Welcome to MY ADVENTURE OF DAILY LIFE. I have long since wanted and been encouraged to document the plethora of items I work on, learn, and in general tinker with. I travel and experience new things far and wide and love to share what I gain from them. Here I am sharing with you not just the amazing but the every day as well. They may not fall under the category of "daring adventure" but I am usually having a blast doing them. Enjoy!
Yes, I fell off the face of the blog post planet for a bit. But but but PUPPIES.
I found these two down by our turkey coop half dead and pitiful. So I've been a little busy keeping up with them. We are getting everything under control and there is more Adventure coming soon I promise!
Money is often the name of the game. It's what fuels the next adventure or the next project around our homestead so we like it when we gain another avenue to surge forward. This is the year that we have become incorporated as an LLC and started selling some of our produce and products. While it helps with a few bucks here and there, the real savings is the tax break. Unfortunately you don't realize the savings until the end of the year.
So when my husband came to me with an idea about how to make a few extra bucks, I realized just how multifaceted owning a farm can be. Our neighbor down the road has a small hilly pasture that he has been raising cows in. He bought them from someone for cheap and they have been packing on the pounds on his land. He was talking about taking the largest one, a bull to the auction, when my husband got the idea of doing it for him.
We know of a restaurant who prefers to buy local grass fed beef. We knew that this bull has been grass his entire life and not sitting in some corn feedlot up to his belly in feces. If we could buy the bull for the price that those poor feed lot cows go for and sell it for what it really is, we could turn a profit.
Here's what we were looking at:
- Bull is roughly 2000lbs
- Owner decides he wants $1900 for him. It's under the market price per pound but not by much and he doesn't have to fool with getting him there or the fuel cost.
- Transportation costs - $150
- Processing Costs - $600
- Current wholesale price per pound for Grass Fed Hamburger - $5
- Pounds you lose to bone, guts, and skin - Roughly 45%
- Estimated profits: $2850!
Not bad for a day's work huh? This of course just gets thrown back in to the farm pot for more buildings and things needed around the place. If we could find some more of these however, it won't take long before we have quite the surplus!
Talk about your blessings! We have been given so many pears this year I have become proficient with all canning recipes that require pears. First we received three buckets when Mr Brawny cut down a neighbor's tree and it side swiped their pear tree, knocking all of the pears from that side.
Then later in the summer, the same lady fell, and since she didn't feel up to processing the remaining fruit, we were welcomed to come over and get as much as we wanted. This picture is of the last haul:
Needless to say, pears have been my life for every spare moment since the first batch.
Here are some of the recipes that are now tried, tested, and approved:
Pear Jam - Note: This is as close I could find of an online version of the recipe that came with my pectin. I did not add the cinnamon.
I have one last batch and then I am done for the year! My peeling hand has definitely gotten stronger and has more stamina than when I started. The biggest lesson I learned specifically about canning pears, is there is something about my chemistry or water that causes pear juice to stain my hands. The wonderful thing about my Facebook groups that I have joined is the feedback you can get on a homesteading question. I posted this picture and the most common fix was finish the project with rubbing down my hands with an acidic fruit juice like lemon, or bleach. I'm trying to use less bleach in my life, so lemon juice it is!