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A Freehold of My Own

Documenting my journey toward being a self sufficient family

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Foraging and Production 

Hello folks! Things are crazy busy this year, making it very hard to keep up with my writing. I’m working on getting more time to write. Summer weather showed up a month early this year, combined with the drought we are experiencing has made for some interesting harvesting. The salmonberries were abundant, I have a large bag of them in the freezer that will be turned into jam. The blackberries are COPIOUS!! I want to bring my son to pick them so time will have to be found for that. Current projects include…

  
I’ve been wanting to make tamales for years now. Maybe months but it feels like years. I haven’t seen corn husks for sale and even if I did I couldn’t buy them in good conscience. I live in a region that produces a lot of corn so I have husks drying in the sun.

  
Hazelnuts! Or Filberts. I’ve recently discovered they are actually two different types of nut but are so similar to be all but interchangeable. I’m going to identify the wild trees I’ve been collecting from this week. I’ve got about a pound of nuts drying in a cardboard box on my patio. No direct sun but will still get all the warmth.

 
My foraging haul for the day: hazelnuts and red clover blossoms. The nuts are for eating, the blossoms for tea.

Urban Foraging – Horsetail and Plantain

Had the chance to get some foraging done the day before yesterday. I found some really healthy looking horsetail(also known as foxtail) and two varieties of plantain. I will be testing it’s medicinal and non-medicinal qualities so there will be a post on scrubbing pots with them!

  • Horsetail, Foxtail: Equisetum
  • Narrow Leaf Plantain: Plantago lanceolata
  • Broadleaf or Greater Plantain: Plantago Major

  

Crafting – April 10th, 2013

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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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Crafting and Such – February 20nd, 2013

Finally finished sewing a small scarf for a friend. Could also double as a table runner, hehe.

Am testing the whole soaking/fermenting grains thing. Have my oatmeal soaking/fermenting and a batch of my cornmeal muffins fermenting on top of the fridge. Will see what happens tomorrow.

Homemaking and Crafting – February 19th, 2013

Made 7 pints of organic apple sauce. First time using a food mill. Quite pleased with the results.

Made fish and chips for dinner, fish from scratch, chips from the store.

Washed and folded three loads of laundry

Cleaned kitchen and washed the kitchen floors

Crafting – January 31st to February 10th, 2013

Canned crushed tomatoes
Started art/scrapbooking journal

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Crafting – February 1st, 2013

Lacto-fermented Garlic: first time making it, will post recipe and such once the final product is ready

Meatballs in tomato sauce, rice and creamed corn: recipe to follow

Began Spring Cleaning

Started a new journal (combo if scrapbooking and journaling)

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Crafting – January 30th, 2013

Juiced organic grapefruit (2L) and organic ginger (1.5 cups)
Fish and chips (home made fish, store bought fries)

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