Practicing and Perfecting Skills

You know what changes for homeschooling, homesteaders in the midst of social distancing ordinances? Not a whole lot, actually. In fact, it has been pretty difficult to frame this whole virus thing with rationality because of all the highly publicised "toilet paper crisis alerts." I'm praying for those affected by sickness and hardship (as I … Continue reading Practicing and Perfecting Skills

Haakaa Pump Review

Guys- if you are a breastfeeding mama, you NEED a Haakaa pump in your life. As a mom who always struggles to maintain milk supply, I have an overflowing freezer stash of milk, all because of the Haakaa's passive let down collection. By catching letdown milk as I nurse baby, I have amassed over 40oz … Continue reading Haakaa Pump Review

In the Kitchen: My Postpartum Recovery Process

It hit me the 3rd day postpartum that I actually love being in the kitchen barefoot (I've never liked socks and shoes) pregnancy and hot spills on my toes notwithstanding. I was standing there prepping dinner thinking, "This is my element; I'm in my happy place." Cooking delicious food for my family is actually helping … Continue reading In the Kitchen: My Postpartum Recovery Process

Cleaning Crafty Pre-Thanksgiving Day

So I have a ton of dishes because... Eh... My back has been killing me and it's all I can do to muster the motivation to stand and wash dishes. Come on, Kitchen Reno! Hopefully soon. That said, I washed a load of dishes, and then decided to go play with plants outside instead. I … Continue reading Cleaning Crafty Pre-Thanksgiving Day

Homestead Update

Where to begin? Let's back on up to last Monday. Monday We had 2 of our 3 get sick. My youngest boy got HFM virus. Yay... So my hands are raw from washing and cleaning and sanitizing. Then my daughter was running a fever and vomiting. I actually suspected a UTI over the flu, and … Continue reading Homestead Update

Friday on the Homestead

There are so many things that NEED to be done that it's difficult to prioritize which to do first. I opted for re-catching strawberry runners. Yep... Re-catching. My 1 year old decided to "un-catch" them at some point. So I went outside to check on them today for a customer, and found many uprooted, unpotted, … Continue reading Friday on the Homestead

Homesteading at it’s finest

We woke up an hour earlier than intended- thanks, daughter of mine, whom I dearly love, but have considered duct taping to your bed at night...- and got started working pretty much immediately... Or... I got started working pretty much immediately. Everyone else eased into their respective tasks. I went lazy with breakfast and we … Continue reading Homesteading at it’s finest

Gluten-free Lavender Honey Pancakes

Every so often, I have a brilliant idea that is actually brilliant. This was one of those ideas. I didn't have any meats thawed for dinner. 4:30 pm rolled around and I found myself wondering what I was going to feed the children for dinner... And then, it hit me. Brinner! I'll make pancakes! As … Continue reading Gluten-free Lavender Honey Pancakes

Butternut Mac ‘n’ Cheese

I love Mac 'n' cheese. That was honestly one of the most heartbreaking losses in the "going gluten-free" part of my life. I've since learned to cope with rice pasta and corn-free real cheese instead of the modified food starch cheese-like dust. But I tell you, it was a difficult road for this pasta-holic. But … Continue reading Butternut Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Pickled Peppers

Last year I made 2 quarts of fermented pickled jalapeno pepper rings. Oh. My. Goodness. They were one of those seasonal foods we talked about after we ran out like, "man, this would be awesome with some of those peppers in it." Or "Dang-it, I miss those pickled peppers." So I've got a bowl full … Continue reading Pickled Peppers