Pollinators, gardening, relaxing

Yesterday was just a really great day and not for any one certain reason.

Ive been working on braiding the garlic that I’ve been harvesting! It will hang nicely on a few hooks that the mister made for me!

Braided garlic! 
Blacksmithed hooks! 

In the garden, the cucumbers are looking really good! That makes me pretty excited because last year I had a rough time keeping the cucumbers alive!

Almost ready to harvest! 

My pollinator garden has come back from its first year looking amazing! I think my cone flowers didn’t even bloom until August last year! This year they are huge and blooming now! There are always so many butterflies and bees all around it!

Handsome monarch on echinacea! 

Last night, my pizza dough was spot on! Sometimes it’s just not great, but last night, perfection! (Can you tell that we are not big cheese eaters here?!?!)

Homemade pizza! 

While the boy was at vacation bible school, I was weeding the garden and harvesting a few more potatoes and some garlic.

Our harvest on the anvil! 

And a lot of yesterday was spent chilling on the deck. The temperatures were perfect for hammock laying and playing some uno.

My hammock buddy! 

I hope that today is just as great of a day! Happy Thursday everyone!

Walk through the garden 6/16/17

It has been quite a hot spell this week with temperatures almost in the 90’s everyday. Therefore, I have not bothered the bees because they are already hot and I’m not one to anger already angry insects that sting.

I’ll start off with our tiny harvests! I picked a ton mulberries off the neighbor’s bush to make a pie! (Unfortunately, it turns out that I am not a huge mulberry fan! But, it wasn’t absolutely terrible!)

Garlic straight from the garden
Our first onion and some other yummies

The garden has seemed to enjoy this warm up! The tomatoes are full of blooms, as well as other plants!

Tomato blooms! 
Cucumber blooms
Zucchini plant
Green beans (plus lots of weeds!) 
Pumpkin blooms 
Tiny cucumelons 

While I was in the garden, I found a chicken behind me checking out everything!

Rogue chicken

And the solar panels have been making tons of energy with these sunny days! Already over a megawatt by the middle of the month!

Solar + longer days = loads of energy

We are hoping to be harvesting some more from our tiny homestead this month! Are you harvesting anything from your garden??

March 2017 Goals Update

March was quite a mix of gross snowy weather and beautiful weather! Seeds have been started and we have been forging and sewing up a storm! So, here’s how it is going:

1. Zero waste our home! We already do a good bit to avoid creating trash, but there is always room for improvement! We are going as package free as we can this summer and have been trying to make some yummy copycats! So far the crackers were a success! And check out those unpaper Birdseye towels that we will be adding to the shop!

2. Declutter 20 items per month. Last year I decluttered 2016 items from this house. This month we cleaned out the boy’s bookshelf to make room for a new shelf. At least 50 things out of that room this month!

3. Create only 12 bags of garbage per year. Americans are super wasteful. We are going to try to only produce one 13 gallon kitchen trash bag per month! We are just now starting bag 3 in April!

Bag 2 for the year! 

4. Merge crafting and homestead business. This month we attended our first craft show as Llewellyn Homestead. We made a few sales and met a lot of nice people! And on top of that, our gardening aprons are for sale at a super cute local business! That’s so exciting for us!

5. Create a summer kitchen. We will be turning a spot in the garage into a nice canning area. (And continue preserving our harvest!) **coming before canning season!**

6. Expand the garden. We did get the onion sets and kale planted this month! Lots of little seedlings are living under the grow light for now!

Onion sets and kale in there! 

7. Grow some different plants. Luffa gourds were so fun to grow last year and we are growing them again! We are adding so many different plants that I will have to wait until they are growing to show them!

Cucumelons coming up! 

8. Make a chicken viewing area. In the warm months, I love sitting by the garden and watching the chickens and bees. But, I normally sit on the ground. We are hoping to make a nice seated area in the spring! And now we will have some adorable quail over there too!

Adorable quail!

9. Green up my school. Schools create an absurd amount of trash! My class recycled 115 pounds of plastic bags since the start of the program in January! And now I’m trying to get people to recycle those millions of magazines that are sent to schools! (And the secretary at our school started recycling the copier toner! Who hoo Stacey!!)

Recycling those teacher magazines! 

10. Track our solar panels. This month we reached a Megawatt! That’s 1,000 kilowatts!! So far we are loving those panels!

Solar panel production!

11. Continue beekeeping. Last month the bees had the joy of snowstorms and 70 degree weather  odd weather! But they are doing great and we will be getting another hive this month! And I’m going to be putting out some swarm traps to catch some bees!

Listening to the hum of bees! 

12. Travel more with the family! We managed to visit so many places last year and have some major traveling ideas for this year! We didn’t do much this month, but we have been thinking of all the places that we need to visit! (Maybe somewhere for Easter?!?!)

We are so ready for gardening season!

If you set goals, how are yours going?

Cold weather, no garden, so yuck

I am beyond ready for spring! It’s still a little early for seed starting, and we are going through a cold spell. Gross.

But, at least I have my crafting to keep me busy! So, yay for that! And we have a small craft show this weekend, so we are cautiously optimistic! Here’s what we have (plus a few more things) 😊

Bottle openers
Garden aprons
Garden markers
Wand dusters 
Floor dusters
Crochet dishcloths
Chicken hot pads
Mason jar drink cups
Luffa gourd seeds! 

So much accomplished! We are pretty proud of what we have accomplished! If you’re local, we hope to see you! We will also have some wildflower honey for sale!

Another busy weekend!

I’m so excited to say that there is only one half day of school left this week!! Whoo hoo! Last weekend was a crazy one! Lots of weird weather and business!

It started out with some weird weather that resulted in some snow in the mountains. Luckily for us, we did not!

Snow in the mountains!

Because of the weird weather, the craft show that we went to was a little slow. I did make a good many sales though! Even a few garden aprons!

My new headband rack! 

Then, the boy and I spent the evening dying some Easter eggs! One cracked while boiling, so he colored 11! Here is proof that brown eggs can be colored too!

Before and after

Now, it’s back up in the 70’s and I found my raspberry canes are springing back to life! That made me so excited!!

Raspberry canes coming back! 

And on my newest journey of becoming a lesser waste person, I wanted to somehow eliminate those wrappers from my morning Belvitas. I love them with coffee in the morning! So Voila….

Homemade Belvitas!!

They turned out amazing!! Here is where I got the delicious recipe from: http://tastykitchen.com/recipes/breakfastbrunch/copycat-belvita-breakfast-biscuit/

Weekends are so productive! I can’t wait to post my March updates soon!!

The boy’s birthday weekend!

Creating less waste and buying less stuff can really be hard when celebrating life’s events. I knew the boy was going to be getting more stuff, so we started getting some of his less used things out if the house. (Like over 100!)

First we went through his astounding collection of stuffed animals. These lucky guys already found a new home!

Making their way to a new home!

Then, we sold a few things on a yard sale site that were basically brand new!

On to the party, we tried to keep it low key. I made the boy his cookie cake! I used this amazing recipe: http://www.fourmileridge.com/giant-chocolate-chip-cookie/

Homemade cake for the boy

And we ate off of my real plates and drank out of non disposable cups. It was perfect! An amazing part was that my garbage can wasn’t filled to the brim with birthday stuff! It was a great weekend!!


Halloween and garden fun

For the first time, we actually were able to harvest pumpkins and my boy was able to carve a good sized one! He picked out his favorite and did all the work himself!

Lights on
Lights on

And of course we had to light it up to see how awesome that it looks!

Shining bright!
Shining bright!

Even though we used this pumpkin for fun, the chickens got the goop from the insides and everything that we cut out. They definitely did not complain!

Then, we roasted the pumpkin seeds and polished off most of them before the mister got home from work!


And strange enough, I still harvested a couple things from the garden! I cut the last pumpkin from the dead vine and somehow found another sweet potato on accident!

Tonight's harvest
Tonight’s harvest

When it quits raining, I have some garlic that needs planting and raspberry canes that need put in the ground. So much work to do before the winter is in full effect!