Growing Garlic – Take 2

We’ve tried this once before– with clearance bin garlic bulbs… and it did not work. We never got a single bit of real growth, which I knew was a very good probability. So this time, we’re going about it completely differently. First- we did set up the patch in the same way, lots of alpaca…

Open Farm Day – July 28th 2018

The last weekend of July, we’d like to invite you all to come visit our farm! On Saturday, July 28th from 8am to 6pm, come on down to Gillis Gardens off of Maple St in Danforth. This is the same weekend as the Annual Summerfest, so there is going to be a whole lot going…

Weekend Warriors- May 2018

We had another busy month here on the homestead- Early on in the month we picked up our finished alpaca yarn – it’s been a slow process of putting it into skeins at this point. I’ll expand on this in a future blog tho, as it has been a long and slightly crazy process. Literally…

Weekend Warriors- April 2018

Its been a crazy month- we’ve still been solidly locked into winter weather with a very slow melt of the snow all around our area. But we have kept ourselves busy, because that helps pass the time even tho winter seems to be moving along at a crawl. The first half of the month was…

Weekend Warriors- The Month Of March

Its been a fairly crazy month here on the Gillis Homestead- We’ve been boiling down sap into syrup all month. But the temps are rising and with rain in the forecast instead of snow (FINALLYTHANKGOD) its probably coming towards  a swift end. We’re happy with the amount we’ve produced tho. Even tho we lost at…

Weekend Warriors- February 2018

holy. So the big shebang this WHOLE month has been about the shed project. Specifically the kitchen and 1/2 bathroom portion of the shed. Last time I updated, my dad, MrWard, and the hubby were pulling out all the old nasty insulation and fixing a very bad roof leak that had been causing water damage…

Weekend Warriors- The Sum of November 2017

Wow. I cannot believe how fast this month has gone by. We have been so super busy, trying to get together everything before snow starts to fly, that I don’t even really have any pictures to put up. First, we’ve finished the shed addition as much as we can for now – we still have…

Spiced Soft Baked Molasses Cookies

It’s that time again- time to gather some ingredients! Why? Because I’m about to bake some mother lovin’ spiced molasses cookies. And then I’m going to eat them until I hate them.   3/4 cup butter flavored shortening 3/4 cup light brown sugar 1 large egg 1/2 cup molasses 2 and 1/2 c flour 2…

Meet & Greet November 25th

Before winter really hits (hopefully) we’d like to invite people to come meet our Alpacas, Chickens and Bunny. So November 25th, from 9am to 3pm we’ll be at our farm, ready to answer question, introduce animals and bring a nice end to the season. This event is weather permitting, as everything is outside. If we…

Weekend Warriors – Last of October 2017

Last we left off, we were working on our shed greenhouse addition. This last weekend, while Mr Gillis and My Dad worked on the addition, I worked on cleaning up the yard. The funny thing is, because so much of this thing is see thru material, it hardly even looks like anything at all. But…