Category Archives: Projects

High Security Willow

I tend to find “farmy” things to do when I travel. Mr. Caffeinated teases me about my busman holidays. This time, I built a fence. My favorite ex-neighbors in the whole world recently celebrated an anniversary, and he bought her … Continue reading

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Instant Pot Laying Hens

I was late to the Instant Pot party, but once I joined, I quickly became a True Believer. Once of the best reasons for a homesteader to have an Instant Pot is to make the meat from old laying hens … Continue reading

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Butter

Ahhhh, butter.  It’s not that hard to make, but it’s seemed like a near-impossibility until just recently.  Several things had to fall into place, the main one having access to a cream separator. My lovely neighbors purchased one, though, so … Continue reading

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Jam Session at the Homestead

Once a month or so, I get together with a bunch of other Christian musicians and we try out new charts.  Some of us are trained musicians.  Some aren’t.  Some sing.  Some play multiple instruments; others only one.  Not everyone reads music. But it’s pure joy. Continue reading

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Lil’ Helper and Stowaways

I got out of the heavy lifting portion of the grain transfer to storage project. My job, instead, was to keep things running smoothly. In a couple of cases, this involved rescuing hitchhikers from being smothered in hundreds of pounds … Continue reading

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Redneck Grain Elevator

Three or four times a year, we purchase grain for the chickens and the herd. They don’t get a whole lot, but over time, it adds up.  We prefer to feed a non-GMO grain mix, augmented with minerals for nursing … Continue reading

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Rendering Beef Fat into Tallow

Every once in awhile I find myself doing something which, if you’d told me twenty years ago I’d be doing, I would have thought you had gone off the deep end.  I think this is in part because God has a … Continue reading

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