A Huge Mistake I Made When Incubating Chicks

New life is exploding on the homestead this week, which reminds me I wanted to share with you all a huge mistake I made last spring when incubating chicks (hoping no one else makes the same mistake). But even if you’re not incubating any eggs this spring, scroll down for the most adorable baby goat […]

Make Your Own Maple Syrup (part 2)

Think you’d like to make homemade maple syrup? It’s deliciously rewarding. And you can start super small. Read this previous post for directions on your first steps toward this amazing liquid delicacy. Then read on for details about when, where, and how to tap trees for syrup (and a list of our mess ups this month and what […]

Clean Your Braided Wool Rugs in 3 Easy Steps

Braided wool rugs are kinda a family thing for us. Well, not really for me. A lot of things totally skipped a generation with me. I can’t sew “worth a lick,” as my mom would’ve said. But my daughters know their way around a sewing machine and back. I barely braid hair, but my daughters can […]

Try These 6 Ingenious Seedling Planters!

Seedling planters tend to overrun our sunny window ledges and counters around this time of the year. And they come in all shapes and sizes. My teen gardener has experimented with quite a few ideas over the years, and I thought I’d share a few of our favorites. DISCLOSURE: Do you enjoy tips and encouragement you find here […]

A Sweet Christmas Without Presents

  Our gingerbread house inspiration? A Christmas without presents. I’d been out of town for most of November and December. I’d looked over the girls’ school work from my mom’s hospital room 400 miles away, video chatting and texting with them throughout the school day when I could, and trying to keep the bare minimum necessities of […]

Make Your Own Maple Syrup (part 1)

Ever thought about trying to make your own maple syrup? This is the first in a multi-part series documenting my family’s failures (lots) and successes (a few) at our first attempt to do so. And I’ll fill you in on our results this year as well… it should be a SWEET series. DISCLOSURE: Do you enjoy […]

Fall deliciousness & Blueberries for Sal

Fall ushers in deliciousness. Heirloom pumpkin treasures draped over our garden fence mean homemade pumpkin bread. (See this post for my family’s favorite pumpkin bread recipe.) Marked maple trees on our New England farm promise yummy possibilities of winter syrup. Just-picked apples are a downpayment on fresh apple cider. While our apple harvest was tiny […]

12 reasons to take your daughter to the fair

If you’re blessed to be a parent to an amazing daughter (or, like me, four), you may know multiple ways to braid hair. And you’ve probably hosted your share of  tea parties. You may paint a really mean manicure, especially on your daughter’s dominant hand. And you’re really good at listening (because she often has a lot […]