How did we get here?

If you’d asked me six years ago if I was interested in homesteading, my answer would have most likely been no. I knew next to nothing about agriculture or farming. My parents occasionally had a small garden growing up and we had a few family members that lived on acreage, but that was the extent of my interaction with farm life.

I went to college in a small town in Northeast Missouri, where the locals either worked for the university or farmed. I made friends that went to our college specifically to study agriculture science, which (to be honest) I didn’t even know was a thing. Continue reading “How did we get here?”

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Blackberry Basil Lemonade

Ah, the sweet joys of summer. Temps in the high 90s, humidity that makes your hair stand on end, vicious little mosquitoes.

Alright, maybe those aren’t the highlights of summer. But if the humidity has got your hair in a tizzy or the heat has worn you down, I’m here to save the day by offering a refreshing way to cope.

Blackberry Basil lemonade

Y’all. This is a game changer. Lemonade is a must for the dreaded hot days of summer, but adding blackberries and basil? Lemons never had it so good. Continue reading “Blackberry Basil Lemonade”

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”

Finding family around the table

This morning I ran to the grocery store to grab a gallon of milk in fear that we wouldn’t have enough to make it to nap time. While I was walking quickly through the aisles to get to the dairy, I was struck by the sheer volume of prepackaged and canned food. And I thought to myself, What would our ancestors say if they walked into one of our grocery stores today?

I’m not naive enough to think that prepackaged foods have only been around in my lifetime. I know supermarkets have slowly filled their shelves with boxes of muffins and cans of spaghetti-os. But when did we get to the point where the majority of food in the grocery store comes boxed up with the phrase “just add water” tattooed across the front? Continue reading “Finding family around the table”