the ole homestead in May 2020
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the ole homestead in May 2020

More time = more projects. But I was outside at this time last year anyway. Without daily trips to town now, I simply have more time to do those projects. Every morning I take a cup of coffee to the henhouse to release the chickens, give them fresh water and feed, and give them kitchen … Continue reading

Fresh from the Homestead: Gardening for Newbies
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Fresh from the Homestead: Gardening for Newbies

May I introduce you to my May garden? We call it Giverny of the Mountains… Here is the fruit orchard and vegetable gardens… Two reasons I’ve given my homestead a name: I opened a bed & breakfast last May (and hope to reopen it soon? another year?) I have always loved Claude Monet’s chalky blue … Continue reading

fresh from the homestead: soil building
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fresh from the homestead: soil building

I’ve been in a state of soil building the moment I stepped onto the raw mountain land that I considered purchasing In order to do that, I did a little land watching. I paid attention to where the thimbleberries grew in a grove. There was enough sunlight to grow something on this rocky mountain. That … Continue reading

homestead in any home
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homestead in any home

The classic term “homesteading” had something to do with the government offering pioneers land for development. But here we are, with motivation to be as self-sufficient as possible, since our grocery stores reveal occasional lapses of items we’re accustomed to purchasing. So let’s get homesteading. But I don’t have any land, you say? Gotcha. I … Continue reading

a Christmas Collection: recipes, traditions & music
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a Christmas Collection: recipes, traditions & music

It’s a week before Christmas eve and I’ve not baked up a storm. Our personal stamp on Christmas for the last twenty years, our unique version of Christmas family traditions, was super fun to decide in our early family’s life. Falling back on the same traditions year after year creates a continuity, a collection of … Continue reading

homestead plans: next spring
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homestead plans: next spring

My homestead plans for next year. Every year I learn a little more about my outdoor space (mostly the soil) and also what my family will actually eat (fewer vegetables than me). The abundance of parsnips, eggplants and spaghetti squash only dazzle me, not my family. Next year, I’ll grow more peppers, jalapeƱos and carrots … Continue reading