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

Small Business Spotlight: The Spinnery Store Dot Com

I have a gem for you all today! But it begins with some bad news. As most of you know, Etsy is an e-commerce marketplace that was begun with small sellers in mind. It used to be the best possible thing for individuals looking to market their vintage or handmade products to a broad audience … Continue reading Small Business Spotlight: The Spinnery Store Dot Com

Holiday Market Preparations

Our MOPs holiday market is scheduled for the 2nd week in November. That means I'm planning and preparing all of my crafting items and seeds to sell. I think my favorite items this year came about out of happenstance. We had odds and ends bits of flooring left over after our Kitchen project. Some of … Continue reading Holiday Market Preparations

What is Back to Eden Gardening?

I was blessed in the midst of health crisis back in 2012 to encounter the "back to basics" trend. Because I wasn't alone in my prescription birth control instigated health issues, (infertility, low estrogen, high testosterone, intestinal permeability, malnutrition, anaphylactic food allergies, food sensitivity, hair loss, weight loss, tooth decay, etc.) There was a bit … Continue reading What is Back to Eden Gardening?

Homestead Update: Jam and Jerkey

Today marks the first day since tearing out the old kitchen that the room has been in a state conducive to canning. Most of our strawberries were used for fresh eating this year. We harvested about 3 gallons of fresh berries. The rest were made into jam using Melissa K Norris's recipe for low sugar, … Continue reading Homestead Update: Jam and Jerkey

Square Pegs in Round Holes

I keep hearing people use this expression as if it is a bad thing, referencing things that just don't seem to work, are frustrating, or ill-suited to one's needs or efforts. Being the literary minded person I am, I've always enjoyed figures of speech and discovering their origins. I'm also a nerd for preserving the … Continue reading Square Pegs in Round Holes

Safely Tethering Dairy Goats

When you're looking for a way to restrain your goats but don't have sturdy perimeter fencing, goat tethering may be the way to go. There are a few things to consider before you tether your goats so that you do it in such a way as to ensure the animal's health and safety. MaterialsThe following … Continue reading Safely Tethering Dairy Goats

Homestead Update

Summer is winding down and autumn is just around the corner! I'm busy doing all sorts of things to make sure we are ready for the next transitional period in our home. Confession: I'm a big proponent of year round homeschool. But we didn't do that this year. Why? Honestly, everyone needed a break. It's … Continue reading Homestead Update

The Good, The True, The Beautiful

I'll be honest friends- I've had a really difficult spring/summer. To combat the awful, I've been throwing myself in to whole heartedly pursuing that which is good, true, and beautiful. Specifically, I've immersed myself in prayer and God's Word. I've listened to beautiful music, I've read wonderful books, and I've done a lot of crafting … Continue reading The Good, The True, The Beautiful

Homestead Update and Kitchen Remodel Progress

Wow. Allow me to pause for a moment to let my head stop spinning. Ok. It has been a whirlwind couple of days for us. We had a few fellas from church come out to help us put in the new floor. But what they actually did surpassed even my wildest expectations and honestly I'm … Continue reading Homestead Update and Kitchen Remodel Progress