Thursday, February 27, 2014

When it Snows and Snows, Dip Candles

It has been far too long since we have updated this blog.  I am sorry about that.  This winter we have received so much of that white gold from heaven, that we have been trying to keep busy with projects around the house.  One of those days we dipped more tapered beeswax candles.  We now have many available in our shop.  I hope you will stop by to see for yourself.  We love the smell of the pure beeswax candles, and they burn perfectly and last longer than other wax candles.  Take a peek!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Bee-ing Prepared

We have enjoyed many power outages over the years.  One of the best ways to prepare for a power outage is by having bee's wax candles on hand.  Last winter we hand dipped several pairs of candles with some lovely bee's wax that we had on hand.  Not only do these candles smell just wonderful, but they also burn for a lot longer than your average candle.  These all natural candles are a practical and enjoyable addition for any prepping you might like to do for a power outage, or to just enjoy.  If you'd like to buy a pair or two please visit our Etsy shop for more information.
Tapered candles drying.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Homestead Happenings

Green beans galore!
The garden is just bursting now that we've had heat and rain.  The month of July is always busy in the garden.  Not only did we harvest and put up some peas, but we harvested almost a full bushel of green beans in one picking!  That was a record for our garden.  After the big pick it was time to can.  The total for the 3/4 bushel was 24 pints of green beans canned.  I was so thankful Holly discovered that the plants were practically busting at the seams with beans.  They might have gone by quicker than we'd realized and that would have been a terrible loss.

We picked several cucumbers and have made up 6 pints of sweet pickles so far.  The cucumbers seem slow in coming.  I think it might have been a bit too dry for them.  We watered the garden several times during a dry spell, but it wasn't quite enough to give them all the moisture they needed.

Other vegetables that are close to picking are the broccoli, beets, Swiss chard and cabbages.  The tomatoes are small and green but very plentiful.  We're  hoping for a good crop because last year's spaghetti sauce is long since eaten.

It is very rewarding to grow, harvest and can or freeze our on fresh veggies and eat them all winter.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Harvesting Peas

It's that time of year again when our garden is bursting, all at once, with peas.  We really do love the sweet taste of fresh peas, but it is even more wonderful when in the middle of the winter we can pull out a bag of our own fresh grown frozen peas from the freezer.  We don't generally eat the majority of our peas out of the garden.  After picking and shelling the peas, we rinse them and then blanch them for 2 minutes in hot, boiling water.  After the boiling time is over the peas are plunged into very cold ice water for 2 minutes.  Once strained through the colander, the peas are ready to be placed in freezer zip bags, labeled and placed into the freezer.  This is an easy process and the rewards far out way the work.  Peas are easy to grow and can be planted as soon as the soil can be worked.  In our area we can plant peas at the end of the summer for a mid fall harvest.
Peas yet to be harvested.