The hardest thing about homesteading? That’s a tough question, with a whole lot of possible answers. But last week I told ya’ll I think I can narrow it down to two aspects that are the most difficult for me. Today I’m discussing the second one. And boy does it cut this southern girl to the […]
So, yeah, I’m a little obsessed with maple. But when Melissa K. Norris and I got together this week you won’t believe what happened! And don’t miss the amazing special at the end of today’s post! It’s seriously, too good to pass up! An amazing resource that will help you get back to the basics […]
This homesteading thing is hard y’all. Rewarding? Absolutely. Impossible? Some days. If I’m feeling honest, I will admit my frustrations to anyone who asks. (Scratch that… I’ll unload and border on whining some days…) I’ve had many moments over the last 3 years of homesteading when I considered throwing in my muck boots. I don’t […]
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 […]
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 […]
My favorite homesteading pinterest boards seem to always come to the rescue. This time of year, the rescue is needed in the gift-giving department. Tis the season to start to panic about those gift-giving needs that I haven’t figured out yet… It’s cold these days, the New England daylight hours of winter are too short, […]
I have a favorite sugarmaker. He happens to be the love of my life. Since high school. So sure, I’m biased, but Bill is a great guy to ask if you’re looking for the perfect gift for a maple syrup maker. Turns out I’m a great person to ask if you’re looking for the perfect gift […]
If you’re a wanna-be homesteader–and I know there are a lot of you out there, cause you write to me often–I’ve decided you really need to know a few things. When we started organizing this Falling for Autumn series in the Happy at Home Bloggers Network, I knew I had lots to say about fall. […]
Yesterday Bill mumbled that he hates our old farmhouse. Yes, my husband used the words “hate” and “farmhouse” in the same sentence.
This week on the homestead there is fall foliage starting to turn yellows, oranges, and reds; black-gold compost being spread; apples and pumpkins being picked; and paper plate candy corn being hung. Let me explain… We wanted a fun activity for our small town’s Harvest Party. When we threw together the easiest, cutest garland that […]
I’m a New England homesteader and the author of the upcoming print book Sweet Maple: How to make maple products & bake with them. Naturally. I’m a wife to my high school sweetheart, mom to four daughters, and ardent fan of all things maple-flavored. I’m blessed to live in an old farmhouse, by a mountain lake, on acres of stone walls and sugar maples. The floorboards creak, the barn roof sags, and the rocky land seems unforgiving. Yet it is perfect. Because here our family has started living a more sustainable life, focused on simple joys.