Tis the season for homemade pies

It’s been quite awhile since we’ve posted a pictorial post, which, I gather from all the comments, continue to be a reader’s favorite.  Mine too!

Oh, and before we get to the snapshots… remember, if you enjoy our photos the 2012 Little Homestead in the City calendars  are now in stock!

Don’t forget to enter this month’s Giveaway too!

So, here we go on a little pictorial tour.  A little note: some of these picture were taken BEFORE last weeks wild windstorm and first freeze.

Fall tomatoes

Salad mix

Tromboncino squash

Marconi Peppers

Baby Tromboncino Squash



Malabar Spinach

Pineapple Guavas

Blushing pink roses

African Blue Basil

Basketful of lima beans

Monarch on a Mexican sunflower

Orange Cosmos

Score! A bunch of lumber from Habitat for Humanity store

Mexican Marigolds attract bees


Of course, there’s a few extracurricular activities around the community too!

Happy Homesteaders Canning Group

Mash 'em up

Jams are donated to a local food bank

On local radio

Teaching at UCLA


So what’s happening on your homestead?


  1. Vail Carruth says:

    These photos need to be made into a book!
    They are wonderful! I am crazy about you guys
    and live in Arkansas, too far away!

    • Anais Dervaes says:

      awww so glad you enjoyed the pictures – thanks for saying so

  2. Deb says:

    I love reading with a few pics to highlight. You are one of those people who weaves words and keeps my intrest on the page instead of clicking to the next.
    What will the lumber become?
    Debs…..(sub)urban farming in cold wet western Washington

    • Anais Dervaes says:

      Hello Deb. Thank you for your kind words. After 10 years of blogging I never tire of hearing from our readers, so THANK YOU for commenting. Well, I guess you sent some of your cold and wet weather our way. Tis a chilly and rainy morning here in Pasadena.

  3. Ginger says:

    It makes me hungry for summer. I’m thinking marinara with lots of marconi peppers and basil over squash. MMMMMM I’m glad things are settling down over there. I still want to live next door.

  4. Jenny says:

    Lovely seeing all the beautiful things you have been growing. You all are an inspiration!
    What is your brother planting now? Interested in both by seed and transplant. We are a bit south of you in S. CA and have a community garden plot. I am still getting my winter garden in. Lord bless!

  5. Mary Stephens says:

    Beautiful post. Thanks so much. I enjoy watching your little farm from afar. 🙂 If we ever get out that way again maybe we can visit.

    But, it somehow doesn’t seem right that you all can grow such great looking stuff in the city, while we live out in the country and struggle to produce a small crop of vegies. Sigh. It’s the soil and the bugs here in Central Texas. But, my dad (retired, and the chief gardener now) is slowly learning what works and what doesn’t. We had a good crop of watermelons and sweet potatoes in spite of the intense heat and drought this summer. Those were a couple of the few things that thrived with the limited water we could give them and in alkaline soil.

    By the way, I don’t know if you all grow watermelons or not, but you can use them more efficiently by turning the rinds into relish and dill pickles. We were impressed at how delicious they were that way too. (We’ve canned sweet watermelon rind pickles for years, but never did relish or dills before.)

  6. Sarah S says:

    Thank you for the lovely pictures. I’m blanching greens from my garden tonight, not bad for NE Kansas, garden still going December 12. Your blog reminds me to celebrate every lovely flower and delicious veggie we grow in our very urban yard. We’re the newest members of the neighborhood, and have met so many curious folk who stop by to ask what’s up with our garden boxes!
    Happiest of holidays!

  7. jengod says:

    Thanks as always, you guys are great. (Make Justin write more gardening and DIY posts!!)

    • Anais Dervaes says:

      I know…JUSTIN whoohooo where are you!!!!

  8. Nebraska Dave says:

    Anais, picture posts are the best. It’s always special when you share your life, house, and gardens through pictures. There’s not too many places on your homestead that haven’t been photographed. I have said it over and over but really your family is a great inspiration to rest of us out here just trying to figure out how to get back to the basic and simplify our life style.

    We have just had a couple days that temperatures soared all the way up to middle 40s. The accumulated snow on the ground has all but disappeared. The grandson and I did get one good day of tobogganing down the school yard hill. If you ever get to Nebraska in the Winter you should give it a try. You just might like it. :0)

    • Anais Dervaes says:

      I wanna toboggan. Just like Laura Ingalls. I just might one of these days 🙂
      Glad you enjoyed the pictures as much as I love taking them.

  9. Christmas Cookie Recipes says:

    The photos are so clear and vivid! Love em. Im not getting tomatoes anymore and Im not far away (Claremont).

  10. Diana says:


    You guys never stop to amaze and inspire me. The NGO BEST-DEV, Biliran Empowerment Strategies and Thrusts for Development, which I am now heading gets its inspiration from you. In fact I am showing your film to a 150 pax audience to convince them that empowerment is in our bare hands and the soil that we step on. All others are mere happenstance since food is most basic to our survival. If we have available food right in our backyard then living is half won already.

    Congratulations to you guys for giving this world what we need, education and inspiration. . . God bless!!

  11. Bev says:

    I just loved the photos – so beautiful. I really liked the pics of the pineapple guavas (in NZ, we call them feijoas – if you need any recipes let me know). Take care and seasons greetings to you!!!

  12. Linda says:

    Love these pictures! The canning group ones brought back good memories of canning parties I’ve had with friends! So fun 🙂

  13. Stacy~Creativemuse says:

    Awesome Photos you are an accomplished Photographer! I am planning on ordering that Great Squash I love to excite my children about fun plants. I attempted to grow some GIANT pumpkins but snails loved them too much. We planted 6 and 2 at Nana’s home. The best results there but her chicken and tortoise loved them. We tomato, guinea pig/rabbit caged the Growing vine just to try and get a blossom to begin to become a pumpkin. It was a fun and exciting adventure no GIANT pumpkins but some sugar pumpkins I scratched BOO into was a fun surprise for them.
    ~~~~I was wondering my super neighbor is a tremendous Gardner and has given me so much pineapple guavas. what do you do with them? I started to process for canning….our local fruit tree nursery said you can eat the blossoms isn’t that great?
    Thanks for the help Loving the inspiring blog as usual and thanks for always reminding it took TIME to get to where you are!

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