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

Baking with Einkorn

Maintaining a sourdough starter is like having a really finicky 5th child that eats exclusively einkorn flour and water. That might be an exaggeration. None the less, it is more effort than I previously thought. But it is DEFINITELY worth it. My family has been largely gluten free since 2013-14. Mostly due to my own … Continue reading Baking with Einkorn

Wild Violet Jelly

It's that time of year! The flowers are blooming, and we're foraging and harvesting to get some of that fresh early spring goodness in our bodies. And, sick as I am of hearing about a virus, all the more reason to load up on vitamin C rich greens and to be out in the sunshine … Continue reading Wild Violet Jelly

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