We’ve sure been keeping busy this Winter; I’ve been working on plans for revamping some things in our store, creating some new candles, working on creating a pantry inventory (this is on the bottom of my list and seems to just not be getting accomplished; I need to bump it up a notch or 3!), finishing up the writing of my book, tons of other projects including trying to cook as much as I can with the woodstove and of course homeschooling and trying to keep up on my canning!
The children have been busy! My son has been doing Before Five in a Row, and we just moved on to Five in a Row Vol. 1 and he loves to cook with Momma! We’ve made Chocolate Pie, Blueberry Jam, Carrot Muffins, and last week he made Egg Rolls and Chicken Fried Rice (we dubbed “Ping Rice” to go with ‘The Story of Ping’…the little duck from China) he is such a helper, always wanting to help out, especially in the kitchen! I hope that continues! I am always in need of kitchen help! He has been helping Daddy with our ongoing task of collecting and amassing wood for our heating and cooking.
The girls have been busy; one working on a novel series (dd has almost 300 pages complete!) one is working on a book, does a radio show for our congregational online radio station www.WTRCradio.com, in addition to their baking, cooking, sewing, knitting, playing in the snow (their attempt to build an igloo this year has been thwarted– we just haven’t had tons of snow like normal!) they do much of the animal care around here and creating their own lotion bars and facial scrubs! Not to mention working on a lot of outdoor and self sufficiency skills with their Daddy! Most recently it’s been 101 Ways to Build a Fire with or without matches! It’s been a lesson in creativity for sure–working alone and together–the girls have had to brainstorm ideas and get a fire going and KEEP it going. Great skill to have!
Soon it will be time to break out the seed catalogs, and the graph paper….map out the dreams of the garden! The kids will be born to our 3 expectant does, it will be time to make yogurts & cheeses….and the spring break up will come……before we know it Spring will be here!
What is happening at your homestead this season?