• Garden/Homestead,  Homemaking

    You Don’t Have To Do It All

    I see it often. A drive, especially among homesteaders or those wanting to move toward a simpler life, to want to do it all and to want to do it all at once. They move to their homestead, not really knowing how to do anything, but just having this drive to become more self-reliant. They want to have chickens, they want to learn how to bake bread, they want dairy cows… So they go for it all at once. And it all falls apart. I can understand that ache, that hunger, to want everything and want it right then. The waiting seems torturous. But it has to happen. You have…

  • Garden/Homestead

    Composting 101: Getting Started

    One of my favorite books to read to my son, to the point where I nearly have it memorized, is ‘Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth‘ by Mary McKenna Siddals (brilliantly illustrated by Ashley Wolff). It’s a rhyming book that gives you all sorts of ideas of what to include in a compost heap to create a rich, healthy soil. If you visit Ms. Siddals website, she has a wealth of information and lesson plans about composting (check it out). Composting is one of the easiest (and cheapest) ways to enrich your soil, reduce your garbage waste, and get your child involved in the garden. Why…

  • Food/Recipes,  Garden/Homestead

    Preparing Poblano Peppers for the Freezer

    It’s been a bad year for peppers at the homestead. Our shishito peppers produced well, though the plant never grew very big and we weren’t quite sure what to do with the peppers. The fruit of our bell pepper plants couldn’t survive the onslaught of a toddler who discovered he enjoyed the taste of fresh peppers. Our jalapeno plant (and this one hurts my little green thumb the most) broke at the main stem just as it started flourishing. Like I said, it’s been a bad year for peppers. Unless you are a poblano. Our poblano plant, which I started from seed, has been a rockstar this year. It’s absolutely…

  • Garden/Homestead

    Garden Update for 5/12/2019

    I used to do updates on my garden for the blog on a regular basis. But of course, life happens. Our garden struggled the past few years due to the weather, me being pregnant (then having a young one), and Robb being out of town for most of the growing season. But since things have “settled” down, I wanted to bring back my garden updates with a goal of posting every two weeks. These posts are going to be relatively photo-heavy and I’m not planning on editing the photos so that I will be more motivated to actually post it! Let’s get started with the 5/12/2019 garden update! One of…