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…

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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…

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if you’re getting started homesteading in any home

Want to know if you’re cut out as a homesteader? These hints will help you determine if homesteading is for you: You roam the countryside gathering ideas for your ideal plot of land. You’ve got a raw plot of land and you can see what it’ll be…someday. You read and research chickens. You’ve got chickens,…

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Sourdough Baking

Have you dabbled in breadmaking? Seems like I’ve seen a few more sourdough loaves in my Instagram feed these last couple months. A few years ago, I decided if I wanted to practice any homesteady skill, it was bread making. But the things that look the easiest, usually are the most difficult. (Pie crust making…

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what my homestead looks like in May 2020

I would have been in my garden anyway, with or without self-isolation, but I’m thankful for it even more now. I’ve got a reason to be outside: it is presently the most impactful self-care strategy I have in my physical world. The spa has nothing on the great outdoors. Mornings walking around my gardens with…

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Fresh from the Homestead: Tomatoes

Can I tell you a secret? I’ve been gardening since my second daughter was born and I still don’t know the secret to perfect tomatoes. (I think the secret sauce is living in Italy with that anciently fertilized soil, but anyway…I live in the new world.) I seed tomatoes in mid-February. Roma tomatoes, appropo… Recently…

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