Ten Secrets to Living a Simple and Enchanted Life

1. Notice Something New in Nature Every Day.  This could be while walking down a city sidewalk to work or in your own field of hay.  Take a moment to smell the air, see the different colors that nature has painted that moment, listen for birds, see butterflies flitting by, spy nests, and laugh at squirrels….

A Few Books For Summer Reading

I have a few books to recommend that really inspired me.  So grab a big glass of lemonade and a porch swing and enjoy. The first one is “Off On Our Own; Living Off-Grid in Comfortable Independence” by Ted Carns.  He details how he and his wife have lived in an off-grid house and off…

Making and Cooking with Vanilla Salt

Perhaps it’s from our visits to fine restaurants, or my lacking sense of smell that makes me desire everything to be uniquely and strongly flavored, or perhaps it is the overflowing creativity that I cannot seem to satisfy, or perhaps I am a natural born chef, who knows, anyway,  I must have fabulous oils, vinegars, and…

Easy Homemade Goat Cheese

I love the tangy, delicious flavor of soft goat cheese, often called Chevre, which is French for “goat”.  It is so easy to make and yields a lot more than one would get from the store.  It is versatile enough that it can virtually match any dish.  Herbs can be added, thick ribbons of basil, clips…

The Making of a Future Farmgirl

Her smile widened as she shoved weeds through the holes in the chain link.  Little giggles filled the air as the goats took the greens from her and chomped appreciatively. Our neighbor is getting married this weekend and some of her guests came over last night after arriving from southern California.  The smallest guest is…

Water, Mulch, and Reseeding (ways to assure a good crop)

I suppose a drip system would be the most effective way to adequately water without wasting and would save time.  Doug and the neighbor laid out their respective plans over the winter for an elaborate drip system for our gardens.  However, come spring we have enough budgeted for a new hose and maybe a sprayer. …

The New Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

The three R’s, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle has sadly been overused and overlooked.  Folks think about the big green tub that their trash company may or may not pick up on any given Thursday to send their recyclables off somewhere.  Hopefully the rumors aren’t true and they really are being recycled.  Many people don’t have recycling services…

Self Fulfilled Prophesy (homestead dreams)

This time next year we will be on our next homestead. I do not know where. I do not know how. We have enjoyed our practice farm and are very grateful.  We are ready for a more complete homestead now. Not a bigger house. A bigger homestead. A well for water. More off grid. A greenhouse. A larger…

Easy Fresh Ginger Ale

My fever broke at 2:30.  I woke in the dark, the shades drawn, melting under a wool sweater and layers of quilts, the heat hiked to 72 degrees, Doug still asleep.  Brutal.  We hadn’t had the flu in over a decade.  It hit us swiftly and fiercely. Doug went to the store to get us…

CSA or Farmers Market? (a small farm dilemma)

We live in a little yellow house.  We rent from folks that don’t care that we started a farm.  This property envelopes two lots, two thirds of an acre total.  It backs to the fairgrounds, and I have lovely, like minded neighbors.  We love our little farm, it is a dream come true.  We call…