Big Things Coming! 

So remember that blog I just posted a few days about all the stuff we have to accomplish before snow flies? And you know that last blog about not announcing big plans before having them right and tight? *(I will never learn) Ok, so I am not going to even lie- you are going to have…

Weekly(ish) Update – End of July/Start of August 2017

Last I wrote about our DIY homesteading projects, we were cleaning up quite the mess that was left behind by the previous lands tenants. Since then, we’ve dragged (most of) that junk to the dump, burned a bunch of crap wood, cleared up to our line (almost) and spent most of our free time working…

We got a wood chipper! 

It’s used but it’s in great condition And we only paid 50 bucks for it! MrGillis has already gone and bought the bagged attachment for it – a well invested $60 on top. The duct tape is to help keep it sealed better, but after an inspection MrGillis seems to think that it’s no big…

Picking and Freezing Strawberries.

  Saturday morning, we woke up bright and early to drive up the road a good bit to go get strawberries.   We have to travel about 50 miles one way to go pick and usually we go to town and get 30+ quarts. This year, Izzy couldn’t quite handle the excitement and we only…

The Great Chick Transition

So, the time has come- We have put the newest members of our flock outside, full time. In order to facilitate this in the least stressful manner, we have built them their own separate mini coop and divided the fence so the big girls can get used to them. MrGillis built this coop for under…

Triple Chip Cookie Bars – AKA Death By Blondie

The first time I made these, my husband and I killed the entire  pan in 48 hours, after which he looked at me and said, never make those again. Here we are two weeks later and not only am did I make them again, I’m going to share my recipe with you guys. (By the…

Homesteading Dreams – Building Cold Frames

Here at Gillis Gardens, we have dreams. Some of them are in laborious progress, such as our production kitchen and rainbow flock of egg laying chickens… others are probably unattainable for years yet(my personal favs being a greenhouse within a wallpini for tropical growing or getting into aquaponics and farming our own tilipia) but we…

Weekend Warriors – Month of March/First Week of April.

(To catch up go here, here, here, and here) For the last month, I haven’t really been much of a help in the shed renovation. Since mrgillis and I got all the demolition done, our handyguy charlie and the hubby have been in charge while I’ve stayed nice and clean and out of it. I…