Some Wintery Crochet Projects

I get an itch to crochet as soon as the weather snaps cold. This year, I set out to make my family coordinating Christmas stockings, each with a different stripe pattern to designate each individual's stocking, and so far, I'm 85% done with one. Here it is so far: I'll finish out the foot and … Continue reading Some Wintery Crochet Projects

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Homestead Updade

It's been nice to shift our focus the last few weeks. Call it my nesting instincts kicking in, but I've been really in to increased productivity and efficiency as of late. Something about entering 2018 with three kids under 3 years old, a new business, and new livestock is motivation to run my life as … Continue reading Homestead Updade

Homestead Name and Logo Reveal

My husband and I have been praying on starting a business to help sustain our animal feed costs.  The answer I got came from Proverbs 31:18: She sees that her trading is profitable and her lamp does not go out at night. That among other passages of scripture and much time in prayer led us … Continue reading Homestead Name and Logo Reveal

Christmas on the Homestead

Yes, I'm aware it's still November. Thanksgiving has come and gone, and overall, it was pretty good. Pros: Family, friends, safe travel, great food with no food allergic reactions, 4 of 4 chickens present and accounted for (and living) when we returned. Cons: LONG trip, little sleep, fussy kiddos, a day of mucous induced vomiting … Continue reading Christmas on the Homestead

Back to Eden: Soil pH

This is the end of our first year doing the Back to Eden garden and I wanted a tangible way to guage the results of the soil condition. I decided to test the soil pH with a very rudimentary and simple experiment: vinegar and baking soda. The concept is simple; alkaline soil will react in … Continue reading Back to Eden: Soil pH

Planning and Preparing Our Market Garden

It's always nice to have a little bit of revenue coming in from your homestead produce. In fact, part of me staying home with the babies is that I then have the time to spend developing our property into a productive piece of land that hopefully one day our children will decide to continue farming. … Continue reading Planning and Preparing Our Market Garden

When Predators Attack

We lost two chickens today. I heard a ruckus that I thought initially was an "egg song" but as I listened, I could tell it was more than one bird and it sounded distinctly distressed. I went out to take a look and didn't immediately notice anything suspicious looking, until I got within 20 yards … Continue reading When Predators Attack

Fermentation Station!

It's time for a kombucha update. I successfully grew a SCOBY that did a wonderful job on my first ever batch of kombucha! The flavor is a little reminescent of a not-quite-as-fizzy cola, with the typical kombucha tartness and effervescence. It was really quite tasty, although I'm saving my kombucha drinking for after baby Henrik … Continue reading Fermentation Station!

Farm Visit

Today is an exciting day! We're going to visit Lakin Farms, home to Scotish highland cattle and Scottish black faced sheep. We first heard about Mr. Lakin's set up via our local newspaper. There was to be a Scots-Irish festival in our area and he was scheduled to bring his sheep and do a herding … Continue reading Farm Visit

Back to Eden Strawberries

This one is a play directly out of Paul Gautschi's book. We planted 12 strawberry plants around a dogwood tree in spring 2017. The plants all doubled if not tripled and we had tremendous success with their growth of new runners and leaves. We planted in mostly shade, We wood chip mulched the bed 5 … Continue reading Back to Eden Strawberries