Peach Butter and Preserving

It is finally fall. Finally time for apple picking, pumpkin patches, golden red leaves, and warm homemade soups. Finally time to grab your jackets out of storage and time to put those flip-flops away. I’m ready for you, fall. … Even if it is still in the 80s – stubborn Missouri. With the fall comes…

Strawberry Jam

In our house there is a great debate. In this debate, there are no compromises. We both believe that we are correct and the other is sadly mistaken. This great debate all centers around peanut butter – more specifically, what type of fruity, sweet substance you use to complete the “J” portion of your PB&J….

Homemade Laundry Detergent

One way Phill and I like to spend our time is trying out new “DIY” projects. We have fun looking up new projects, trying them out, and then evaluating whether it is worth the time (and money). Our latest project: homemade laundry detergent. There are recipes for homemade laundry soap all over the internet. Every…

Growing a Garden: From One Novice to Another

Sometimes you just can’t sleep, no matter how much you’d like to. So today I think I’ll sit here, make myself an espresso and enjoy our silent house this afternoon as my baby, puppy, and husband all nap away.   This is our first planting season living in a house of our own with land…

Freedom and Fruit Pies

It’s Independence Day weekend, which means the days are filled with the smell of barbecues and the loud pops of late night fireworks. And in this home(stead), that means pie. Because what says freedom better than a fresh fruit pie? Nothing; the answer is nothing. Okay, you’re right; I can think of a few other…