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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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

Five-Minute Pumpkin Pie Recipe

When you grow in the neighborhood of 200 pounds of pumpkin and winter squash every year, you eat a lot of pumpkin bread and pumpkin pie. Plain pumpkin pie can get boring, so I am always looking for a new way to make it. This recipe was an instant favorite!This pumpkin pie is not baked, so for ...

Black Walnut Cake Recipe from Grandma

In 2014 we harvested more than 30 pounds of butternuts from neighborhood trees, thinking we’d have some free nuts. The only problem with our plan is that butternuts are notoriously hard to crack and yield only a small meat. With our move and setting up our new homestead last year we never ...

Crock Pot Steel Cut Oats

If you are like me, you have been trying to avoid processed foods and rely more on healthy whole foods. In addition to avoiding processed food, we are also steering clear of animal products. This all makes breakfast pretty tough. No store-bought cereal, no eggs, no store-bought bread, no ...

Homemade Soft Pretzels

I love baking but most of the year there is just too much to do relating to the garden. But in the winter, I’m freed to spend time with the oven! When it comes to baking, I seem to especially enjoy trying new recipes for complicated things that are cheap to buy already-made, ha ha. In ...

Enjoying the Season

Mid-January I know a lot of people in the northeastern USA start to get a little cabin fever. The cold and the snow start to get us down. We miss the sun. We miss tending our garden and being outside. But there is still fun to be had, even when the days are short and the temperatures plummet.I ...

Planning a Progressive Dinner Party

Upstate New York winters can feel cold and long. It is easy to feel lonely and isolated because most people are hibernating. In the spring, summer and fall, we meet neighbors on the porch, socialize in our front yard, and chat over the backyard fence. But all winter long we bundle up and ...

Eggnog Waffles

I bought a half gallon of eggnog for a holiday party. No one wanted any! I love eggnog, but a half gallon is a lot of eggnog, not to mention a lot of calories. I wanted to find a way to use some of it up and when I saw a waffle recipe that called for eggnog in the local paper I knew I had to ...

The Midwinter Garden

We try to plant hardy crops that will provide us with fresh food from the garden as deep into winter as possible. This year we planted collard greens in early September. On the late side for a successful crop, but it has really worked out. I picked a giant bag of collards on Sunday — ...

Our Homespun Christmas Tree

Jim and I went on a “Holiday Tour of Homes” in our city over the weekend. We visited a dozen homes, all decked out for Christmas. It was something to see how hard people work to make their homes welcoming and beautiful at this festive time of year. Seeing all of those perfectly decorated ...

Pumpkin Waffle Recipe

Is there any food that doesn’t benefit from a little pumpkin? Or better yet, a whole lot of pumpkin? A favorite in our house at this time of year is pumpkin waffles. They make a nice Sunday brunch entrée or a special treat to share with your family.I bought a waffle maker at a garage sale ...

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