Cornerstone Acres Farm 

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Due to the limited space on this website, I have chosen to move my blog to "blogspot".  

We will no longer be posting individual links to our blog, so here is the link to our main blog page.  There is lots of useful homesteading information and experience contained within our blog and we will continually add to that information. 

 We certainly hope you enjoy it!!

http://cornerstoneacresfarm.blogspot.com/

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A New CATegory of blog post........

Posted by Alina on January 1, 2012 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

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Due to limited memory on this site, I have decided to move my blog......

This place is a sty....

Posted by Alina on November 8, 2011 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Well, okay my house is actually clean. I'm finding I like routine as much as the farm animals do.

We however did add pigs to our homestead. Greg and I decided to pick up a couple of feeder pigs. We purchased two gilts (a Yorkshire/Old spot cross). As some of you very close to me may know - I have a somewhat irrational fear of large pigs. Fortunately for Roto and Tiller (well fortunately for ME), they are pretty small yet at 11-12 weeks old. Pigs I have found after both research and lim...

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Name those pigs!!

Posted by Alina on November 4, 2011 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (12)

General contest rules:  This is all in fun, don't take things to seriously!! 

Name those pigs contest rules:

Pretty simple here, I need names for our new Asian Heirloom Hogs breeding pair.  

 We would like something meaningful. It can be weird humor or more "spiritual" in nature.  P...

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Preservation and education....

Posted by Alina on October 21, 2011 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Towards the end of apple and tomato season I was running low on jars and the will to continue canning. So to save both dishes and time, I decided to pull out the dehydrator. I ended up drying 6 quarts of apples (would have been at least triple that had I canned them in syrup). I have yet to try them in a pie or crisp, but will be sure to let you know how they turn out. I will say that I definately like them as a nice snack. I love to eat vegetables, but tend to be less inclined to eat fruits....

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Wow, it's been awhile.....

Posted by Alina on October 13, 2011 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)

The goats are growing like weeds.   We finally castrated SunFire, poor little guy.  Amazingly he is still a very friendly goat.  He will  be filling the gaps in our freezer soon, unless he finds a nice pet home.  I think he is going to be a nice, big fancy looking fellow.  I would love to see him trained to a cart, what a statement he would make in a parade!!  

Fall has passed us by without much warning.  Although the wea...

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Our life as seen on TV......

Posted by Alina on September 27, 2011 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (2)

As those of you who have read my previous blogs know, we recently aquired a couple of lovely barn cats. One of which is named Bob. Well Bob has free run of our hayloft with a ramp that allows him access to the lower level and outside. So far Bob has not chosen that option (although his sister has found her way out and now roams the neighborhood). Does anybody watch the cartoon sitcom "Bob's Burgers"? I'm hoping you have seen the episode where Bob "lives" in the walls, if so you will appreciat...

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Unfinished....

Posted by Alina on September 15, 2011 at 11:10 PM Comments comments (0)

....projects.   And LOTS of them.  Let's start by skipping over the obvious - dishes, laundry, sweeping, etc. 

Where has the time gone? Where did summer go for that matter?  Tonight they are predicting temps down to 20 degrees. We've already had a few frosty nights, which subsequently killed off all my peppers and a large amount of the tomatoes.  Alas, one more unfinished project....canning and drying hot peppers.  I will have to say that of...

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I'm in love with a tomato!! (and other tawdry information)

Posted by Alina on August 30, 2011 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Yep, that's right, I'm in love with a tomato.   Yellow Mortgage Lifters to be specific.  I've never met such a delicious tomato.  So full of tomato "meat" (what is it REALLY called?) and so little of the seedy pulp.  It's almost as delightful as biting into a ripe juicy apple.  Add together the amazing size, fullfulling meatiness, attractive yellow color and scrumptious taste and well, what's NOT to love? 

 

With so much free time since the...

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This year is really bugging me.....

Posted by Alina on August 21, 2011 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (1)

Well, it started out with a mite infestation of a couple of my goats EARLY spring this year. Got that all taken care of - whew!!

 

Then in April or May we had an infestation of "love bugs" . Not very strong fliers and are nectar eaters so they didn't do real damage to any of our trees or plants. However, they were here in such huge quantities that it made it just plain uncomfortable to even go outside.

 

Then the bugs got far worse!! I lost almost all my be...

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Breakfast

Posted by Alina on August 17, 2011 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

And then the rest of the day.

Breakfast this morning consists of cucumbers and tomatoes (from our garden), mixed with my first attempt at homemade mozzarella (not too bad really), topped with homemade pesto (made with basil and parsley from our garden).   Not a bad breakfast if I may say so.  Only problem will be the intense garlic breath while I'm in town today. Ah, well - still worth it.

 

Just to touch base on the cheese making:  I made moz...

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