Becky's Farm Life

The simple life, living off God's land, one day at a time.

About

My new life as a widow, mother, and Nana. This is now about our new journey down the road of new beginnings, our ups and downs, and what we are doing and learning. And hoping to keep as much of our old ways as I can, while learning new ways along this road. We live off a fixed income and make as much as we can ourselves. We find new ways to use old things, or use them in a different way. We try to live as simple as we can, by choice. I’m hoping that this blog will help others along their journeys in life. As our journeys here on earth are changing, some changes we like while others are hard on us,but by God’s grace we will make it through them all.

The simple life, living off God’s land, one day at a time.

(Before becoming a widow)I’m a homesteading, homeschooler, farm mom and wife. I’ve been married 10+ years, kids(his ,mine and ours is 9). We raise and grow 80%+ of what we eat.  I enjoy : knitting, cooking from scratch, reading, blogging, canning,  quilting, and more.  My husband has prostate cancer in his bones. So I’m now learning all about that and new drugs.  I love learning new things. I like to find all the ways I can to stretch a dollar, it’s become a mission. I am very creative and try to make do with what I have on hand.  And would like to share with others what I know. I by no means know it all. We started living off the farm more then ten years ago. Tommy said I could stay home with the kids. What a blessing. But with only one income and 5 mouths to feed, well I start homesteading, farming, gardening, canning out of have too. Now I do it because it’s just much better food. The Lord has blessed us much over the years. We have only had the Internet for a few months, we have no cable etc. We do have power but we hang clothes out side, use the power very wisely, it’s going up in cost too.

Lately, a lot of my friends have ask me how to do this or that, how to store food, what to store. So I started blogging, they can come here.

     Welcome to our life on a farm.

Our liquid gold on the farm.

22 Comments »

  1. Hi Becky, you do sound alot like us, thanks for stopping by my blog. My husband isn’t in the best of health either. Trying to make it all work can be a challenge. I’m new to blogging, and we just got our computer last year. While I am no stranger to computers, having one at home with internet access. I lurked on blogs for so long, before I ever thought I would write one. I enjoy looking at other peoples gardens, and learning from what others are doing, and sharing what I know. I’ll be back!

    Comment by matronofhusbandry | June 28, 2008 | Reply

  2. I found your blog most helpful and I do agree with your husband. We are headed for some very hard times ahead. I would love to know how you heat your home and what part of the country that you live in? We may not have gas or electric heat in the future….and that is all I have. I have a wood stove that I have thinking about installing in case we lose our electricity.
    Love your blog…..great info.
    Barb

    Comment by Barb | August 8, 2008 | Reply

  3. i love your blogs, you are such a inspritation. i live in the city (wichita, ks)again getting serious about growing what we eat. i will move by father’s greenhouse to my properity this month.
    i started reading your blog at homestead bloggers. my request is could you please email your site to me, i have a dial up system which was my mothers and until i can replace it i can’t bookmark or add favorites nor can i figure out how to email your site to myself.
    i will look forward to hearing from you.
    Marca

    Comment by Marcia | September 5, 2008 | Reply

    • Hello Becky,
      I dont know if you will remember me.I was folling your website till after Tommy went to be with the Lord.
      I apologize for not keeping up.My life has been pretty hecktick out here trying to live the life you are living with cows and chickens and such.
      I wanted to find out how you are.I think of you often.
      Im praying all is good and you are growing stronger every day,
      Karen 🙂

      Comment by karen christian | January 14, 2010 | Reply

  4. Becky,

    I really enjoyed visiting your web-page! I originally visited looking for a mozzarella cheese recipe. (Thanks for the links.) What really caught my attention was how self-suffiecient your family is. It reminded me of back home. (Louisville, KY.) I was lucky enough to live in town but our house was one of the first on the block (1946) and had a great garden in the back yard. Kale, pole beans, squash, tomatoe, carrots and TONS of blackberries. Boy do I miss that. I now live in Southern California. Talk about culture shock!! People here are soooo different. For example: I went to the grocery store about a month ago and bought a huge bundle of kale. (My brother and dad were coming for dinner.) When I go to check out, the “life-size” barbie at the register asks me, “What are you going to do with all this garnish?? Do you work as a caterer?” I laughed, paid for my groceries and politely told her that I was not a caterer, but that I was going home to garnish my STOMACHE!! She didn’t know it was food!! Thank goodness I finally found an awesome farmers market not too far away. Great people and great produce. Anyway… thanks for the awesome web-page and great hints. God bless you and your family. He truly provides for all his sons and daughters.

    Jessica

    Comment by Jessica | September 29, 2008 | Reply

  5. Jessica,
    Thank you for stopping in. Have you made many mozzarella yet? May be some day you can move back this way. Have a great day.
    Becky

    Comment by jordansfarm | October 1, 2008 | Reply

  6. Hi Becky, I looked for an e-mail address but couldn’t find one. I would love to see your earlier trials and tribulations from your new blog site, but understand if it would be more of a ‘people I know personally’ type site. Regardless I would like you to know that because of stumbling onto your site I am planting a large family garden and ready to can something other than grape juice and strawberry jam. 🙂 I also purchased 10 chicks for my new journey towards self sufficiency. If you want to know a little about me to decide you can peek at..http://myemptynestdays.blogspot.com/ (but don’t expect much, just starting out)

    Comment by kelsomom | February 17, 2009 | Reply

  7. Becky, I was so impressed by your website. You are a very impressive women. Although we are not living as primative as your family(not even close) we do have a very large garden that my husband and care for daily and so enjoy it. it is hard work but it is such peaceful work and will be canning this year. we have 7 children(22yrs.-15yrs.) and 2 grandchildren and 1 on the way. I will be using your canning recipes and would just like to say thank you. Your an insperation!

    Comment by Katye Birdsong | June 5, 2009 | Reply

    • Becky i love your site an i read it all the time
      have you ever dried any herbs, or can they be dried?
      please let me know.
      thank you darlene

      Comment by darlene | June 27, 2009 | Reply

  8. Becky, Have you ever thought of writing a book? Your website is so interesting! I’m sure it would sell! My husband came up with that idea.

    Comment by Katye Birdsong | June 5, 2009 | Reply

  9. Dear Becky,
    i enjoy your site very much you have some good
    ideas on taking care of our selfs.
    i was wanting to know how to take care an keep
    Herbs. do you use herbs very much?
    i love to put herbs on seasoning
    we are growing so this year an i don’t know how to take
    care of them to hold over the winter months.
    sure hope you can help me.
    an I’m a grandma an greatgrandma so have fun.

    Comment by darlene | June 26, 2009 | Reply

  10. Sorry Darlene it’s taken me so long. Yes, I dry a lot of herbs. They make food taste so much better. After the herbs are dried, I put my in a canning jar with a lid and put them in a cool dark place. One of my jars is two years old and still good. 🙂 You can also freeze them. Put them in a blender, then in a ice cube tray with some water in each hole. But I like my better dried. Chives, I freeze, we like this a lot, and to us the dried are not as good. I freeze them long and cut off as needed. Hope this helps.Have a great day. Herbs are really easy.
    Becky

    Comment by Becky | June 28, 2009 | Reply

    • Thanks Becky
      does it take a long time to dry them?

      Comment by darlene | June 30, 2009 | Reply

  11. Thank you for your info an help

    Comment by darlene | July 2, 2009 | Reply

  12. Hello and Blessings to you and your family. I stumbled on to your site by searching potatoes canning. We too are working toward a simpler life style. I have been gardening for 4 years now as well as butchering our own meat. In the past my mother in law and sister in law have done all the canning, but decided that this year I would learn. I look forward to following your story.

    Comment by Beckie | July 3, 2009 | Reply

  13. Darlene,
    Drying time on herbs is different from day to day. Just keep checking them. Let me know how yours turn out, ok.

    Beckie,
    Thank you for stopping in.Canning is easy, you’ll see. I’ll help with any questions you have. But it might take a day or two to answer, ok.

    Becky

    Comment by Becky | July 4, 2009 | Reply

  14. Hi Becky:
    Thanks, for all you have to offer at this site. I started canning two years ago and love it. I am always looking to improve my recipes and add new ones. The things I use a lot of are: tomato sauce, tomato juice, diced tomatoes with spices, potatoes; carrots, garlic, onions, rice, many flavors of cheeses, zucchini, pumpkin, milk, deer meet, and lots of other vegies.

    Any suggestions on how to preserve fresh garlic?

    Did I read on your site somewhere that you used lemon juice in making cheese vs. other acid?

    I had to toss out the two quarts of potatoes I canned this year because I did not pressure can them and they did not seal. Thank goodness I did not have a larger batch of potatoes to experiment with. I know better now and won’t do that trick again.

    If I purchase goats milk near by, what is a reasonable price to pay for goat milk? I have not clue….never used it before, but keep hearing how good it is to make cheese and would like to give it a try.

    I have another question. When I made dill and b&b pickles this year, I used a hot slow boiling bath for approximately 45 minutes. They sealed and still look good. Should they be ok or what should I look and smell for when I open a jar to eat? Do you make pickles?

    I have lots of good recipes for deer meat dishes including but not limited to stir fry, stew, soup, and baking, if anyone is interested. Deer meat is the best healthy meat one could eat. It must be young and cut properly. The older big deer does not make for good eats, but can be used for jerky and dog food.

    I also make quilts and work a full time job…as a have a few more years before I can retire. I do have the luxuary of working from home and when business is slow…I can run back to the kitchen to create something for good eats.

    I also have a beautiful 13 months old grand-daughter to enjoy.

    I would like to donate to your family, but I don’t use “pay pal.” So, maybe sometime in the future you could provide me with a mailing address. If not, thanks again for all you offer us readers and cooking lovers.

    Thanks,
    DJ

    Comment by DJ | August 24, 2009 | Reply

  15. DJ,
    Garlic: I store it in a cool dark spot until ready to use.

    Lemon juice for cheese making at the end of this post: https://jordansfarm.wordpress.com/2008/09/20/homemade-mozzarella-cheese-with-photos/

    Goats milk: Check with your local food store as the raw price is usually a little cheaper or a little higher. We tried goats milk once and my son was the only one who would drink it. I too, hear it makes great cheese and soap.

    Pickles: I have never done pickles. Maybe one of my readers can help you with that. Sorry.

    Deer meat is great. But I would have to say black bear meat is the very best. Someone gave us a ham from a black bear, cooked it tasted just like a roast beef and so juicey. When someone around me goes hurting, I ask for black bear meat. I would love to have some more. As it was better than our homegrown T-bone steaks. If you all ever get your hands on black bear meat, let me know and I tell you how to cook it. If to many people find out about their taste, black bears will soon be gone. 🙂

    DJ thank you for stopping in and have a great day. If you have any more questions, ask away and I’ll answer as fast as I can and as best as I can.

    Becky

    Comment by Becky | August 25, 2009 | Reply

    • Hi Becky,
      Thanks for your reply. I would be a happy girl to obtain some black bear meat recipes. I often get offered black bear meat, as we have many bear and such hunters in this area, but everyone that has tried the meat, tell me it is stringy, greasy, stinks, and don’t like the taste. Plus, don’t have a comparison taste to any other. Then, there are many that say similar about deer meat. I think many people just don’t know how to cook these meats with added flavors. What do you think? I have experienced that younger deer do not have odor and with good cooking skills does come out tender and tasty. I have served deer meat many times to others that could not tell the difference between beef & dear. I don’t bother to tell them it is deer. Many years ago my sister was eating cubed deer steak and gravy while raving how delicious it was. Then told it was deer meat, she shoved her plate away and made some disliking comments, ugly faces, and left the table. To this day, I am still amused how foolish she acted.

      I have had a crazy week that put a strain on my health and wallet, but I did get strawberry jam, Roman tomatoes, and salsa canned this week. I’ll work on the health issues next week.

      Thanks again for your reply and look forward to some bear meat cooking suggestions from you. Have a wonderful weekend.

      God Bless,
      DJ ;o)

      Comment by DJ | August 28, 2009 | Reply

  16. I read through many entries on canning potatoes on your blog, but didn’t find specifically the answer to my questions on the subject. I’m hoping you have a minute to answer: I have a hot water bath canner, where you cover the jars with water, then process…is this the same as a pressure canner for canning potatoes? Second, about how cooked are the potatoes when one goes to actually use them? Are they pretty cooked? Could you just heat them up and then mash them, not really cooking them, but making them hot?
    I give you a lot of credit. You seem like a caring, hard-working person and I wish you good things in life.
    Thank you for answering the little questions… 🙂

    Comment by Margaret | September 6, 2009 | Reply

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    Comment by Darryl Fitzwater | January 17, 2010 | Reply

  18. I love your story and I love using your ideas. You are a awesome person. Thanks so much. Peggy Clark

    Comment by Peggy | September 29, 2012 | Reply


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