Hello! I'm Julie Ott. I may be young looking, but don't let that fool you (no, I REALLY do not know your niece who just graduated High School...really...) I am currently taking a rather long hiatus from Culinary School to raise my (now) 1 year old son. Between toddler tantrums and daily chores, I tend the garden, care for the livestock, and make goat milk soap and cheese on the farm.
I love to create jam and jelly recipes, and I also grew up canning all kinds of foods (my mother taught me.) My father taught me to care for livestock, and how to garden. We have a large herb garden behind the kitchen gardens, and actually dry a large amount of our own herbs. We just planted ginger this year; we will see!
I also love to read historical romances, write novellas (historical romance ones, of course,) cook, bake, decorate cakes, sew clothing (including drafting historically accurate patterns, and then using them to create clothes), quilting, and I collect treadle sewing machines. That's just a bit of what I do and know, though!
My fiance and I are currently in the planning stage of our homestead, and I designed the house myself. We will be cutting our own lumber starting next year, and from there the actual building will begin.
That's about it! You can always ask if you want to know more, as I am sure that somewhere in this long paragraph I have missed something.
Feel free to reach out!