Nativity scenes need muddy cows and red dragons

What’s wrong with the nativity scene? My first Christmas as a homesteader I noticed quite a few problems with our nativity scene… That was a few years ago, but think of it again every Christmas… A Cherished Childhood Tradition We released the ceramic animals from their blocks of styrofoam and arranged them under a rustic wooden stable. She had […]

Simple Christmas Joys

Every day, in some small way, since the week before Thanksgiving, we’ve been adding simple joys to our home in the form of all-natural, totally free Christmas decorations. We’ve made uncomplicated adornments, yet elaborate messes of pine needles, trails of hot glue, and squished red berries. And memories. I’ve never had so much fun anticipating […]

Syrup on a salad & other joys around the harvest table

All right, you know this… You know I’m obsessed with maple-flavored everything. But maple syrup on a salad? Even I was hesitant. (But you shouldn’t hesitate to keep scrolling… for a really special treat… Because I’ve included links below to full recipes for a complete harvest meal!) There I was, enjoying Parents’ Weekend at my daughter’s college […]

Chocolate Brittle Crackers

Because I’ve felt a little brittle at times this week, and because, well, chocolate is always a good thing, I thought I’d share my recipe for Chocolate Brittle Crackers with you. Scroll to the bottom for the yumminess. It’s been a week of blindsides. Which are harder to deal with when you’re feeling brittle. It’s a funny thought, brittle. […]

Questions to Ask Mom and Dad on Valentine’s Day

This week marks my first holiday of love without the two people who loved me the longest; and I’ll be missing my mom and dad on Valentine’s Day. This is the third in a four-part series about grieving the loss of a loved one. In the final post, I’ll be sharing very specific ways others helped me throughout these […]

3 Resources That Comfort When Life is Tough

It’s been quiet but productive around the homestead this week. There has been cold wind, treacherous ice, and standard difficulties, but when I focus on those things then sings my soul from somewhere in me but apart from me, reminding me I am blessed. I am reminded that even in the hard moments there is indeed reason to […]

The 4 stages of grief

Saying goodbye to a loved one takes a while. It happens in stages. I’ve been saying goodbye to my Mom and Dad for many weeks. I imagine I will be for a lifetime. But I’ve learned, for me at least, there have been four stages of grief: DISCLOSURE: Do you enjoy tips and encouragement you find […]

What my parents taught me about Broken Heart Syndrome

I hadn’t heard all the hype about Broken Heart Syndrome. The hype that, apparently, filled social media for a week after Debbie Reynolds died just one day after her daughter, Carrie Fisher. I had been pretty removed from the world, actually, and clueless to news stories since mom first started her chemo treatment eight weeks […]