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All We Want For Christmas is…

Becky and I have a very short wish list for Christmas. It only had two items. We have both found ourselves in recent years not wanting more “stuff” in our lives.

For years now Becky has had a rule, and it goes something like this… “If we bring something new in the house, something has to leave the house.” Huh? But I don’t want anything to leave the house. I am by no means a packrat, but that seemed a little harsh. But catch me on the right day and you can get rid of whatever you want because we probably don’t need it. I tend to gravitate more towards the rule of – if you haven’t touched it in six months you can safely get rid of it. I’m sure Becky might say otherwise but in my mind I like to believe that that’s my way of thinking.

We decided this year to not exchange gifts, even with each other. Yes it’s fun to open things up on Christmas morning, but we’ve decided that we have enough in our lives right now that we don’t need more.

However, we do have two things on our Christmas wish list. To further our homesteading skills and abilities we have our eye on an Excalibur Dehydrator and an All American Pressure Canner. We’ve discovered after jarring several different food items that these two devices would serve us very well and enable us to expand what we preserve.

So here goes our shameless pitch to Santa….We’ve both been really, really, really good this year and are surely on the ‘nice’ list.
P.S. – We will even get rid of two items from the house once these arrive!

We hope you are all enjoying the wonders of the holidays.

Stan and Becky

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“If there is ever a zombie apocalypse, I’m coming to your house!”

Whatever the nature of the apocalypse, we have a growing list of people who have announced they are coming to our house!

We have filled up our freezer and have shelves full of homemade canned food in the basement. Part of this was done out of enjoyment, and partly out of wanting to see how much money we could save, but most importantly it was to enjoy our homegrown food throughout the winter.

Regardless of the reason, the result has been that we have been eating in-season food from the freezer and shelves for weeks now. We have barely made a dent in the freezer. Our weekly shopping, more often than not, has turned into bi-weekly shopping. Our grocery bills are much smaller as we are really only buying eggs, fresh fruit and occasionally meat.

I have a plan to cut eggs from our shopping list, but it’s a covert plan which could get us into some hot water with city officials. Keeping chickens is against the city by-laws where we live. Ridiculous!!! Nobody is talking about keeping a rooster and waking up the neighborhood at the crack of dawn. Just 2 or 3, or 4, quiet hens. Egg laying machines. For now…..no can do.

Back to our winter storage items. Let me try to put together a list.
Delicious corn, bought in-season from a local farmer after my 40 plants slowly disappeared over the course of the summer. Until one day I watched a brave, bastard of a squirrel, run off with the last 2 foot long stalk in it’s mouth. Becky loves to take pictures of me fuming at these moments. I’m not so amused.

Back to the list. Beans, kale, collards, swiss chard, zucchini, peas, snow peas, vegetable stock, beets, carrots, onions, garlic, and more flavours of jam than a typical grocery store. Blueberries from a recent trip to PEI that were so cheap that we bought 15 pounds worth! Several types of pickles, and pickled carrots which may sound strange but are pure crunchy goodness. Tomato sauce, BBQ sauce, zucchini relish, sweet chili sauce, peaches, red pepper jelly……and the list goes on.

The following pictures may inspire you….or they may make you want to have your name added to the growing list!

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