Tag: whistling rooster homestead

  • Homestead Diary: The Heritage Apple Project

    Homestead Diary: The Heritage Apple Project

    Over the last few years I have been building a generous collection of foraged apple seeds. I have a tradition of sprouting these seeds as early as New Year’s as a totally gratuitous mid-winter gardening activity. The first couple of years I only collected a handful of varieties, but over this last summer my little…

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  • Where to Get My Favorite Free Seed Catalogs

    Where to Get My Favorite Free Seed Catalogs

    In the colder months when the wind blows snow flurries over our lifeless garden and the fire burns cozy in the living room, one of the most anticipated events in my house is the mid-winter arrival of the annual seed catalogs. There are few things more comforting than relaxing on the couch with a colorful…

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  • How I Organize my Garden Seeds

    How I Organize my Garden Seeds

    Welcome (or welcome back) to the cabin! Iโ€™m sitting down with a cup of tea and my seed purchases for the 2023 season to chat with you about what Iโ€™m most excited to grow this year as well as how I organize my seed stash.

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  • Hearty Sourdough Multigrain Bread – Recipe

    Hearty Sourdough Multigrain Bread – Recipe

    Do you love the sweet and nutty chewiness of a whole wheat loaf of bread, but want to leaven it with sourdough? Look no further. While I use a homemade seed mix, Bob’s Red Mill makes a nut & seed mix that can be added to any bread recipe for a hearty dose of heart-healthy…

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  • Lavender: The Complete Growing Guide

    Lavender: The Complete Growing Guide

    Lavender is a hardy perennial herb renowned for its aromatic blooms and soothing medicinal qualities. Popular with pollinators and astoundingly deer-proof, this classical, compact shrub is a fabulous choice for low-maintenance landscaping or beautifying a kitchen garden. Dating back to the Old World and being native to the Mediterranean, lavender is drought-tolerant, easy to grow…

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  • The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Sourdough

    The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Sourdough

    This is a perfect way to maintain your sourdough starter without it taking over your life! It spends most of the time in the fridge in a small jar, but it always available if you need it. When baking with it always remember to reserve at least 50 grams of starter to keep it going.

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  • Garden Minestrone – Recipe

    Garden Minestrone – Recipe

    I can say without an ounce of trepidation that this batch of minestrone soup is the BEST we have ever tasted! I have made gallons of it, and the pot is always scraped clean by the night’s end. It comes together quickly and easily, and pairs amazingly with a side salad or even just some…

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  • Rosemary Olive Oil Sourdough – Recipe

    Rosemary Olive Oil Sourdough – Recipe

    In my quest to find a traditional sourdough recipe for this type of bread, I found two things to be true: it is typically made with olive oil, something that I’m not as experienced with in sourdough; and the rosemary is either added to the olive oil to impart flavor, or the dried herb is…

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  • Sourdough English Muffins – Recipe

    Sourdough English Muffins – Recipe

    Over the past year that I’ve spent honing my home baking I’ve come to one important conclusion: Bread is not as complicated as it’s made out to be. This is especially true when it comes to sourdough! I don’t feed my starter on a regular schedule, rather by what its reaction is to feeding; I…

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  • The Best Homemade Bouillon – Recipe

    The Best Homemade Bouillon – Recipe

    While it’s more of a guide than a recipe I’ve written up my garden bouillon process below. I highly recommend experimenting with the meats and veggies you add to the stock pot for an interesting flavor combination!

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  • Whole Chicken Soup Stock – Recipe

    Whole Chicken Soup Stock – Recipe

    Making your own chicken stock (or any kind of broth, really) is amazingly effortless, especially if you own a pressure cooker! I threw this recipe together after butchering a naughty hen from our egg layers – you can see more about that experience in my Homestead Kitchen Diary – but you can use any whole,…

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  • Homestead Diary – My First Butchering Experience

    Homestead Diary – My First Butchering Experience

    I finally got the courage to cull my first hen after we adopted a few rescue chickens from a backyard chicken owner. They had been kept indoors pretty much all their lives and came to us with a number of problems, one of which being the dreaded egg-eating. This counterproductive problem got worse and worse…

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  • Weather Reporting on the Homestead: AcuRite Products That We Couldn’t Live Without

    Weather Reporting on the Homestead: AcuRite Products That We Couldn’t Live Without

    I hope those of you who are familiar with the “quality” of AcuRite products don’t scoff at the title of this post. While the entire line of products leaves a lot to be desired, they have a monopoly on the weather reporting market, so therefore they can charge an outlandish amount of money for items…

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  • How to Turn Your Wet Sourdough Starter into a Dry Starter

    How to Turn Your Wet Sourdough Starter into a Dry Starter

    The beauty of this method is that you only need a small amount of the starter to reactivate for each round of baking you do while it’s in the fridge. As long as it’s not moldy it will be safe and ready to use until you only have a small amount left; this remaining starter…

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  • Huckleberry Buttermilk Scones – Recipe

    Huckleberry Buttermilk Scones – Recipe

    If you’ve never made scones consider this a sign! They’re amazingly delicious and so simple to make. Every time I make scones I think of Mrs. McCarthy of the TV series Father Brown, who for much of the show’s duration offers her famous award-winning scones to passerby at every opportunity. These aren’t quite as fancy…

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