Turkey Thawing and Roasting Chart

Turkey Thawing and Roasting Chart

In charge of roasting the turkey for your family’s Thanksgiving dinner? Use my turkey thawing and roasting chart to determine how much thaw time and cook time you need to allow. If you print a copy, and tuck it in your cookbook, it’ll be there to help you year after year.

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My Weekend Homestead – A Month In

The kids were out of school for Election Day yesterday, so we squeezed in an extra day of work on the cabin. We’ve been working on it for about a month now, so I thought I’d give you guys a quick update.

Cabin - Before

This is what the cabin looked like when we started.

Cabin - 1 Month In

And this is how it looks now. We’ve replaced all the broken windows across the front of the cabin, but the biggest change is on the back side. Remember how it was wide open in the back? [Read more…]

Crockpot Candied Pecans

Crockpot Candied Pecans

The best part of giving food gifts for Christmas (aside from the savings): the research. Definitely the research. I mean, you wouldn’t want to give a food gift without trying it first, would you? Nope, that would make you a terrible gift-giver. So, I think you need to take this crockpot candied pecan recipe for a test drive this week. You know, just to make sure it’s gift-worthy. Clearly it’s the responsible thing to do. [Read more…]

Friday Freebies

Friday Freebies

Fridays already have a lot going for them, but now there’s even more to like. Here’s the scoop on how you can score three full-size freebies each and every Friday: [Read more…]

How to Get Free Firewood

How to Get Free Firewood

We’ll be heating our weekend homestead with two wood stoves, and that means we’re going to need plenty of firewood. We plan to harvest fallen trees from the property, but we’ll also be getting firewood from our favorite store: Curb Mart

Since our town has large trash pick up, people don’t haul trees off when they cut them down; they just pile them up at the curb, and wait for the trash truck to get them. That’s great news, if you’re a curb shopper with a wood stove and a way to haul firewood.

Spring is the best time to “shop” for firewood, since people tend to be focused on cleaning up their yards, but really you can find free firewood anytime of the year.

Living in a suburban town as we do, people frequently cut the wood into fireplace-size logs before putting it at the curb. Maybe they think it looks neater that way? Perhaps it’s so it’ll be easier to carry? I don’t know, but if they want to take care of that chore for me, I’m all for it. Heck, if you’d like to split the wood too, that’s fine by me. Just leaves me more time for curb shopping.

Wood Pallets

If you’re going to get your firewood at Curb Mart, I also recommend picking up wood pallets. They’re usually made out of hardwood to stand up to the weight of the items being shipped on them, so they burn beautifully. Just cut them up, and toss them in the fire. There’s no need to season them first.

Pallets Cut Up for Firewood

Just be sure to look for the “HT” marking on pallets; it’s an indication that they’ve been heat-treated (aka kiln-dried). You don’t want to burn any that have been pressure-treated. They’ll have an MB on them, which stands for Methyl Bromide.

Do you have other sources for free firewood? I’d love to hear about them.