Farm Chores in 3 Degree Weather

FAIR WARNING: This post discusses actual farm chores of a working farm – not just the feeding and watering of animals. We ended up with a cold weather system coming in that Southern Oregon hasn’t seen anything like in 30 years. Our town got 8 inches of snow in about 2 1/2 hours on Friday….

Holiday Crazy and Some Beautiful Desserts Made by Kids

The night before Thanksgiving this year, I was up until the wee hours of the morning, cleaning things that didn’t really need to be cleaned – like my Washing Machine. When I reached out on Facebook to see if any of my friends were similarly acting unhinged, I got this response “OMG – just cleaned…

Independence and the Food Chain

As I worked in the kitchen this morning, I was thinking about the Independence we sought as a family regarding a food supply. It has been almost a year and a half since we bought any bread. Scott was making it while I was working, and when we switched to me being home and him…

Kitchen Gone Wild

Bean and I have discovered a website full of delicious, healthy, easy, snacks and meals to make (mostly with veggies), and in the last 2 days, I’ve been constantly cooking recipes from there. We’ve made homemade wheat thins, a delicious green pasta, black bean salad, broccoli-cauliflower-carrot salad drizzled with maple syrup – Who Would Think of This – and yet it worked….

First Fruits from the Garden – Strawberries and JAM!

Ben described the Jam as “Mushed Awesomeness.” This, I believe, is a compliment. I can say that this Strawberry Jam was the most delicious I have ever tasted in my life. Perhaps it is because the Strawberries came from our own garden, and have been tended since last season to get them to produce a…

Cheese, Glorious Cheese!

What a rewarding day! We made Mozzarella Cheese today. And then made pizza for dinner with our own pizza sauce from the garden last year, homemade pizza dough, and homemade cheese. I feel like a rock star!

A Few of the Joys of a Country Childhood

Yesterday, Bean got a chance to ride around the back field (under supervision from dad) on the back of our pig, Lily. The kids know not to go in the back field unless Scott is with them. Pigs can be cantankerous and they are huge animals. This one is only a few months old. There…