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Homesteading mom of 4 homeschooled children. Married to a wonderful man for 15 years.

New Planting Season

Well, planting on the homestead has begun.  Lettuce, radishes, carrots and green beans are in.  Some pumpkins, gourds, zucchini, and acorn squash are in.  More items to follow in the next few days.  All the sunflowers are up and perennials are blooming.  Indoor projects have now become rainy day projects and outdoor projects are beginning.

 

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Read All About It!

Below is a copy of my son’s newspaper that he created.  He publishes one every month.  Paper copies are $3 and online copies are $1.50.  Let me know what you think.

December Paper

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Meal Plan Monday – 1/2/12 thru 1/8/12

Our family favorites for the week.

Monday – Lasagna

Tuesday – Bottomless Stew (Beef Soup)

Wednesday – Cheese roll-ups for the kiddos (Christmas Party for adults)

Thursday – Oven-Fried Chicken with Bean Casserole

Friday – Homemade pizza

Saturday – Texas Turkey Casserole

Sunday – Pork Roast, Mashed Potatoes w/gravy, Corn/Carrots and pears

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New Year, New House Projects

With the near completion of our sun room, we are starting out the new year with a new winter.  The sun room has the heated floor and tile installed.  Spring will see new walls, windows and trim.

This is the sun room floor and it is beautiful.

For our next grand project, KITCHEN REMODEL.  Step 1 is to pull up the current flooring in the kitchen and refinish the maple flooring.  Today, my loving hubby is pulling up the old floor is a few key spots, scraping the junk off the wood floor and will sand it to an almost ready to stain finish.  Then we will move our refrigerator into place and move our hutch from the dining room into the kitchen.

Our home education is continuing strong and our new schedule with chore pack system that we are using is going to make our day run more smoothly.   Our aim is to put Jesus first, Others second and ourselves last this year by the addition of Bible reading as a family, memory work and copy work for the children as well as good biblical books being read aloud.  With being able to now “live” in our sun room, reading aloud will become more enjoyable as everyone will be able to finally find their favorite spot to sit and color while being read to.

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Dugger Family Giveaway

Everyone loves giveaways! Enter to win the complete second season of 18 Kids and Counting on DVD! With over seven hours of family-friendly episodes (including two bonus specials), this three-disc set will provide entertainment for all ages!

Visit Dugger Family Blog to enter.

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Five Question Friday (October 7, 2011)

1. What is your go to comfort food or sweet?
      I really enjoy eating popcorn.  Especially if it is real buttery and salty.

2. What is the most romantic place you’ve ever been to?
       A bed and breakfast inn located in Kentucky.

3. What is your favorite thing about fall/Halloween?
        I enjoy the changing of the leaves and the cooler temps.  In fact, I my husband and I love fall so much that we married in October (12th to be exact).

4. How would you spend 24 hours alone?
       I would read, sew, sleep.  All in that order.

5. Does you husband bring you flowers? Are you the bring-me-flowers type of girl?
       My hubby brings me flowers for special occasions.  I love flowers, but only in my gardens.

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More home preserving news.

Been very busy here since our homeschool started.  We are still preserving foods, but also working on our academics as well.  The latest update is as follows:

9/13 – Processed 5 quarts of pears in a medium syrup.

9/14 – Processed 19 quarts of stewed tomatoes.

9/15 – Processed 39 quarts of stewed tomatoes.

9/17 – Processed 19 quarts of stewed tomatoes.  (Do you think we like stewed tomatoes?)

9/22 – Water-bath 5 quarts of apple pie filling.  (Used apples from our own trees.)

9/23 – Processed 16 quarts of tomato sauce.

9/30 – Processed 15 pints of carrots.

This weekend I will be processing my pie pumpkins and going to an apple orchard to get a bushel of apples to make more pie filling.

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Update

Here’s the latest update on my home preserving experience this year.

9/8 – 13 quarts of tomato sauce.

9/11 – 32 pints of peach jam.

9/12 – 18 pints of peach jam.

Today I am working on a bushel of pears in medium syrup.

Saturday, Cora started Ballet and loves her new teacher.  Yesterday, Tristan and Cora went to their first 4-H meeting and made new friends.  They are excited to start working on projects for next years’ fair.  I’ll be back later with more updates.

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More home preserving news.

As of 9/3 we have harvested 10-1/2 bushels of tomatoes from our garden so far.  That’s a lot of tomatoes and I have at least another 5 bushels on the vine.

8/30 – Processed 12 pints of carrots.  Raw pack method 10 pounds pressure for 25 minutes.

8/31 – Processed 7 pints of pizza sauce.  Water-bath method for 35 minutes.

9/1 – Processed 15 pints of pizza sauce.

9/3 – Processed 20 pints of pizza sauce.

9/4 – Processed 11 pints of pizza sauce.

9/6 – Processed 9 quarts of tomato sauce.  10 pounds of pressure for 15 minutes.

9/7 – Processed 10 quarts of tomato sauce.

9/8 – I am in the middle of processing more tomato sauce.  I will have a count later this evening.

In the midst of these canning days we had another rain storm that came into our home this time.  We had all the windows open and we were not home in time to close them.  All carpeting had to come out as well as 2 new sets of mattresses needing to be purchased.  All this was going to be done sooner or later anyway, but I guess sooner was what God wanted.  Love God’s timing.

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Canning Update

We have had a very busy canning week.

8/18 we processed 2-1/2  jars of zesty zucchini relish.  Yum!

8/18 we processed 30-1/2 jars of very hot salsa.

8/19 we processed 19-1/2 jars of very hot salsa.

8/21 we processed 34-1/2 jars of jalepeno peppers for nachos.

8/22 we processed 5 Jars of refrigerator pickles.

8/23 we processed 11 jars of stewed tomatoes.

8/26 we processed 29 jars of stewed tomatoes.

We are now set for the year with stewed tomatoes.  The next batching of tomatoes will be pizza sauce.  Hopefully this week will also see some carrots processed.  In the middle of all this canning, our family experienced some family members being called home to our Lord.  2-3 weeks ago my maid of honor (age 39) was called home and 8/24 my niece’s mother (age 25) was called home.   Canning this year has been a healing process for me.  Praise the Lord for His abundant love.

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