"That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed." Titus 2:4-5

Friday, October 26, 2012

Putting the Garden to Rest for the Winter

Well, I do believe we are all set.  A few days ago, my daughter and I went out and planted the garlic.  I was aiming for 100, then went out to the garden with just 80 cloves, but then could only fit 70 in my garlic patch.  But that's fine...last year I planted 40, and this year I'm up to 70!

We then grabbed a bale of straw, and covered the garlic and all of the strawberry plants well.  So I think we are all set until for the winter!  I'm always a bit sad to put the garden to rest, but at the same time the winter break is nice.  Now is time to focus on my fudge, and the upcoming holiday season--yay!!

We (well, hubby and son) are also getting ready to butcher our pigs.  We are looking forward to a freezer full of pork!

I mentioned in a recent post that we finally got our woodstove installed.  This has been such a blessing!  Not only do we actually have a warm house in the winter (a first for us), we also have been cooking on top of it, and I am really, really loving that!

All these things have been wonderful, but really, honestly...life has been super stressful.  I am constantly looking to the Lord for strength.  Life is good....but hard.

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:28

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  1. Hey there! Are you all doing the butchering yourselves? If so what are your plans for curing hams and bacon. We have never butchered out our own, but looking to start doing it so I would love hear all about it and if you are salt curing or sugar curing.

    I still have a few things in the ground, hoping they made it through this freeze, they are covered so I guess we shall see.

    I can so relate to the warm house. We have central heat this year, first time in 4 years. We have the fireplace,but it just doesn't keep all the rooms warm, so we are enjoying our central heat and the wonderful even temp of the house. Of course the wood is the back up if needed. So glad things are at least a little better for you!

    1. I wish I could answer your questions! My husband and son are doing all of the butchering, and this is their first time doing it. In the past we have taken our meat to a butcher, but we can't afford to do that...plus we are trying to be more and more self-sufficient. I will chat with hubby sometime soon and ask him about the curing, and let you know!

  2. So glad to be seeing you around again. Your stove sounds wonderful. I have been praying to be able to afford one this year but doesn't look like it will happen. We do have central heat, but it is so expensive that we keep the house about 63 and we are NOT warm. Just a note that your fudge looks delicious. I hope your little business is successful. Our garden is gone also, but my canning jars are full and so is the freezer, we are blessed.

    1. Thank you, Beth! In the past we have had propane heat, and our thermostat was always set at 62-63. I was ALWAYS cold, so this is such a huge change and a blessing!