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Quick Visit

Hello everyone! I hope you’re having a great week.

We have been getting some rain each day this week. Our mustard greens are enjoying it and are growing. I think we will be picking butter beans some time soon as well. Weird how the peas and butter beans have produced this late in the year.

I think our 6 does are bred. If not, there is only 1 hold out. My grandparents are bringing a doe to breed also.

The new chicks have graduated up a step to the next cage. Their next move will be in the main chicken pen.

Any of you who read last week’s post about Kroger, please feel free to share that post with Kroger. I don’t make anything off of my plug for them, but if they see the post they may at least share some coupons or something. 🙂

For more information about Homestead Nutrition, or to make an appointment, see the contact info at the top of the page. Have a healthy and blessed week!

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Still Gardening & Canning in September, News from the Barn, & Kroger Rant

Hello everyone! I hope your week is going well. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those devastated by Hurricane Florence and the flooding caused by her.

We are having an epidemic of love bugs here. They are everywhere and so annoying. They love white and we have a lot of white around our house. We will be so glad when they are gone.

As of Monday, we were still shelling peas. I think my dad pulled most of them up as he picked them this time, but we do still have some growing. I think they are for seed. We are still harvesting jalapeno peppers too. Mom’s cucumbers are still blooming, but not producing. She harvested her first eggplant this week and we will have it for supper tonight.

Dad is going to plant mustard greens in the garden now. We’re going to plant radishes and carrots, I think, and some other fall veggies. It is still very hot here. We’re having low to mid 90s temps. Hopefully it will cool off soon.

As for news from the barn, we have officially entered breeding season. We have 6 does to breed this year and we hope 2 are already bred. My dad purchased some new chickens a week or so back. They are chicks right now, but will grow to be pretty big chickens. We have 14 of them, plus about 21 other chickens. We hope to be able to raise some chickens from these new ones. We’ve never had chickens that would set, but they say these will. So we’ll see.

For those who eat a clean organic diet, let me put a plug in for Kroger. Kroger is almost as well supplied with natural and organic foods as Whole Foods, and you don’t have to break the bank to purchase it. We love to shop there! If you download the Kroger app, you can see their sales and clip coupons. When you sign up for the Plus card, you also receive a free Friday download every Friday morning. Sometimes the free item is healthy, while other times it’s not. Kroger also offers clicklist for those who don’t have time to shop. You can order online through the app and pick up your groceries at the appointed time. I highly recommend Kroger. I like the quality of most of what I find there and I like the prices. Now, I’m strictly referring to the natural/organic merchandise. I do not speak for the other stuff. So check out your local Kroger store or shop online via the app. It’s even worth the drive if you have to go to another town to go to Kroger. Our closest one is around 20 miles away and it’s small and doesn’t have a lot. We usually drive around 50 miles to go to a good Kroger. It’s well worth it and we have fun shopping there. Oh, and you earn points on your Plus card toward fuel cost reduction. For every 100 points you get a tank of gas for $0.10 a gallon less at participating gas stations. The Kroger gas station even allows more off per gallon. If you have 200 points, you can choose to use them all and get $0.20 per gallon off, and so on. So it’s a win-win situation at Kroger!

For more information about Homestead Nutrition, or to make an appointment, see the contact info at the top of the page. Have a healthy and blessed week!

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Busy Week

Hello everyone! I hope your week is going well. If you live in North or South Carolina, I hope you have made it to safety and I pray God will help you through this terrible storm situation.

Last week as I wrote, we were preparing for the storm Gordon. However, it did not progress as predicted, for which we were grateful. We didn’t even get any rain.

We have been busy this week. My dad brought home a 5 gallon bucket of possum grapes on the vines. He wants possum grape jelly. Mom and I sat for hours picking those little grapes off the vines. They are small and don’t really taste good to me. They don’t have much in them other than a small seed. Mom cooked them down and strained the juice out to make jelly. Out of that 5 gallon bucket, she got almost one half gallon of juice. She’s making the jelly now.

If the possum grapes weren’t enough, the peas are making like crazy. We have picked and shelled peas twice this week. On Wednesday, mom picked 3 of the 6 rows and we shelled them. Then when dad got home from work, he picked the other 3 rows and we shelled them. Mom is putting them up today. So it has been busy on this homestead all week. I think the peas are about done and we told dad not to bring anymore possum grapes home. 🙂

For more information about Homestead Nutrition, or to make an appointment, see the contact info at the top of the page. Have a healthy and blessed week!

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Trip to Ethridge, TN & Preparation for Hurricane Gordon

Hello everyone! I hope you have had a great past 2 weeks. I did not post last week, so we have a little to catch up on.

Last weekend we traveled to Ethridge, TN to ride through Amish country. We spent most of Saturday going from one Amish farm to another purchasing their homemade goods and fresh produce. We had a blast! Our car was so full that only our spaces to sit were available. At least we didn’t have stuff tied on the front of the car like we did once coming home from Gatlinburg.

We also visited the David Crocket State Park, and dined at the Crocket’s Mill Restaurant. The park is a neat place. We saw deer from our table in the restaurant.

We always take stuff to make sandwiches to eat as we travel. This keeps us from eating out as much. We usually eat supper out and that’s all. On our way home, mom found a really neat city park in Sulligent, AL that was a perfect place to picnic. We had intended to use the restroom and walk some, but when we saw the neat pavilion and picnic table, we decided to go on and eat. There was no one there except us and the picnic area was fenced in, so Miss Priss was able to run free. She loved that since she strongly dislikes her harness and leash. It was just a perfect place for us. It was a great trip. The only thing wrong was it wasn’t long enough.

We are currently watching the progress of Tropical Storm Gordon. It is forecast to become a hurricane and come ashore along the AL/MS coast lines. This has been predicted to take place some time this evening or tomorrow. We live 2 hours from the coast, but we are taking precautions. We have a well and when we lose electricity we lose water as well. So we have filled jugs with water to keep our Berkey filter full. We have also filled 5 gallon buckets with water to flush toilets. I figure we are overprepared, but better that than not enough. Hopefully it will only rain here.

For more information about Homestead Nutrition, or to make an appointment, see the contact info at the top of the page. Have a healthy and blessed week!

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