The Homestead Waits for No Mama

Yesterday at church, my husband and I noticed something- we were 2 of about 10 choir members who showed up. Yikes! Our director, our pianist, and numerous members were all sick with the flu! Fast forward from yesterday to 8:00AM this morning... I woke with chills, aches, and a fever. When we went to wake … Continue reading The Homestead Waits for No Mama

Resourcefulness

Part of efficiency on the homestead is learning to work with what you've got.  Today, I had a fridge full of left over mashed potatoes, some sweet potatoes that needed to be eaten, and a need for some apple cider vinegar So, for dinner tonight, I combined the potatoes to make some homemade gnocchi (NYAH-kee), and … Continue reading Resourcefulness

My Toddler’s First Day Out

Thursday evening, my son's babysitter sent me a text asking if she and her boyfriend could take my little man out for a day at the aquarium. For starters, both of them go to my church, and I trust them. Second, my son loves Miss Shelby, because, well frankly, she's a very pretty blonde, southern … Continue reading My Toddler’s First Day Out

My Little Farm Boy

My son is so much fun to watch. He is learning and growing and I can't believe how entertained I am by him. Today he's been rather contrary. It's raining outside so I pulled out the box of indoor activities; blocks, flash card games, coloring... Nothing doing. He WANTS to be outside in the rain! … Continue reading My Little Farm Boy

The Homestead Balancing Act

Ideally, homesteading is something you establish while you're young and physically able to meet the demands of land preparation and manual labor. I'm only 26, but like I told my mother, I'm not counting on living to 100 unless the Good Lord allows it, so I'm really closer to middle age. Pregnancy and the subsequent … Continue reading The Homestead Balancing Act

Un-paper Towels

First let me start by saying this project is simple, it could be finished in a couple hours. But unfortunately, because of the demand placed on my attention by my two small children, it became infuriating and took over two days. Simple sewing machine troubleshooting took time I didn't have. Distractions aside, I'm really pleased … Continue reading Un-paper Towels

Homemade Laundry Detergent

It's laundry detergent making day. I don't actually set aside a day specifically for making laundry soap, I just happened to have run out. So... Time to make some more. My recipe is simple and hypoallergenic, which my son and I require. My husband likes the scent so that's a bonus. Laundry soap ratios: 1 … Continue reading Homemade Laundry Detergent

My Tightwad Transformation

I'm not really a person who could be considered to be a tightwad. I do consider myself to be frugal, or at least I did... That is until I stumbled upon this book: To my surprise, I was already doing a few things to help save my family money and to stretch my husband's paychecks … Continue reading My Tightwad Transformation