I really enjoy documentaries and I watch a lot of them. I’d have to say Hollow is still probably the best documentary I have seen and it is entirely online and interactive.  McDowell County, WV is a fascinating place and we, as a country, can learn a lot from looking at what has happened (and still is happening) there.

Appalachia is a region that has long been on my heart but I know now that I am not called to minister to it. But if I can help disseminate knowledge to others about what life is like there then I’ll at least accomplish something so please, check out this documentary.


Freezing in the late summer

Mrs. Wine and I have been filling our freezer with food. 

Earlier in the summer we bought 11 whole chickens from Lamppost Farm. These are very small chickens, about 2-4lbs each. So we cooked 4 of them the other day, had two meals out of it and picked the meat off of the others and got 4 1/2 quart bags of meat for the freezer. Mrs. Wine then took the chicken carcasses and made 18 cups of chicken stock. 

9 of those cups promptly went into Cauliflower soup using cauliflower, onions and potatoes we purchased from Janoski’s Farm Market and Greenhouse

Then we took 4lbs of ground beef from our 1/4 cow we buy from a farm down the road and made a huge batch of chili. That went promptly in the freezer.

That same day we cooked 2 chuck roasts from the same farm and the next day made beef and vegetable soup that also went into the freezer.

This weekend we hope to make our 5 bean bake and freeze that for some rice and bean (translation tasty and cheap meals) for us to enjoy this fall and winter. 

There is something very satisfying about storing food away and being prepared. 

Blogs I’d recommend checking out

I thought maybe I’d share other blogs that I frequently visit. It gives you a little window into what I’m interested in and perhaps you’ll enjoy one or two of these as well. 

Challies.com  This is pretty much the only religious blog I frequent. 

The TOF Spot. This is the blog of SciFi (and Catholic) author Michael Flynn. We pretty much see the world the same way (minus the whole Catholic/Protestant thing)

Five Acres and a Dream. It’ll never happen, but occassionally I fantasize about homesteading and living off the grid. Thanks to the internet, I can do that vicariously through the blogs of total strangers!

TinyhouseTalk. Keeping in line with the above thought I really enjoy this blog. For our ever growing family, this would never work but if it were just Mrs. Wine and I, I think we could do it and be quite happy.

What about you? What blogs do you enjoy following? 


Limoncello and other Liqueurs

Because Christmas is right around the corner I bottled a batch of limoncello today which we will give away as gifts. Limoncello is a great Italian liqueur that is best enjoyed on a hot summer afternoon. It is also super easy. Here is the recipe:

  • 1 bottle of bottom shelf (literally!) Vodka
  • 1 bag of lemons

Zest or peel the lemons, make sure you don’t get any of that white junk that is on the other side of the peel. Pour your vodka into a mason jar or bowl you can cover and then dump all of the lemon peels in there. Let that sit for approximately 2 weeks.

Then make up some simple syrup.

  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups white sugar

Pour the lemon vodka through a strainer to remove all of the lemon peels. Then add the (now yellow) vodka to the simple syrup. Stir to combine nd bottle! That’s it. Store it in your freezer and (I prefer) to serve it over ice.


The last time, my limoncello was more yellow in color. I’m not sure if that is due to the type of lemon or the season (it is now December) but it still tastes good.

Incidentally, that is also how you make basically every other type of liqueur. I’ve experimented with pineapples (which I didn’t really care for) but I know there are recipes for peach, cherry, walnut, apricot, and hazelnut just to name a few. All of them follow the same principle: super cheap vodka with the ingredient soaking in it for a couple of weeks, then strained and sweetened with simple syrup.