Merry Christmas to all — 43 Comments

  1. Jackie,
    Happy New Year to you and your family. I pray that 2019 will be healthy, joyful and prosperous for all of you. Thanks for sharing your home and homestead with us. I learn so much from you and it is such a pleasure to read your posts.

    All those cookies you listed in this post sound so delicious. It is fun to have a helper and do a Christmas baking spree. Are all these cookie recipes in your cookbook?


  2. Christmas blessings to you and Will and all of your family Jackie. We wish you a very happy new year ahead – one of good health and prosperity!

  3. Jackie,
    This year I have 3 Hopi squash. Could you tell us start to finish (cutting them and everything) how to make your pumpkin pies. We want our husbands to love our pies, too! Ha Ha

    • Oops, I missed this one! Forgive me? Cut a squash in half at the waist. Take the “guts” out of your squash by hand and save the seeds. If you planted no other C. maxima squash they’ll be pure and you can replant next year and also share with friends and family. If they may have crossed, you can toast them on a cookie sheet after cleaning them and sprinkling with salt. You don’t eat the shells but the meat inside, like a sunflower seed; the hulls are too thick. Anyway, place the seeds into a sieve and run warm water over them under the faucet while working the seeds with your hand. When clean, dump on a cookie sheet. Either just lay out to dry for next year’s seed or sprinkle with salt and put in the oven at 250 degrees for about half an hour.
      I scrape the inside of the squash to remove the stringy layer of meat then put the squash in the oven on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees until tender. Then I cheat. After making and placing rolled out pie dough over two pie pans, I dump the filling all into my blender in this order:

      1 C milk
      2 eggs
      2 Tbsp butter
      2 Tbsp flour
      1/2 tsp salt
      1/4 tsp ground cloves
      1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
      1 tsp ground cinnamon
      1 1/2 C squash meat
      Put on the cover and whiz until well blended. Pour into a pie shell and bake in the oven at 375 degrees until a knife comes out clean when inserted in the center.
      Repeat with the second pie if you want two pies. You probably will!
      You can also find this recipe and plenty more in my book, Jackie Clay’s Pantry Cookbook, available through Backwoods Home Magazine.

    • And to you, too, Lois! Gee, I don’t know what to wish for…. I feel like I have everything.

  4. Jackie, God bless you and yours. Christmas is such a wonderful time for family and pray God blesses you with a wonderful, productive, healthy New Year. I so appreciate how you blog about your family. My son has built a couple of cabins, my Dad and Grandpa were hard workers. Mom and Grandma got together for cooking, canning, baking – big get-togethers for making hay. Gone are all those days for us – that generation all gone now. There are fewer of us and more city people mixed in that don’t have that kind of upbringing. What a blessing I had growing up! Thank you again for your words – I’ll be ordering more seed later! Gave away some Hopi Pale Gray seeds with Christmas presents! Everyone loved it!! I need to order your whole series of Jesse Hazard books – loved Zane Grey and Louis L’Amour!!

    • Oops, I missed your comment; so sorry! I totally understand what you say about people not having that kind of upbringing. It’s so sad!! They don’t have a clue what they’re missing. I cherish all the times Mom, Dad and Grandma worked on and on while I tried to help. Then, later, I actually needed their help to teach me new skills. I’m so happy you gave Hopi Pale Grey squash seeds away. To think, they were SO VERY close to becoming extinct! Whew. That was a close one. If you love a true, old-fashioned western, you’ll love Jess Hazzard. No horrible violence, graphic sex or filled with cuss words. Several pastors endorse the books and that makes me feel real good. Happy New Year!

  5. Merry Christmas, my friends. Enjoy your winter wonderland. You deserve a winter break with all the preparations you have made.

    • Thanks, Margie! I don’t think that winter break will be coming; we have a major snow storm getting ready to hit us.

  6. Best wishes for a healthy and happy honesteading year to you and yours. Your advice and entertainment are appreciated.

  7. God bless you Jackie….thank you for the years of sharing your homestead with me. Merry christmas to you all…

    • And to you, Nina! You won’t be sorry you plant Hopi Pale Grey squash. It’s the best! Yes we sell seeds; just click on the Seed Treasures seeds on the blog and it’ll take you right to our website so you can see photos of them.

  8. Merry Christmas! Beautiful pictures. Such a wonderful time to visit with family and recognize our many blessings. Wishing a happy, healthy and peaceful New Year for you. Everett

  9. Hi, and Merry Christmas to you and yours. Jacki, I will send in for
    the Backwoods Home Mag. likely before the new years. I need to see if
    I can reorder the other mag and yours together.

    • Sure you can. And I’ll be writing for both magazines as usual. Happy New Year!!!

  10. May your picture-perfect winter wonderland last through the holidays and add to the joy as your family gets together. God bless you all.

    • It made it through Christmas and still looks wonderful. Everyone in the family commented about the drive in. Thank you!