Easy Mason Jar Ring Storage

Easy Mason Jar Ring Storage :: Faulk Farmstead

  Here on our homestead, canning season is in full-swing.  Wondering if you've hit that point yet?  Does your kitchen look like mine?  Mason jar lids and rings strewn all over the counters, a water bath canner that never gets put away, and a never-ending supply of jars cooling on the counter - Yup.  Full-swing.   One thing that I've struggled with this year, however, has been storage of my mason jar lid rings.   Because I don't store my jars with the rings on, I always seem to have an excess of rings clanging around.  Or falling out of the canning cabinet.  Or just plain driving me crazy.   Curious why I don't store my jars with rings on?  Even though I check  all of my seals carefully after canning, there is … [Continue]

Is Homesteading Worth All Of the Hard Work?

Is homesteading worth all of the hard work? :: Faulk Farmstead

  I'm tired today. Who am I kidding?  I feel this way all of the time.   I recently bought a Fitbit through work - you know, to see how active I REALLY am throughout the day.  It opened my eyes to another dilemma (or possibly just confirmed what I knew deep-down inside) - 5.25 hours of sleep per night is NOT ENOUGH.   Now the question that came to mind next was "Why? Why do I only get meager sleep on a regular basis?"   I didn't have to look far to find the answer: I was working hard, maybe too hard, and had a lot on my plate.   While part of me was proud of what I was accomplishing, the rest of me had been hit hard:  My sleep was suffering (clearly).  My creative juices had become stagnant - I had become so … [Continue]

Homemade Goat Milk Cajeta

Homemade Goat Milk Cajeta :: Faulk Farmstead

Cajeta:  Sweetened, caramelized goat's milk   In our home, we love all things caramel-related.  Caramel ice cream, caramel in our coffee, SALTED CARAMEL.   So I'm sure you can imagine, when I set out to find new things to do with our fresh goat's milk, I was slightly stoked to learn of cajeta.  Ok, ok.  There was nothing slight about it.  Freaking thrilled is more like it.   My mind instantly started to wander into caramel-land as I imagined all of the things I would put on it. Or simply the spoon I would eat it off of...   Goat Milk Cajeta   2 1/2 quarts fresh goat's milk 2 1/2 cups sugar (I use this kind) 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstartch 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon … [Continue]

Cooking with Pastured Poultry: Liver Paté

Cooking with Pastured Poultry: Liver & Sage Pate :: Faulk Farmstead

  Two months ago, we harvested our first flock of meat chickens.  Sure, we had butchered our share of ill-behaved roosters in the past, but this time was different.  We're talking premeditated harvesting here.   For several months, we lovingly raised 20 Freedom Rangers to provide meat for our family.   We cared well for them, giving them a happy, full life.   When the time came to harvest them, we took a moment to give thanks to what those chickens were about to provide to us.   We thankfully had a friend come over to help us that day - With the three of us armed and ready to go, we split up the duties...   During this process, my job was the evisceration table.  Yep.  My duty was the cleaning-out of … [Continue]

Missing, But Not Gone… Gearing Up for Fair!

Gearing up for Fair :: Faulk Farmstead

It's OK, folks. . I did NOT drop off the face of the Earth. . What HAS been happening?  LIFE.  Plain and simple. . Aside from the summertime busy-ness of the homestead, we have been getting ready for something very exciting here:  The Little Homesteader is entering her first fair!  Tomorrow, we will be packing up Spartacus and heading to the Thurston County Fair - Next stop, the goat barn! . This was her first year in 4-H - specifically the pack-goat project - and what an experience it has been!  Not only has she learned more about goat care, but she has gained CONFIDENCE and DETERMINATION.  Seriously priceless, folks.   It has been truly a joy watching her spend her days training young Spartacus on a leash, … [Continue]

Exciting News to Share: Preserving Classes are Here!

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I am thrilled to announce that I am finally taking the leap and sharing with you all one of my passions: Preserving! This summer I will be hosting a jam-making class right here at the Faulk Farmstead!  I am thrilled to share this event with 6 awesome peeps! Click here to learn more (and register)!  (more after the ad - hop on over!) . If you can't make this one, not to worry - I have more fun classes in the making: - In a Pickle: easy pickles - cukes, peppers, veggies! - Salsa night! - Jam On! with a Buzz: Can you say Bourbon cherries? Or Whiskey figs?? - Seasonal: Applesauce (sweet & savory variations), holiday gift-making (syrups, winter compotes) - BONUS: hosting a winter preserve swap! . Click here to learn … [Continue]