canning venison stew

Canning Venison Stew

Canning venison stew is a great way to preserve your harvest and provide meals for your family later…without taking up room in the freezer. 4-5 pounds venison 1 tablespoon oil 3 quarts cubed & peeled potatoes 2 quarts sliced carrots 3 cups chopped celery 3 cups chopped onions 1½ tablespoons salt 1 teaspoon thyme ½…

pomegranate apple jelly

Pomegranate Apple Jelly

Pomegranate Apple Jelly is a delicious jelly…plus it’s very easy to make. Don’t double the recipe because it won’t set correctly, so you’ll need to make multiple batches if you have a lot of juice. 2 cups pomegranate juice 1 ½ cups apple juice 5 cups sugar 1 box pectin Combine the pectin and juices…

Canning Mustang Grape Jelly

One of our summer “to do’s” each year is to pick mustang grapes and turn them into jelly. We ran out of Mustang Grape Jelly a year or two ago and we couldn’t find any wild grapes in our usual spot. So, this year we completely ran out of our homemade jelly/jam (all the strawberry,…

planting guide for Central Texas

Planting Guide for Central Texas

I don’t know about you, but for me it helps to know when to plant specific plants. There are some plants that do better in the spring (carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes) and summer (okra, basil, peppers) and others that do better in cooler temperatures (lettuces, broccoli, spinach, peas). To help you (and your garden) out, here…

Killing Aphids with Soapy Water

Killing Aphids with Soapy Water

My husband noticed white fuzz on our garden plants (mainly the blackberry bush and rose bush), as well as in other trees around our yard. After closer inspection, he realized these were aphids, which can destroy our garden. We have never seen an aphid problem this large before. Trees were turning white with this powdery…

harvesting-and-storing onions

Harvesting and Storing Onions

One of the easiest things to do is harvesting and storing onions. This past fall we planted 2 tubs of onions. (Please pay no mind to the weeds and baby Spanish Oaks mingled with the onions). Now that we’re into summer, it’s finally time to fully harvest them. We’ve been using them throughout the winter…

homesteading in the suburbs

Homesteading in the Suburbs

I bet there are quite a few homesteaders in the suburbs. This is a relatively new idea for me…one that I’ve been tossing around in my head for a few days. Are you homesteading in the suburbs now? I guess for me that would still include gardening, whatever I could do with what I had.…

planning your spring garden

Planning Your Spring Garden

In January, it’s time to start planning your spring garden. Where are you going to put your garden? Do you need to amend the soil? Does it get enough sunshine? Do you need to enlarge the garden plot this year? Do you need to order seeds? These are all things to consider. You may even…

processing venison

Step-By-Step Guide to Processing Venison

Processing Venison just got easier! Venison: From the Field to the Freezer Just released TODAY is my new eBook, published by Molly Green Magazine as a Bite Size Guide. It contains 26 pages of instructions on how to process a deer once it has been harvested and dressed. Once the meat is in your hands,…

the mighty chile pequin

Ah, the Mighty Chile Pequin

Chile Pequins are an extremely hot pepper rating above 30,000 Scoville Units. Yep…hotter than a jalapeno. I’ve grown to really love these peppers as they are tiny enough to provide a great amount of heating using just a little bit. This is the first year we ever planted a chile pequin, although we’ve tried to…