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January 2014 Blog Posts (27)

Cinnamon Whiskey Jelly

Remember those individually wrapped fireball candies? They were always conveniently priced and placed at the local pool, theater, arcade, or some other fun concession stand. The countless times…


Added by Erin Urquhart on January 31, 2014 at 6:26pm — 1 Comment

A Dozen Superbowl Vegetable Appetizers from my CSA and Beyond

Instead of sharing a pile of individual posts I figured I'd round 'em all up in one post. 

Left to right:

Fresh Tomato Pesto (I've got a jar thawing right now)…


Added by Kirsten Madaus on January 31, 2014 at 9:57am — No Comments

Seed Starting Indoors

Originally posted @Back to the Basics

The most obvious place to start is SEEDS!  We use only non-GMO, open-pollinated, Heirloom Seeds.  Mary's Heirloom Seeds are all of the above AND they are un-treated!  Freshness of seeds is of utmost importance...And Mary's Heirloom Seeds…


Added by Marianne Smith on January 29, 2014 at 12:24pm — 1 Comment

February Planting Information by Region

Originally posted @Back to the Basics



Added by Marianne Smith on January 29, 2014 at 12:22pm — 2 Comments

Posting Post

City Repair. Public Art in private spaces. Little Library.  I’m not sure what you would call it, but we completed our Posting Post this afternoon and it looks pretty fine.       

For years, I’ve admired the City Repair Projects in Portland, where neighbors come together and paint the streets, or build a playhouse, or create art out of recycled objects; I’ve even modeled my Honors American Literature final around the idea. Art that you stumble upon while running errands, art that makes…


Added by Charlyn on January 26, 2014 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Buffalo Butternut Squash Hummus

I spent last week bringing a little "Local Flavor" to #Appetizerweek, a multiblogger event complete with cookware/cooking tools giveaways.  Here is a vegetarian appetizer that can be customized with a variety of toppings to add flavorful vegetable options to your game day spread.  We added regrown celery from the garden (I've started more on the kitchen windowsill) but crumbled blue cheese and even cooked chicken would go well with this spicy sauce.…


Added by Kirsten Madaus on January 26, 2014 at 5:02pm — 1 Comment

The Problem With Our Food System - Wendell Berry's wisdom

Great hearing Wendell Berry's wisdom set to a great video compilation.

Added by Bruce Weaver on January 17, 2014 at 5:08pm — No Comments

Chicken Spaghetti Pizza

Comfort food in a pizza?  Of course.  This is just that--shredded, cooked chicken and chunky spaghetti sauce topped with fresh mozzarella on a simple pizza dough.

You can find the recipe right here on my…

Added by Kirsten Madaus on January 17, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Multigrain Cereal Sandwich Buns

I started baking with sourdough after reading Cooked during the Homegrown summer reading group, and I've resolved to expand my baking repertoire.  This is a chewy, nutty-tasting bun that’s sturdy enough for sandwiches.

You can find the recipe on my…

Added by Kirsten Madaus on January 13, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Has anyone canned lemon juice with a hot water bath method?

Every February thru April I drive to Phoenix, Arizona and pick organic lemons, grapefruit and tangerines.  I juice them and load my car with around 40 gallons of various juice and drive home to Montana as fast as I can.  I visit my grandson while I am there too.  I canned some grapefruit juice and it turned out ok.  Of course it was consumed within a 3 month period so I don't know if it stays fresh and doesn't brown in the jar.

I usually freeze the lemon juice for use in recipes…


Added by Misty Miles on January 13, 2014 at 11:09am — 2 Comments

Does anyone have any ideas on how to finish cedar shiplap?

I have a 1930's Farmhouse on my property that I decided to turn into a guest house.  After removing layers of old wallpaper, paneling and fiberboard, I found ship lap in great shape.  The entire main floor is wrapped in it floor, wall and ceiling.  I was told by a contractor that these walls are cedar. The insulation is…


Added by Misty Miles on January 13, 2014 at 10:55am — 1 Comment

Cold in January

We in Kansas were surprised not to be the coldest and deepest snow, or even the highest wind speed anytime so far this winter. I am used to missing several days of work due to several feet of snow on the roads, and I have lost buildings, roofs of buildings, doors and windows from the occasional 60+ MPH winds in the winter. My sympathies are with the folks catching it now in the Northern Plains, New England, and the Rocky's. It is only been below zero about 4 nights so far, and most of our…


Added by Rick Nichols on January 11, 2014 at 10:09am — 3 Comments

Spicy Kale Pizza Dough with Mushrooms and Cheese

Sautéed mushrooms and kale with cottage cheese on a spicy kale pizza crust make this a great winter pizza.

You can find the recipe here on my…


Added by Kirsten Madaus on January 10, 2014 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

The Mini-Barn

Originally posted at Multifarious Raymonds.

Thanks to a fox taking off two of our hens and then the would-be-butcher never getting back to us, we ended up keeping the six last chickens from what was to be a broiler flock. We now have eight hens and a very loving rooster. Needless to say, that left us needing to either add on to the old coop or gain a new one.…


Added by Tasha Raymond on January 9, 2014 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

10 Homesteading Skills Every Child Should Learn

When we prepare our kids for adulthood, there are some skills that will serve them especially well.

When kids learn basic homesteading skills, they get a number of really important advantages in life such as:

  • They have skills that can save them a lot of money when they're on their own, since they won't have to hire others to do them.
  • They are…

Added by Alicia Bayer on January 7, 2014 at 5:53pm — No Comments

Citrus and Honey Whole Grain Muffins

Oranges and tangerines paired with honey in a whole wheat and oatmeal muffin--simple, bright, and fresh.

You can find the recipe on my…

Added by Kirsten Madaus on January 7, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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