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Being Ready for Winter

Every autumn the age-old question “Are you ready for winter?” starts to pepper local conversations. Being ready for winter in our remote mountain area means different things for different people. Some things need doing every year; others don’t, so our list changes from year-to-year. For 2018 it includes the following: Cut, chop, and stack firewood- [...]

By |2018-12-09T16:55:40+00:00December 9th, 2018|Homesteading, Off Grid Life, Ranch Life|0 Comments

The Trouble With Baking Soda

A few years ago, a friend mentioned something about chemicals in baking soda. I dismissed it thinking she must have meant to say baking powder, not soda. We all know there is aluminum in baking powder. And then I started watching this neat YouTube channel called Off Grid with Doug and Stacy. In one video, [...]

By |2018-08-14T16:30:47+00:00August 14th, 2018|Cooking, Homesteading, Ranch Life|0 Comments

Baby Rabbits Soon!

After a few years without, it appears we will finally have baby rabbits soon! Oh boy, I do love baby bunnies. Okay, okay, I love all the babies! Our black Satin doe Velvet is due the end of June. Satin rabbits are friendly, known for their lustrous fur that is wonderful for tanning, and are [...]

By |2018-06-21T11:01:06+00:00June 21st, 2018|Homesteading, Rabbits, Ranch Life|0 Comments

First 2018 ES Litter Coming Soon!

We are tickled pink to announce Niamh’s much-anticipated first litter!!! The sire is Jake of Hunter’s Trail- a gorgeous Black & White, accomplished competitive agility dog in Virginia. Jake and Niamh’s puppies are due February 20, 2018. They will be ready for their new homes in May. As per classic English Shepherd versatility, they should [...]

Frontier Frittata

This frittata is one of my go-to dishes for its simplicity, versatility, and utter deliciousness. Whether for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner, a couple ingredients or chock full, it’s another great use of eggs when we’re swimmin’ in them.   The variations are limited only by your imagination: bacon with cheddar, ham and Swiss, pork [...]

Year of the Birds

Although the title sounds a bit Hitchcock-esque, I assure you there is nothing mysterious in the meaning! You see, spring/summer of 2017 has brought more wild babies of the feathered variety to the ranch than we have seen before, thus year of the birds. First, a Red Breasted Robin pair started things off by building [...]

By |2017-07-31T17:37:12+00:00July 31st, 2017|Homesteading, Ranch Life|0 Comments