Turkey For You, Turkey for Me

Food & Drink, Holidays, Homesteading

Tis the season where you can buy GIANT or not as giant or medium smallish sized turkeys up the wazoo at the grocery store for insanely cheap prices! For me and my local supermarket TOPS this means $.48 a pound (with the purchase of $25 of groceries.) And since we at Weber Wonderland have a […]

November 21, 2017


Home Sweet Home, Homesteading, Weber Wonderland

Home. For all those days I complain about rural internet, I need to look at this photo.

October 9, 2017

Garden 2017

Garden, Homesteading, Weber Wonderland

Garden 2017 Working List in Progress Front Yard Garden (Left) Russet Potatoes Kennebec Potatoes Rainbow Beets Nantes Carrots Red Pontiac Potatoes Sweet Potatoes Fort Portal Jade Bean Hidasa Red Indian Bean Black Valentine Bean Petite Caire de Caen Bean Front Yard Garden (Right) Yellow Beans Green Beans Purple Beans (Gourds) Cucumbers Sugar Baby Watermelon Asparagus […]

June 27, 2017

Garden Update

Garden, Homesteading, Weber Wonderland

Garden Update. About 65% complete transplanting perennial medicinal herbs (echinacea, lovage, milk thistle, marshmallow, wormwood, hyssop, yarrow, horehound, valerian, borage & chamomile) and adding new seeds to the Creekside garden. SO MUCH weeding, tilling, planting. HWMMS even cut down a few tiny annoying trees, not that anyone but us can tell how much work has […]

May 31, 2017


Garden, Homesteading

In a quest to use more of nature’s free gifts at Weber Wonderland I decided this would be the year I would weed, I mean forage for Dandelions. We have dandelions everywhere. As it should be, right? I never understood why people are so anti-dandelion in their yard. Mow them down, lawn is green. They […]

April 30, 2017

Sunburn Sunday!

Garden, Homesteading, Personal, Weber Wonderland

Because Saturday sucked, or didn’t go quite as I hoped. I had an early bedtime and woke up at a normal hour this morning. Baby was it cool outside! We had the windows open all night and HWMMS was ready to shut them and turn on the heat—-but instead, we ventured out into the sun […]

April 30, 2017

One Step Closer

Homesteading, HWMMS, Weber Wonderland

HWMMS will never admit this, which is why I need to record this thought on the blog for my own sanity and future reference. TONIGHT while we were walking the doggies around the backyard behind the garage we were looking at all the work and mess that needs to be cleaned up out there, the […]

April 25, 2017

Canning Apples

Food & Drink, Homesteading

Tonight’s journey in canning, must process all the apples! 8 quarts of apple pie filling, 8 quarts & 8 pints of applesauce.   Save

September 3, 2016

Homesteading HWMMS

Homesteading, HWMMS

Homesteading HWMMS. Just got home from showing properties…to find HWMMS in the kitchen pickling hot peppers, cucumbers…making homemade kimchi and roasting squash for dinner. Happy harvesting and homesteading hubby. Save

August 21, 2016

Kimchi Making Hubby

Food & Drink, Homesteading, HWMMS

Just got home from showing properties…to find HWMMS in the kitchen pickling hot peppers, cucumbers…making homemade kimchi and roasting squash for dinner. Aw, my happy homesteading hubby. Mind you I had no idea he even knew what kimchi was in the first place, nor did I have any idea he had a desire to make […]

August 21, 2016

Little House on Weber Wonderland

Homesteading, Weber Wonderland

It’s getting all sorts of Little House on the Prairie like at Weber Wonderland the last few weeks. I have trays of herbs drying everywhere. Canned lots of homemade chicken, beef and veggie stocks, pickles, peaches, drunken sour cherries and even beef french onion soup. (Pressure canning…highly recommend!) Made a batch of homemade salsa. Harvested […]

August 6, 2016

Homemade Tomato Sauce

Food & Drink, Homesteading

Homemade Tomato Sauce. Can you smell it? Tomatoes cooking down….mmmmm. Heaven. What did I do before making homemade sauce? I depended on jars from a grocery store? For shame. Save

September 23, 2015


Homesteading, HWMMS, Weber Wonderland

Me: So why are they dropping the tractor off at the end of the driveway? HWMMS: So I can be the one to triumphantly drive that mother f**ker up our driveway for the first time! Say hello to our shiny new baby boy! Last week while at Lamb and Webster HWMMS took the pluge and […]

April 24, 2015

Pressure Canner: Why Am I Terrified Of You?

Home Sweet Home, Homesteading, HWMMS

Pressure Canner: Why Am I Terrified Of You? HWMMS (He Who Makes Me Smile) mentioned the other day that he was shocked that we didn’t already own a pressure canner, because “isn’t that an essential item?” In our house, perhaps. Especially since I have jars of bone broth in the fridge that would be much […]

October 20, 2014

Sauce. Simmering. Smells. Spectacular.

Food & Drink, Homesteading

Sauce. Simmering. Smells. Spectacular. Sadly, the tomatoes are not my own. Currently in the large garden plot I have a RIDICULOUS amount of tomato plants that have reached arrested development. They aren’t growing or dying or wilting or flowering or turning red. Just sitting there. Funny how a simple task like making a giant batch […]

September 4, 2014


Food & Drink, Garden, Homesteading

What to do with all that Stevia? Seriously? Stevia? What was I thinking planting this in the herb garden? I don’t even know what I’m going to do with the plant why did I buy one? A simple syrup will have to do. Perhaps I will make homemade lemonade with it? Iced Coffee? Mmm. Just […]

August 17, 2012

Lemon Verbana Jelly

Food & Drink, Garden, Homesteading

All Things Adventures in Canning: Lemon Verbana Jelly One of the very hardy herbs growing in the herb garden is a giant Lemon Verbana plant. Smells amazing, but what on earth am I supposed to do with it? In my research I discovered this recipe: Lemon Verbana Jelly. Sounds easy enough, boil leaves add sugar […]

August 16, 2012


Food & Drink, Homesteading

Despite the fact I grew up on a farm and had acres and acres and acres of fruits and veggies surrounding me, this is the first time in my adult life that I’ve had a garden. And despite the fact that I love to cook, this is the first time I’ve ever attempted to make […]

September 10, 2011

Composting, me?


Composting, me? Yep friends. That’s a compost pile! Finally! Growing up we always had a giant rubber Tupperware bin in the corner of the kitchen to throw our kitchen scraps into. Not because we would compost per se, but rather because living out in the country we would burn trash in the burn barrel and […]

May 8, 2011