Christmas songs and memories
christmas / homesteading

Christmas songs and memories

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas, like ones I used to know… One Christmas, we got snow in spades, or shall I say, in shovels. So. Much. Snow. Four feet almost to its height. Running down our 200 foot driveway was a lone space shoveled for a walkway. We parked at the top, and walked down … Continue reading

remembering Grandma's Christmas
christmas / homesteading

remembering Grandma's Christmas

Grandma had called for us to come the nine hour drive north. The double row of grandfather spruce lining the driveway greeted our burgundy Chrysler. My Grandmother’s garden was a canvas of Prairie shades only three months before. Ash leaves had disappeared, but the stately evergreens swished in the bristly breeze. Grand, grey sunflowers still … Continue reading

a Christmas Collection: recipes, traditions & music
christmas / homeschooling / homesteading

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
gardening / homesteading

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, jalapeños and carrots … Continue reading

you know you’re a homesteader when…
foraging / gardening / homesteading

you know you’re a homesteader when…

Certain clues give away your homesteader status? You’ve got a raw plot of land and you can see what it’ll be…someday. There is always room for another chicken. Outdoors is just another room in your home. All poop is useful for the garden. Anything that can be foraged should be foraged: reduce the grocery bill. … Continue reading

homestead: garden bounty
gardening / homesteading

homestead: garden bounty

homestead, garden bounty, unless… Every year, I grow starts from seed. Sometimes these seedlings will grow as expected, sometimes they won’t. Sometimes I’ll know why, sometimes I won’t. This year they grew happily in the greenhouse. Hundreds of them. From flowers to veggies. Then I placed a few in the open sun to harden off. … Continue reading