Snowy days and bird feeders

This weekend, good ‘ol Missoura was hit with a foot of snow.

A foot.

Twelve inches.

Meaning ten more inches than any of us are used to seeing cover our porches, yards, and driveways. This snowfall was not the delicate, magical snowfall you picture when dreaming about White Christmases. This snowfall came in fast, dumping the first six inches in a matter of a couple hours. The drive home from work took over an hour and Phill spent most of the afternoon pushing strangers’ cars up the street as they stalled at the base of the hill in front of our house. Continue reading “Snowy days and bird feeders”

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New Year, New Goals

Last night, we sat around our kitchen table to enjoy crispy, stovetop fried chicken and roasted Brussels sprouts. While we sat together, enjoying each other’s company and laughing as Simon ate more ketchup than chicken, Phill and I decided to make a list of our goals for this year on the home(stead).

So here I am, about to share that list with you. Because hopefully y’all will hold me accountable come March when I start to slack off. And because if I share our goals with the blogosphere, they’re more likely to be fulfilled than just sitting, written nicely in a closed up notebook.  Continue reading “New Year, New Goals”

Christmas at our home(stead)

Today has been one of those rainy, stay in your pajamas all day, kind of days. Both of the littles were up well before dawn, so we snuggled on the couch in our cozy clothes, listening to the rain beat against the windows.

I love the rain. The light tinkering sounds on the roof and the smell of fresh earth leave me longing for more rainy, stay at home days. There’s something remarkably cozy about lighting a candle and watching water pour down in front of the kitchen window. I guess I should make a mental note (for whenever the rain stops) that we should clear the leaves out of the gutters. Continue reading “Christmas at our home(stead)”

Spicy Lemon Chicken Pasta with Garden Tomatoes and Basil

We’ve reached the end of August and summer is still going strong. Even though I’m longing for sweater weather, the extended heat is allowing our garden to continue thriving. After a slow start, our tomato plants have finally taken off and our kitchen is full of little orange globes bursting with summer sweetness.

Our cherry tomato plants, in particular, have taken over the garden. No matter how I try to support them, it seems they outgrow the space they’ve been given within minutes of being re-staked. These overgrown plants have given us dozens of tomatoes in the past couple weeks, and we’ve had to adjust our dinner menus accordingly. Continue reading “Spicy Lemon Chicken Pasta with Garden Tomatoes and Basil”

Growing Cucumbers

As Phill and I continue to grow new plants and read about new gardening tricks and tips, I become more and more in awe at the complexity of nature. How amazing is it that we can take the smallest of seeds and with rich soil and the right amount of water it can grow into a towering, fruit-bearing plant?

This summer, in particular, I’ve been fascinated with our cucumber plants.

The end of March was a tad busy for us given the birth of our sweet baby girl. Trying to adjust to life with two babies (the oldest under one and a half, at the time) and the general lack of sleep that comes with a new baby was exhausting. Continue reading “Growing Cucumbers”

Classic Summer Potato Salad

A summertime barbecue is not complete without a classic summer potato salad. Because, let’s be honest with ourselves, what do we actually want beside our bratwurst and burgers? Carbs, in potato form.

This past Saturday was a productive (and hectic) day for our family.Earlier in the spring I decided it would be a good idea to run a half marathon in the fall, which meant I had to run. for multiple miles. yikes! After a taxing, but fulfilling, five miles, we got to work on our list of “to do’s” including canning more strawberry jam, making strawberry and mango fruit leather, dehydrating limes for zest, and trying to figure out what pesty creatures were taking over my squash plants. In the midst of all this, friends of ours reached out for a game night. Continue reading “Classic Summer Potato Salad”