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TAG : Erin Sheehan

Easy, DIY, Wine-Cork Ornament

For more than ten years now I've been doing a Christmas ornament exchange with friends out on the west coast. We each make an ornament and ship it off in mid-December. Over the years, my tree has more and more decorations from this exchange. It's been terrific!This year, I did a simple, ...

Bake Cookies With Your Leftover Halloween Candy

I poked around in our “junk drawer” last week to discover a bag of Kit Kat candy bars left over from Halloween stuffed in the back. Uh oh! Jim and I don’t usually eat candy, so I had to think about what to do with it. I decided to use it in a cookie recipe, because we DO eat ...

Candy Alternatives for Halloween Trick or Treaters

This year marked our first Halloween at the new house. Our neighbors told us to expect anywhere from 85 to 200 trick-or-treaters. I didn’t want to give out candy or plastic nothings made in China, so I asked my mom for some help with alternatives. She suggested bats and spiders. They were ...

Canned Pumpkin Pickles Recipe

Our pie pumpkin harvest last year numbered 21 absolute beauties in the 7-8 pound range. We traded some with friends and family, and made pumpkin pie, soup, and bread. We even tried a to-die-for pumpkin trifle. But by late-October we we were still looking at over 100 pounds of pumpkin to use ...

Fall Planting – Garlic

Fall means it’s garlic planting time. If you aren’t already growing garlic, time to start! Garlic is a low-maintenance crop and it is ready to pick by July, usually a low-time in our harvest schedule, so the timing is good for processing delicious home-grown garlic! Start by finding ...

Urban Foraging for a Nut Harvest

For the past five autumns we’ve watched squirrels devour the hundreds of butternuts that fall from the huge butternut trees in our neighborhood. Butternuts have a high oil content, providing a lot of calories to the squirrels in the form of fat and protein. The nuts have a large green ...

Old-Fashioned Rhubarb Pie Recipe

Our rhubarb patch has plants from three sources: my mom and two of our neighbors. After just a couple of years the plants have taken hold and we harvest enough for several pies, muffins, rhubarb wine and jam. Rhubarb is delicious and loaded with vitamin C and vitamin K. It pretty much grows ...

Recipe for Irish Soda Bread

With all the baking I do and being a bit Irish (can you guess by my name?), you would think that I’d have made Irish Soda Bread before, but no. Last Saturday was my first attempt. I would have searched through my grandmother’s cookbook to find her recipe but it is already packed deep in a ...

Harvesting Horseradish

We transplanted our two-year-old horseradish plant in April and crossed our fingers that it would survive the move. Great news — the plant has flourished in its new location. We put it next to our driveway, far from our main garden plot, as we know that horseradish has a tendency to invade ...

Healthy Breakfast Recipe: Muesli

If you are looking for easy and quick breakfast options that are still healthy, try mixing yourself up some muesli. It’s easy to make ahead and store. I know you can buy pre-made muesli, but it’s very easy to make for yourself. You can also customize it the way you want it! Here’s my ...

Preserve Your Pepper Harvest

Our garden grows peppers like nobody’s business. Jim and I would have to eat about a pepper a day each all year long to keep up with our production. Last year we harvested bushels of bell peppers and froze 26 quart packages. Come July this year we still had 8 packages in the freezer as we ...

Erin Sheehan

Homespun Life in the City By Erin Sheehan I was raised to appreciate simple things – home canned jelly, homemade bread, and vegetables from the garden. My parents passed down to me the values and skills they learned from their parents. I live in an urban area in upstate New York, but my ...

No-Bake Blueberry Pie

It’s blueberry season at the homestead. We pick every year at a friend’s patch, and if it’s a good berry year, like this year, August usually finds us eating a lot of blueberry muffins, blueberry pies, and other blueberry desserts. When it’s hot I hate to use the oven, so more and more ...

Holiday Season at the Homestead

We passed the shortest day of the year just a little while ago. At this, the darkest and coldest time of the year, it may seem hard to find joy and light. But at our homestead we embrace the season as a time of rest, and a time to deepen our relationships with one another.From spring through ...

Storing Pumpkins and Winter Squash

Last summer we only grew about 200 pounds of squash and pumpkins. I say "only,"because the year before we hit 290 pounds! For the last five years, we've been in the 150+ pounds range for this crop.We've tried every storage method you can think of. We tried putting them up as is. We tried ...