Welcome to this week’s homestead update. It has been quite a while since my last weekly update, but because of the holidays I don’t feel like I’ve accomplished much on the homestead.
Because I’ve been baking bread and making pizza from scratch a lot lately, I received a pizza peel for Christmas. I used it to make a loaf of the 5 minute a day bread. While the loaf of bread was not my best, the pizza peel worked great. I covered it with corn meal, allowed the bread to rise on top of the cornmeal and the loaf slid right off of the peel onto the baking stone. I should have bought one of these a while ago.
Another thing that I received for Christmas was a Ryobi One+ Reciprocating saw. I already have several of the Ryobi One+ tools, so this works with the batteries that I already have. I mainly wanted this saw to do some pruning, so I also received a pruning blade for the saw. One of the trees in the yard had a large branch that split in the wind. The first part broke off the tree completely, but the other half was still there. I used the saw to cut that branch. It was about 5″ in diameter and the saw did fine. I also cut some smaller branches from a couple other trees. It does not replace a chain saw, but it does work fine to cut these smaller branches.
I was able to finish off my review of last year’s seeds. It took me much longer to complete than I thought it would. But doing that really helped me decide they varieties of seed I want to plant this year.
I made my list of goals to be completed on the homestead this year. As I said in that post, I don’t usually set goals and I think that’s why I haven’t accomplished as much on the homestead as I wanted to. I’m going to make sure that I refer back to my goals post often so I can stay on track with where I’m headed.
Over the past couple of weeks, the seed catalogs have really started to come in. I’ve read over a lot of them so far and will begin making up my shopping list. As with other years, I will likely buy the majority of my seeds this year from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. But I will probably buy some from Seed Savers Exchange and from some other seed catalogs. I like to spread my money around a little. But I always make sure that I buy from companies that have signed the safe seed pledge. These companies have signed a pledge that they will not knowingly sell GMO seed. While it is a self policing system, it is a good first step to avoiding genetically modified seed.
I believe that I mentioned that we have been buying some cast iron cookware. We were getting tired of always having to move it around when we made anything that didn’t use the cast iron. So I hung these shelves and put some hooks into the wall to hold the cast iron and some of the larger cook pots. Yeah, I hate that tile also. It will be gone when we have the money to refinish the kitchen, but for now it has to stay.
I’ll give a short run down of what’s on the wall. A couple of years ago, we bought a Lodge cast iron griddle. That doesn’t get as much use, it takes up 2 burners and unless we are having a pretty big breakfast or have people over, it just isn’t used. But a couple of months ago, we bought that Lodge 13.25″ skillet, the big one in the middle. Last month, we bought the smaller skillet, a Lodge 8″ skillet. The little square pan is a Lodge 5″ Wonder Skillet. It is the size of a single grilled cheese sandwich. Finally, up on the top shelf, barely visible, is a Norpro Bacon Press. I haven’t had the opportunity to put it to use since I got it. Maybe next weekend I’ll talk my wife into some bacon for breakfast.