Friday, October 24, 2014

food storage

I've been all over pinterest, looking at homesteading and preparedness information. One thing I found is a 52 week plan to build up food stores for 2 adults for 1 year. It's mostly dry goods, so even if we don't use it up, if I repackage it correctly it'll last for a ridiculous amount of time. 15 years or more, if I'm not mistaken. I need to get things settled at the house, put away, and generally dealt with so I can feel like I'm allowed to do these things.

In the mean time, I need to remember to pick up some cheap knee-high nylons next time I get onions so I can store the onions properly for a length of time.

Thursday, October 23, 2014


It's not the best deer makeup ever, but it's pretty good for using what I have already. I'll practice a couple more times before Halloween.

Sorry this only very tenuously had anything to do with homesteading. :p

Monday, October 20, 2014


According to the washing machine during spin cycle, the floor is just a tad too bouncy. That's all I can figure because we checked it with a level and it's good in that respect. We may just get a small board to reinforce that area of the floor as a temp fix. We'll see.

Saturday, October 18, 2014


Roasted a medium pie pumpkin last night by cutting it in half, cleaning out the guts,  rubbing lightly with grape seed oil, and baking at 350 for an hour. Spooned the flesh into a container and refrigerated overnight. Was hoping to get some water out, but it was a fairly dry pumpkin. It came out to about 3 cups of pumpkin. It's now sitting on the counter next to the store pie crust and coming to room temperature. I'll use my food processor to buzz it into gloop and make the filling. I'll use 3 eggs, a can of evaporated milk, probably 3/4 cup of sugar, and a couple teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice. It'll bake at 425 for 15 minutes then 350 for 40 to 50 minutes. Fingers crossed it comes out like it's supposed to. I'll let you know.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Sorry I was gone for a while. I was doing things like laying vinyl tile and catching a cold. Done with both those things now. I am also no longer a slave to the laundromat. Yay! (Thanks, parental units.)

I did a reasonable job of laying the vinyl tile in the laundry room. It's really only to cover the plywood until we get around to slowly renovating the house in a few years. I'm not even completely finished. There's a few tiles left to put down that require help from the spouse.

But that's what's been happening of late.

I did purchase a couple of pie pumpkins at the store today. Will be making pumpkin pie from scratch for Halloween. That's my plan, anyway.

Alright, that pretty well covers it for now. Later!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


I have reasonable skill when it comes to hand sewing. Nothing is ever straight but I'm working on that. The picture is of a project I'm working on to sell on Etsy. I plan on folding over the rough seam and sew it again. Probably could've done that in one step, but whatever. Live and learn.

I figure I can't be doing too badly since there's a pair of Ben's pants that I mended a large hole in one of the legs and it's still holding.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


More things to fix. Looks like at least one washing machine overflow happened. The vinyl tiles that were there just lifted right up.