Bringing Home Chicks

Last night brought an exciting, new adventure to our homestead – baby chicks! Phill and I have talked about raising backyard chickens for years, but prior to our recent move to our homestead, we previously lived in one of the few counties that prohibited chickens. Thankfully, we now live in a place where we can raise chickens, or any other animals we’d like. Pretty sure our neighbor said something about getting rid of a goat … But for now, we’re starting one step at a time, with seven fuzzy little pullets. Continue reading “Bringing Home Chicks”

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Trellising Tomatoes

Did y’all enjoy your holiday weekend?

We had our first “farm warming” party, which lit the fire under us to get our house and property in tip-top shape. Or, at least, in decent enough shape to welcome our extended family and friends. We spent the 4th doing what most Midwesterners do – enjoy barbecue burgers, potato salad, and sit around outside talking about how hot it was. Continue reading “Trellising Tomatoes”

Homemade Pound Cake with Whipped Cream & Mulberries

Last week Phill came home from work excited to share what he had harvested from the grounds of his office. Out of his lunch bag he pulled out a small container of mulberries.

Before he came home with fresh fruit to taste, my knowledge of mulberries stemmed from the nursery rhyme we sang as children “Here we go ’round the mulberry bush, the mulberry bush…” I had never seen a mulberry, or, frankly, thought much of them.

It turns out that mulberries are delicious. They are almost like a blackberry, but smaller and sweeter. So sweet, that Simon ate them by the fistful, stem and all. Continue reading “Homemade Pound Cake with Whipped Cream & Mulberries”

Finding Beauty

Where do you find beauty? Is there something in particular that speaks to you? You know, something that catches your eye and causes you to stop. to pause. to take in a deep breath and be fully present in that moment, So much so, that you forget what you were supposed to be doing or which child you were supposed to be wrangling.

Beauty is essential to life.

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Or, at least, I think so.

How can we go through life without seeking something beautiful? What would we have to live for? If you seek beauty, you’ll find happiness and peace. Without it? Well, frankly, the world is ugly. Continue reading “Finding Beauty”

Starting a Garden From Scratch

When we pulled in the long driveway leading up to our new home, we were awestruck at the beautiful pasture surrounding the house. Four and a half acres of grass, only interrupted by a few rows of cedar trees following the driveway and some overgrown brush along the fence line.

A grassy pasture is every homesteader’s dream. It’s land that can be used for gardening, raising animals, or romping around with the littles. And our dream was a garden. Actually, those are all our dreams; a garden is just where we’re starting.  Continue reading “Starting a Garden From Scratch”

Missing aprons and tomato plants

We’ve been in our new home for a little over two weeks, and it feels like we’ve barely made a dent in getting the farm up and running, let alone unpacking the house. When we were prepping to move, I was in awe of how much stuff we had in our little house. Three years ago, when we had first moved in, I’m pretty sure I unpacked all of our belongings in a single afternoon. Ahh, newlywed life. But a few years of married life and two babies adds a lot of stuff.  Now that we’re in the midst of unpacking, it seems like boxes are coming out of the woodwork. Empty one box? Three more appear, minimum. But alas, we press on. Continue reading “Missing aprons and tomato plants”