November in review:
- We planted 1 lb of garlic cloves and mulched heavily over the top. Hopefully they will survive the winter depredations of field mice and emerge in the spring. We cleaned up all the garden debris and have everything clean and ready for spring plantings.
- We finalized our plans for a survival orchard and planted three pecan trees.
- Hubby Dear went through his garden journal and tallied up the final harvest totals. We learned a lot this year and I'll be sharing this information with you in a future post.
- We have a tentative plan for next year's garden. We're expanding our garden yet again, which means we'll be building yet more square foot boxes.
|Finally! Some cauliflower! The heads were small but very tasty.|
2. Food Storage
- I processed the pumpkins we grew in our garden into puree and froze it in 1 cup batches. Although I was initially disappointed with the flavor of the puree, I used it as a substitute for butternut squash in a pasta recipe I make regularly and it worked just fine.
- I experimented with bouillon cubes and a vegan substitute for chicken broth.
- I bought another couple of bucket of oats and wheat as well as more clarified butter from Emergency Essentials. I also bought 50 lb of sugar and packed it in a mylar bag and bucket myself.
- I took advantage of holiday sales and stocked up on baking ingredients like chocolate chips and vanilla extract.
|I hope this captures some of the beauty of this particularly pretty sunset, despite my lack of camera skills!|
- My major goal this month is to finalize my year's supply of long term food storage items. I need to go over our inventory and see if there are gaps. I think we are complete other than in dry milk.
- I need to pre-order my chicks to be delivered in March!
- My Christmas present to myself is the mack daddy chicken coop that will be delivered in January. I can't wait to share it with you all.
That's it for me. Are you gifting yourself or others with any preparedness items? If so, please share in the comments.