Gardening · Homesteading

January On The Farm

January crept by, but it kept me busy. Unlike most of Western Washington where it rained every day, in the Olympic Rainshadow on the south end of Whidbey Island, we stayed drier and had plenty of days with sunshine. And we had so many spectacular sunsets over the Olympic Mountains. But I won't lie...January is… Continue reading January On The Farm

Gardening · Homesteading

September On The Farm

September. The month of rain. That was the theme. It also cooled off very quickly. No Indian Summer this year. The blue skies opened up and dumped this past month. It's true damage was the tomatoes. I had a feeling it would happen this year and I was very proactive on picking tomatoes as soon… Continue reading September On The Farm

Gardening · Homesteading

August On The Farm

It's been so busy that I sat down today and realized it was already halfway through September. And the start of the third week of school for the boys. August slipped by quickly. I showed up a couple times at the South Whidbey Tilth Farmers Market. With freshly dried herbs from our farm. I really… Continue reading August On The Farm

Gardening · Preserving

Handcrafted Pasta Sauce

I found this recipe via a package of Sweet Roma Pasta Sauce Mix from Ball/McCormick, which is highly overpriced at $2.49 a card. You get the dried spices and a recipe card, that is it, for that price. You can easily replicate this at home, however, I don't process the tomatoes like the card calls… Continue reading Handcrafted Pasta Sauce

Gardening · Preserving

Spicy Salsa

I adapted the recipe for this salsa out of the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving, on page 203 (Fresh Vegetable Salsa). I don't like cumin or fresh cilantro, but otherwise I followed the recipe. The recipe doesn't call for salt, so you may want to taste it before canning and adjust as needed. Spicy… Continue reading Spicy Salsa