Tag Archives: homesteading

We’re Doing Vlogmas! A Video Every Day Till Christmas! Week 49 2018

Just a little randomness about the goats, Ollie, our strange choice of Vlogmas topics and how we really need to make an effort to support local businesses.

This video is about how to can turkey broth using a Carey Smart Canner. There is some confusion when it comes to venting time because a lot of people mistake the E10 count down as venting time but it’s not. In this video I explain why.

I’m getting a big pot of turkey broth started, we’re taking the dog to the vet, and I’m getting my hair permed.. whew, what a long day!

The dog: “Merry Christmas!”
Us: “Eeewww… No THANKS!”

I joined a collaboration by Rose over at Wholesome Roots where we talk about 5 reasons why we homestead.

Our buck is finally old enough to breed, so the kids decided it was time to introduce him to the does. We should be having new kits by the New Year!

It’s that time of the year when leaves have been raked, bagged and put out by the curb for pickup. They make an excellent free mulch to add to the garden, so we’re wanting to gather as many bags as we can before the city workers pick them up. It’s always tricky to gather enough free mulch to cover our garden, so getting this trailer full is all I want for Christmas!

Simple Joys Of Snow and A Lost Cat Is Found! Week 48 2018

A missing cat, pregnant goats, a snowball fight… it’s another day on the homestead but this time it’s hard to be happy when a special pet goes missing. Luckily it ends happily so you’ll want to stick around to the end because you won’t want to miss this emotion filled reunion.

Just all of the simple joys playing in the snow with your big brother can bring.

Just a little walk a round the homestead to capture some of the beauty on this cold, blustery winter day.

Homegrown Turkey vs Store Bought, Thanksgiving Preparations and More! Week 47 2018

It’s Thanksgiving day on the homestead and there’s lots going on! Miley gives you an up close view of bunny cuteness and we see if we can tell a difference in taste between a store bought and homegrown turkey. So, did we find a difference? Well, you’ll just have to watch…

Everyone is off and home for Thanksgiving.. we’re getting last minute preparations done… let the fun times making more memories with family begin…

It’s time to thaw out the turkeys! This year we’re fixing both, a store bought and a homegrown, so that way we can compare.

It’s once again that time of the year….

A Celebration of the Day We Moved to the Homestead and More! Week 46 2018

For some reason our electricity went out so the day gets off to a slow start and we’re making up a batch of fire cider to have ready for when the cold season begins.

We feel sad as our growing season officially ends, but a new season brings snowballs, ice and a new routine to look forward to.

November 15th is a special day for us. It’s the day we make chili, gather around the table and celebrate one of the best moments in our life.

It’s the first snow of the year and Miley’s doing the vlogging. The snow isn’t sticking and it’s more wet and cold than anything else… it’s just cold and she’s wanting to be done with it!

Results of My Egg Storing Experiment, Garden Experiments, Halloween and More! Week 44 2018

I have an hour before I need to start fixing supper so I decided to get 3 things done that I’ve been putting off. One of those is dealing with the eggs I stored for winter, and if you’d like to know how that experiment turned out… well you’ll just have to watch….

It’s Halloween, one of Miley’s favorite times! She’s getting her chores done quickly so she can enjoy the rest of the day, but as you know, there’s never a dull moment on the homestead so chores didn’t go as quickly as she planned!

My mom rooted some tomato clippings and shared some with me. I’m planting them and experimenting with growing them through the winter. Experimenting in the garden is fun!

Camera Broke But Now We’re Back With Homestead Updates! Week 43 2018

We’re outside enjoying the nice fall weather and giving you an update on our fall garden.

Well, I finally got another camera so we’re excited to get back to vlogging again. We’re starting off with a full animal update cause a lot has happened in the last several weeks.

Flooded Barn, A day At the Kansas State Fair, Never A Dull Moment and More! Week 38 2018

What a day on the homestead…nothing went as planned but as we always say… “There’s never a dull moment on the homestead!” Ollie got out AGAIN and we moved the turkeys around. Is Bumbleston pregnant? Will we take her to the fair? Be sure to watch to the end of the video because Brooke has some really awesome news!

It’s Kansas State Fair time so we packed up Miley’s chicken and headed out!

OH no… it rained so much our barn got flooded. What a stinky mess!

A Day In the Life, When It Rains It Pours and When It Pours It Floods and More! Week 37 2018

Oh my, got a ton of rain and more flooding than we’ve ever seen!

It poured rain, our tents got wet, so we came up with a new plan… and now we kinda question our sanity!

We had a large basil harvest so I tested out a quick way to dry it. While I canned tomatoes Brooke finished setting up her aquarium and now it’s finally time to show you!

Cleaning rabbit cages, harvesting tomatoes, gathering eggs, taking the goat for a walk, finishing up the 4H record book… it’s just another day on the homestead.

Preserving Eggs For Winter, Growing Potatoes In Laundry Baskets, I Feel Like I Won the Lottery & More! Week 31

We’ve been busy all week at the fair, so I decided I’d give you a little update about what’s been going on. We’re going to be going out of town for one more night then we’ll be back on the homestead. We’ve got lots to tell you about and lots of stuff to be done!! We’ll be getting back to our normal routine here on the homestead so be sure to check back for upcoming videos.

My mom has a very beautiful container garden. This year she experimented with growing potatoes in laundry baskets. How did this experiment work out? Well… you’ll just have to watch and see….

Since we have such an abundance of eggs right now I decided to see if I could preserve them for this winter when our hens quit laying.