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in Blog, DIY, Farmlife, Homemade, Homesteading Skills, Natural Health, Recipes, Recipes and Cooking

Homemade ice cream

Making homemade ice cream is so easy and so much fun.  Well, it does take a little bit of exercise if you make it how we do with an authentic 1920s antique hand crank machine. However, you can cheat and use an electric machine.  We don’t think it tastes nearly as good, but it’s still way better than store bought.  Here’s the recipe we use for basic vanilla:   2 cups heavy cream 1 cup whole milk 3/4 cup sugar a dollop of vanilla (probably like a tbsp) a pinch of kosher salt   Put it in and let it stir stir…

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in Blog, Farming, Farming and the law

Sad day for food freedom

By Dr. Meg Howe http://prepare4change.blogspot.com/2010/12/sad-day-for-food-freedom.html Formerly called Food Safety Bill S510, this Bill is NOT About Food Safety. It is a draconian piece of legislation that literally places food under the control of the Department of Homeland Security, the organization created supposedly for foreign terrorists. Now, the DHS has the legal power to seize food production, force recalls, and shut down any farms it deems unsafe. This includes your backyard garden – should you want to sell anything you produce on your land, or even give away to a neighbor.So it is now a revolutionary act to grow your own…

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in Blog, Farming, Livestock

Midget White Poults

Midget White eggs are HUGE compared to other turkey eggs and the poults (baby turkeys) hatch much bigger than other turkey poults.  However, Midget White turkeys only grow to be maybe half the size of other turkeys.  Hence, the name Midget (and they’re white so that explains the rest).  Midget White turkeys start life with irony and I have a feeling they will continue to live and develop as a breed that is very unique in its personality.  When the Midget Whites started hatching yesterday morning, I knew within a few hours that their personality was different than the Bourbon…

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in Blog, Farming

Spring newsletter 2010

Spring has been here and is gone and summer is going by quick.  The garden is growing and we have tons of little babies running around.  Our new flock of Cotton Patch goslings looks almost like a flock of full-size adult geese!  They grow so fast you can almost see them change in front of your eyes.  We’ve added some other endangered animals to our flock as well.  One is the Dorking chicken.  We’re particularly proud of this accomplishment because it took me over a year to track down a breeder and get eggs. Dorkings are a very special — and very endangered — breed. They’re…

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in Blog, Natural Health

I can make you sleep

 Can Make You Sleep by Paul McKenna is this absolutely amazing book I just read about a month ago.  Let me give you a bit of background.  Ever since I was an infant, I never slept well.  I’d torture my poor mother at all hours of the night with crying and then when I got older, I’d just lay in bed and stare at the ceiling.  For as long as I can remember, I would stay awake tossing and turning for 3 or more hours every single long, boring night.  I hated sleeping because it was so boring!  You just…

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in Blog, Farming, Gardening

Tips for a low water use garden in the California high desert

The total statewide October through December precipitation was 78 percent of average, further adding to our accumulated water supply deficit.  The 2009 Water Year (October 1, 2008 through September 30, 2009) was the third consecutive year of below average precipitation for the state. Annual statewide precipitation totaled 76 percent, 72 percent, and 63 percent of average for Water Years 2009, 2008, and 2007, respectively. On the bright side, January precipitation through the 28th is above average January rainfall. So what do you do in this situation? Give up gardening all together? Mainstream agriculture uses about twice as much water (and maybe much more!) to irrigate as a…

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in Blog, Gardening

Sunken Garden Beds

I decided to try something different this year with my garden.  Last year I had raised beds.  It worked great for having soft soil and it wasn’t too much work because I just dug out the paths and piled it onto the beds so I didn’t have to bring in soil from somewhere else.  However, the point of having raised beds is also to keep the plants roots from drowning in excess water. As you can see, the plants roots are safely away from the water with the freedom to grow down to the water as needed without the roots…

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