Q and A: canning jam and heater for root cellar

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Canning jam I made some jam a few days ago and missed one of the jars in the water bath. It cooled off along with the water. I found it the next day and the...

Our sunshine continues

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We are amazed at the sunshine we've been having lately after such a cloudy and cold, snowy November. It feels so uplifting to just walk around outside doing odds and ends chores. Will has...

We have a new, part-time apprentice

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On Saturday, we were happy to welcome our newest part-time apprentice, Kelly, to our homestead. She lives about four hours south of us in Minnesota and has e-mailed and talked on the phone with...

Will finally started the wood kitchen range

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This year has been so busy that I just didn't get around to cleaning and starting the wood kitchen range. Last night, it was -18 degrees, so we were so glad to have it...

Winter finally hit with a huge bang

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Although we've had a fabulous fall, with hardly any snow and cold, Old Man Winter finally arrived all at once. We were expecting 8-12 inches which the weather radio updated Thursday evening to 12-18...