The Backyard Homestead

The book that started us on the road to self reliance and desire to build a simple farm life is “The Backyard Homestead” by Carleen Madigan. The best price (outside of second hand books) is Amazon.com. During the summer of 2011, Paul and I were in North Bend hoping to pick blueberries at our favorite…

Christmas gifts were a success!

A couple of days after canning our soups, we canned bratwurst and chicken breast. I only filled the bratwurst jars up halfway with water, so after canning, there is a thick layer of fat, with brats sticking through it. Due to their appearance and unknown spiciness, Lina made me the taster. They were great! The…