Etsy Shop Updates

We've got some new lovelies in the Etsy shop! And some UT ones, naturally, for football time in Tennessee! Speaking of football time and tailgates, we've also added hickory nut husks for your autumn cookouts! They give a lovely hickory flavor and aroma to burgers, ribs, or smoked meats. You can also toss a hand … Continue reading Etsy Shop Updates

More Harvesting

We have pumpkins ready! Which is odd because we still don't have watermelons ready... Not sure how that happened. But we've harvested them all the same. Today I'm in the kitchen making sweetened condensed milk. It tends to be a kitchen staple around birthdays and holidays as we make most of our desserts from scratch … Continue reading More Harvesting

Homestead Update

We've reached a standstill with preserving our harvest. As I'm sure many of you have as well, we've encountered a mason jar shortage. That means all those honey jars and pasta sauce jars I've saved over the years are being put into service. And praise God I bought brands that are compatible with regular mouth … Continue reading Homestead Update

What we do in our Homeschool “off” weeks

I'm intentionally trying something new this year that I sort of fell into over last spring and summer with homeschooling. I tend to burn out really easily. I get bored of routine and crave something new... Which is probably why I'm so in love with my visionary husband. He doesn't see himself that way, but … Continue reading What we do in our Homeschool “off” weeks

Busy in the Kitchen

It's that time of year again! This is what it looks like when you can and/or dry your late summer harvest. And this is what it looks like doing all that while wearing a 7 month old in a backpack carrier I don't blame her, I'm sure she gets bored back there. I've been in … Continue reading Busy in the Kitchen

Homestead Update

Oh guys... I have so many 1/2 started posts... Truthfully, this is our busiest time of year between reviewing the kids' lessons and prepping for new material, working out in the gardens, taking care of the animals-- our days are full, but in a good way.I've actually contacted a landscaping contractor to come help with … Continue reading Homestead Update

Homestead Update

July has been a real scorcher this year. I mean, to quote my husband, Blue blazes could take a lesson from East Tennessee's July. We've not had a good (or any) rain in coming up on 3 weeks so everything is looking a little dried out and crispy. Which, while those qualities make for excellent … Continue reading Homestead Update

Ask me about my goats!

They're here! They're finally here! And if there's one thing I've learned over the last 2 days, it's that no one is quite as jazzed about my goats as I am. But that's okay. I'm gonna tell you about them anyway. There is something miraculous in adding life to the homestead. When we first got … Continue reading Ask me about my goats!

Food Preservation on the Homestead

So it's one thing when you've got a mess of things coming in on your homestead. It's another blessing when your friends have an abundance to share with you as well! That begs the question: "What do I do with all this food!?" There are a lot of ways to preserve your harvest, and fermentation … Continue reading Food Preservation on the Homestead

Homemade Sunscreen

I've been making my own sunscreen for years. It started when my oldest son was a baby- he had unthinkably sensitive skin. Every commercial baby soap, lotion, diaper, even diaper rash ointment gave him a rash! As a result, I was forced into finding acceptible chemical free alternatives. Now what do I mean by chemical? … Continue reading Homemade Sunscreen