…A New Start to an Old Site

This is a continuation of my site, started in 2010, The Beavercreek Backyard Farm, After almost 10 years, my original record – The Beavercreek Backyard Farm, seems to have outgrown its site. So I guess, as I don’t report back to school after summer vacation (for the first time in 33 years), its a good…

Plastic Free July …. DIY Water Bottle Cleaning Tablets

Ingredients: 1 c baking soda 1/4 c citric acid granules 1/4 c salt 1 t Dawn dish washing soap 1/2 t 3% Hydrogen Peroxide Directions: Mix the baking soda, citric acid, and salt together in a small bowl Add the dishwashing soap and hydrogen peroxide (slowly), stirring to mix and control the foaming. Line a…

Plastic Free July …. Shampoo Bar

July 2nd of Plastic-Free Juliybrings another way to cut back on single use plastics.We used shampoo bars years ago but got away from them for some reason. We do recycle our empty shampoo and conditioner bottles, but it’s better still if I don’t buy them in the first place.   Yesterday I rediscovered at Moon Valley…

Plastic Free July …. Deodorant

It’s July 1st, the beginning of Plastic-Free July. I’m working on reducing single use plastic from my life and thought I’d post some of the things I’m trying. These are plastic free deodorants from @Native. The formulas are aluminum, sulfate, phthalate, talc and paraben free, vegan and cruelty free and packaged in paperboard rather than plastic….

Update…..Heatwave

Saturday was hot – – 108˚ Sunday was hotter – – 113˚ We spent the day inside, running out every hour or two to check on the chickens. They are alive, but not happy. We’ve done everything we can think of to keep them as comfortable as possible. One more day Girls! Monday may be…

Here we Go Again…..Heatwave

Last autumn, we evacuated because of wildfires in the area. Our property was safe, but the vegetable garden was devastated by the days and days of smoke and ash. The winter brought record snow and ice to the area – we got the ice. Trees came down, branches broke, fences were smashed and we were…

Döstädning …. A Second Round Through

I started going back through our home this week, beginning with my items in the bedroom – the dresser, the closet, the bedside table, the shelves. I was much more ‘brutal’ this time, keeping enough of each category rather than just letting go of things I no longer like. For example, I like the black…

Korean-style Fried Chicken

Ingredients Chicken marinade 2 lb boneless-skinless chicken thighs 1/2 t kosher salt 1/4 t ground black pepper 1 t ground fresh ginger 1 t minced fresh garlic 2 T mirin Chicken breading 2/3 c potato starch Sauce 2 T soy sauce 6 T mirin 4 t toasted sesame oil 4 t apple cider vinegar 1/4…

Garden 2021 …. We Finished the Garden Paths!

After a few more days of hauling chips I am happy to say that the paths in the main part of the vegetable garden are covered with a deep layer of mulch to (hopefully) keep down the weeds. We also covered the area between the garden fence and the driveway. After we finished, I took…

Garden 2021 …. Finally Covering the Paths

The last time we added chips to the garden paths was 2016. We put down weed fabric in our garden extension in 2018. Finally in the spring of 2021 we are refreshing the path mulch and covering the weed fabric. We signed up for Chip-Drop after the ice storm, assuming there would be chips aplenty…

Garden 2021 …. Sowing Seeds

April 19: Today was unseasonably warm – – 87 degrees in April?! This is crazy. Today we Finished chipping/shredding the spruce tree damaged in the ice storm Finished weeding the bed near the raspberries Moved the bean tower so it won’t block the sprinklers Removed the overgrown artichoke from the whiskey barrel Set up the…