Gardening · Homesteading

When To Plant Seeds For Grow Zone 8b

Our homestead sits in Freeland, Washington on the southern end of Whidbey Island. We are on the edge of the Olympic Mountain Rain Shadow, which equates to us receiving a lot less rain yearly than just 10 miles away, although we receive on an average about 120 days of recordable precipitation. We can be driving… Continue reading When To Plant Seeds For Grow Zone 8b

Homesteading

Mid January On The Homestead

The days are getting longer, and the call to be outside has returned in me. As we near having 9 hours of daylight once again, I feel the sun returning. It's been a wet January so far, with some very heavy storms going thru. And warm, where many days it has reached upper 40's and… Continue reading Mid January On The Homestead

Homesteading · Prepping

Prepping: Flushing Toilets In Power Outages

The dreaded power outage. We get those a few times a year on average, living rural, on an island. For one, our power is carried over not one, but TWO islands, on extremely tall poles, that sweep across the water. A good wind storm, like we had Tuesday night this week, can take out the… Continue reading Prepping: Flushing Toilets In Power Outages

Homesteading · Prepping

Overlooked Pantry Items For Prepping

I was chatting with a friend recently about their prepping plans for pantry stocking. It brought up a few items that are often overlooked, but are not expensive. Some of these items you might recognize sold out during the early pandemic months and were out of stock for months in stores. Each item listed has… Continue reading Overlooked Pantry Items For Prepping

Recipes

Sour Cream and Vanilla Bread

Not a sweet bread, but neither is it savory. The vanilla comes through as an essence, and pairs well slathered with butter. Pairs well as sandwich bread or served with a thick soup. Sour Cream and Vanilla Bread Ingredients: ½ cup water 1/3 cup sour cream, room temperature 1 large egg, room temperature 1 Tbsp… Continue reading Sour Cream and Vanilla Bread