Happenings On The Homestead

The Z Man bagged another nice buck last weekend which fills his tag for bucks this season.  I can tell he is a little melancholy about being finished with deer season, but I am so happy that we have P-L-E-N-T-Y of meat in the freezers.

I’m so proud of the Z Man.  I swear he is like the deer whisperer.  It’s almost as if the deer come to him.  He enjoyed his hunting this year.  He bagged a 10 pointer, a 8 pointer and a 7 pointer.  I canned one and the other two are in the freezer.  We are so very blessed.


I was not able to help Z Man with the processing because I’m still pretty limited with the use of my left hand from cutting my finger.  He did a fine job with it.

We got the bacon from hog #2 smoked.  This is one of the most beautiful sights…  I wish you could smell it!!!


This bacon will be sliced, packaged and frozen.  No nitrates or unknown ingredients here, just pure pork goodness.


When smoking bacon it’s not necessary but it is best to leave the pig skin on the meat to keep it from shrinking up a lot.  Last year I removed the skin prior to smoking the bacon, but this year I left it on and look what we ended up with.  I know this can be used for something great, I’m just not exactly sure yet what that is.  I think I’m leaning toward dehydrating it a bit for dog treats.  Lucky dogs!


I needed to bake an apple pie to take to work for a birthday present…  The Z Man requested one too 😉

I decided to add some dried cranberries for extra zing.  Delicious, especially with a big scoop of ice cream.  It’s the holidays, we’re supposed to indulge a little bit.


I made a batch of yogurt because we always have yogurt in the fridge.  Yogurt, fruit, granola and a drizzle of maple syrup is almost as good as that cranberry apple pie. 😉


Right before thanksgiving I bought a large bag of carrots and potatoes.  I know, I know, but I wasn’t about to let them go to waste.  They will make an easy, quick, and lovely stew with the canned venison.


Hello, my name is Lori and I’m addicted to canning.

What fun things did Y’all get into over the weekend?

Till next time,


Then This Happened


While processing this big fella…


Hadn’t  I just said that my butchering skills had gotten better….

As I was attempting to cut ribs with my butcher knife (all the while knowing that I should have been using the saw or a cleaver) I almost cut my left index finger off.  Ok, so it wasn’t almost off, but it turned out to be pretty bad.

I went to the doctor, got antibiotics to prevent infection but 7 days later I was seen by an orthopedic surgeon because it wasn’t healing right and the end of my finger was curling up from the tendon being cut.

The next day I was in the hospital having surgery.

It’s healing well now, but it’s slow going.  It’s not easy doing things with one hand, and some things just can’t be done but I’m so blessed that the  Z Man has been taking care of me and everything else that needs to be done.

This very costly experience comes with a lesson, use the proper tools for the job and be more careful!

So, that’s whats been happening (or not happening) on our little homestead.

What’s been happening with you?

Till next time,


Friday’s Frugal Five

I just love fall.  It is my favorite time of year when the weather cools down and it’s time to pull the crock pot out and make warm you all over stews and soups.

It’s also the time to pull out my big tea mugs for my hot teas.  The Z Man is a coffee drinker, but I am a tea girl.

Friday’s Frugal Five:

  1. I’ve slowed my roll this week and got back on track with meal planning and prepping.  What a huge difference that makes in the budget.  Listen, we have food and I mean we have plenty of food in our house, so there is no reason I should be at the grocery store.  I do not need to be at the grocery store more than once a week (if even that).  But if you don’t plan then you might as well plan to fail.
  2. Saturday is the beginning of hunting season and I am ready.  While the Z Man does all the hard work of harvesting the deer, I do all the processing.  Knives are sharp and freezer bags are stocked.  Stocking our freezer with venison saves us a ton of money every year in beef purchases.  The thing is that we really like venison.  We actually prefer venison in place of beef in most all recipes except a burger, because Double M Dairy ground beef is awesome and makes the best hamburgers!
  3. I’m disgusted to admit this, but in full disclosure I have to come clean and admit that I have become somewhat obsessed with frozen yogurt over the past month and was indulging myself way too often.  Not good for me and certainly not good for my budget! That stuff is expensive, especially when you put all the yummy (unhealthy) toppings on it.  I am proud to report that I did not get one frozen yogurt this week, saving about $6
  4. The importance of taking care of yourself for good health is obvious, but it’s also an important part of frugality as well.  I got back into my exercise program this week, cut out the junk and got back to whole food, clean eating.  Missing work, paying insurance deductibles and prescription cost… that’s NOT frugal.
  5. Our usual frugal routines of drying clothes on the clothes line, having our meals at home, paying our bills on time avoiding late fees, returning library rentals to avoid late fees, reducing waste, planning, budgeting and still breathing fresh air and adding to the pickle jar.  Whew, that’s a mouth full!

How about you, what frugal fun have you had this week?

I hope you have a lovely weekend!

Till next time,



Friday Fun

I know can you believe it….  I can’t believe it’s been so long since I’ve written either.  Where did the summer go?  We have been so busy on our little semi homestead and with work that I’ve neglected my blog.  The thing is that I really really love blogging, even though I know I’m not that good at it.  But, I’m looking forward to a long slow fall and winter and looking forward to getting back here.

Friday Fun…. The Z Man is hunting today, and he is a very good hunter so I’m expecting to come home to a surprise that will keep me busy this weekend.  Yes, we process our own venison.  I like knowing that the deer that’s in our freezer is the deer that the Z Man brought home.  Plus it saves around $100 and that’s a great thing.

Tonight is homemade pizza night.  I think we’ll go with just cheese and pepperoni because that’s what I have on hand.

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I have a busy to do list this weekend…  process venison, meal plan for next week, I need to rake up all the pine needles and put them in storage for the chicken house for later this winter, clean my car especially the windows, start getting the house ready for the holidays and for the kids to come home for Christmas….    Oh, how I can’t wait to see my kids and beautiful granddaughter!!!  Lots and lots to do.

I hope you have a lovely weekend.