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TAG : Erin Sheehan

Bread Baking Made Easy

Jim and I bake our own bread, rolls and pizza dough. I use the dough cycle of our bread maker for pizza dough and rolls. Jim does it all by hand.Baking bread is not hard, just time consuming. Allow yourself several hours. You won’t be busy that entire time, but you’ll have to stick close ...

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 husk ...

Make Your Own Towel Topper

I have been attempting simple projects lately to try to improve my sewing skills. Our old dish towels that hang on the fridge have been looking pretty beat so I decided to try a sewn towel topper.Many patterns online use a button as a fastener, but I wanted to try something easier than sewing ...

An Old-fashioned Date Nut Bread

The Meredith Inn burned down more than 60 years ago but its recipes live on. This particular recipe originally appeared in Adventures in Good Cooking, published in 1939. Grandma had a very similar recipe (she called it a receipt) for “Date and Nut Bread.” The only real difference is the ...

Winter Break on the Homestead

In December our weekends are free for the first time since March. Spring, summer and fall find us working to grow and preserve our own food and further our self-reliance. Since Jim and I both still work full-time, gardening occupies our free time nine months of the year: from starting plants ...

Preserve Your Beet Harvest with Beet Relish

We had a fantastic beet harvest this year from our home garden.We wanted to try something new with them so I spent some time hunting through Grandma’s cookbook to find a way to use some up. With a little searching I found my grandmother’s handwritten beet relish recipe that she had tucked ...

Cover Crops

After we’re done planting garlic and tilling in leaves, the last thing we do to put the garden to bed for winter is planting our cover crop: winter rye.Cover crops help lessen erosion and suppress spring weed growth. The roots loosen soil and the tops add organic matter when it’s tilled ...

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 some ...

Water — the Lifeblood of Any Homestead

When my grandparents built their house, they chose the building site to take advantage of a strong, clear-running spring that they had piped into the house. Nowadays the bank providing the mortgage would probably prevent such a thing, but back then I suppose it wasn’t so unusual. I remember ...

Canned Pumpkin Pickles – a Sweet Fall Treat

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 up ...

Grandma and Grandpa’s Farm

As a child, visiting my grandfather’s farm was like venturing into another world, far away from my in-town life. Grandpa kept geese, chickens, ducks, and rabbits. Grandma’s cellar was lined with home-canned food. Dinner might start with venison and end with currant pie. We washed up with ...