Children on the Homestead

We have 3 kiddos babies. They're 3, 1.5, and 1 month. Babies. As the Mama duck around here, you might imagine it's difficult to wrangle all my ducklings outside while I do gardeney things, and you'd be right. I took everyone outside last week, and it was the first time all 3 of us have … Continue reading Children on the Homestead

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Kitchen Remodel: update

When it rains it pours. Not only are we seemingly 5 steps farther from our homesteading goals for this year, we've run headlong into problems that constitute the need for emergency repairs. We had an emergency roof repair that cost us every bit of our "goat money". The fascia board had pulled away from the … Continue reading Kitchen Remodel: update

Decluttering Room by Room: Kitchen

I'm short on kitchen space. Until we get the whole durn kitchen gutted and redone, I have to find ways to make it functional. For now that means getting rid of the clutter and junk. My first priority was to maximize useable counter space. There isn't much to start with so it needs to be … Continue reading Decluttering Room by Room: Kitchen

Decluttering Room by Room: Living Room, Kid’s Toys

I've finally done it. I snapped. I stepped on the last block, action figure, hot wheels car, etc. I have heard the last irritating jingle! I went to the garage and I got a box. And I'm currently filling it with all of the toys that drive me nuts. In fact, that's what it's labeled- … Continue reading Decluttering Room by Room: Living Room, Kid’s Toys

Husband Brag

I'd like to take this opportunity to brag on my husband a little... Okay, a lot. And maybe brag is the wrong word; it's not a boastful sentiment I want to express as much as one of cherishing my husband. Since Baby Henrik was born, my man has been absolutely outstanding in the departments of … Continue reading Husband Brag

Kombucha Update

So after having been on some intense antibiotics, my body is being really weird. Add to that the two betamethasone shots and everything about my bio functions just feels off.  I want to talk about kombucha during pregnancy. The nay-sayers all cite the potential alcohol content in self-fermented foods, as well as the potential for … Continue reading Kombucha Update

Planning for Spring 2018

Here are the things I need to address this winter: Bees- order 3lb package locally Chickens- decide on breed for flock expansion and set up brooders Garden- what to plant and where; seed start area Goats- build shelter; fencing; milking stand; water and feed; medical preparations; get goats Fermentation- start brewing ACV; kombucha; kefir These … Continue reading Planning for Spring 2018

Shaggy Maple Update/ Setting up Your Homestead Business

We received our agricultural sales and use tax exemption ID! Hooray! That will help tremendously with the purchases we have to make in the coming year for structures, (fencing, goat shelter) animal feed, timber and brush clearing, and all of our seed and such. What I would like to do is share with you how … Continue reading Shaggy Maple Update/ Setting up Your Homestead Business

Chicken Treats

It is reeeally cold outside. So that means our time outdoors is limited and that makes for one antsy mama and an extremely rambunctious 2 year old. Today, our "science lesson" involved a nature walk searching for pinecones in the woods. We discussed pinecones and found some good specimens, then brought them inside to turn … Continue reading Chicken Treats