Not dead yet

Ok I have been terrible about posting on here. But the weather has been insane this year, making it hard to get out and do any gardening type work :p

I am hoping to have my bed up soon, after long ago being gifted with some stones from a good friend🙂 just need to run out and get some fill dirt mostly.

I have lots of plants currently on my porch at least. My mother gifted me with plenty of pots! Helps a lot. I even found a stevia plant! We’ll see how well it grows…it got eaten by something for a few days..I have a feeling it was sparrows…😛

I doubt very much I’ll get to have chickens this year…still trying to find an angora bunny but they are hard to find around here! 4H projects are popping up all around me (I can hear plenty of moo-ing) so maybe I’ll luck out.🙂

More posts with pics to come after I can get my bed up and running!


Well I’m sure by now most people in the homesteading community have heard about the huge conflict over the dervaes’ trademark dilemma.

I’d just like to say that there is a petition you can sign to voice your opinion,

and there is a growing facebook page here

Please help fight this if you too are as offended by this as I am. It’s so disheartening to see such a battle over something so ridiculous, and I hope this gets resolved quickly, and for the better.

On a nice side note, I ordered some seed catalogs from 2 places online-seeds of change and seed savers exchange. I really want to get some beautiful heirloom tomatoes..I have dreams about tomatoes lately. I probably need help, but I just blame it on cabin fever. Especially when it had been in the forties last week, and then it dumped a foot of snow last night. Sigh.

I still need to get some pavers or something to build my beds with..found a roto tiller I can borrow at least. Huzzah! And I think I will try to do a compost bin made of a trashcan like this:

I like the simplicity and low-cost parts of it. haha.

Trying very hard to find some angora bunnies locally too..I really want to try my hand at spinning, and I really like having bunnies, so I thought the two would go nicely together. But, they’re hard to find here. Closest ones I could find were at least 3 hrs away. Urgh. Still need to talk to the landlord about chickens too, so I can try and get the silkies I want before they’re all gone!

Off to crochet now, and try to think lovely spring thoughts amidst this snow…

Onto mayo!!


Homemade sour cream! I can’t believe how easy it was. Ridiculous! And tasty.😀 I’d recommend this to anyone. Just mix and set out over night. So so simple!

Today I’m going to work on some homemade mayo…last time I basically made an aioli, which is like a garlic mayo, and so the bf was not into it at all. I used olive oil too, so I think overall I just about killed him on strong flavors. So this time I’m going to try using mostly coconut oil, but mixed with a little olive oil since coconut oil alone would probably make a solid bar of mayo. hehe.

I’ll update this after I’ve finished.


Well, I’m waiting for my phone to freakin cooperate so it will send some pics, but here is my recipe:

3/4 c coconut oil, melted

1/4 cup grapeseed oil

2 egg , separated

dash of mustard, sea salt, and pepper

1 tsp cider vinegar

I started by melting my coconut oil, and putting it and the grapeseed oil into one of these bottles, which I really recommend because of the ease of dropping into your mix.

(I also had a splash of olive oil. Mostly I used grapeseed because I was out of olive haha)

Separate out an egg yolk. I had gotten this lil chicken egg separator, but it didn’t work for crap. So, I put the egg in and just jiggled the whites out. Easier just to use the shell I think :p

I put my spices and vinegar into a bowl..

Added an egg yolk and beat like crazy to get the emulsion going.

Now, I can’t get any more pics from my phone😛 stupid phone..So, I’ll have to upload the pics later. UPDATE got pics uploaded! not sure what my phone’s problem was😛

You mix this very slowly, and I actually set my oil bottle at an angle above my bowl so I could just push on it periodically to drip in some more oil.(see the photo)  If you’re using a blender even easier-just drip in drop by drop until it gets going. With my beaters, it started looking chunky, then broke out into a smooth consistency after about 15min of relentless beating. Easier than using a whisk, but you’ll still get a workout. Just don’t stop!

I added my whites from my first egg after a bit, which helped speed up the thickening. But, I got impatient and added a second yolk, which started the thickening almost right away. I added the second whites after I dumped in the last of the oil, and it thinned out by quite a bit! So, I put in the whites to make up for that and it thickened up right away.

And it tastes light and fluffy! Much less intense than my first try. We’ll see if I can convince the bf to eat some on a sandwich.😀

Big note-I think I need to use more grapeseed/olive oil next time. This turns solid in the fridge.😛 haha!

DIY sourcream and some bread starter!

So, I can see the huge piles of snow melting away and it’s really giving me spring fever..

So I thought some diy projects were in order to keep me busy! I want to learn how to make everything I can myself, so since I’ve made butter and bread (see my other blog I thought I’d try out some sour cream! And since I have some buttermilk, I’ll try making a sourdough starter using buttermilk😀

I’m starting the sour cream today-I mixed 1/4 c buttermilk with 1 c of cream. I also spilled cream on the  counter, but I don’t recommend that😛

I just used an old mayonnaise jar (which might be my next task..making mayo that dev will eat) and it’s now sitting on my oven until tomorrow!

Next, I’ll start my sourdough starter!

I’m basing my recipe off this big forum posting:

but, mine is not nearly as big😛 and I’m going to try without the yeast..maybe a big dollop of honey.

I used 1 c of white flour and 1/2 c of wheat, plus 1 1/2 c buttermilk and a big dollop of some local honey. I’ve got it in an old coffee bucket hehe and it’s covered with a towel on my counter. I need to write myself a sticky note to remember to feed it!

I’ll update with some more pics after tomorrow!

Getting worked up

So, I decided to start looking at seeds online in the midst of all this recent snowfall. I found this amazing site, and it’s just making me drool over the possibilities.

Which, is getting me all worked up and I know that portends disaster, as I’m likely to go overboard & buy tons of strange things I won’t have room for and won’t know what the heck to do with once it grows. For instance, they have quinoa seeds! Which, until recently, I could not find in my town. (I live in B.F.E) So, I need to approach this with more trepidation, which I’ll admit is rather difficult. I have a limited budget so far too which will help in that regard.

I know what I really want to plant-some gorgeous heirloom tomatoes, bushy beans, and squash. Lots of squash. I want to try out potatoes using the tire method-stack tires slowly over the growing plant, forcing it to extend it’s roots down. I’m thinking I’ll have to paint the tires white though, as it is forecasting another freaky hot summer with the lack of snow we’re getting here. But that’s ok, gives me an opportunity to try making milk paint!

I need to find a cheap source for my bricks/pavers for my raised beds too..I worked at home depot, I know that crap isn’t cheap. And I don’t want to  deal with wood rot, so I think brick will be my best bet.

I need to figure out what flowers to plant too to get in some butterflies and bees..which reminds me, I need to buzz the ladies at our local nursery to see if they’ll be carrying ladybugs this year.

Another big project is compost..I have a bitty lil storage bin right now..which is probably frozen solid (thank you -20 weather) and I’ll be needing a lot more.  There is local compost here, but I am not sure what goes into it. I’m thinking I may start a worm farm too if the landlord will go for that. If not I’m gonna make a money jar for a pretty composter. I doubt I’ll be able to get away with a pallet built one or anything similar. Plus, I don’t want to deal with animals digging thru it, which I’m positive would happen.

Man I have a lot to plan out and organize. Urgh. I just want to start now!

I may be crazy, but..

I say that a lot anymore. I may be crazy, but…I wanna make my own toothpaste. I wanna try and talk our landlord into letting me have chickens. Etc, etc. But, I have talked about gardening and homesteading for nearly a year now, and seeing how we have moved to a place with an actual YARD and SHED and SPACE I think it’s high time I stop yammering and start tilling.

I went and took some pictures of the yard today since it’s unnaturally warm for Wyoming for the middle of December. Not sure what in the hell is going on there, but it’s giving me some weird strain of spring fever something fierce. I really want to start putting together my raised beds, but I know that’d be getting ahead of myself. Quite ahead.

Front view from just off my porch.

I knew my yard was uneven but I had no idea until I went out and took some pictures. Made me realize I’m going to have fun leveling my beds..

I have a shed though! That’s a plus. And an entirely blank slate for my yard!

This weird weather is gonna get to me though I know it. I may have to take a trip out to my friend’s to gather some windows for my cold frames. I’ll have to work on some yard sketches too so I have a good plan of where to put what.

I will try my best to keep this blog updated with all my doings in the yard. I make no attempt to say that I am anything more than a very novice gardener, but I really aspire to be one. And have some killer tomatoes next summer.