Thursday, February 9, 2012

Plans To Fill The Homestead Cabinets & Greenshouse

Last summer I started canning again after many years. Over the past few months I have seen how fast those canned goods have been used. I will need to can even more this summer to have the stash last until the next harvest. I have been plotting just how I will do that. The cost of seedlings were high last spring & I will need even more this year so I will be searching the seed packet displays & starting my seedlings from seeds. It just so happened I found something on sale at Tractor Supply that will make it much easier for me to carry out my plan. A wonderful mini greenhouse with four shelves. Best of all it fits in Lakens room. There is lots of light in there & the tempature will be perfect. If you remember my daughter Laken flew the nest & she is still spreading her wings. I thought she would have flew back to the nest by now. As each month passes it seems I might just have to accept she wont be flying back to the nest. Laken will be 21 this June. So you see I am not taking her space away but just using it.

I took a little break from working on the bonnets last night. First my oldest son Atlee & the Grands came for to visit Sam & I. We played with the lego blocks building a farm house complete with a fenced area for the horses. The Grands are so facinated with my little flock of chickens so Madison built a chicken house to put beside the farm house. Later they played with the bunnies. After they headed home I put together the mini greenhouse I found on sale at Tractor Supply. Over the next few weeks I will be sowin seeds & caring for my seedlings in high hopes of harvesting lots of fresh veggies to can & fill the homestead cabinets full.

Back to working on more bonnets for the shops tonight. My work area for cutting out the fabric pieces is the floor being the largest flat space I have to spread out the fabric. This little fellow some how knows just when I am doing the fabric cutting. He leaves his warm comfy bed to sit on the fabric looking at me & wagging his tail. He should know by now I will shoo him away back to his bed. But he still keeps coming back to try each piece of fabric. Maybe he thinks I need his approval of my color choices? Or maybe he knows fresh brewed coffee will be made to stain the creations soon? Maybe he just wants to be involved? Oh well he is being shooed on his way back to his warm comfy bed to slumber & keep an eye on Sam as he gets his sleeps tonight.

Blessings Til Next Time!


  1. OH, I just love seeing all those canning jars!!! What size are those jars on the bottom row? It looks like they're holding things like flower etc? Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

  2. Heather,
    The jars on the bottom row are half gallon ball jars & two pickle jars. Yes you are right they hold flour sugar oatmeal pancake mix & such. When I bake most every thing needed is visible & in reach. Blessings!

  3. I like your can good photo too! Good for you for the greenhouse, hope it works well for you. Will look forward to seeing good things come from your kitchen. Blessings!

  4. Canned goods do go so quickly because they taste and are so fresh. We know what goes into the jar, right down to whether or not salt or sugar will be added. I love when someone young takes interest in canning, sewing, home things. It's becoming a long lost art. I have canned, etc, for over 50 yrs. now, since a youngster, wow I'm getting old, aren't I. I love it still, as much as when my parents and grandparents nurtured my interest. I can't wait to see what you plant in your mini greenhouse.

  5. It's fun to start planning the garden this time of year. It helps to chase the winter blues away. Bottled produce is so much better than the stuff you get at the store. To bad it's so much work. Glad you had a good time with the grands. Hopefully you will show us some of the bonnets you make. -Steph-

  6. Wow Lara, it's so good to read the affirmative feeling in your posts. Sounds like God is in the works to keep a good hand on your life.
    I enjoy seeing your hand mades and home mades :o)
    Continued best wishes to you and your family.

  7. Lara..there is nothing like fresh canned veggies and they are so good for us...I used to plant all my own seedlings and plant an half acre garden for years..but now no one but me so it isn't really worth that much effort although I do plant a few things and steel a few things from my brothers garden..

    Love the little Green house that's great you found a good deal on it..

    My Dog Puddles does the same thing with fabric..he has to lay on it every sindle time...makes ya wonder why they feel the need to do this but they always do!

    Have a great weekend!


  8. Good for you! Make plans, keep busy & have fun!!! I can't wait to start canning Too!!! Puddles is a darling! Thank you for sharing :) Enjoy your day! All My Best ~Kimberly

  9. The mini greenhouse is an awesome idea and perfect that you have a room with lots of light! I hope all goes well for you. I wish I had the nerve to start canning. I know the food is definitely better for you and I'm sure it tastes much better too.

    How cute that the grands built a chicken house out of legos. I bet they always have a great time and love seeing the animals!

    Hmm... what is it about the little dogs? My miniature schnauzer does the exact same thing only he will stick his nose in my face if I ignore him. No matter what I'm working on, he gets on top of it and tries to push it out of the way. You can't help but laugh. It is nice to see their unconditional love though, isn't it?