Padding: A Remedy for Disorganization

I was reading an article on the New England Patriot's "secret art of padding" (though I caren't one iota for the Patriots, or the NFL) today, and it suddenly occurred to me how little I know about what's going on in my home, when it needs to get done, and who needs to do it. … Continue reading Padding: A Remedy for Disorganization

Homesteading What-if’s

I (lovingly) call my 3rd child "Bucket head" because during the summer he frequently walks around the property with a bucket on his head-- his mighty armor that can stay any blade and foil any foe. I find myself this time of year wishing for my own head bucket- one that will protect me from … Continue reading Homesteading What-if’s

Meal Prep: Homesteading Style

Our church is entering into a congregational period of fasting and prayer. I find this extraordinarily awesome, as I don't know of many churches (and I've attended quite a few over the years) that have preached sermons on fasting. That said, being 5 months pregnant, I want to participate, while also nourishing my growing baby. … Continue reading Meal Prep: Homesteading Style

2022 Spring Garden Planning

In a lot of ways, this year is going to be like starting from scratch in the gardens. My planning materials We're moving our primary vegetable garden to occupy the space previously home to our chickens. Our iconic (to us) purple chicken coop is no longer in service, as we could not keep it entirely … Continue reading 2022 Spring Garden Planning

Homestead Update: What’s New and Formal Rabbitry Introduction

Well, we certainly had a very busy holiday season. My husband's family came in for a visit. We had so much good conversation, sooooo much good food, and we got a lot of project loose ends tied up before cold weather hits. Speaking of cold weather, that romantic image I had in my head of … Continue reading Homestead Update: What’s New and Formal Rabbitry Introduction

A Homemade Christmas Preparation

What have I been up to? Lots and lots. I've been finishing up a few last minute gifts for friends and family. Many of them I started ages ago and never got the time to complete when the urgency for pre-winter garden prep, goat breeding, and all the other homestead things came up. And now, … Continue reading A Homemade Christmas Preparation

Sourdough Success! (Finally!)

My sourdough journey has been a long, slow and arduous one. It seems, however, that I may have finally overcome all the pitfalls and hazards...with a little bit of cheating. My single biggest obstacle to successfully maintaining a sourdough starter, other than remembering to feed it, was mold growth. It didn't matter if I refrigerated … Continue reading Sourdough Success! (Finally!)

Homestead Update:Knitting, Projects, and News

It seems an odd thing to me to be knitting mittens on my front porch in 65° weather in December, but such is life in East Tennessee- Weather is a fickle mistress. In any case, I've completed 2 of 4 pairs of mittens, and am working on pair #3. Mitten in progress, The Knitter's Handy … Continue reading Homestead Update:Knitting, Projects, and News

Making Christmas Gifts with the Children: A “Stuffy” Ball

I decided to have the kiddos draw names to make gifts for each other this year. I told them they could draw, paint, color, sculpt, sew- whatever they'd like to do. My oldest got my youngest's name and was pondering out loud, "What can I make her that she won't just break?...I got it! A … Continue reading Making Christmas Gifts with the Children: A “Stuffy” Ball

A Productive Saturday

We began this morning with a hearty breakfast of bacon and fried eggs, milk for the kiddos and piping hot coffee for me. After breakfast, we took care of the outside animals, and then set to work in the kitchen. My oldest peeled pears, my 2nd oldest snapped green beans and cold-packed jars, and the … Continue reading A Productive Saturday