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

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

Homestead Update: Laundry Day

Oh folks... It's been a grueling week. The whole fam, excluding my heroic husband (praise God) came down with something icky. We're talking fever, headaches, snot, chesty coughs, gagging, sore throats, all of it. Just....bad. And it's still lingering. Fortunately I was feeling more myself yesterday, but our youngest got hit hard last night. She … Continue reading Homestead Update: Laundry Day

The Good, The True, The Beautiful

I'll be honest friends- I've had a really difficult spring/summer. To combat the awful, I've been throwing myself in to whole heartedly pursuing that which is good, true, and beautiful. Specifically, I've immersed myself in prayer and God's Word. I've listened to beautiful music, I've read wonderful books, and I've done a lot of crafting … Continue reading The Good, The True, The Beautiful

Cleaning the Basement

I feel yucky. Even with a mask on, I spent maybe 30-45 minutes cleaning in our basement and my allergies went nuts. Yikes. I had asked my husband what it would take to get that space useable, and about how much time... He said, "whenever you can go spend time down there and come back … Continue reading Cleaning the Basement

A Head Start on Spring Cleaning!

I've made it over the holiday hurdles and I'm almost finished putting away Christmas decorations... I don't know why it takes so long. Oh, wait, yes I do... I have 3 small kids who unpack behind me... It's a process. Anyway, I've been bitten by the spring cleaning bug early this year. I blame the … Continue reading A Head Start on Spring Cleaning!

A Little Holiday Cleaning and Updates

My kitchen... *Sigh* It's the most used room in the house and the least functional. Go figure that one out. I long for the day when we can finally afford the remodel. In the meantime, I am making do with a good pre-Christmas clean. I got the oven scrubbed out and ran a self-clean cycle … Continue reading A Little Holiday Cleaning and Updates

Luffa Gourds: Natural Sponges

I had been looking for something unique to grow on the homestead. I tried heirloom purple broccolis and cauliflowers to no avail-- cabbage loopers and cutworms destroyed them despite my efforts to save them. The same happened with my cabbages and brussel sprouts. The asparagus didn't turn out either. However-- the luffa gourds took off! … Continue reading Luffa Gourds: Natural Sponges