Homestead Skills

Hey guys, what’s up? It’s been awhile, oops 😛

I wrote a little post quite some time ago about my homesteading dreams, you can read it HERE, I wonder if any of you share that dream with me? I love the idea of becoming independant and being able to provide for my family with my own work, whether it be this blog or my own garden or a BnB that I’m running. The idea of living traditionally has me day dreaming!! But like I said in that post I have to wait. and I’m still waiting.

homestead-dreams-2

My waiting is not a loss though, there are a few skills that I can be learning right now that will help me later when I’m living my dream. And you can learn them too! So here’s a handful of basic skills you can learn now 🙂

  • Sewing: and mending clothes is a huge part of being sustainable. In some cases it’s cheaper to sew together a blanket or an outfit. And if you’ve got a small hole that can be repaired! I’ve started to sew a few of my own clothes but I greatly need to improve my sewing capabilities before I can master sewing.
  • Gardening: being able to grow your own food is such a wonder. Vegetable seeds are so cheap and depending on your piece of dirt the seeds might last a couple years. Having a garden is so valuable for providing food, this past summer I managed a very simple one! You can read about it here!  IMG_3069
  • Cooking at home: is 1. cheaper 2. you don’t need to rely on someone else to feed you 3. not as much wasteful packaging 4. healthier. So all around a worthy skill to have and develop. One of my favorite dinners is just chicken fried in spices and sauteed veggies, easy, simple and takes just about as long as the pizza delivery guy.corn and potato soup1
  • Practice food preservation: living in Canada you can’t always get good peaches anytime of year and you’d have to buy some gross syrupy canned peaches. or fresh beans from your own garden (which saves money).  This is an area I’m not as skilled because I don’t have all the proper canning bits and baubles but would love to learn. DSC_0049
  • Budgeting: for a while I had gotten really good at this one but then when Cornelia came I didn’t have much energy to be so diligent but it’s so important. If you have no idea where your money is going it becomes difficult to have savings or to spend money on matters and not wasteful junk that fills your home. Luckily the New Year is coming and that means a fresh start.

So yeah these are just some basic skills you can work on if you’re stuck renting a small space like myself! If you want to read the first post you can find it here.

Is there a certain skill you’re working on right now or one that you’ve mastered? Let me know by leaving a comment!

-Dawn

Advertisements

Recipe Round up and Garden Update

Okay so I know I said I’d post a recipe every week and I haven’t done one in a couple weeks, buuuuut my mom was here so I was busy. She helped me do a lot in preparation for the baby, like a lot. My freezer is so full!

One thing she filled the freezer with was muffins, she made a few different kinds so I’m going to share the links for the muffins because they were from my recipe board 🙂

IMG_3068

Rhubarb Muffins

Blueberry Muffins

Banana Muffins

Double Chocolate Chip Muffins

These fancy “Third Trimester” Muffins

And my recipe for Pumpkin Muffins

IMG_3069

My garden has done quite well, except for the potatoes, they stopped growing two weeks after they started growing! I have so much lettuce I don’t know what to do with it, I love my fresh garden beans they are so yummy, and my carrots are giant. The onions have done okay, they’ve grown enough to be eaten but not really worth storing up cause I need three to equal one normal onion haha so I’ll have to try them again next year 🙂

IMG_3067

My strawberries are finally coming, and they’re perfect! My mom also brought a rhubarb plant so we’ll see how that goes next year. I also did some sweet peas and they flowered amazingly and I’m starting to collect the seeds for next year!

IMG_3070

If you had read any of my last posts about my garden you would know I had a problem with a mole and I manged to keep it out of the garden and it went everywhere else 😛 I had just shoved blackberry branches down the hole and it kept it away!

You can read the first post Here and then second one Here

The baby is due in the next couple weeks and I’m all set and just trying to relax, I’m still working but will be done next week and I’m hoping this baby waits and gives me a chance have some time off. At first I didn’t want to be overdue but now I feel like I can wait as long as I have some time off. I’m not sure what this looks like for the blog but I’m so hoping I will keep it up, I just don’t know what life will be like after.

So yeah! That’s a little bit of a life update 🙂

dawn

Lemon Pepper Veggie Dip

It has been a sad rainy week here in the Fraser Valley, although I don’t mind 😉 It means I don’t have to water my garden and maybe the promise of a not too hot summer for my pregnant body? Anyone else feel the same? Probably not. Haha

lemon pepper dip recipe

Okay I promised in one of my last posts to share a veggie dip so here it is today! I’ve made this dip for other foods (mostly perogies, to be honest) and it was actually a perogie dip recipe that I’ve adapted. Originally it was based with sour cream, lemon juice, lemon zest and other spices but I made it a little simpler and quicker to make.  So I’m just gonna jump right in!

lemon pepper dip2

 

Here’s what you’ll need…

lemon pepper veggie dip recipe

I use Olympic brand of Greek yogurt because they locally source the milk from BC and they also have really big tubs, also make sure it’s plain so you don’t get any conflicting flavours. And then I use Trader Joe’s Lemon Pepper in a grinder and really I just guess and say it’s about a tablespoon amount.

lemon pepper dip6

Now, just mix everything together in a bowl and it’s ready to serve! I’m serving this fresh cut veggies, even radishes from my garden!

lemon pepper dip4

This dip goes really well with other foods like perogies, of course, but also BBQ chicken or steak, and roasted potatoes. It’s a great summer recipe because of the freshness the lemon adds. Also, by using Greek yogurt you have a little added protein to your plate.

lemon pepper dip3

I love that it’s made from scratch, and it’s so simple and easy (If you regularly read my blog then you know I LOVE simple and easy).

This dip is healthier then using ranch dressing or any other type of store bought dip which can have hidden gross stuff, which isn’t good for healing your gut. The Greek yogurt and lemon juice have healthy tummy promoting bacteria! Just like a traditional diet should 🙂

lemon pepper dip1

Give it a try and tell me what you think by leaving me a comment!

dawn

Simple Garden Update #1!

So I started my garden the end of March (with my parents help). We have been fortunate to be given a little area to garden by our landlords and I gotta say, I’m absolutely loving it! You can see how it started HERE!

As a kid, I always had to help my mom weed and pick beans or spinach and I hated it. I thought it was so boring and weeding was literally the worst thing ever. My parents had a huge garden and we always had home grown food.

Now I love going out to my little patch to water and weed. I don’t even mind the weeding anymore haha. Maybe it’s because this growth is mostly my own efforts; yeah sure I’ve had questions and difficulties so I’ve called my mom but it’s still all me doing the work. I love learning new skills and it’s so calming to just sit with my hands in the dirt, which I never thought I would ever say or even think! I appreciate this opportunity that I have to mini homestead in my little area.

This is it now…

garden update1

So far I’ve had to deal with some nasty weeds (horsetail) and a terrible mole uprooting a couple onions and beans! FYI solution for moles, (this was a tip from my parents) find the hole and shove some blackberry branches in there, haven’t had an issue since I did that! But I still don’t have a solution for horsetail so if you do let me know! If I don’t pull them weeds everyday they’ll take over my garden!

Here’s how my blackberry branches look shoved in the mole hole.mole remover

We also went away for a week and it didn’t rain much so they didn’t have a whole lot of water and when I got back they were looking pretty sad. But with a little plant food and regular watering they sprung back up. I’ve also got a stockpile of coffee grounds to sprinkle with that I’ll do later this week for a waste-free fertilizer.

I’ve already been able to harvest some beautiful radishes and will probably plant another row before July!

IMG_2843

Also, up until today I didn’t have proper garden markers so I made some real quick with Popsicle sticks that I had stashed away.

simple garden markers

And that’s the garden so far! I’ve been so happy with it’s progress and that I’m really learning self-sufficiency skills!

I’m going to be posting a veggie dip recipe soon, so watch for that. You can see that recipe HERE now!

If you have any thoughts (or tips for horsetail) leave me a comment!

dawn