An Abundance of Organic Blueberries

A heartfelt thank you goes out to my friend and fellow foodie, Elaine Herbert of Yelton Manor Guest House for ordering me 30 lbs. of organic blueberries this season. This kind gesture was the perfect answer to my need, especially this year.

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If you are ever in the South Haven, Michigan area and are looking for a “knock your sox off” bed and breakfast, be sure to contact Elaine, owner/Innkeeper. Gene and I stayed there one night on our belated honeymoon, 18 years ago using a gift certificate given to us by a group of my girlfriends. It was the perfect stay.

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I had planned on picking blueberries at our favorite U-pick Farm, Pleasant Hill Farm in Fennville, MI but a painful bacterial infection knocked the stuffing right out of me. I just did not have it in me to find the extra physical resources I would need to go out and pick blueberries myself this summer. We picked our strawberries at Pleasant Hill Farm this spring and you can read the details here:…e-beatles-song/

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Like so many others we love our blueberries year-round; using them in salads, our morning oatmeal and Cream of Rice as well as in crisps, baked good and plain from the bowl. Every year I buy and freeze more and more blueberries and still we always run out before the next season’s picking begins.

Blueberries are one of the best antioxidants available on the planet!

Thank you Elaine for coming to my rescue this year! You are a peach!!

Small House homesteader, Donna


Hard Frost Arrived on the Homestead

Last night the temperatures dropped down to 27 degrees in SW Michigan. Brrrrrr. I went out this morning to put the freshly washed clothes on the line to dry and my fingers about froze. Jack Frost made a visit here last night!

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No, it did not snow here last night but this is what the homestead looks like in the wintertime.

It’s a good thing we have been hustling in the garden for the past few weeks. The last of the vegetable and seeds have been harvested as a well as the final tomatoes, and herbs. The birdbaths have been emptied and the heater is in the birdbath that remains out all winter for the songbirds.

The house plants summering on the porch are inside now and positioned in their winter spot in front of the south facing windows for winter sunlight. The hoses are emptied, drained and stored in the pool shack for the winter months.

The light bulb was turned on in the chicken coop last night to keep those chickie babies warm.

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Off comes the full length screen at the front door.

Off came the front door screen and on went the storms.

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On goes the glass storm doors.

There is a whole lot of chopping, blanching and preserving work in planned the kitchen today!

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My kitchen island on the day of our last harvest for the 2014 season.

Happy Small House Homesteader, Donna