Wordless Wednesday- October 20th

A little bit of food security for us♡

Farm to freezer (plate)

Daily “meat” chicken chores completed.
It was a cold drive, had to warm up by the fire.
We will have some really amazing food for a while: chicken wings, boney broth, roasts, stir fries, legs, liver, etc♡ we don’t waste much….
10lb chicken, a perfect “turkey size” for us. Those chicken breaststroke are big enough for a meal with leftovers.
The new upstairs freezer is full….all cut and ready to go. We have 12 whole chickens in the downstairs freezer for roasting.

A Very Blessed Thanksgiving

We want to wish all our friends and family a very, very blessed Thanksgiving.

We are so grateful for God’s hand, protection, leading and guidance this year. We started the year with many uncertainties, but He was so good to bring us through.

Vanessa had some health challenges that began at the beginning of the year and now into the fall she is finally getting better.

God has taken care of our needs providing time in and again. God provided Russ and Bob with work and they have not gone without the means to provide for thier families.

The gardens even though not as full as they would normally be for veggie boxes provided a beautiful harvest that was eaten fresh all season and now canned and stored on our shelves for fall and winter.

We have an amazing stack of firewood going into the basement that will provide our old house with plenty of warmth this winter season.

The animals growing out in the barn area will provide lots of food for days, weeks, and months.

So we have so much to be grateful for and we thank God for the protection, health and provisions.

We also thank God for the freedom and ability to share our faith and His love to those around us♡.

If you don’t know Jesus, get to know Him he is the greatest part of our lives and He makes such a difference.

Kitchen – what to do next

Hi, just me, thinking about what is next on the list of homesteading, farmhouse movement, old fashioned living chores.

I got my apron on and I am thinking of the ways I am gonna put away 50 pounds of awesome carrots. To start….. dill carrots

They are made the same way my best dill pickle recipe is…. garlic, salt, dill, vinegar, water and a hot pepper. They are going to be so very good.

Next, probably pressure can a bunch in water with a smidgen of Himalayan salt. These carrots will be hugely versatile in so many applications. Stews, soups, as a side you name I they will be used. This way they won’t take up any space in the freezer.

After that, I will be grating a bunch and freezing them in one cup measurements to use for cake, loaf and muffins.

Some will also get dehydrated and put in a big jar for soups etc….. always a nice way to get some awesome rich taste.

Lastly, if I didn’t forget a use….. we will put a bunch in cold storage for use a fresh carrots into the winter.

We grew it all…. carrots, blue potatoes and chicken

So all in all not bad when it comes to all the ways you can store root vegetables for long term use.

Hope that you all have a terrific awesome week.

God Bless, Vanessa

Main floor demo

We started the main floor renos very early this past year and have been plunging away at it. The back room that was our dinning room and temporary bathroom has now been opened up and has a new purpose and plan.

It was quite a messy process of taking down the old walls and ceiling…. but what a reward to see what we have in return.

We found a few interesting things in the walls and ceiling not to mention all the tunnels in the old sparse insulation.

Can’t wait to see what the end result will be♡

No idea what that was….

Our nephew got married again…

What to wear…..

We recently took part in our nephews wedding in rather of a sort of different way. Because of all the rules and mandates they originally got married in June, just a very small cohort of family because that was all they were allowed.

So they decided to get married on the original date and then with a bigger celebration later in the year when stuff opens up.

It wasn’t possible for us to travel to Ontario this month, September to see them get married in person so we watched online “live”.

So the big question was what to wear…..

Murdoch wanted in too…

We opted for something cozy and we settled in to watch Ryan & Kristina get married again in front of family and friends….. even looks like Carrie and her husband Chris made it all the way from the uk♡

It was a beautiful ceremony and and it brought back memories for us.

What a happy couple…

We wish them all the love and blessings as they embark on the biggest book of life with lots of amazing chapters. ❤ We love you both and welcome you to the Anthony family Kristina.

Vanessa (Russ too♡)