Making Pesto from Garden Fresh Basil

This year I had a great time harvesting my vegetables from my garden and preserving them for future use.  This year I was able to harvest my Basil and make Pesto.  I really love to make pesto and freeze it, so when I am wanting to make chicken pesto pizza, or any other dish that calls for Pesto, I already have the pesto ready and waiting in my freezer for me to use.

While I was making this video, the smell of the basil being processed was absolutely amazing.  There is nothing like the smell of fresh basil.

My recipe for Pesto is below and my video is above.  May you enjoy making Pesto.

Pesto Recipe

Canning Peaches on the Homestead :)


I canned 11 quarts from 30 pounds of Peaches.  How Awesome!!!

During this time of year, late Summer and early Fall, I am busy harvesting and preserving on our Homestead.  Our own peach trees do not produce enough fruit to be able to can, so I have found a local organic orchard, where I can purchase my fruit and in this case, peaches.  I love getting organic fruit!

This year the peaches were spectacular!  It was such a fun batch to can.  The peaches were ripe, the meat was not mealy, and the peel just peeled off without much cutting needed.

The thing that I love about canning is that I know what is in my food and so I know that my family is getting the best food possible.  There is nothing like it!

In this video I show you how I process my peaches, what tools I like to use, and little tips of the trade I use to can my peaches.  Enjoy 🙂

Time to Announce Our Candle Winner for September from Pauper’s Candle Company

20170929_064335As I was making this video, I was processing pears.  I thought to myself that it would be fun to incorporate what I was doing on the homestead with our homestead business Pauper’s Candles and have our Spiced Pear Soy Candle be the candle to give our winner for the September Free Candle Give Away.

Enjoy watching  the Video to see who the September Candles Winner is 🙂


The pears made a wonderful backdrop to my video and pictures.  We have enjoyed making these short candle winner videos and we hope you have enjoyed watching them to find out who the winner is each month.

We would also like to thank all of you who have joined our email family and may you continue to enjoy your Pauper’s Candles.  For those who would like to Join Our Email Family, all you need to do is go to our website and click the Join Our Email Family button and fill out the short form and you are then automatically entered into our monthly drawing.

We also have our Fall Soy Candles ready at our store. Our Fall scents are Spiced Pear, Pumpkin Spice, Cinnamon Clove, and Harvest Moon.  Have Fun Shopping!

Fall Scents

May you all enjoy your Fall and we will be back next month to announce our October winner!!!

Turn Your Pauper’s Candle into a Drinking Glass!!!

About to Drink from Glass

Turn Your Pauper’s Candle into a drinking glass!!!

Have you ever thought to yourself, what do I do with this candle now that I have burned it?  We say, “turn it into a drinking glass.”  All you have to do with your Pauper’s Candle is clean out your jar and you have yourself a glass that you can fill with your favorite beverage.  If you do not want a drinking glass you can recycle the glass jar.  How fun is that?

I have always been one to peruse through thrift stores.  Even when I was in high school and “junking” or “upcycling” was not a trendy pastime, I would go to two different “junk stores” in my area to find the best treasures to clean up and reuse.  So, being able to use a jar from our candles that can be reused for another purpose is so fun to me and it feels like I get to pass on to you, our customer, a little of myself.

To learn how to clean out your jar, all you need to know is in the video below.  May you enjoy your new drinking glass. 🙂

Garden Fresh: Lemon Cucumber Walnut Salad

20170908_112731_MultiI was in my kitchen and wanting a snack and had a craving for my lemon cucumbers.  I had picked some the day before and they were chilled and waiting in my fridge.  I did the usual, peeled, sliced, and quartered the lemon cucumber, added a little salt and pepper and ranch.  As I was eating my little snack, I thought to myself that maybe a nut of some kind would be a great addition.  On hand, I had peanuts, cashews, walnuts and some treasured macadamia from our last trip to Hawaii.  I decided on walnuts, softer buttery nut.  To my delight, this tasted wonderfull!

The video below is showing how you can make this simple, wonderful, fresh snack!  Enjoy!

Sick Chick on the Homestead

One of my favorite animals and things to do on our homestead is to care for our chickens. I love our ladies! Chickens require little and give much in return. I still consider myself a novice when it comes to sick chickens. I have not had much success in healing a chicken once they are really sick, but I still try and give them the best chance possible to recover. In this video you will see my efforts in trying to assist our chicken, whom we think is egg bound.

I want to give a little shout out to all the Chicken Hens.

You Ladies are AMAZING!

August Winner for Our Candle Give Away!!!

Congratulations to our August Winner!!  May you enjoy your Basil Sage Mint Candle!!

And the Winner is…watch our little video to find out!

If you would like to be entered into our Free Candle Give Away that we do each month, you only need to Join Our Email Family.  This can be done by going to Pauper’s Candles Website and clicking Join Our Email Family in the top menu bar and signing up!  We would love for you to join 🙂

Behind the scenes of filming:    I decided to film our video in our garden this month because all our veggies are in full swing and our harvest has been great this year.  Our Basil is ready to be harvested and made into Pesto.  I usually am able to make enough to freeze and then use all Fall, Winter and Spring on our pizza that I make from scratch.  There is nothing like going into my freezer in the middle of Winter and taking out a package of pesto that I harvested from the previous Summer.  What a sense of satisfaction 🙂

While I was filming, there were several bees buzzing around and I caught one of them on film.  How fun is that!  Also, I could hear pine cones dropping onto the metal roof of our chicken coup from the squirrels.  They are eating them quickly and getting ready for Winter.  It is so fun to hear and see all the wild life around me while I am filming and just working on our homestead.

Always an adventure on the Homestead 🙂

Spark Joy, Give a Pauper’s Candle!