Monthly Archives: Nov 2017

Double Digits

Today at 9:45am Miss Milena turned 10! 

Who said she was allowed. I never gave her permission to grow up…😉

When I asked her what kind of cake she wanted, as I always make a cake according to their likes. This year she asked for Northern Lights.

So off to books and Pinterest I went. This is the one picture that caught my attention(found on Pinterest) because it looks similar to the ones we get here.

It had to be double decker cake to match her double digit birthday and Chocolate. So, off to my kitchen to whip up some food magic. With a dash and splash and lots of blessings added I came up with this cake.

It didn’t turn out the way I saw it in my mind, but it was fun to paint with icing again. She loved it, which makes it just perfect. 😗💖🌌

Happy 10th Birthday Milena! May your tenth spin around our beautiful sun bring you joy, good times and new friends. 

💖☄D

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November 15th….snow

In two days we got a foot and a half of snow. It took me 3hours every morning to shovel the driveway and parking area. 

….but the beauty once the sky clear and the sun came out yesterday made it worth the stiff and sore body.😍🌲❄

Snow! Winter is here to stay.

We have full fledge winter now. 

We decked out the outhouse with new white Christmas lights. 

This morning at 7am I headed out to start shovelling the snow. We got just about a foot of the white stuff…

To my left (toward the mountain)

The house

To my right(looking south toward the highway)

It took me 3.5 hours to shovel the driveway and the back yard. We pile most of the snow in our backyard, as our property slopes down toward the house. *eyeroll* The worst place to build…anyways. I make pathways to the little coop and garage and outhouse(our emergency bathroom). 

I went for a wander after shovelling

The girls made their tabogganing “hill” and spent the afternoon sliding on their crazy carpets. As you can see there was a cold wind…Milena put on her balaklava(which belonged to her dad at her age). 

After a cold day outside….-3°c with a windchill of -5°c. A nice filling hot soup was in order for supper. 

I made a Sausage/Pasta Soup…

Browned sausage, 2 celery stalks, 3 carrots diced, 2 onions, 3 garlic cloves chopped, a teaspoon of Rosemary/sage/basil, a can of kidney beans and turkey soup stock and water. Macaroni added 10 minutes before serving. 

Delicious! 

Chilly blessings to all,

❄💙D

Wandering…

Photos of our environment….the land is hibernating. I feel the urge to do the same.

Preservation

I constantly hear about preservation on Homesteading, foraging, off-grid and DIY websites, blogs, fb pages. All these are great but they usually only geared toward your pantry, larder, dairy and feezer. They miss the most important thing….well in my eyes.

SEEDS! 

You can only preserve so much food before it goes bad or it all gets eaten. Then what?! Where does your food come from. For me the next step is growing my food. 

I grow as much as I can. Buy as much local food and from reliable sources as I can in my tiny little area. 

I buy Heritage seeds, organic, open-pollinated and all the rest of the labels. My goal is to buy Heritage seeds that will actually grow in our odd, cold, short season. I let some plants of each variety go to seed or wait until complete maturity( if possible). From those plants I save the best of the fruits. I then save the seed for part of next years crop. 

Today, I spent 3hours processing flower seeds I was able to save. 

I purchased some small envelopes and plain sticker labels from my local Printing and Stationery store.

I was able to preserve:

  • Holly Hock
  • Calendula
  • Petunia
  • Mallow

Holly Hock

Petunia

Calendula

Mallow