Sunday Morning on the Farm

We need to bring in more wood.  I shall find some more kindling.  Empty the ash into the compost.   A wood fire is far more warming than the furnace.  And delightful as well. The grandfather clock chimes and the morning is still.  Blue jays call in the distance.  Steam rises from my coffee cup as…

A Special Coffee Pot Indeed

Coffee.  A homesteading necessity. Doug and I have gone through many a coffee pot in our adult lives and for the past several years on the farm we opted for a simple French Press.  Off grid ready, rich, fresh, easy. This apartment has brought on the “great respite” for us while outside its walls we…

Sunrises, Gratitude, and Magic Coffee

Today I unpack our books and photos, writings and my aprons.  I will make this downstairs area emanate life and our love for each other and home.  Tomorrow we will pick up all my plants from the greenhouse at Margie’s and will be officially moved out of her home. I owe Margie and Pat a great…

Homesteader’s Espresso (off grid ready and fuel for chores)

We are trying to purchase any desired or needed items to be off-grid ready, non-electric, and well made.  Doug works at a coffee shop in the winter, we enjoy really good coffee, and I do like an occasional espresso in the afternoons.  I researched non-electric espresso makers.  They were pricey and the concept was the…

Of Coffee and Memories

The other day we went to the Aurora mall, one of the last indoor malls on the front range, to kill a few hours before heading to Monte and Erik’s for the Superbowl.  We hadn’t been there in some time and it always brings back such memories.  It prompted me to republish this article that…

Farmacy: The Medicinal Benefits of Coffee

I am always surprised when clients tell me that they gave up coffee when expressing their intent to get healthier.  I always reply, “Why?”  Now, I am not speaking to you as a farm girl with my second cup of steaming, strong coffee beside me, but rather as a Master Herbalist, which is my job.  Coffee has…

Indoor Farm and Houseplant Maintenance

The indoor farm is doing pretty good.  The tomato and pepper plants are a bit leggy and the basil looks like it misses summer.  It is time for some indoor plant R&R. First bring a trash can around with you.  For each plant, take off dead leaves, branches, and debris that have settled in the…

The Off Grid Coffee Warmer

Coffee.  The fuel that runs this farm.  We do love coffee.  Emily’s boyfriend’s family owns a coffee roasting business.  Doug works at the coffee shop now.  And I drink enough to keep everyone in business!  I do not like coffee pots though,  kind of plasticky.  I told you all about this when I wrote about coffee presses…

Homesteader’s Coffee

As most farmgirls, I am generally the first one awake and the thought of rich, dark coffee fuels me through the herd of hungry cats, antsy, barking dogs, and the mental check list for the day.  Oh coffee, my love, my sweet, black and aroma-rich, I will take another sip and organize my thoughts. Little…