A Freehold of My Own

Documenting my journey toward being a self sufficient family

Salmonberry Leaf Tea

I’ve finally had the chance to taste test some tea made from local shrubbery. I had collected leaves from Salmonberry bushes(Rubus spectabilis) that I could find far enough from main roads to make me comfortable. They took about two days to dry, spread out on a cookie sheet in my kitchen. 


I crushed the leaves by hand and measured a teaspoon into my tea strainer. I let my water come to a boil and let it sit for about a minute. The leaves were tender before I dried them being the first Spring shoots; I figure that hot but not still boiling water would work well.


I let the herbs steep, covered, for about 10-15 minutes. I tried it after two minutes and the flavour wasn’t even noticeable. After more time it tasted much like a mild green tea. I think this would work well added to other ingredients, not so much on its own. 


Dandelion Oil – Part Two

Part two of dandelion oil! I had read online, from multiple sources, that the moisture content in the flower heads can lead to a jar of rotten slop. I was feeling impatient so rather then sun drying, I spread the flowers on cookie sheets and dried them in the oven while I was out at work. After about five hours they looked like this.


I moved them into two jars, covered them with olive oil. I used an extra virgin olive oil that was not to my liking for eating. For cost purposes I’m sure regular olive oil or perhaps grape seed oil would work just fine. You can solar infuse the oil, leaving it in the sun, for four to six weeks or do the faster method. Fill a pot big enough to hold your jar(s) with a few inches of water, put your jar in, turn the burner on to medium. Let the water heat up but not boil, turn off the heat and let the jars stand in the water until it cools. I’m going to let it sit for at least a week, maybe two. Then onto making salve!


Dandelion Oil – Part One

The sun was bright and shining today after having heavy rainfall yesterday. My joints do not agree with this sort of weather. In an effort to help with pain and because I love foraging, I collected dandelion flowers to make dandelion oil with. As the process unfolds I will do my best to keep everyone updated. I plan on making a salve with it also.



Chicken Galore

Cooking off some little chicken’s for meat, bones for broth, in my giant slow cooker. These little guys cost me $4 in total! Also, in the small slow cooker, peachy salsa chicken breasts which will be for dinner.

Banana Brownie

I constantly have black bananas about. My almost three year old will love them one day and despise them the next. I also have grand dreams of making smoothies that never quite happen. I found the original recipe here, I altered it for yield and for what I had on hand. Another note would be that I used Aunt Jemima pancake syrup not actually maple syrup, that is a luxury I cannot afford at the moment. These little cakes are DELICIOUS!! I’ve scarfed three and they aren’t even cool yet. When hot/warm they are almost like chocolate lava cake! Enjoy!

Banana Brownie Muffins

4.5 black bananas

2 cups almond butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup maple syrup

2/3 cup cocoa powder

Preheat oven to 350C

Combine all ingredients in food processor until smooth.

Spoon into well greased muffin tins.

Bake for 15 minutes.

Let cool completely in runs before moving.

Stores for a week in the fridge or longer in the freezer.

Cleaning, in 2 Minutes Bursts

I honestly hate cleaning a good portion of the time. That’s not even bringing my chronic illness into play!

Horrific Knits

cleaning-station-223204_1280 I have no idea why this was tagged as cleaning on Pixabay. But it amuses me.

Bear with me.

I know that a lot of people are going to cross their eyes and wonder what sort of weirdness I’ve gotten into this time-or truly how deep does my laziness run.

I’m a terrible person to ask cleaning advice from. I’m a horrible housekeeper. I’m not a horrible housekeeper the way that bloggers say that they are and mean ‘I haven’t bleached the grout in the last 15 minutes, take my blogging card away from me until I get my act together, lawl, lawl’-when I say it I full and truly mean I’m a slob.

Contrary to what people will sometimes whisper I’m not a hoarder. My issue isn’t with throwing stuff away or getting rid of things. I just hate cleaning with the passion of a thousand burning suns. I…

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Greetings from Hibernation!

There will be new blog posts soon! My little family and I are getting ready to sell the single level townhouse we live in to something a bit larger, closer to family and more in the country. Winter always seems to be really busy for me. Combine that with me having to go back to work part time and the usual daily home making duties. Things get a little crazy.

Polish Heritage

My husbands ancestry is Polish, he is first generation Canadian so there is still a lot of customs and such that are alive and well. I found my Mother in Laws English language Polish cookbook. So I nabbed a bunch of the recipes. I’m excited to get working on them!


Christmas Stocking – Free Pattern

Yarny goodness!

Baaad Anna's: not your mama's yarn store

If you celebrate christmas and you want to knit a stocking to hang in your house – or to fill with some great goodies then check out this free pattern we just published on ravelry!  It is a quick knit that we knit using the Briggs and Little Super! We used only 1 skein of red and 1 skein of white and knit this up in an evening!

Christmas Stocking Christmas Stocking

Our in house teacher Hilary Jones designed this fantastic pattern, and is a great pattern if you are interested in learning socks! Come check out all the fantastic colours we have in stock to make your very own stocking out of!

Christmas Stocking Christmas Stocking

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