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About dep31

I am a farm-raised homeschooling mom. I take great joy in making nutritious food that inspires people to take seconds. Thirds, anyone? We are a God-fearing, Christ worshiping family that enjoys good friends and good eats. If the kitchen is clean and the living room carpet is visible, then that's a nice bonus.

Homemade Sausage

We’ve talked about making homemade sausage for years. We have finally done it! We split a hog with our neighbors, and butchered it ourselves. Our friend Mike came over to help. He kept apologizing for taking so long, and we … Continue reading

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Busy, busy

We’ve been crazy busy trying to get ready for winter around here! Between choir and band rehearsals, homeschooling and college, it’s been hard to get to the “important” stuff. We got a few things dealt with this weekend, though! Saturday … Continue reading

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Busy day

Major accomplishments around the homestead today by the Villa team: 1. Planted 50 cloves of garlic. 2. Peeled a dozen more bulbs, sliced them and started them in the dehydrator. In th garage. Which, by all olfactory evidence, is completely … Continue reading

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Newest addition to the worship band

Look who got recruited to play with the big boys in the worship band at the Presbyterian Church with me!  

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I purchased two boxes of green Bartlett pears last Friday at Jones Farms in Zillah, and they all came ripe Sunday night. The kids helped me bust out two canner loads plus a big batch for the dehydrator. 14 quarts, … Continue reading

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She waited for snow

Because, you know… the goats all got a BLIZZARD when they gave birth in February. Well, Bella almost made it – there was snow on the hills surrounding us this morning, and we set all kinds of records for weather … Continue reading

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New hack for scrubbing burnt pots

I love finding new hacks, especially when it comes to getting burnt pans clean without ruining them. Last week, I tried making three gallons of goat milk into caramel by mixing the milk and the sugar in a turkey roaster, … Continue reading

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