Category Archives: Homesteading

Threshing by the Pound

Poppy seed pods are easily threshed.  If you only have a few, you can crush them by hand  and pour out the seeds.  If you have a larger amount, you can always put them on a tarp and step on … Continue reading

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Just Peachy

Everything’s just peachy here in SE Minnesota, especially the peach crop we’ve been eating and preserving from our Siberian-type seedling trees.  Here’s what they look like – you’ll have to imagine the delectable rush of biting into one of these … Continue reading

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We’re Really Nuts About Nuts

Last December we posted about using a vise grip for cracking hazel nuts.  It does a nice job, but it’s SLOW.  Looking at our hazelnut bushes this year, it’s apparent that we will have to speed up the process quite … Continue reading

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Underextended, Overextended, Ah…..Just Right

Just another snowy April day here in Minnesota, so thought it was time to write another post.  We’ve been attempting to get caught up on outdoor tasks including pruning, which is normally finished here by the end of March, but … Continue reading

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The End of …..

Now that we’re nearing the end of winter our focus is shifting towards the upcoming season, but there are many loose ends to tidy up before we move on.  We’re starting to run out of a few stored foods, or … Continue reading

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Special Report – Breaking News from the Laundry Room

I was struck by a news report on the ABC evening news last night.  Apparently it’s newsworthy that a wet T-shirt will freeze solid in 6 minutes in Minnesota in January.  Diane Sawyer seemed genuinely amazed when a viewer sent … Continue reading

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Warmer Windows

  After 12 years of living in our passive solar home we have finally built some insulating window shutters for the large south-facing windows that really work well at reducing heat loss in cold weather and preventing heat gain in … Continue reading

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Winter Wonderland

The snow has finally arrived to stay here in southeastern Minnesota and I certainly don’t mind.  Larisa and I have been starting to prepare for the upcoming spring’s garden by researching new varieties to try and evaluating our old standbys. … Continue reading

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Preparing for Snow

This time of year often finds us busier outdoors than we are in the finest summer weather. We have nearly finished putting food away for the winter, with all of the root vegetables in insulated coolers, ready to stow in … Continue reading

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