Thursday, January 3, 2013

Locally Grown - Free Kindle or Kindle app ebook


If you visit my facebook page this is a repeat for you but lots of folks don't visit FB and I wanted to share this with those folks too.

Amazon is offering this amazing book "Locally Grown" for free right now.  I downloaded my copy a few days back and LOVE it.   It's about some of the midwestern artisan farmers producing vegetables, meat, dairy products etc that supply some of the better known Chicago restaurants like Stephanie Izards  A Girl and Her Goat and Rick Bayliss's  Frontera.

Each chapter focuses on a different farm and tells their story along with pictures, recipes from the chefs at these great restaurants and tidbits of other info.   I loved the stories and pictures and want to try some of the recipes.   It's an inspirational read and the price can't be beat.    Don't have a Kindle?  Download the free app to your phone or computer.


Elizabeth

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Learning about goats




I wanted to share a great goat blog I visited.  If you are just learning goat structure or are fairly familiar with goats you will learn a lot.  Just the info about how to evaluate a goat on this site will be a huge help for most, myself included.   They have many many diagrams like the one above and lots of great pictures covering every part of the goat plus lots of other valuable goat info like when it's worming time, disbudding, choosing a buck for your does etc.   It's a Kinder site but much of the info can be for all goats.  I'm adding them to my blogroll.

Stop by and tell them A Tiny Homestead sent you!


Elizabeth

Monday, December 31, 2012

The Goats Hate their Hut so.....

Belle and Lacie are 6 months old already!

So far this winter the only time I can get the goats into their hut is when it's raining or snowing.   I've tried locking them in at night but they hate it so much that the next night they won't come near me for fear of being locked in again.  Any other time they're right at your side.  It can rain all day or be snowy and if it's stopped at night, even though the ground is wet they sleep outside on the wet ground.   It makes me crazy.   

So today I drove a couple of T posts into the ground and hung a tarp for a little bit of shelter.   I figure it  has to be better than nothing.    I added an entire bale of hay on the ground for bedding and put their feeders in there to encourage them to use it.



They were sure that big green tarp was really some kind of toy.   I'm not real sure if it will last all that long but at least I'll know before I build another more permanent structure if they will actually use it this time.

When I was putting the feeders on the fence I was surprised that it was noticeably warmer under the tarp.   With all that hay to snuggle down in they should be more comfortable.



I put boards along the bottom and then covered it with 18" of leaves to help with the wind.  Lacie isn't at all sure about going in at this point.   On...yes.  In....not so much.



After we went in the house they decided to give it a try.    I think if they don't tear it down trying to  play on it they'll use this alot more than they have the goat hut.


Happy New Years!

Elizabeth



Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Missing blogger found and back on job

Soft leather covered handmade journal
I love blogging but sometimes I get caught up in life away from the computer and have a hard time finding my way back.    Hope everyone has had a great fall and Thanksgiving.

I have always had a love of books and lately that interest in has expanded to include bookmaking and bookbinding.   The journal above was my first experience in making a book from start to finish; choosing paper and cover materials, making signatures, deciding on the appropriate binding style and then sewing it all together.  

Scrapbook and some tags 

I've also been working on a scrap book for Malia.   I have been making it from an altered book and will share what  I we, did when it's done.  For anyone with kids I think you'll really enjoy it.   It took on a life of it's own and became a wonderful experience that let us relive the memories of pictures included while making it into something both meaningful and fun at the same time.  

Vintage photo of my grandmother and grandfather 

Sometime around 1920 my grandmother married a young man from Italy and being the great cook she was she took on the task of learning to cook all things italian as if she too came from Italy.  Thanksgiving tradition in her home, which was where I spent every Thanksgiving was based on vast quantities of scrumptous homemade italian foods.   Handmade raviolis & pastas, meats that had cooked in various italian sauces for hours and hours.   Side dishes, like more traditional Thanksgiving feasts, were plentiful and delicious but not what you would typically find on most tables.    Desserts were rum cakes and italian cookies and lots of pies.    

Some years I will still have italian Thanksgivings.   Nothing to rival my Nana's that's for sure.   This will as a rule leave me with the need to make a turkey a week after everyone else is finishing up their leftovers.   My 25 lb bird is in the oven as I sit here blogging.   I just can't pass up a good sale on turkey.   


Thanks Victoria for getting me here today!


Elizabeth

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

A Tiny Homestead Hop # 2




Your Invited to join in on our second

A Tiny Homestead Blog Hop!


To join all you need do is enter your best homestead related blog post of the past 2 weeks below.  It can be any thing to do with your homestead; animals, recipes, gardening, tips, crafts, whatever you've posted about that will be inspiring to other like minded folks.     

 Entries will be open for 2  weeks.  

When we get enough involvement I hope to move them to weekly with a featured blog from each linky.

It's always fun to find new blogs to go visit and what a great way to get your blog more exposure and visitors and maybe make some new friends along the way.


Hope you'll join in!


Elizabeth


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