A couple years ago I started canning. It began with a simple longing to preserve some fruit to use through the year and a longing to save money.
This is our second year canning large quantities of applesauce. For the last several years we have had access to several apple trees. Due to this free supply of apples, ( free in cost, not time or labor) our first year of canning about broke even with the cost of store bought applesauce. Of course homemade applesauce is much better. I had found an amazing deal on a large canner (holds 9 quarts) and a conical sieve at a garage sale a couple years prior and so our expenses for that first year included: jars (with lids and rings), sugar, cinnamon and the energy to process the jars.
Our goal this year was to harvest, blanch and freeze 12 gallons of green beans for the year. So far we have 12 bags in the freezer and probably a few more coming. This of course doesn’t count the fresh ones we ate during the harvest time.
Last year I was able to harvest 5 gallons of beans and they didn’t last very long. They are SO much better than store bought. The kids even noticed when I switched.
I recently had someone ask me on our Facebook page how many bean plants produced my 12 bags of beans and how much space I used. I figured since I have an empty trellis to show you, I have at least one curious reader and it’s never too early to start planning for next years garden, I would share how we grow our beans. I LOVE the method I use for growing them. Continue reading →
Life is pretty hectic and adding schooling at home to the bundle makes it even crazier. Organization is vital. If I didn’t stay organized I am not sure if we would get anything done or if I would be able to keep my sanity. So, since I don’t want to be put in the loony bin I do my best to keep the crazy tamed… well, most of it… these cuties have their own kind of delightful crazy.
This last year we moved into a bigger, but at the same time smaller, home. Yes, we have more land to live on but the house itself is smaller.
In the last house we had a dedicated school room. Though I loved having the dedicated space, I wouldn’t trade in our new space to go back. With the challenge of a new setup came a need to change my space structure and organization. Continue reading →
Then in the afternoon the kids played hide and seek in the hanging sheets and towels.
I was playing with my youngest and captured this enchanting picture. My absolute favorite picture of the day.
I am a bit addicted to our Classic style Clothespins. They make the Carpenter and I smile. I really love that we can use beautiful wood that can’t be used by the mill, I love that we can all be involved in the making of them and I love that I can see my sheets dry for free on the line.
Sometimes it really is about enjoying the simple things in life. Life will never be perfect but oh the joy of the simple.
There are a few things that I seem to grow well in the garden. One is Sugar Snap Peas and the other is Green Beans.
Last year I had three trellis rows of green beans and I was able to preserve 5 gallon bags of blanched frozen beans. Because 5 bags didn’t last us nearly all year, my goal this year was 12 bags of beans. I went a bit crazy and planted 7 trellis rows of beans. Continue reading →
A Woodworker and Teacher selling clothes pins that last generations, learning to live off the land and raising honest, hard-working children.