…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…

Putting Up …. Blackberry Syrup

This syrup can be added to sparkling water for a refreshing drink. It uses the pulp from the blackberry jelly recipe. In a nonreactive/staining container, add 2 t yeast and 4 cups of water to the pulp and stir.  Allow the mixture to ferment on the counter for 3 days, stirring the 2 to 3…

Putting Up …. Blackberry Jam

Start with about 4 pints of fresh Oregon blackberries, putting them into the food processor and pulse to grind the fruit into a pulpy mix. This should yield about 3 cups of pulp Add 2 tablespoons of powdered pectin and 2 T of fresh lemon juice. I also add about 1/2 t of butter to…

Putting Up …. Blackberry Jelly

Wash 8 pints of blackberries and place into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse the berries to create a pulp. Strain the pulp overnight using a double layer of cheese cloth hanging over a bucket or bowl (be careful of the splashes). Don’t squeeze the bag as the juice will get cloudy. The leftover…

Sprucing Up …. Pressure Washing

One of my favorite chores to do on a hot summer day is pressure washing. We live in a shady area with lots of algae and moss so it makes a big difference. So far I’ve cleaned up the hot tub porch and hot tub, the dog run, the utility walk, the cement driveway and…

Sprucing Up …. The Main Bath (Part 2)

Several months ago I painted the Main bath, changed out the hardware and did some general sprucing. At the time I knew I’d need to go back and do some work on the skylight and the tube that lets the light into the bathroom. It took me years to realize that the painter (when we…

Everything’s coming up Roses

I haven’t had great luck with roses at this house. I finally gave up after battling aphids, fungus, powdery mildew and too much shade. So I was a little surprised when I fell for a beautiful rose that I saw on a IG post from Sweden – Koko Loko. The bloom from this rose starts…

Putting Up …. Sour Cherry Vodka

I finally made it down to the sour cherry tree before the birds got all of the cherries. I’m the only one in the family that likes cherries so I thought I’d just pick a few each day they are available and make something with them. Today I picked about a half pound (ours are…

Sprucing Up …. The Woodshed

Our woodshed is usually very full – wood, tools, half grown chickens and turkeys, assorted stuff that doesn’t quite make it all the way to its real home. Over the last couple of years, it’s gotten pretty to be a bit of an eyesore. When we started putting the extra siding on to the chicken…

Chicken Update …. Week 9

The chicks look like chickens now so it’s time to figure out who is a roo and who are pullets. The didn’t want to arrange themselves nicely for photos now that they are in their ‘big girl’ coop but here we go.

Sprucing Up …. Patio Furniture

Today I finished up a few patio projects, sprucing up some used patio furniture and making it look as good as new. We had purchased a pair of bistro chairs and a small table a couple of months ago. It was green metal with a glass table top – not bad, but tired. I taped…