Lexie Smith

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I love my instant pot but nothing could ever take my All American canner from me! I love my stainless steel pressure cookers and I’m hoping that no one here is cooking in aluminum pots but I did for years before I learned better. I have been trying to remember where or how I got started with a pressure cooker as none of my forebears have ever used one and my mom was seriously afraid of them but, alas, my TBI likes to take things out of my memory storage just to mess with my mind. I do know that I’ve been using them for almost 30 years but I have never learned to cook pasta in the sauce, anyone care to teach me?
5 days ago
Please don’t ever compare your own organic seedlings with the ones you see at the local feed & seed. Their’s are propped up by a steady stream of chemicals from the start. I start my tomatoes in a flat tray and just plant a handful of them together. When they are about 3” tall, I separate and pot them up, discarding any that aren’t strong and have a good root system, burying them down to just below the first true leaves after stripping off any leaves below them. I pot them into 4” pots and they normally stay there until they go into the garden or need repotted because winter won’t seem to leave.

I harden off by sitting all the flats out into the sun starting with an hour a day and being ready to plant by increasing the amount of time in the sun by an hour each day. After 7 days of that they are ready to plant or move to the greenhouse for protection until they can go out. I don’t cover my tomatoes or attempt to grow them in the greenhouse because it’s way too hot for them to stay in. I do want a high tunnel in the future but that’s a ways out. Too many plans and not enough hours in a day.
I’ve found my favorite thread! These are wonderful stories and I look forward to reading every one of them. My Gramps never graduated high school but I don’t know when he dropped out. He went into dairying and worked there for many years before I came along. He was a voracious reader and a hunter extraordinaire. He knew every bird and could identify them in flight with just a glance or a couple notes of their song. He always had something in his hands, a gun, fishing rod or a book, mostly. He smoked and Bigmomma fussed about it constantly. In his 90s, he had palsy and his hands shook so badly that he couldn’t light a smoke but I was doing some wildlife rehab and someone had brought me an injured owl. I was by myself on the farm other than him and B’ma so I asked him to go out and get me a couple of the little tweetie birds that hung around the barn so I could feed the owl. I soon heard 2 shots and he came right in with a couple of birds.

He is famous for coming to visit us, before they moved out here from the city, so he could drink scotch in peace. B’ma was a teetotaler and would have a fit over him drinking. We came home from school and found him sitting on the back deck shooting “fat joes” (wood boring bumblebees) out of the air with a 22 rifle! He was extremely gifted with any sort of firearm and managed to pass it on to his children and grandchildren and even a great grand, having a son medal in Olympic marksmanship.

He was riding horses with me in his early 90s and taught me a ton about the natural world and our place in it. I haven’t eaten dove since I was a little girl but I still remember him going to one of the local dove shoots and bringing home a bunch. He always got his limit and whichever grandson he took with him’s limit also. B’ma would cook them up and serve them in gravy with mashed potatoes and that was my favorite meal. She was a seamstress and sewed custom dresses for brides and their attendants. I liked to curl up in a corner of her sewing room and watch them trying on and pinning up their dresses. I would give much to know even a tiny amount of the things they knew!
2 weeks ago
Is tractor envy a thing? I’ve already been diagnosed with a severe case of barn envy!
2 weeks ago
I’m in Alabama and I’d love to share!
Mine are different depths and all seem to work fine but I have to say that the single most important concern is removing every single bit of the native plant life before building the bed. We didn’t dig deep enough and I constantly battle the tenacious wild blackberries that were near where we built. I think if I were doing it again, that I might just build my beds on concrete
I’ve watched classes showing how to use the pads to treat poison bites such as spider and snake or massive infected areas but, thankfully, I’ve never needed to use them. There’s lots of references to using them this way online.
4 weeks ago
How do you prepare the pads for eating? I have a plant, variety unknown, that I got for the medicinal properties but I have no idea how to eat them.
4 weeks ago
I make up a big batch of all my family’s favorite ingredients and then add a teaspoon of sea salt per pint of finished salsa and ferment on the counter for about 4-5 days. After I’m happy with the flavor I combine the small jars into half gallon or gallon jars and put them in the fridge and eat it all year. Delicious and healthy and saves a bunch of money if we were buying salsa! Yummm, might have nachos for dinner tonight!
4 weeks ago
I admire your dedication! I don’t think I’m there yet but I would sure like to be. I am wildly excited by your pictures because I wasn’t aware that the dock growling all around the homestead is edible! I haven’t really explored foraging so much as I’ve been trying to learn herbalism so I would appreciate a suggestion for a guide, if you know of one that might cover the southeastern U.S.A.
1 month ago