Wild Moon Cottage is a small working homestead in the pristine Ozark Mountains. We have dairy goats, poultry, organic herb and vegetable gardens, a start of a tiny fruit orchard, several black walnut trees, wild berries and fields of wildcrafting goodness. We raise our own milk, our own eggs, much of our own medicine and food. I do laundry by hand, make my own vinegar, candles, soap, bread, cheese ........ For a living I am an artist and herbalist. My goal for myself and our homestead is to be as self sufficient and self sustaining as possible.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Weeks of 9.20.15 - 10.3.15

I Love this time of year!!  Chilly mornings, warm days, cool nights.  Mist on the hills and magic in the air  :)

I’ve been doing a lot of drying… squash, pumpkin, peppers, pears, onions, ginger, apples.. Made some pear sauce and candied some ginger. I’m going to be making pumpkin and pumpkin pie bark next week. I also made cheese and yogurt last week.

Blessed food!

We bucked hay all day last Sunday. It’s been years and I wasn’t feeling good and probably only did ¼ or less of what the guys did, and was still sore the next day. But it was good hard work, we enjoyed it and being able to help a friend a little. We also got hay for ourselves!

I’ve gotten almost my whole studio moved back onto the enclosed back porch. It was a huge black snake spending time in the Stone House. Henry, I reckon. Anyway, I can work again!!!!  Thank the Mother!!!

More about making bog shoes
About Sage Grass, Crow’s Foot Grass and Foxtail grass
How to stack hay for safer travel

-Harvest  –

-Barter –
3 Ghost pumpkins
A box full of Green Bell Peppers
A huge long squash
A bunch of pinkish orange pumpkins
A ton of butternut squash
Several books
Heavy denim curtains
A few candles
2 months of natural Prairie grass hay

-Gifts –
Elk butter (it tastes just like butter!)
Shoulder of venison
Big bouquet of dried Sage Grass
Squash, pumpkins and peppers beyond our bartering

Homemade venison and barely soup with carrots, celery, lambs quarters, dock, onion and mushrooms. Served with homemade whole wheat soup crackers.
Butternut squash stuffed with wild rice, savory herbs and spices, onion, peppers, spinach and poke.
BBQ venison on homemade organic corn flour rolls, steamed organic broccoli with cheese.
Egg and smoked cheese sandwiches on homemade oat bread with carrot sticks on the side.
Cheese & Meat plate, summer sausage, smoked gouda, medium cheddar, olives, grapes, apple slices, crusty bread and pumpernickel rolls.

Homemade salsa and organic blue corn chips
Commercial hummus and O blue chips
Raw apples and pears
Homemade peanut butter granola

Pumpkin muffins
Biscuits and wild raspberry preserves
Cocoa oatmeal drop cookies
Scones with pear sauce
Cooked pears with caramel
Baked apples with cinnamon and butter
Goat milk ice cream with pear sauce
Pumpkin bread with walnuts

-Sunday Dinners-
Grilled split chicken with grilled squash, carrots and potatoes.
Venison kabobs – cubed and marinated over night. With potatoes, carrots, onion, squash and green bell peppers. Served on steamed brown rice.

Hot tea with goat milk and honey
Cold black pekoe and raspberry zinger
Cold Black pekoe with orange peel and honey
Ice cold goat milk (reg and chocolate)
Milk shake of ice cold goat milk and frozen banana
Cold Black pekoe
Mint tea (hot and cold)
Lemon Balm tea (hot and cold)
Hot chamomile tea
Cold green tea with honey

the portable firepit I got for 3.00. It was all rusty, the top screen all smashed in and the bottom rusted through. I cleaned and sanded, pushed the screen back out and painted it with heat proof paint I had leftover from painting the outside of the rusty grill oven from last year. I still need to find a metal piece for the bottom but it's usable now and looks almost new  :)

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