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vigilant20

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About vigilant20

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    Urban Homesteader
  • Birthday 09/29/1977

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  • Gender
    Female
  • Location
    West Allis, WI
  • Interests
    angoras, baking, canning, cooking, dehydrating, gardening, sewing, urban homesteading, vegetarian
  1. My new FIFO can organizers arrived and I spent most of the weekend reorganizing the pantries! Everything looks so orderly and I got plenty of exercise...lol
  2. Canning up salsa today, and ordered a bunch of can organizers so I don't keep knocking cans everywhere when I stock the pantry
  3. I'm new to raising rabbits, so I'm not quite sure how they normally work But I get the impression it should be several times a year. These were babies when I got them though so it takes a while for them to get old enough to turn into little fur factories. And I really wish they would have in spring. I ended up giving them a little buzz cut for the hottoest part of summer to keep them cooler. That is why their backs are grey with no white hair to shed left. Even then ice water and frozen bottles out for them every hour or two on the days we had over 100.
  4. It's been an exciting couple days for the bunnies. One of the things I do for them is grow seed. Yesterday the first of the sunflowers was ready to harvest so I split it between the boys. You can see in that pic that Mittens little forehead hair was thinning. That is a sign that they are ready to shed so I've been keeping an eye on them. I had english angoras before that need to be sheared. So this part was all new to me. But look what I ended up with today...a bunny fleece. Here is the bunny butt the wool came off of. It was very cool the way the fur separated on it's own and peeled off in one piece. There is more to go and Socks is only just starting to shed a little, but it's going to be in the 90s today and tomrrow and then back down to the 70s this weekend, so I'll likely wait until then to poke at them again. Then the next steps are just learning to spin with my antique wheel And I've always been a crocheter, so I need to perfect my knitting skills to more effeciently use my yarn So it'll still be a while before I'm skilled enough to make my first piece from backyard raised, hand spun, and hand knitted yarn...but it'll be worth it!
  5. Trying a burrito casserole over here http://www.food.com/recipe/creamy-burrito-casserole-33919
  6. One of my online friends is selling this impressive looking property that includes 3 living quarters, 4 R.V. Spots, Bath House, Cabin, 5 sheds (w/electric) and a fenced chicken coop (w/light), on 160 fenced acres and two small ponds. Thought I'd post it here in case anyone was looking http://www.zoemountainretreat.com/
  7. I canned corn and tomatoes this week, and dehydrated squash, tomatoes, and walking onions. I also picked up two books for cooking from the pantry: I Can't Believe It's Food Storage and one the LDS puts out: Deseret Recipes
  8. Thank you, it's good to see you here
  9. I turned my front yard into a decorative mulched bed this year. I'm planning edibles that are prettier out there like okra with its big trumpet flowers and love lies bleeding amaranth. So when I started looking at bulbs to put in for fall this year, I had the same dual purpose hopes in mind. And I found that with saffron crocus. I just ordered enough for a row across the front of the bed from these guys. I've never actually cooked with saffron, but it would be fun to try and this would be something that would make good gifts for the foodies in your life too. It might be fun to considering adding a spice to your bulb collection too Photo by outdoorPDK on Flickr
  10. I'm all for urban agriculture and urban homestead myself. But 99% of these types of stories are people who are knowingly breaking laws and throwing a little fit that they got caught. Checking to see if you can turn your front yard into a garden is no different that checking fencing height and setback ordinances. This one had some grey area yes...but what it all comes down to is she wasn't sure, she checked with city hall and they told her no, did it anyway, got caught and warned, kept doing it and got ticketed, ignored the tickets and made it worse. I, for one, have every intention of being a law abiding citizen and good example of urban homesteading. I really don't appreciate urban homesteaders being in the news all the time as criminals and nuisances. And really hate that this is how the public learns of us and sees us.
  11. Just finished some dill. Woke up early to pick chamomile and calendula and got them drying.
  12. Stopped at Aldi's on my lunch and picked up some spices, honey, spaghetti sauce, parmesan, powdered milk, quick oats, and bags of rice. For canned goods I brought home 4 cases of fruit, 1 case of cream of mushroom soup, and 1 case of black beans.
  13. For rabbits it does unfortunately look that way: http://www.menomonee-falls.org/index.aspx?NID=256 To get an ordinance changed you can start writing to and talking to your aldermen. They are the ones that can put forth new ordinances. When I talked to mine he said the other aldermen weren't fans and that I should start a petition so I can show there's community support.
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