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

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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

August Homestead Update

Today's been cool so far y'all. All the babies were awake before 7 so we all did our morning Bible time. Read from Matthew 21, and sang a bunch of hymns together. Different than my desired slow-burn start to the morning I prefer, but still good. Just louder and busier. I made a big ol' … Continue reading August Homestead Update

Green Tomato Pie

I did a weird thing. It was out of necessity, of course. We've got these giant tomato plants. And they haven't been super awesome this year. Maybe it was the rain, maybe it was my spacing, maybe it was the new placement in the terrace rotation... Who's to say. But I was out tending the … Continue reading Green Tomato Pie

Kids and Veggies: Why my kids love ’em or leave ’em

I've developed a relationship with the food I eat. I don't mean that in some weird way, just that I grow my food, preserve it, and eat from my garden's produce year round. Not exclusively by any stretch of the imagination, no. But, I have been working toward that end. Because of health issues that … Continue reading Kids and Veggies: Why my kids love ’em or leave ’em

Transitioning to Stainless Steel

Let's go way on back to 2010... My husband and I got married that April, on a Wednesday morning, at the county courthouse. No, it wasn't a shotgun wedding, we just really wanted to be married, and unfortunate family circumstances led to us choosing super low-key elopement over the formal church wedding I had spent … Continue reading Transitioning to Stainless Steel

Forage Food: Hostas

I'm a huge fan of perennials because they're generally hearty, difficult to kill, and low maintenance. However, I'm really good at growing them... Like, too good. I mean the silly things take over!! Incidentally, I also love "forage food" and "wild edibles". So in order to cater to both issues, I determined to grow extra … Continue reading Forage Food: Hostas

My “Jacob” Life

24 Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. 25 When the man saw that he could not defeat him, he struck Jacob’s hip socket as they wrestled and dislocated his hip. Genesis 32:24-25 Jacob is one of the most personally relatable people in the Bible for me. Not the whole … Continue reading My “Jacob” Life