A Freehold of My Own

Documenting my journey toward being a self sufficient family


April 2013

Finding the Sacred in Housecleaning

A very good post on housework, the most dreaded aspect of homemaking!

The Heart of the Matter

A while back I asked people on Facebook what they wanted to see me write about once  I came back from my Winter hiatus. My Soul Sister,E, asked me to talk about how she can make house cleaning feel more sacred.

As today is the day after Noumenia (the domestic observance that revolves around getting your house sparking clean and family time) I thought this was an excellent time to share my thoughts.*

Please don’t imagine that my house is so clean you can eat off the floor with sparkling counter tops and fresh bouquets of flowers adoring every table top. While I’m writing this, my sink is full-to-over flowing with dishes, I have a large pile of laundry to fold and put away, my front bathroom smells like a public urinal thanks to the three males in this house, and there are pulverized goldfish in the family room carpet*.

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Lacto-Fermented Garlic

I started this on February 1st, it sat on the counter for about a week and then into the fridge it went. It smells amazing. And yes the blue-green colour is normal. This recipe involved whey. I’ve since been fermenting with just brine, 1 tablespoon of sea salt to one cup of water, it’s much easier and less cloudy.



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Infused Water – Lemon, Cucumber, Mint

I put this together last night and left it to infuse. It turned out really nice.

12 cups water
2 lemons
1/2 – 3/4 of a long english cucumber
12 mint leaves

Slice the cucumber and lemon very thin, put into a 3 L jug with the mint leaves. Fill with 12 cups (approx.) of filtered water. Leave in fridge over night.

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Crafting – April 10th, 2013




The Modge Podge bug has bit me for the first time in ages. The canisters didn’t turn out exactly like I wanted, the labels went a little see through. Still look pretty cool though.

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Coleslaw-kraut…what is it you say? It’s essentially the sauerkraut recipe from a lovely book I just purchased (for $2!) called The Lost Art of Real Cooking by Ken Albala and Rosanna Nafziger and the basic idea of fermented coleslaw that I got from my Mother-In-Law. It is happily fermenting away on my counter. I will keep everyone updated!

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