Homestead Update

With my Grandpa here, and his hands refusing idleness, we managed to get the hoop coop finished! It was really neat watching the guys outside working on everything together, teaching my son as they went. And the Chickies love their new, more spacious home. I've been having a BLAST taking advantage of our off week … Continue reading Homestead Update

Legacy

My grandpa made a trip down to our neck of the woods to bring me my grandma's sewing machines and paraphernalia. I tell you what, initially, it was almost overwhelming, because of the sheer volume of things to explore, but overwhelming in a good way. We had a wonderful visit. Grandpa got the basement lights … Continue reading Legacy

Homestead Update

I've got folks coming in for a visit next week so I will try to do as much updating as I can in this week so that I can enjoy our guests next week. First, our kitchen project is making incremental progress! The sink is finished being restored! Before And after! So when I brought … Continue reading Homestead Update

Autoimmune Disease and Birth Control

I tensed, teared up, and felt white-hot rage as I read a Natural Womanhood email this afternoon. I had a visceral reaction to the information because it was precisely my experience, a painful experience. Almost 10 years ago, my body broke down. It was a gradual process instigated by the use of hormonal birth control … Continue reading Autoimmune Disease and Birth Control

Wednesday Weekend

So I may have mentioned that our family has had some chaotic shifts in schedule and routine the last few months. Actually, from about the end of April, all summer long, we've been in a survival mode. I'm whipping things back into shape as we've begun our homeschooling year and summer is coming to a … Continue reading Wednesday Weekend

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