Fermenting Eggplant

20160716_111642-1-1.jpgTrying to decide what to do with our over abundance of eggplants, I came across this recipe from Cultures for Health.

I found the instructions sort of vague so I emailed their customer service and got some tips, so here is what I did for this recipe. I am bolding all the changes I made as well. Visit Cultures for Health for the original. Continue reading “Fermenting Eggplant”

Turkey Updates

wp-1464117886448.jpegThe last time we posted about our turkeys, they were still living in the box. We had a hard time transferring them to the chicken coop, and we even lost 2 in the process.

We finally were able to move them into the chicken coop and they have been steadily growing and thriving. You can see that one is definitely male. The other two appear to be female, so we think we may have gotten lucky after all. The dog managed to leave us the right configuration of birds.


Woodlot – Red Alder

aln-rub-5Also known as Oregon alder, western alder, Pacific coast alder.

Red Alder is the most common hardwood in the Pacific Northwest. It is also the largest species of alder. Seasoned alder burns warm, but fast. Wet alder puts out a lot of ash and very little heat. Alder cuts and splits easily with an axe, but will leave an orange stain on hands and clothes. Continue reading “Woodlot – Red Alder”

Spicy Zucchini Pickles (Paleo Friendly)

These are the first pickles I have ever made (aside from ketimun). It instantly became my husband’s favorite. In fact, it’s pretty much all he’s been asking for since our zucchini started coming along in the garden.🙂 Continue reading “Spicy Zucchini Pickles (Paleo Friendly)”

July’s Top Posts!

July was a short month of blogging for me. Life is full of challenges, but thank you readers for making it all worth it!🙂 Continue reading “July’s Top Posts!”

Woodlot – Black Locust

Black locust was one of ones mentioned as an alternative to poplars for a firewood woodlot. It is fast growing, and resistant to rot, and so it’s primary use has been for fence posts. The chemical composition of the wood allows it to endure for over 100 years in the soil. Continue reading “Woodlot – Black Locust”

My Bug Home Bag

Back when we had our scare with the propane tanker near our home, both my husband and I were far from our house and kids. He was over 100 miles away and I was over 30 miles away. It got us thinking about what if that had been a worse disaster – something more widespread like an earthquake or a fire. What if it was something that knocked out the bridge between Michael’s work and home, or caused the freeways to back up as people evacuated. Continue reading “My Bug Home Bag”

Woodlot – Osage Orange

Also known as: Hedge apple, horse-apple, hedge, bodark, Bois d’Arc
yellow wood, mock-orange, and bow-wood, is a very strong and useful wood source. Continue reading “Woodlot – Osage Orange”

Worries of a Trucker’s Wife

I missed my last Trucker’s Wife Thursday post, so this is a bit delayed.

Michael is still traveling over the road. When I don’t get texts from him, I worry. There are so many things to worry about when your loved ones are traveling without adding 100,000+ pounds to their vehicle. Continue reading “Worries of a Trucker’s Wife”

Coco Peat – Perfect Soil Amendment

Coco Coir Peat is probably one the greatest soil amendments I have found so far. It is an organic soil amendment, and the main reason I use it is to help maintain the moisture in my soil. Continue reading “Coco Peat – Perfect Soil Amendment”