Thursday, November 16, 2017

Simple Homestead Hop #130



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The Inquisitive Farmwife
So much to do, how to deal with it all

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Simple Homestead Blog Hop #129



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just Measuring Up

How to Organize Your Home for Good



Friday, November 3, 2017

Friday, October 27, 2017

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The Rams are Ready, Breeding Season



It is the end of October, the temperatures are starting to drop, the rams are restless-time for the ewes to be bred.

The rams will be put with the ewes this coming Saturday , two of our Border Leicester rams have managed to break into the pasture for a short amount of time, so I know we will have a couple of early lambs...but most of the ewes should lamb in late March into April.

We have a new Bluefaced Leicester Ram that we purchased late last Fall, I am excited that we will be able to use him this year.  I think he will add some nice genetics to the flock.



(Repost)

What are we doing to get ready for breeding season? 

We do a check of all of the ewes to make sure they are healthy.

You really need do a hands on check of body condition. You cannot tell, with all of that wool, if they are a little thin by just looking at them. If the ewes show they are a little thin , we can give them some grain for a couple of weeks before breeding, which is referred to as "flushing"

It is a good time to look at hooves, and make sure they do not need trimmed. We are fortunate that our ewes rarely need a trim, but if they do, this is a good time to do it.

Our sheep will be given a dose of dewormer, when we do the body condition check. That is not always needed, but I feel this year, it is.

We will also take the ewe lambs and separate them from the rest of the flock. If they do get bred their first year, it will not be until  later.

I am digging out the Ram Marking Harness, making sure I have crayons/markers to use with them. I like using the Harnesses because I know when and if a ewe has been bred.  With this being the first year with this Tunis Ram, it will be nice to know if he is actually doing what he is supposed to be doing.




The Tunis ewes will be put in the barnyard with the Tunis Ram, and our Border Leicester Ram will be put out on pasture with the Border Leicester ewes. I admit, I miss the days of ONE ram, but with the two breeds, we have opted for two ram. It makes things a little more difficult, but it is manageable.

Only ten more days...hopefully the boys will not cause too much trouble before then!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Spinzilla 2017



This past week was Spinzilla....(What is Spinzilla)

I had some Border Leicester locks that I had dyed last Fall, that I processed into roving for Spinzilla. Border Leicester is an easy spin and a favorite of mine.




When I was finished with the Border Leicester, I spun up some natural colored Shetland, that I had purchased at a fiber sale.  It had a little more VM than I would have liked, but I still managed to spin 4 oz. 

We lost power Saturday evening, so Sunday I took the spinning wheel outdoors and spun until dusk.(still didn't have power)
It has been unseasonably warm in Michigan, so I was able to spin  on the deck in short sleeves and bare feet, which is rare for October. 



1,992  yards spun, I was hoping for at least 4,000 but life just didn't let that happen. 




Simple Homestead Hop #125





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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Simple Homestead Hop #124




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This week is Spinzilla, an event were you you spin as much wool as you can! 

I feel so behind...



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Grandma-Approved Cleaning Techniques for a Cozy Home
Taylor Made Homestead

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Simple Homestead Hop #123




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It hasn't felt much like Fall, with temps in the 90's this past week.
Trying to finish up all of those projects that didn't get done through the summer. Some have already been put off until next year....never enough time to get it all done, it seems.

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Home Garden Joy

how to can apples
 

 

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Harvesting Tomatoes






We have been harvesting tomatoes this last week,  one of my favorite foods to can.

I enlisted the help of my daughters for making the salsa, they were excited to help! I love that they want to learn how to can, it was never that thrilling for them, when they were younger.



The Roma tomatoes were used for the salsa and whatever else I had was used for stewed tomatoes (I added green pepper and onion).




If I can get my hands on more tomatoes, we are going to put up more salsa, it never last long in this house.

Recipes I used...

Zesty Salsa

10 cups cored, peeled and chopped tomatoes
5  cups seeded and chopped green pepper
5 cups chopped onion
2 1/2 cups seeded and chopped chili peppers (variety can be used)
1 1/4 cup cider vinegar
3 cloves finely chopped garlic
2 T. finely chopped cilantro
1 T. salt

In a large pot, combine all ingredients. Bring to a boil, over medium high heat. (stir frequently)
Reduce heat and simmer about 10 minutes.(stir frequently).

Ladle into hot jars, leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Remove air bubbles, wipe rim, put on lids and bands.
Process in Water Bath for 15 minutes (half pint and pint jars)



Stewed Tomatoes and Vegetables

16 cups tomatoes (quartered, cored, peeled)
1 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped green pepper 
1 Tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. salt


Combine tomatoes, celery, onion, green pepper, sugar and salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Cover and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Place in jars and process 15 minutes for pints 20 minutes for quarts (10 pounds pressure for weighted gauge canners)  (following canning procedures)

**In my ball canning book it states to add lemon juice to each jar. I know that is common practice for water bath. My pressure canner "cookbook" does not state it as a necessary step. After reading several canning publications they recommend it for water bath OR pressure canner, 1 T. per pint and 2 T per quart. Add to each  jar before adding tomatoes.



What are you canning this year?

Simple Homestead Hop #122



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It has been busy on the farm...sorting lambs, getting ready for breeding season, canning, getting ready for 3rd cut hay...Fall is a busy time of year. 

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Ugly Dryer Ball Giveaway



We are having an Ugly Dryer Ball giveaway on the farm Facebook page if you would like to stop by and enter.

Mitten State Sheep & Wool Facebook Page 

I love dryer balls, a great alternative to dryer sheets and fabric softener. This set is an "oops: (seconds) set that just didn't make the cut...still work great just a little ugly :)

Hope you get a chance to stop by!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Simple Homestead Hop #120


                                                        

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Handmade gifts from your homestead
 
 




Thursday, August 31, 2017

Simple Homestead Blog Hop #119


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Ten things I've stopped buying
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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Simple Homestead Hop #118





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Every cow person should know this. (I didn’t. And it cost me.)



Five homestead skills you need to succeed in life and on the homestead.

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