Early Christmas: Big ‘Ol Cast-iron Cooking

Y'all, my husband is the best gift giver, ever. He takes after his Mama. He knows exactly what I'd like, use, need, enjoy, and always no matter how hard I try, he always out-gives me 😉 I managed to schedule a date night for us that coincided with our church hosting a parent's night out. … Continue reading Early Christmas: Big ‘Ol Cast-iron Cooking

Homestead Updates: Where have we been!?

Hello friends!! Gosh it's been a while. Let me share a bit about what we've been up to. To start, my husband's been training as a firefighter for the city! It was a job opportunity we prayed over for more than a year, and just when we thought God had closed a door, accepted that … Continue reading Homestead Updates: Where have we been!?

Fermentation Day! And a few updates

If it looks like a mess to you, you would be correct in that assessment. Today is fermentation Day in the kitchen, and it has not been bland or uneventful, in any sense. I've been getting jars of lacto-fermented veggies going. I've got some ACV, cucumber pickles, and curtido going. I also made some spelt … Continue reading Fermentation Day! And a few updates

Happy Mother’s Day, and a Soteriology Lesson

My husband and I have extremely low expectations for ALL holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, and other such special occasions or life milestones. We've found that when we go into a time like that with high expectations or intentions to make it memorable, someone usually ends up having the flu or food poisoning. His first Father's Day, … Continue reading Happy Mother’s Day, and a Soteriology Lesson

Homestead Update: Fun week and other stuff

This week we celebrated National School Choice Week! Wednesday, we took a field trip with a couple other families to our volunteer fire department (where my husband puts in time as a volunteer firefighter.) We got to see the trucks, try on gear, and have all our fire safety/curious questions answered. It was so much … Continue reading Homestead Update: Fun week and other stuff

Meal Prep: Homesteading Style

Our church is entering into a congregational period of fasting and prayer. I find this extraordinarily awesome, as I don't know of many churches (and I've attended quite a few over the years) that have preached sermons on fasting. That said, being 5 months pregnant, I want to participate, while also nourishing my growing baby. … Continue reading Meal Prep: Homesteading Style

Sourdough Success! (Finally!)

My sourdough journey has been a long, slow and arduous one. It seems, however, that I may have finally overcome all the pitfalls and hazards...with a little bit of cheating. My single biggest obstacle to successfully maintaining a sourdough starter, other than remembering to feed it, was mold growth. It didn't matter if I refrigerated … Continue reading Sourdough Success! (Finally!)

A Productive Saturday

We began this morning with a hearty breakfast of bacon and fried eggs, milk for the kiddos and piping hot coffee for me. After breakfast, we took care of the outside animals, and then set to work in the kitchen. My oldest peeled pears, my 2nd oldest snapped green beans and cold-packed jars, and the … Continue reading A Productive Saturday

Family, Food, Faith

I've been focusing on involving the kids in my "have to's" like harvesting our peanuts. It turns everything into a big event, and slows things down and adds an extra element of policing the throwing of freshly harvested legumes at one's brothers... But, I figure, this is my life too, and there's no reason to … Continue reading Family, Food, Faith

Bringing in the Harvest

Yesterday my boys went out and picked tomatoes for me. Already we've brought in more than last season, which is nice. Now the trouble comes in having the time to process everything as we need to in order to preserve the food we have grown. I combat this conundrum in a couple different ways. For … Continue reading Bringing in the Harvest