Hootenanny Homestead

A Homesteading Journey

Month: July 2017

Making Rustic Spaghetti Sauce

So one of the things that I’ve been growing in the garden is tomatoes.  Last year we mostly grew big beefsteak ones, but the majority of what we did with them was can them and make spaghetti sauce.  This year we switched it up some and have more sauce varieties.  Well, they have started to come in and that means there is but one thing to do, make sauce!
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The Week is Over

This week, like most seems to have flown by.  I’m worn out, feels like I only got about half I what I needed to accomplish done and now it might be time to curl up and read with a cup of tea.


An Update on the Birds and the Bees: Summer Maintenance

Ahh, it’s summertime and the living is easy….oh wait, no…. It’s summertime and there is an awful lot of things to be getting done.  But you know how it is, critters need tending, the bugs want to attack the garden, have to harvest stuff before it is attacked by bugs and then, of course, the lawn wants to grow and grow.  Plus, since it is hot you go out, do stuff and the energy is drained right from your being.
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Adding Another New Skill: Copper Smithing

So, as I’ve posted in the past I am interested in learning blacksmithing.  The goal is to eventually get some of my own equipment and be able to do some of it here.  The downside of that is that it takes a good of change to invest into getting the equipment to begin with.  However, I took a class over the weekend to learn about making copper bowls.
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I’m Worn Out…But I Made a Bowl

I have plenty to write about…. I’m just busy and tired.  More will be coming, but for now I need a shower and some sleep.  I leave you with this snazzy picture.Copper Bowl

Happy (Belated) Independence Day

So it would seem that my post for yesterday didn’t go up as planned.  We were having a good time as a family, getting some work done and enjoying the bounty of the grill (and some of the bounty of the garden as well).  I hope that all of you got to celebrate Independence day in some form or fashion.  I’ll share a photo and wish you all a good night.


Garden Sunset

Happy Birthday America

Happy Birthday to America!  (Yes, on the second)  The Fourth Day of July 1776 is the day that the Continental Congress voted to adopt the wording of the document that would become known as the Declaration of Independence, which expressed the notion of the 2 July vote in which actual independence was declared.

2 July – America’s Birthday

4 July – Independence Day (Formal celebration of such)

Really it’s a ploy to stretch out the BBQ party.


Happy Birthday America