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,


Simple Is The New Special

One would wonder why she would start a blog right before the busy season at work.  Well, I did….. and that’s exactly why I haven’t posted in almost 5 months.  But, things have settled down a bit and I’m looking forward to getting back to the Z Life blog.

It seems like everywhere you look now a days someone is talking or writing about “keeping it simple”  The Z Man and I were talking just the other day about how “simple is the new special”

But sometimes just because it seems simple, doesn’t mean it is.  It takes a lot of work to run a home on a budget, it takes a lot of work to make a monthly meal plan, it takes a lot of time and thought to do the things that make it look like our lives are simple.

Sure, you may see me hanging clothes on the line and think well how simple… but I just can’t throw a load of laundry in the washer any day, I have to check the weather and make sure it’s not going to rain so I can hang them to dry.  Can you imagine what clean sheet night would be like if I didn’t plan it for a sunny, dry day.  Sure we have a dryer, but I would much rather sleep on line dried sheets instead.  And, if I don’t have to use the electricity to dry clothes, I would rather save our money.


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You may see me eating leftovers for lunch and think, gosh she is so simple, she never eats lunch out “it’s always leftovers”  How boring…

Well, that’s not so simple either, because more often than not that is a container of soup I’ve pulled from the freezer that morning, which came from a weekend of cooking soups, using the stocks that I made from the chicken (bones) I roasted and put in the freezer.

We may seem simple to some, but in reality it takes more planning of the details to do the things we do.

This past weekend consisted of spending Saturday with my parents, cutting down (dead) trees and eating homemade peach cobbler.  We worked hard, ate good and enjoyed every bit of it.  Sundays at the Z house is usually getting our chores done around the house and eating some good food and watching football.  Although, I’m sad to say that my Redskins and the Z Man’s Steelers aren’t having the best seasons so far.

So, maybe simple is the new special…  but I think we all have different perspectives of “simple”

The Z Man and I love our special life and I’m looking forward to slowing down a bit and simply enjoying it.


With Love,



Weekend Fun

The Z Man and I had a fun this weekend enjoying the St.Patrick’s Day events down town.   I should’ve taken pictures of us in our St.Patrick’s Day t-shirts.  

After that we went to one of our favorite spots.  Montano’s  for these…

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The Z Man gets the burger and I always get the italian sub, which is way too much food for one meal, but I don’t complain, ever!

We had most of the italian deli sub leftover for lunch on Sunday.  Even awesome leftover!  

Sunday was take a shower and get back into pajamas day, watching it ice and snow. 

We are SO ready for Spring!!!!!!

We are ready for Spring, but the Z Man is already preparing for next winter…. 

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Got wood?

I did grill some chicken breast for this week’s lunches…

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And, processed pepperoni for our pizza nights.  I buy the long stick of pepperoni and slice it with my food processor.  

I think the pepperoni taste much better and it cost less this way….   I’m all about costing less.

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That was about it for our weekend.   Low key, just the way we like ’em. 

Y’all take care!