Canning With the Carey Smart Canner, Making Cookies and Candy Live and More! Week 49 2017

Here’s how to pressure can chicken broth with the Carey Smart Canner!

Join us for an evening of fun while we make candy and almost burn the house down. 😀

It’s so dry here, so I decided to run the water on the garden in hopes it will help the leaves break down faster. Hopefully I can remember to shut it off and not leave it running all night like I did a while back…

Have you been wondering what kind of birds are singing in the background of some of our videos? We got a request to show them in a video sometime so we decided to do a short video on them. Of course when I got the camera out, they were quiet and unsure of the camera.. but any other time I get it out and they start singing and making all sorts of commotion!

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298 Bags of Leaves, Making Gingerbread Houses, Cute Bunnies and More! Week 48 2017

We brought some of our bunnies inside to clean their back ends because they had poop stuck to them. Nothing serious, we’ve been feeding them too many pellets and need to give more hay instead. While they were in, we just had to enjoy the cuteness, especially those chubby little bunny faces.

Yep.. crazy is the word on the homestead.

Join us for a live chat as we make gingerbread houses!

Once we got our huge load of leaves unloaded, we went back to town and got a 2nd load!

So we crammed that trailer full of leaves…. I think we’re finally getting somewhere!

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Preparing the Garden for Winter, Free Loading Chickens and More! Week 47 2017

I originally had plans to make tomato sauce out of the last of the tomatoes and get it canned. Plans got changed, so I didn’t get the sauce made… but it wasn’t all bad because we ended up finding not one but TWO loads of leaves!

Our chickens quit laying and have turned into a bunch of freeloading slackers. I’m going to start giving them soaked grains and change their feed in hopes they will start laying again. Cuteness alert: the bunnies are up and running around!

We’re having the most beautiful weather, so we’re taking advantage of it and getting our garden prepared for winter.

It’s another windy day on the homestead which makes doing chores more challenging and shutting pickup doors almost impossible!

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Covering the Garden With Leaves and More! Week 46 2017

A pitchfork needle in the haystack… chores… unloading a big load of leaves… and Christmas at the park… it was a busy yet fun day on the homestead!

We’re gathering as many bags of leaves as we can find so that we can mulch every inch of our garden.

I’m wanting to get my garden completely mulched before winter. With the leaves falling I thought it would be a good time to start gathering as much as I can. To get enough is proving to be a lot harder than it seems.

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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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