Will and I took a trip to the back of the Big Pines forty acres — 17 Comments

  1. Aaaaahhh…..I just planted my broccoli and cauliflower and they were pretty big already. I tried to loosen the roots and “uncurl” the circular ones at the bottom of the pot as I was planting them. Next year I’ll know better and not start them so early. But I sure was sad to read it might cause me problems! Thanks for all the info though. Love reading your homestead adventures. It always makes me think outside the box and try to be creative with what I have around here. Thanks Jackie. Happy Mother’s Day!

    • Yours will probably be fine; it’s usually the store-bought plants that become severely root bound but it is better to start them later in the spring. Happy Mothers Day to you too!

  2. Dear Jackie, I have to tell you it has been pure pleasure over the years to watch David to grow into the capable grown man he is now.Thru the Backwoods Home magazines and your blog. Just wanted you to hear it even tho I’m sure you already know how amazing he is.

    • Of course, being a mom, I am thrilled at how well he’s turned out! Happy Mothers Day to you too, Diana!

  3. Loved reading about the adventure on the new property, and all of it’s potential for your lumber supplies! Thanks for the great updates on what’s happening at Jackie and Will’s place!

    • We’re absolutely thrilled with all of the potential lumber on that forty that would have otherwise just rotted away.

  4. Hi Jackie

    If you have lots of maples – and they are sugar maples you can tap them

    My husband tapped his first (and only sugar maple this spring) and got a quart of runny syrup – I suggested he boil it down more so it would be more viscous but he wanted it ‘runny’ lol

    • Unfortunately, they are silver maples, not sugar maples, but maybe we’ll give tapping a try as all maples can be tapped; there’s just less boiling involved with sugar maples. Me, I like my syrup, well, syrupy, not runny.

    • Yup but just look for “oatmeal cookies” and when you make them, just toss in a handful or more of raisins!

  5. I ADORE oatmeal raisin cookies!! Would you please share your recipe? I have your books on cooking and canning.

    Enjoy your blog; reading “Starting Over” again.

  6. I love the joy that you find in every day. You remind me that the simple details are blessings.