Homestead

Fixing A Leaking Farm Pond

Pond Findings

Here in western Pennsylvania we’ve had an unusual amount of rainfall this spring and summer. The constant rain has been a source of frustration for local farmers. Corn planting had to be delayed into early June on many farms because of wet fields. And hay making this summer has been an ongoing vexation. No sooner…

It’s No Joke – A Casting Call For Fools

Cleopatra The Barn Cat

This is no April Fool’s prank. A bit of foolishness and idiocy came to me via email last evening. It’s positively the most asinine proposition I’ve heard about in a very long while. But I just knew you’d enjoy reading it. Who knows? Maybe you’d be interested! ******************************************************************************* Hi there, My name is Jill Hamburgo…

Soda Ash On Homemade Soap

Soda Ash On Homemaade Copra-Olive Oil Soap

My reward for not covering a newly poured batch of cold processed copra-olive oil soap, is soap with a very heavy layer of soda ash. That the fats in the soap pot may have been cooler than they should have been when I added my lye water, and that I waited too long to pour…

Ruts In The Farm Yard

Ruts In The Farm Yard

This winter has been particularly hard on the farmyard between my barn, machine shed, hen house and red 12X12 building. The lawn ruts are so deep that I keep tripping over them. In the spring I can usually iron out muddy ruts or soft places in the farm yard by driving a tractor over them.…

Pennsylvania Dutchman Brand Returns To USA

Pennsylvania Dutchman Mushrooms

Last week while traveling the canned food section of my local grocery store I nearly collapsed from amazement. On the shelf right before my eyes, were cans of Pennsylvania Dutchman brand mushrooms with a big red, white & blue “Product of USA” label on the front of the can. I couldn’t believe it! I picked…

Home Invasion – What’s Your Plan?

Kel-Tec SU 15 & Shotgun In The Pantry

Survival Mom had an interesting post yesterday.  She’s asking her readers what sort of plans, tips or ideas they have in the event of a home invasion. Are they going to fight? Hide? Call 911? I’m assuming most of her readers are suburban women with children.  But I really don’t know that. I’m very curious…

Airing Out Bedrooms

Airing Out A Bedroom

I’ve got some pretty old-fashioned and downright Victorian housekeeping notions. Every morning before breakfast I throw back the covers and top sheets on any bed that has been slept in to air out the sheets and blankets. After breakfast while I’m making up beds, (no matter how hot or cold or rainy or windy the…

Scraping The Bottom Of A Pan

Cooking Pasta For Pigs

It doesn’t happen too often. But every once and awhile I’ll burn or scorch something on the bottom of a pan. It makes a mess and can be really hard to clean. When I was younger I tried all kinds of ways to clean up a pan that I had accidentally blackened with food. Every…