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April 2015, Page 2

Making Maple Syrup and a Recipe for Maple Syrup Vinaigrette

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe did it! We made one of the most delicious delicacies in the world! We made maple syrup from our very own trees with our very own hands. It was on our “Life List”, you know that list of  things in your head that you must do before you pass beyond?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe really didn’t premeditate … More

Easter at Out to Pasture

[whohit]Homestead Identity Crisis[/whohit]

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASpring has sprung in the dining room, even though it is just above freezing outside. There are no small children in the house so we don’t spend a lot of time on holiday decorations any more. You may note that our eggs are  naturally colored by the “girls” (chickens) themselves. I am … More

The Homestead Identity Crisis


We suffer from identity confusion.

We aren’t really a farm-that would imply that we sell our products, which we seldom do, or that we had herds of 4 legged beasts and acres of corn or wheat.  We aren’t really a homestead by the old fashioned definition-the government didn’t “give” us a piece of land to More



[whohit]Our SHTF[/whohit]

Anyone who is at all familiar with the prepper/survivalist culture recognizes SHTF(“Stuff” Hits the Fan). While they usually are referring to a world shattering scenario, our “fan” turned out to be  forced early retirement. We planned for retirement,positioned ourselves for it and expected it in 2-5 years. You know what they say “If … More

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