking In

Yes we are still alive and this blog thing is still happening. It’s just happening a little slower and less frequently than initially intended. However, I think we are finally at the climax of our hectic situation. So it has to get better right? Here’s the thing we will be moving a homestead for the…

Delicious Garlic Dill Pickle Chips

 Well Folks, now that we have what we need for water bath canning, I think we are ready to try a simple recipe. This recipe is a small batch, fresh pack Garlic Dill Pickle Recipe. I am excited to try these pickles out as they seem to be a pretty simple and low ingredient way…

To Can or Not to Can? You May Have Few Questions.

When I was younger I remember canning summer harvests with my grandmother.  I remember tons of tomatoes, pecks of peaches, spicy salsa, gallons of green beans… You get it. A lot of produce went into beautiful Mason Jars and then we got to chow down on it all year long. Returning from the trip down…

Hi ya’ll

Welcome to our Unexpected Homestead!!!  This is going to be a blog/record of our triumphs and failures as brand new homesteaders. I grew up riding horses, hunting, covered in dirt, and working on our farm in Tennessee. We raised our own beef, pork, chickens, and a huge garden; however it’s been a while. It’s the…