Jill Winger 🐓 Homesteading

Jill Winger 🐓 Homesteading Follow

Farm-fresh inspiration & #returntoyourroots tips. Lover of Wyoming prairie life & old-fashioned things.

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There’s not much to do outside at the moment, so I’m cooking things. Things like soft, golden hamburger buns sprinkled with sesame seeds, even though it’s not exactly burger season ‘round these parts. And then I arrange ‘em and shoot photos, and it makes me happy. And this is how we survive winter in Wyoming: creative outlets + projects + and good food. (Recipe link in profile if you’re inclined to make burgers out of season like we do...) 🍔 .
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#recipe #hamburgers #homemade #foodie #getinthekitchen #prairielife #foodphoto #foodpicture
Mopping the mudroom floor... on a homestead... in January... with snow and mud outside. This, my friends, is the definition of insanity. 😜
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#mudroom #homesteading #prairielife #farmlife #ranchhouse
The chickens wanted you to know they started laying again... FINALLY. And the humans rejoiced because even the best store eggs don’t compare to the color and flavor of a homegrown  yolk. 🍳
Creativity... it’s my fuel, man. A good project is even better than coffee for me— it gets me out of bed in the morning and keeps me going like the Energizer Bunny all day. THE cookbook, my baby for the last year, has officially been sent off to my editor for the first round of edits— I am beside myself! Much more to come on that soon, but at the moment, I’m scheming my next projects. So, talk to me! What can I create on the blog that will help YOU in your homestead projects this winter & spring?
Sometimes winter on the homestead is snow on the eves, hot cocoa, and twinkling lights... And other times it’s just muck, messy corrals, and frozen cow patties. Anyone wanna guess which stage we’re currently in? ;)
The compost pile is the nap location of choice these days... although it’s not really a pile anymore by the time they’re done with it.
This gritty ol’ hen has survived more than her share of raccoon and coyote massacres over the years, and has been the lone survivor several times. I’m pretty sure she hasn’t laid an egg in years, but I think she’s earned her retirement so I keep her around. Even though she does insist on constantly chasing the barn cats off their food pan...
And the garden continues to sleep... although the rogue chickens check it daily to see if there’s anything green to dig up and destroy. Chickens are ruthless, man.
It’s really, really easy for me to never leave the homestead. There’s so much to do, and so much to create, I can burrow in for weeks and months at a time and feel extremely fulfilled. When trips come up, it’s easy to rationalize why I shouldn’t go. Yet, I’ve learned there’s so much value to be had in leaving the homestead just for a little while to see the world, experience new things, and meet new people. So this week I packed my good clothes (the ones without barbed wire holes and barn stains) and I’m spending time masterminding and connecting amidst the cactus in Arizona with some of the top leaders in DoTERRA. It’s gonna be awesome. Also— pray for my dear husband who is home alone with 3 small children and a new puppy. 😉
Every time I have my camera down in the barnyard taking pics of other things, this little dude follows me around and poses. Perhaps he’s hoping for a career in modeling? So here ya go little buddy—your 15 seconds of fame. ⭐️
Homemade ricotta is one of those things that tastes SO much better than store bought you won’t believe it... And it makes you feel like a homesteading rockstar to throw half a gallon of milk in a pot and end up with fluffy white cheese. Yup— it’s pretty much magic. ✨(google ‘prairie homestead ricotta’ for the recipe!)
So this happened last week... I’m not sure whose idea it was to get a puppy in the dead of winter when it’s too cold to go outside, but here we are. 😜I think Dozer should make a fine farm dog, once he gets past the chewing up toys and pooping on the floor stage.
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