Pumpkin Spice fruit roll-ups

image I have been making fruit roll-ups with my deyhdrator and thought pumpkin spice would be yummy! I found the recipe here. I used homemade applesauce and canned pumpkin with cinnamon. If you are making applesauce or apple butter this time of year it’s easy to just pour them onto these wheels designed for my dehydrator. They are in a wheel shape and I cut them into pieces and lay them on parchment paper. Then I take a pair of scissors to cut the paper and roll them up and twist the ends before putting them in a Ziploc bag. The edges if they get thin can get crispy so I either give those to our guinea pig Blake or eat them. 🙂




Update 2014

I reviewed my posts about moving and then watched as they have gotten delayed again and again over the last year and a half. I can choose whether to see it as a sign that the timing wasn’t right or I can choose to see it negatively and feel bad. I have chosen to feel good about it instead. I have learned more about myself and more about the life that I plan to live when we do make our move to having a small farm. Sure you can only read so many books and do so much practice in the suburbs but Spring is a new beginning and I know that this year will be our time.

We have had more than our fair share of struggles during the past year but I know that we will be blessed with something more wonderful than we already have.

I worked at an assisted living facility this year and then switched to part-time doing home care. I am currently subsiding on very little but am very happy.

New Tinctures

I made tinctures 3 months ago which meant they were ready to be bottled and listed in my Etsy Shop. I buy, grow or forage for organic herbs for all of my tinctures. My goal is to grow all the plants I tincture when I move. I also test and use them and figure out which tinctu003res would be good to have. I usually put these in a cup of tea or alone depending on flavor. I have used my lavender tincture this week for headaches by massaging it into temples as well as a few drops on the tongue. I am working on some herb combinations right now for tinctures to alleviate common ailments.

In my shop I have red elderberry, astragalus, mugwort, meadowsweet, hawthorne berry, dandelion, rosehip, chamomile, calendula, love and am listing lavender this week.

All that we have

Despite the fact that the house was definitely an easy sell when it was listed something prevented it from happening at least more than just the buyer losing his job and retracting the offer. I also got laid off from my job. I am so thankful that we were protected from making a wrong decision at the wrong time. I felt like when the house sale fell through the first time it was just letting us get more together and then relist it. It was in fact stopping us and delaying us from moving at all because here is where we are supposed to be for a while longer.

I got a CNA job and I got a lowered mortgage for this house so I can go forward and get my credit back on line and hopefully still move in June. If it takes a few months longer that is ok too. I am really looking forward to my job and going to school and getting back on track financially.

I love where I live and my neighbors but I don’t have enough space to have more chickens, pigs and sheep and of course the ever- symbolic peacock for Melody. Melody will get a peacock it is just that I think the beauty and the idea of a peacock or two may prove to be better than the reality of having actual peafowl. Willow wants another dog and I am planning to get somewhat of a farm dog as a puppy. Our miniature schnauzer Odin is 10 and is a very excellent guard dog too.

There are posts up and coming about canning and spinning wool as I finally got a spinning wheel as well as herbs and making more food items.