I’m Farm Fit

I used to wonder how pioneer women had the bodily strength and stamina to live that lifestyle. That wondering was based on a misconception- they were strong and had stamina because of that lifestyle. My "ancient" vitamix blender finally bit the dust (yes I ordered a replacement one on eBay on the cheap.) So I'm … Continue reading I’m Farm Fit

Canning Day and Other Stuff

I woke up this morning at 5:30 to go milk the goats... Of course, the baby was hungry, so it wasn't actually until 6:00 that I made it out to sweet Honey and Luna. I had decided last night that after I milked the goats this morning, I was going to begin preparing everything I … Continue reading Canning Day and Other Stuff

Busy in the Kitchen

It's that time of year again! This is what it looks like when you can and/or dry your late summer harvest. And this is what it looks like doing all that while wearing a 7 month old in a backpack carrier I don't blame her, I'm sure she gets bored back there. I've been in … Continue reading Busy in the Kitchen

Homestead Update

Oh guys... I have so many 1/2 started posts... Truthfully, this is our busiest time of year between reviewing the kids' lessons and prepping for new material, working out in the gardens, taking care of the animals-- our days are full, but in a good way.I've actually contacted a landscaping contractor to come help with … Continue reading Homestead Update

Homestead Update

July has been a real scorcher this year. I mean, to quote my husband, Blue blazes could take a lesson from East Tennessee's July. We've not had a good (or any) rain in coming up on 3 weeks so everything is looking a little dried out and crispy. Which, while those qualities make for excellent … Continue reading Homestead Update

Food Preservation on the Homestead

So it's one thing when you've got a mess of things coming in on your homestead. It's another blessing when your friends have an abundance to share with you as well! That begs the question: "What do I do with all this food!?" There are a lot of ways to preserve your harvest, and fermentation … Continue reading Food Preservation on the Homestead

Homestead Update

Well, we're as busy as ever here. Had visitors last weekend so this weekend is catching up/jumping back into regularly scheduled things.We had a nice and uneventful Father's day. That particular holiday usually finds someone sick or injured in our family, so it was nice that nothing terrible happened this year- yay for no stomach … Continue reading Homestead Update

French Drain= Fenceline Swale Solution

For the last...2 and a half years? I forget... We've been fighting against runoff from our neighbor's place. Technically, it's from the cattle pasture on the other side of our neighbor's place... I digress. Anyway, with the latest storm and flash flood, we (almost) lost our potatoes, tomatoes and peppers, kale, rhubarb, Fennel, Lavender, Swiss … Continue reading French Drain= Fenceline Swale Solution

Homestead Update

I'm one of those ADD homesteaders... Not only can I not seem to focus on one task at a time (spaghetti brain) but I also constantly ADD to my already lengthly list of to dos...see what I did there? So I've been asking God to order my days. Following the moon cycles actually helps this … Continue reading Homestead Update

Lunar Planting: Gardening by the Moon

In the lakeway region of the Smokies, I have the benefit of being rural enough to see the stars and moon at night. Over the course of the last year or so, I've been paying a lot more attention to the "sky clock" as I like to call it. The moon is all at once … Continue reading Lunar Planting: Gardening by the Moon