Category Archives: Hillstead Foods and Feeds

Post-Autumn Food Processing Updates

Mild Fall-like weather continues to prevail into mid-December in these parts. At this time 4 years ago, not only was it cold, it was cold enough to freeze the Panther Hollow Lake in Schenley Park, allowing college students to go … Continue reading

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Oh Deer.

Greeting the first of the sun’s rays, our Hillstead comes alive with birdsong. Squirrels and chipmunks are abundant and have been taking advantage of the warmer-than usual weather by noisily grabbing the remainder of hickory nuts, acorns, and black walnuts … Continue reading

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*Warning: This is not a hunting blog.*

Photos presented herein are by design sparse and do not contain any images of dead animals. Read safely and without peril. Though born in the city, I did most of my growing up in what they called “God’s Country”, about … Continue reading

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Squish the fruit, make the Drink

Perry, I think we’re ready. You know why? Because I can feel it… in here. Walter, where are you pointing to? That’s right- we’re trying our hand at making Perry-Cider. Harvest began with the pear trees on our Hillstead in … Continue reading

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Some Spice would be Nice

With the mild and mellow weather that we’ve been having, it’s not too difficult to start thinking about next Spring. The first hint of Spring for many of us PA’sters might be that seasonal explosion of bright yellow Forsythia – … Continue reading

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Boil ‘em, mash ‘em, stick ‘em in a stew

PO-TA-TOES, friends! They are here! The Pontiac Red seed potatoes that I sewed in April are ready for harvesting. I’ve been ducking into the potato patch whenever I can to pop out a few taters here and there. Yesterday’s 30 … Continue reading

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Chickens Keep on Giving

It’s been an incredibly busy week at the Hillstead and we have so much that we want to share! We’ll be working on a sizeable update over to the weekend, but for now, a chicken-y update! The ladies are still … Continue reading

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Of Titmice and Meals

One of the major differences between the Hillstead and ‘Burgh has been the way that we’re buying, preparing, and saving food. We’ve always enjoyed making our own family meals and are usually pretty good at using leftovers, but life at … Continue reading

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Sweet Neighbors, Sweet Relish

Our very kind neighbors (the ones who own Nanny and some ducks) welcomed us with many delicious things including donuts, duck eggs, and a huge bag of red and green tomatoes. What to do with green tomatoes? Many folks are … Continue reading

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