- Soft Rye Bread, Oatmeal Loaf Breads, and trial Seedy Bread
- Seeds and trees have been ordered (too many of the first, and not so many of the latter), tons of flowers and ornamentals (selling hanging baskets this year!)
- Soon to be tree-pruning and maple-sugaring time
- New floors throughout (mostly) – because all of our floors are soft and a bit scary, if you ask me, and riddled with splinters (we are so tired of splinters)
- The new ‘Wellness’ line of goods coming in February: Herbal Teas, Bath Soaks, Face Masks – developing goodies is so much fun!
- Pasta-making (for this next batch: Roasted Winter Squash and Thyme Gnocchi, Ricotta Gnudi, Red Beet Farfalle)
- Bagels, Rolls, Breads, etc and the Secret Pickle Club are selling nicely
- Classic Kimchi will be refreshed with a new batch soon (and then in late Spring – Forager’s Kimchi again – yay!!)
- Liberally ‘Vaseline-ing’ the chicken combs to save them from the sudden drop in temperatures (frostbite preventative, and a good spray antibiotic for when they still get small wounds), also finding them more ‘space’ when it snows (using the chicken tractor/covered with tarps when it snows so there is another ‘clean spot’)
- Homeskooling: Spanish lessons, book reports, cooking & baking (Jamie Oliver is really helping out with this one – the 5 Ingredient book is perfect for the kid!), geography and social studies, plant identification (with hiking and foraging), cat health, and her witchery, plus puzzle making and game-playing (favorites this week are Evolution and Dread Pirate)
- I’m working with international (and national) artists on a ‘plant’ collaboration projekt
- Mid-Winter celebrations in 2 weeks (much different this year – our favorite ‘Scotch-tasting’ gathering cancelled, our engagements nil though our libations are getting more creative), we will be also be celebrating one year as a full-time homestead!
- Making proper plans for an outdoor kitchen, resplendent with a Bread Oven!
- Cleaning out the front porch again to use as a makeshift greenhouse – it is cut off from heat (and insulation and even proper windows) so it will function as a daytime space in another month or so, and then more as a greenhouse in April/May. We have dreams of making it more functional
- Also, designs of Spring Foraging ‘Woodwalks’; introductory workshops to foraging/plant identification/land management.
Great things! – Stay Cozy.