Celebrating 6 Years On the Homestead, New Rabbit Kits and More! Week 45

We’re fixing a pot of chili to celebrate our 6th year of homesteading. Join me as I make chili and talk about how this last year has been.
If you’re interested in reading about our move, click here.

Our last bunny had her kits and we get our wood burning stove installed in our shop.

In this video we show you all our board games and how we store them, plus we point out some of our favorites.

The day we’ve been waiting for is here… the new bunnies were born.

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Halloween Fun, Preparing for Winter, and Winter Chores Are Short and Easy Now! Week 44

Since we down sized and rearranged our animals for winter, our chores are short and easy now.

We made a few more preparations for winter and now have all the animals tucked in where they need to be. Fences are fixed, hay is stock piled… so we’re ready for winter whether we want it to come or not!

We’re having lovely weather so it’s the perfect time to get out and make preparations for winter before it gets colder.

It’s Halloween and we’re getting all our work done so we can go trick-or-treating out and about on the town.

Join us while we carve our pumpkin!

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Canning With My New Carey Smart Canner, Our Growing Season Ends and More! Week 43

After our big freeze the other day we decided it was time to get the rabbits’ water set up for winter. Brooke found some heated water bottles and decided to try them out and see how well they work.

We had a heavy frost come and… just like that… our growing season was over.

So… I’m trying out my new canner and showing you how it works. Do I like it? Well… you’ll just have to watch…

I’ve been wanting to try out the Carey Smart Canner and Cooker by Chard for a while now. So I was super excited when I got the opportunity to get one at a discounted price in exchange for a product review. My canner arrived and here’s the unboxing….

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Why We Don’t Keep Many Animals In the Winter, How To Make Fermented Green Beans & More! Week 42

We had so many things we needed done but kept putting off… but today is the day we’re getting them DONE.

One of you asked me to do a video on why we don’t like to keep a lot of animals during the winter. Since we were taking some of our goats to the sale, I thought it would be a good opportunity to answer your question.

We tried our fermented mix of vegetables that we made a while back. Oh my goodness, they were so good! The green beans, especially, were awesome. Dylan wanted to learn how to ferment and make some for himself so we went out and picked more beans to make more!

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How To Give Goats Copper Bolus, An Afternoon of Painting and More! Week 41

An unexpected storm almost hindered our plans to get our pool put away but we managed to get it done anyway, even though we really would have loved to put it off for another day.

Giving my goats copper bolus was so easy… until I decided to make a video of it to show you how easy it was… then the struggle was real. Once I put them on the milk stand and made sure to get the pill far enough back past the tongue, it went smoothly.

Brooke and I took an evening painting class, so we spent the next afternoon practicing what we learned.

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Making Fermented Vegetables, Breeding Goats, Breeding Rabbits and More! Week 40

We’re questioning whether the rabbits got bred the other day when we put them with the buck. So we’re breeding them again to see how it goes.

We’re making banana chips, breeding the rabbits, draining the pool and making sauerkraut… it’s a busy day on the homestead!

Went out to do chores and found our buck almost tearing down the fence. Blossom was acting like she was in heat so we fixed the fence and put her in with him

We picked some vegetables from the garden and made a couple of jars of fermented vegetable pickles. They look so delicious, the hard part is waiting for them to be done.

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Going To A Poultry Auction, How To Make Dilly Beans, How Much It Cost To Grow Our Own Meat & More! Week 39

Winter is fast approaching so I’m planning out how we’ll arrange the animals to make chores easier during the cold months.

We picked our pork up from the processor today and got our freezer stocked. So, how much meat did we get from 2 pigs and what did it cost?

We’ve been interested in seeing what the poultry auction in our area is like. Since we’re downsizing for the fall, we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to go. Let’s just say… it was an adventure!

In this video I show you how simple it is to make Dilly Beans.

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Finally, We Got Rain! We’re Harvesting Beans and More! Week 38

The hard work of planting our fall beans has paid off and we have lots of beans to pick!

Finally! We have rain headed our way, which is awesome because we really need it. Our mission is to get chores done and get back to the house before it rains….will we make it?

Got a late on the day so the kids started chores while I got lunch going. In the afternoon the kids detail Dylan’s car and Brooke gives some tips on getting rid of tough dirt spots on vinyl.

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Getting Bunnies Settled, A Debt Free Car, Last Day with Our Pigs, and More! Week 37

It was a busy day! We did our chores and then spent a good part of the day doing a much needed deep cleaning on the house. Everyone worked together so well and we got it done in record time so we went to the lake to relax and fish.

He bought a car with a blown motor cheaply, found a decent priced engine, then used his skills and knowledge to fix it up and now has a car with out debt that he can either keep or sell and make a little extra cash.

It’s a tough day on the homestead… the time has come for our pigs to go to the processor. We spend some time with them and them get them loaded up.

We took another trip to the Kansas State Fair and did some things we didn’t get a chance to do on our last visit.

The kids are busy deciding which cage each rabbit will live in and I give you an update on our fall garden.

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We Go to the State Fair, Get New Rabbits, Can Dry Beans and More! Week 36

Brooke chooses the rabbits she wants and we spend the rest of the day walking around the Kansas state fair.

We quickly get our chores done and update you on a few things. Next we head to the Kansas State Fair!

It’s a little bit of this and a little bit of that… the kids craft funky flowers, I make tomato sauce and chicken broth and the kids finish up the rabbit coop.

In this video I show you how I can dry beans, plus I also show how to can pork and beans.

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