Updates from the Homestead


Life on my homestead has been busy as always. On Thursday Tobin and I put our son Jacob on a airplane to head to Washington DC.  He will be staying with family while he waits for our son Richard to get out of the Army.  Next week Richard will officially be done with his service in the Army.  He will be picking up Jacob and the two of them will begin a fun little cross country trip from D.C to home..  a lot of miles to cover, but they are really looking forward to the trip and the time together.   

I spent a good amount of time in the kitchen yesterday.  I made some cabbage soup for our dinner and then made 3 loaves of Challah bread and zucchini spice cake for dessert (I also got a lot of extra zucchini grated and in the freezer).  It was a perfect meal for a cloudy, cool and rainy day.  I was going to can up some of my cabbage soup but discovered my pressure gauge was loose on the top of the canner.  I will see if this can be fixed.. if not it might be time for a new pressure gauge.. so the cabbage soup may be frozen.  

 The garden is still keeping me busy..  besides the spaghetti sauce and lacto fermented salsa that I have made, on Friday I made a few pint jars of Summer Salsa.  It is a fruit and tomato spicy sweet salsa.  It looks very pretty and tastes yummy.  I may make some more of it.  I got the recipe from The Complete Book of Home Persevering by Ball….

      Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving            

 This last week Tobin, Isaac and I spent some time working in the garden.  It was getting over grown with weeds and it was time to pull up some summer squash plants that weren’t producing any more.  While Isaac and I picked another 8 or 10 pounds of tomatoes and a big overgrown squash plant (how does that happen.. a couple days ago it was almost ready.. and then.. ??) and a few cabbages.. Tobin rototilled the unplanted areas of the garden.  Then he rototilled the area where I had pulled out all the green bean plants and I did the weeding between the plants.  By the time we were done working the garden was looking real pretty…

It will soon be time to put the garden to bed for the winter..   

I am working on a quilt right now that is almost done.. I have just run out of time in a day to work on it this last week.  I might get to it this afternoon.. we will see.. unless I need to do more canning.. But I really want to get my quilt project done (and share a pic with you) and move onto thinking about Christmas projects next..   

The first week of our homeschool went quite well.  This afternoon I need to line up the schedule for next week.   

That is all the updates from my homestead!  Have a blessed Sunday!! 


  1. Lovely pictures! I have a Ball preserving book from 25 years ago that my Gran gave me..it is still very appreciated and used often!

    Many Blessings to you and yours,


  2. Your garden looks great. I just love your soil! Ours here in N. VA is very hard with lots of clay. It seemed easier and less costly to do raised beds and we have been happy with the results.

    Hope you sons have an awesome trip cross country. Being in the military ourselves, we have done it a few times, always taking a different route. It is a great way to appreciate our beautiful country. Congrats on son finishing his military enlistment. What will he do now? Praise God he kept him safe. Have a great week.



  3. I love how pretty your garden looks! Your soil is much better looking as Lori said, I'm in NE PA and boy do we have rocks! I do raised beds but large raised beds.. Anyway, thanks for the pictures,

    Melissa www.thornbottomfarm.blogspot.com

  4. Lori in KY (leastofthese)September 21, 2009 at 11:54 AM

    I wanted to let you know I purchased your "Beans" ebook and I'm excited to try several of the recipes. It was a timely investment, since Dave (Ramsey) says it's time for our family to be eating "Beans and Rice, Rice and Beans!" :)

    Also, I wanted to tell you I appreciate what young men like your son are doing for all of us in their service to our country! I'm sure you're very proud.

  5. I really enjoy your blog.

    You always write in such an inviting manner.

    It makes me certain that I must know you!!


  6. The trip sounds like great fun! What will your son be doing after he finishes up in the Army?

    blessings for your week,



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