Category: homesteading

Posted in Homestead homesteading In my kitchen Just Being Family recipes soup

Chicken Noodle Soup

I love soups! I have always loved soups. Especially with a larger family… Want to make it bigger for more people, just add a few more things into the pot! We double and even triple this recipe – You will need a HUGE cooking pot to do this with. We are going to be freeze-drying a batch of this as…

Posted in Freeze Drying Freeze-Dried Homestead homesteading In my kitchen Just Being Family prepping

Freeze-Dry Cheat Sheet

I have searched high and low online for a copy of the freeze-dry cheat sheet. And I couldn’t find a print copy. So here is one that our family will add to as we gather and research more. Come back often to see if it has been updated! – (Last updated 10/29/2019)

Posted in Freeze Drying Freeze-Dried Homestead homesteading In my kitchen Just Being Family prepping

Freeze Dried Offals, Shrimp, Shredded Chicken, and Grapes

Did you have any idea that you could make healthy dog treats and food in your freeze dryer? I am here to tell you! Yes, you can!! We like to make our dogs healthy and “raw” treats and food when we can. Over the last few years, I have been collecting offals (hearts, livers, etc) from many of the animals…

Posted in Freeze Drying Freeze-Dried homesteading In my kitchen Just Being Family

Freeze Dried Peas, Guacamole, Caramel Apples, Mangoes & Onions

Welcome to another video using freeze-dried foods from our Harvest Right Freeze Dryer. Here is a summary of what we thought of this batch: Frozen Peas – rehydrated in boiling water – taste just like frozen peas. Mangoes – eaten dried – kids gave 2 thumbs up as a fruit snack. Caramel Apples – Caramel was bubbly from the sugar….

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Freeze Dried Apples & Peaches

Every week, we have new items in our freeze dryer for storage and for snacks for the kids. I love having freeze-dried fruit on hand for the kids so that they can have fruit available even if it is days away from grocery day or even the wrong season. Today’s video is all about Freeze-dried apples and peaches.

Posted in Freeze-Dried Homestead homesteading In my kitchen Just Being Family prepping recipes

Saving Food by Freeze Drying

Saving Food by Freeze Drying 2-1/2 years ago, our family took the plunge and purchased a Harvest Right Freeze Dryer. I wasn’t certain if the price = what we would save. Well, I can honestly save that after 2-1/2 years I LOVE my machine and I think that I have had enough time to test it. I did blow out…

Posted in homesteading kunekune Pigs

Kunekunes Pasture Pigs for sale.

Kunekunes are an AMAZING breed of pigs that we have had on our homestead for over 5 years now. We use them often when people request us to come and share our animals as part of a “petting zoo program.” Mama Pumpkin is one of our most requested animals to share.  Our family jokes that they are called “War Pigs”…

Posted in Dehydrating Homestead homesteading Just Being Family Quail

When asked… “What do you like about homesteading?”

The obvious answers are that I love the lifestyle. I love the fresh veggies. I love the fresh meat and knowing where my food comes from. I love the sweat and tears. I love the animals. I love the time that I spend with my family while we are working on different projects. But one answer that I give more…

Posted in Chickens homeschooling Homestead homesteading Just Being Family Rabbits Science

Jackpot Show – 8/10/2019

Throughout our lives as homesteaders, I wanted to make sure that my family were able to know all about the animals that we have, both large and small stock. Last night, we were honored to be a part of a local jackpot show. We are proud members of the Chino Valley FFA Pals group for all of my younger kids….

Posted in aquaponics Family Gardening Goats homeschooling Homestead homesteading Just Being Family kunekune

End of Summer Projects

It is that time of the year. The summer for public school kids in our area is coming to a close. I love that we have a bit of freedom in our homeschooling. We have a handful of projects to still get worked on our homestead for this summer season Our aquaponics system is being put back up. In this…

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Welcome Baby Kunekunes

Spring is here and so is the arrival of new baby kunekunes. They will be available for their new homes at the end of July 2019.

Posted in Gardening Homestead homesteading Just Being Family landscaping & gardening

It’s that time of the year – Starting your garden

If you haven’t already organized… now is the time. Get those seeds organized and ready to plant. If you haven’t already seen our organizing tip video on your seeds, check out this post: https://krisandlarry.com/2019/01/25/seed-storage-and-other-tips-to-start-your-garden/ This week, I went onto Amazon and picked up empty planting 6-packs (Amazon Link). I picked up 720 cells which are 120 6-packs. There are listings…