It’s cut the tree time on the homestead

When Will and I were investigating our hillside last fall, we found this nearly perfect little fir tree. It was bushy, fat and shining; the perfect Christmas tree! I filed it in my memory...

We mixed our weekend with work and play

On Saturday, Will fired up the sawmill and cut a nice pine log into boards after changing the belt, which had frayed and come off. Then, that afternoon, he and David went to our...

Q and A: training a heifer to milk, powdery mildew, and ordering seeds

Training a heifer to milk We have a Jersey heifer that calved about three weeks ago. I am having a terrible time milking her. She was so gentle that I free milk her, with only...

Q and A: canning dried beans, planting asparagus, and dried citrus peels

Canning dried beans It is not so easy to find cooking method to can dried beans in a pressure cooker. A good place I've found is at http://pickyourown.org/canningdriedbeans.htm but it seems it cooks the beans...

Q and A: canning salsa and yellow leaves on tomato plants

Canning salsa I want to can my own salsa recipe. I don't like the addition of vinegar in my salsa. Can I just use my recipe and pressure can it? If so, how long? Also, on...