The bottom fell out of the temperature last night.

When we woke up it was negative 16° F! In Minnesota that's cold for early November. Those beavers were sure right so far! So we run out, do chores then come back and work...

We finally got our new inverter

On Friday the 13th we got our new pure sine wave inverter after the mix-up with Amazon. Will quickly read and re-read the instruction booklet just to make sure he totally understood how to...

It always feels great to fill up those empty spots in the pantry

I've been canning carrots like mad and boy, are they ever nice this year. They're plenty sweet, crisp, and have few lumps, bumps or extra arms and legs. I'm in a groove now. First...

We are almost done haying and canning has begun full time now.

Finally, after two years of waiting to have enough seed for our wonderful Crawford beans, I had enough saved to plant extra trellises so we could both eat and can some. Well, we did...

My ham and bean soup turned out perfect

Make that perfect plus! Wow — I sneaked a taste as I ladled it into the jars and even I am impressed. Now we have 14 pints of nice bean soup sitting on the...