Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Weekend Project

Before......




After.....



And a very big thank you to my lovely helper who did the entire chair while I worked on the cushion:) xo

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The View From Here

I grew up a city kid...a townie, I had no desire to live in the country and no desire to dig in the dirt.  It's amazing how much a person can change in the course of their lives.  I'm still not really THAT old but my ways of living and thinking are vastly different than they were when I was a young adult.  Of course things can still change, but for now I have no desire to live the urban (or suburban) life again.

Instead of a view of tall building and concrete and lights and noise all night long, this is my view...



...and my cathedral...


...with it's vaulted ceilings...


...and stained glass windows....



Friday, May 18, 2012

Happy Friday

I haven't been posting very much lately because I haven't really had anything to show you and a blog post without pictures is just dull isn't it?  I have been working away on some patterns for a little e-booklet that I'll be releasing this coming fall.  It's a collection of 4-6 patterns that are all quite quick to make either by their size or by their use of chunky yarns.  I'm looking forward to sharing some swatches with you in the near future so that you can all have a little teaser of what's to come.  Until then, Happy Knitting and Happy Friday...have a terrific weekend!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Sometimes I Stray....

....stray from my homesteading, localvore lifestyle that is.  A couple of years ago Mr. Homesteader and I went to Bermuda on vacation.  He had spent 20 years trying to convince me that I would love it before finally giving in and agreeing to go.  I was not disappointed.  The scenery was breathtaking, the people polite and friendly, the pastel houses charming and picture perfect, and the food....oh my goodness the food!  What I fell in love with was pan fried fish (every kind I tried), topped with fresh fruit (every kind I tried) and served on a bed of rice and peas (black eyed peas).  I have recreated this meal with a great deal of success since, using local ingredients, but after finding a rice and peas "package" in the grocery store and some gorgeous tilapia...I just had to go for it and and try it.


So I took this....

and turned it into this.....



and I have to say it tastes very good, even if it is all imported, yikes, a treat now and then won't offset the balance.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

So Dreams The Dreamer...


Home Cheesemaking: Recipes for 75 Delicious Cheeses

I had a dream last night that I had made the most delicious, fresh mozzarella cheese!  I've been reading a lot about home made cheese making on a number of blogs that I like to read and it just seems like the next step in my homesteading journey.  I already sew, cook, preserve, grow, knit, generate, reduce, mill, reuse, spin, recycle.....now I need to feed my cheese habit.  We eat cheese every single day (sometimes to much) in our house, and although, our cheese comes from local farmer's milk and is made right here in our wee Province, it would still be nice to make at least some of it myself.  The cool thing is that you don't even need special equipment to make these small home batches.  You don't even need rennet if that is hard for you to find.  I've read that many people either use lemon or vinegar to curdle the milk, these are ingredients that most of us already have in our kitchen anyway.  After that dream last night, I'm going to have to give it a go someday very soon.


Guess that also means I might need a book like this too:)  Seriously, any opportunity for a new book!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Life

I look all around me this time of year and everything is just bursting with life.  The Lilac bushes, although still small, are loaded with buds.  The fruit trees are swelling, the berry bushes leafing...it will soon be a sea of green.


Mr. Homesteader planted 2 Lodi Apples yesterday, these ones ripen in August instead of waiting until the fall.


One of our MacIntosh Apples



Apricot is just about to bloom.


Black Currant is in leaf...a favourite from my childhood in Germany.


We planted these grapes years ago and let them take over this purpose-built lattice structure.  After spending a night in Trento Italy, walking out of the back door of a little hotel to find grapes dripping down over my head  suspended on lattic, I knew one day I would have that too.


Alaska Kiwi...we added this last year and it looks like it made it through the winter just fine.

The orchard so far:

Apricot
Peach
Necterine
MacIntosh Apple
Sweet 16 Apple
Spartan Apple
Empire Apple
Fugi Apple
Golden Delicious Apple
Lodi Apple
Pear
Bing Cherry
Stella Cherry
Italian Plum
Dansom Plum
Heart Nut
Black Walnut
Butternut
Alaskan Kiwi
Black Currant
Red Currant
Strawberry
Rhubarb
Raspberry
Blueberry
Gooseberry