Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Home Grown and Home Made!

Before I jump into today's post,
I have to give a big shout of "thanks" out to
Jim and Kathy, Anna, Amanda, Tim, Shannon, Ben and Kara....
for helping out with farm chores while we were in Alaska!

(Oh, and did I mention that the salmon were running while we were there?

It was wonderful to take this trip knowing that all of our beloved friends at home
were well cared for!!


One visit to the garden told me that we had had rain while we were away.
Everything grew like weeds.   (including the weeds!)
I spent a good part of the past couple days weeding and harvesting.
We are inundated with tomatoes, corn, peppers, cabbage, beets, leeks, onions,
and ground cherries.

We had so many hot peppers to preserve that I had to call in the HazMat team!

With the help of Hubbs and Amanda,
who lovingly offered to clean, cut and chop the hot peppers for me,
I canned 12 pints of hot pepper relish.

We love spicy food, so this will be our #1 condiment in the months to come.

With the tomatoes, peppers, onions, garlic and herbs,
we made a huge pot of homegrown spaghetti sauce to which we added some of our
local, grass fed beef (ground).
Hearty meat sauce!

(Note the sign that sits on the backsplash of the stove.
a little tongue in cheek humor!)

Tim and Amanda tried their hand at homemade pasta.

Farm fresh eggs and Italian style flour (from King Arthur Flour Co.)...

made a wonderful yellow dough that they worked through the pasta machine....

producing the most beautiful spaghetti...

cooked al denté, that tasted fabulous!

Homegrown and homemade from start to finish!


While we were gone, our guinea graduates from the Birdbrain Academy 
started roosting in the old pine tree by the barn.

It seems that their schooling paid off.
They spend their days with the "smart" guineas...
(yes, I realize that is an oxymoron - as any of you with guinea experience will attest to!)
hanging out on the farm, hunting for bugs, 
and sounding the alarm when anything out of the ordinary happens.

So far, we have suffered no losses....
almost a miracle with guineas!

I am so happy to be back to my regular routine of caring for our beloved furry and feathered friends!
Travel is fun (once in a great while),
but, farm life is simple and satisfying.
It's where I am happiest!


  1. Loved your post! Making homemade pasta is the next thing on my list to learn...
    I love your blog... I don't comment everyday but I do read it everyday! It's always fun to see what's going on at your place. Have a great day.
    Hugs, Dawn

  2. Yum, Yum!!! Everything looks delicious!! Give me another week and I should be harvesting from my garden. Dorothy said it best, "There's no place like home". I'm glad your ruby shoes brought you back safe and sound!

  3. I remember seeing the salmon in a stream when we were in AK..Very cool...Looks like your pantry has some additions since you returned home..Pasta looks yummy..Did you freeze any of the sauce?? Of the animals, who was the happiest to see you???

  4. It is where I am happiest too!
    Lovin the "simple life". ~Kim

  5. Your sauce and pickled peppers look so good! I love putting up stuff from the garden, though I don't do it as much as I did when the kids were younger.
    Can you share your recipe for the peppers? :)

  6. I just love how happy you are when you are 'home on the farm'. It just thrills my natural instincts...it does my heart good to hear you say how it makes you feel. Thanks for sharing and I wonder how they came up with that word...oxymoron....my mean really!

  7. Wonderful photos ! So glad you enjoyed your trip and that all went good at the farm whilst you were gone ! Yes going away is nice but coming home is even better ! Have a great day !

  8. Oh what deliciousness! Looks like you got home, and straight to work!!! I know how that is though. Always so much to do when returning from a trip!!
    Xo kRIS

  9. You are making me think I need a pasta machine! It all looks delicious!

  10. There really is no place like home! Welcome back!

  11. Nothing is better than the crops you grow in your own backyard.


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