Jill Winger 🐓 Homesteading

Jill Winger 🐓 Homesteading Follow

Farm-fresh inspiration & #returntoyourroots tips. Lover of Wyoming prairie life & old-fashioned things.
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I adore small farm/homestead culture, but cowboy/ranch culture holds a special place in my heart, too.
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Our little homestead is surrounded by thousands upon thousands of acres of family-owned ranch land, and branding days are always special occasions. Neighbors gather from far and wide to help each other with the branding, castrating, vaccinating, and dehorning, which is generally followed by a big meal afterwards. Everyone has a job, even the little ones, and it turns a large annual task into an enjoyable, social event.
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In a modern culture where folks are more prone to keeping to themselves and sometimes don’t even know the neighbor next door, it’s also a sacred glimpse into the communal “neighboring” culture of years gone by. I vote we figure out how to make more "branding-style" community events a part of everyday life,  where everyone works together towards a common goal. What do you think?
Milk Cow School has commenced, which is a good thing, considering the twins are due in less than 3 weeks… 
This is Mabel, she’s slightly more amiable than her sister, Opal. First up— touching and scratching, then onto haltering, leading, and tying. Thankfully, Mama Oakley stamped them with her sweet disposition, but nothing like waiting till the last minute. 😬
We don’t grow every single ingredient we eat and likely never will. (Bananas and avocados just don't thrive here in Wyoming...Dang it)
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But we do our best and the majority of meals we eat include a homegrown ingredient in some way, shape, or form.
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We didn’t have a great potato crop last year so I couldn’t use homegrown potatoes for this skillet hash a few nights ago, but it happily featured bacon, eggs, and chives, courtesy of our very own 67 acres. That makes me happy. 💕
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Also, is breakfast for dinner the best thing ever, or what? Seriously.
Once upon a time I had a “Mudroom” board on Pinterest where I drooled over all sorts of stylish built-ins and perfectly labeled cubbies where each member of the family would hang their corresponding items of clothing in a neat and tidy manner. With labels… I love the idea of labels.
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Then one day I deleted the board and embraced real life… Because let’s face it— a working mudroom is anything but picture-perfect… And if you expect anything less than piles of coats, manure-caked boots, and random farm paraphernalia littering the space, you’ll be sorely disappointed.
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So this is my reality and it’s all good. It means we have a real homestead with animals and gardens and mud, and that’s what I’ve always wanted. Just don’t expect me to mop anytime soon....
Oh Wyoming… I love you but sometimes you drive me crazy…
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We have about 7” so far and it’s still coming down with no sign of stopping. This does make me exceedingly thankful I didn’t give into temptation last week and plant my tomatoes early (it was nearly 80 degrees after all….)
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Usually I adore gnarly snow storms, but I’m having a really hard time getting excited about this one. Think of me when y’all are gardening today-- I’ll be outside shoveling and shaking trees to keep the snow from breaking branches….
Sometimes home food production means bushels of tomatoes or gallons of milk crowding the fridge, and sometimes it means a single fistful of asparagus from a patch you’ve been nurturing for 3+ years. I consider both of those victories and celebrate them as such. (And you can bet every single bite of that asparagus was savored and enjoyed!)
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What’s your latest food production win? I wanna hear about it in the comments—>
Rain is my favorite. I love the way the storm clouds build across the prairie each afternoon, the sound of the raindrops on our metal roof, the smell of the earth once the clouds pass, and how the soil sparkles afterwards. You might hear me whining about snow on occasion, but after living in a drought-prone area for the last 12 years, I'll never complain about the rain. .
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#rain #rainyday #prairielife #returntoyourroots #farmlife #homesteading #wyoming #prairie #wideopenspaces #drought #weather
Fresh strawberries + a few mint leaves from the garden + a sprinkle of coconut sugar makes a mighty fine dessert in case you were wondering. ——
P.S. I didn’t grow the strawberries. My plants are just barely blooming. —— P.S.S. It’s supposed to snow on Thursday. Hence the reason I’m drowning my sorrows in strawberries.
The Prairie Husband is currently in Nepal on a 12-day humanitarian trip with doTERRA and I've been holding down the fort here on the homestead....with the kids....by myself. We've survived, nothing has died, and I am tired.... So tonight we celebrate getting through the week with a Einkorn coconut pound cake. Only 48 hours to go....Our life is definitely a two-person job.
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#einkorn #jovialfoods #baking #foodie #fromscratch #farmlife #returntoyourroots #prairielife #homestead #poundcake #farmher #doterralife #doterra
No doubt about it, the milk cow is the queen of the homestead.
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She provides milk, cream, butter, and cheese for the house, calves to be sold or put in the freezer, extra milk and whey for hogs and chickens, and rich manure for the garden.
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Miss Oakley is on the right and one of her twin heifer calves from 2 years ago is on the left. As you can see, Oakley definitely passes her good looks onto her offspring. ;) They are both Brown Swiss, in case you were wondering. (My favorite!)
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#milkcow #familycow #prairielife #returntoyourroots #farmlife #farmanimals #brownswiss #cowsofinstagram #homestead #wyoming #thatsWY #wyphotoentry @visitwyoming
The time of year when the lilacs return just might be the happiest season on the homestead.
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To the farm wife who planted these so many decades ago-- thank you. ❤️
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Do any of you make any recipes (DIY or food) with lilacs? I've not really ventured into any lilac creativity yet, but I'd love some ideas!
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#lilacs #prairielife #returntoyourroots #wyoming #simplelife #homestead #farmher #prairie #perennials
It doesn't matter if you're 18 months or 80 years, playing in the dirt never gets old. ----
It also makes a fantastic snack if you can shove it into your mouth before mom catches you...
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#farmlife #returntoyourroots #prairielife #farmkids #homesteadkids #wyoming #gardeningwithkids #raisedbeds