Homesteading

Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup

When the workload is demanding, lunch will at times take a back seat. In a pinch, recipes like this are great to have in your catalog. Once all your vegetables are prepped, a nourishing meal will be on the table in less then 20 minutes. This soups was so good, that both Camille and I drank a quart each in about 10 minutes.

 

We've got Sheep!

We've got Sheep!

A few weeks ago, we welcomed 5 sheep to the farm! For the last year Camille and I have been tossing around the idea of raising sheep or goats. Being totally new to raising either, we really weren't sure what route to go. I have been researching both animals with hopes that these ruminants could offer a solution to the overgrown plant life in some of the open spaces here on the property. Still undecided, it took an unfortunate accident to bring sheep into our lives. A good friend of the family had an unfortunate accident which left him unable to care for his flock, so we willingly took up the offer to purchase some of his sheep.

DIY: Beeswax Candles

DIY: Beeswax Candles

I also want to start of by mentioning that I'm not a candle-making expert by any means! This was only my 2nd time making beeswax candles, and my first time using molds. I'm sharing my experience with this project because it was relatively easy and fun for me, and I got to use my new candles in the evening already. It feels really rewarding to create a light vessel and then be able to use it.

Season Extension with Cold Frames

Season Extension with Cold Frames

When I moved to Maine over 3 years ago, I was quickly put in my place when I tried to start my garden in April. In fact, my father-in-law laughed when I began sowing seeds indoors in early February. Little did I know that frost can show up as late as mid May. So I went down to the local feed store and chatted with some of the old timers there. I learned that most start their garden on June 1st.