Canning Pineapple

Canning Pineapple

Once upon a time there was a girl who loved pineapple. She would eat it at breakfast, she would eat it at snack time, she would even eat it at midnight.  She also had many baking recipes that called for this heavenly fruit, and she would always add it in with love. Sadly this girl lived in Canada, where no precious pineapple grew. She was gifted with two pineapple plants…

Why I got Goats

Why I got Goats

In light of my last goat post I Hate Goats, several people have been asking me why did I ever get goats to begin with? In short because, and I quote in a annoying baby talk voice, “it’s such a cute wittle goat”. That’s why.  The end. No seriously though, why did I want goats? My love for goats starts way back in time when I was knee high to…

I Hate Goats!

I Hate Goats!

I have a confession to make.  I HATE goats. I don’t just hate goats, I HATE goats. It is my own fault.  I was completely willing to jump onto the goat train with hardly any thought.  I knew a lot about how good goat’s milk is for you, plus the thought of having all that fresh milk sounded so wonderful.  I was completely excited about homemade cheese, butter, ice cream,…

Going Home

Going Home

Perhaps it’s because I can finally start to feel Fall approaching.  Perhaps it’s because it will soon be time to start fruitcake for Christmas.  Maybe even because it will soon be time to pick apples, harvest pumpkins, and finish up canning for the year.  It could be because in a matter of days my kitchen will be wafting the heavenly smell of cinnamon and spice all over the neighbourhood. Or…

Saying Goodbye

Saying Goodbye

Sometimes, bad things happen.  It’s a risk we all take in our day to day, but a risk that seems heightened on the homestead.  When you invest so much of yourself into your land and your animals, it becomes heart breaking when things go wrong. All homesteaders have been there – it’s one of the things we all share.  For us it was the loss of five chickens. Our very…

Thinking Outside the Norm

Thinking Outside the Norm

Lately Hubby and I have been discussing me quitting my job. Say what now?! I know, I know. You can’t survive without two incomes in this economy, right? Perhaps. The decision to begin homesteading and getting back to more traditional values, and living off the land was largely my idea. Hubby and I both have always wanted to farm and have lots of animals, but it was always a dream…