As a frugal person, this is TOUGH for me. I always want to hoard my money, possibly in a large vault Scrooge McDuck style. I am fortunate to have a husband that is a cheerful giver and he encourages me to give more of my time, talents, and treasure where I can. Giving while… Continue reading Reflection: Being a Cheerful Giver
A bountiful vegetable garden, the scent of apple blossoms in the air, laundry on the line, perhaps the blissful sounds of children playing outside…the dream of homesteading. One key ingredient to this picturesque scene is chickens. There are so many reasons for any suburban family to consider a few chickens. Maybe, like me, you are… Continue reading Nine Great Ways to Convince Your Partner to Get Chickens
These last few months have been spent in preparation for this. Many a night has been spent planting, watering, and repotting our tiny seedlings. I can’t wait to get everything in the ground and start enjoying the fruits of our labors. We are in zone 6a, which means we’re pretty clear to start planting everything… Continue reading Garden Update
The refrigerator pickle recipe: http://domesticdreamboat.com/pickled-carrots/ This is the pressure canner we use to can beets and other non water bath canned items. It was the best value by far and we’ve had a great experience with it! Thanks Santa!
Eating healthy food requires planning. We struggle every week to have healthy, local food on our table while holding down full-time jobs and parenting our two beautiful children who seem to know that dinnertime is THE WORST TIME for a meltdown. I do my best to at least have some sort of a plan for… Continue reading What not to cook.
Had a great trip to the Wintertime Farmers Market in Pawtucket, RI this weekend. Picked up some sauerkraut, veggies (carrots!) and lots of cheese. Always so inspiring to see what is able to be grown and sold even in the middle of winter. Wanted to link to a few of the best posts I’ve… Continue reading Inspired
Here is a list of what we planted this year! As the year rounds out, I’ll be adding some posts on our observations on each variety we ordered. We order all of our seeds from Seed Savers Exchange and Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. More to come on that! Sea berries (just learned about these!)… Continue reading Seed order 2016