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Self Reliance Challenge – Week Three

Self Reliance Challenge – Week Three

It’s week three of the Self Reliance Challenge. I’m still working away on last week’s list. Perennial plants didn’t come so they haven’t been planted. We bought more plants over the weekend that need to be planted. Homesteading is a marathon, not a sprint. That’s one of the most important lessons I’ve learned in homesteading. Since I’m still working on last week’s list I’ll make that number on on this week’s, and I’ll add to it: Start a ginger bug….

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Self Reliance Challenge Blogs

Self Reliance Challenge Blogs

Have you been reading the Self Reliance Challenge blogs?  In case you missed them – AnnMarie – 15 Acre Homestead Nancy – Nancy On The Homefront Kathi – Oak Hill Homestead Robin – A Life in the Wild Candy – Candy’s Farm House Pantry Farmgal – Just another Day on the Farm Ashley – Practical Self Reliance ShawnaLee – Homegrown Self Reliance Frank – My Green Terra Maria – Maria Zannini Lisa Lynn (that’s me!) – The Self Sufficient HomeAcre

Self Reliance Challenge – Another Update and List

Self Reliance Challenge – Another Update and List

Oh my goodness. My self reliance challenge list was very short and I still didn’t get it all done. I was busy busy ridiculously busy, but not enough of that work was on my list. I baked for 20 hours, spent most of one day at a poorly planned, pathetically attended, completely misrepresented market, and worked outside all of another day. Still didn’t get it done. I’ll get caught up. So, what I did do – planted the peppers and…

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Glitches – Things That Make My Hair Turn Gray-er

Glitches – Things That Make My Hair Turn Gray-er

ACK!  Glitches are making my gray hair grayer. Ingredients in the Sandwich Bread recipe aren’t working. An updated plugin took the entire website down yesterday. It’s a plugin I pay for so that pisses me off makes me angry. I’m baking up a storm today. As soon as I get out of work I’ll fix the recipe and see what else needs to be done. Thanks for hanging in there with me. Here’s a turtle. See? It could be worse….

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Dandelion Fritters – Wild Harvested Appetizer

Dandelion Fritters – Wild Harvested Appetizer

Dandelion Fitters – Wild Harvested Appetizer Wild harvested dandelion fritters -doesn’t that sound nicer than going out to the backyard to pick the flowers off what most people think of as a week? When I was a kid we picked the flowers with the longest stems. We held them just right, thumb beneath the flower, and said “momma had a baby and it’s head popped off,” and then we’d flick the flower off with our thumbs. We stuck the small…

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Lemon Custard Recipe – On The Fire

Lemon Custard Recipe – On The Fire

Lemon Custard Recipe Custard is one of those foods most people could give or take. I love a flavorful custard. Bland? ehh…I’ll pass. It’s easy to add flavor, especially something as simple as lemon custard. You need the zest of two lemons. That’s all. I’ll add variations to the end of this post. You can add more flavor with the lemon or omit the lemon and change it up completely. If you want more lemon flavor you can add a…

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Motherless Fawn Update

Motherless Fawn Update

Do you remember the motherless fawn? It arrived alone one day in mid-November, spent time with a buck after the rut ended, and left with a flood of deer on their way to their winter feeding grounds. I hoped she would leave with the others. With coyotes and bobcats in the area I knew a lone fawn didn’t stay much chance of surviving the winter. I’ve been watching for her since I put the game cameras out last week. It…

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Short-tailed Weasel – Living With Wildlife

Short-tailed Weasel – Living With Wildlife

Wildlife stories galore. I have three updates from the homestead and photos away from the homestead and I don’t know where to start. I’ll start here on the homestead. hmm…how about cute? Let’s go with cute first. Remember Slinky? Another ermine, called a stoat as well as short-tailed weasel when dressed in their summer coats, spent part of the winter slipping into the sun porch to hunt mice. I’ve been feeding her, of course. Two weeks ago she struggled to…

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Self-Reliance Challenge – Intro & Info

Self-Reliance Challenge – Intro & Info

Self-Reliance Challenge – Intro & Info So, here we go! May 1, time to start the self-reliance challenge. I haven’t written in an intro since I first started the blog. I’m Robin. I’m married to Steve and we’re parents to two grown women, Kristin and Taylor. We’re empty nesters now so the amount of work that goes into feeding my family is a lot smaller than when we started homesteading in 1990. I’m a writer, baker and Chef Robin on…

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Hazelnut Crusted Trout – On The Fire

Hazelnut Crusted Trout – On The Fire

Hazelnut Crusted Trout One of the best parts of spring, at least for me, is open-water fishing. The only place we’re finding open water this year in early April is streams and the outlets of lakes and ponds. They’re great places to find brookies and salmon. We like to make the best of cold water fishing now since the salmon will head down to deeper water when the temperature rises. I like trout best but I don’t say no to…

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