Category Archives: July 2016

2016 Chicks

We started a new bunch of chicks a few months ago (they came May 25th) and I realized that I never made a post to remember when they came and what types of chickens they are. The Parents: The roos … Continue reading

Posted in July 2016, May 2016 | Leave a comment

Summer Vacation Day 46 – Lughnasadh

Lughnasadh, on August 1st, is a festival celebrating the beginning of a fruitful harvest. Lughnasadh is also a time for bread-making and corn-dollies – wheat decorations made with the first of the wheat harvest that hold the spirit of the grain … Continue reading

Posted in July 2016 | Leave a comment

Summer Day 45 – Markets and Such…..

The last day of July and we spent the day at the Sunday Market in Milwaukie, trying to pick up milk at the farm, canning and cleaning.  The milk pick up was a bust, the gal that owns the cow … Continue reading

Posted in July 2016, Putting up | Leave a comment

Summer Vacation Day 44 continued – Argan lotion

Argan Lotion Experiment 1/2 c. olive oil 1/4 c argan oil 1/4 c sweet almond oil 1/2 c. coconut oil 2 oz. beeswax 10-20 drops essential oil for scent (I used lemongrass) oil from 5 Vitamin E capsules Combine the oils and wax into … Continue reading

Posted in July 2016 | Leave a comment

Summer Vacation – Day 44 Ginger Beer and Deconstruction

The boys are off deconstructing a fort they found.  DH found an ad for it – no charge so we are getting it to repurpose in to the new henhouse.  I didn’t think I’d be much help getting the roof … Continue reading

Posted in July 2016, Putting up | Leave a comment

Summer Vacation Day 43 – Orange Mead and Orange Cake

  Orange Cake – see recipe here Orange Mead* makes 1 gallon 2 1/2 pounds raw honey 1 Large orange –  wash cut to fit for later removal from the gallon jug 1 small handful of raisins 1 teaspoon bread yeast  – dies off … Continue reading

Posted in Baking, Food Projects, July 2016 | Leave a comment

Summer Vacation Day 42 – ……and the canning begins

This morning I put up six jars of seedless blackberry jelly and six more jars of peach jam.  We picked the berries from the hedgerow over a couple of days, cooked them down with a little water and strained them.  I collected this … Continue reading

Posted in July 2016 | Leave a comment

Summer Vacation Day 40 – Spit Roasting by the Fire

I canned a few pints of corn this morning while we were setting up a lamb roast for supper. DH built a fire out in the fire pit while I put the roast on a spit (like on the Tudor … Continue reading

Posted in July 2016 | Leave a comment

Summer Vacation Day 35 – Only 39 to Go

Things are fermenting all over the place at the Backyard Farm.  We’ve got sourdough, kombucha teas (one regular brew and a try at a continuous brew), blackberry soda, garlic fermenting in honey, apple peels fermenting into cider vinegar, and yoghurt … Continue reading

Posted in July 2016 | Leave a comment

Summer Vacation Day 34 – Let’s Get Something Done Day

I woke up this morning to blue skies – FINALLY!  It’s been a very dreary summer so far.  So I bounced out of bed, came downstairs and decided it was a good day to accomplish  several things that have been … Continue reading

Posted in July 2016 | Leave a comment