Praline Pecans

The smells of holiday baking always take me back to when I was a little girl, sitting at the snack bar, watching my Nonna make Christmas candy. Divinity, Martha Washington Balls and Pralines were tradition in her kitchen. My granddaddy, Honey, had a special affection for the pralines. ๐Ÿ™‚ She would bustle around, humming or…

Making the Nation Great Again…

“How can a nation be called great if its bread tastes like kleenex? – Julia Child Yes, Julia, I agree… I, for one, am done with kleenex tasting bread. At the beginning of this year, Brad and I made a list of homesteading/sustainability goals we hoped to accomplish by December 31st. Of the many things…

The Secret of a Beautiful Life

“Thanksgiving must be wrought into the life as a habit – before it can become a fixed and permanent quality. We must persist in being thankful. Thanksgiving has attained its rightful place in us, only when it is part of all our days and dominates all our experiences. Every day of our years should be…

Zaldamo & Nellie

“NO MORE animals. None. I mean it. We are full up and do not need A N Y more mouths to feed around here! Okay???” Yeah, well. When I spoke those words to my kids just a few short weeks ago, nothing was mentioned about wants. So… loophole. Therefore, say hello to Zaldamo and Nellie!…

Be Sure to Holler “Trick-or-Treat!”

I can’t believe this month is nearly over. The whole year, for that matter. Aside from the regular fullness of farm life,ย October has been full of planning and making homemade Halloween costumes, decorating with spider webs (real and fake), picking out the prettiest pumpkins and party planning. There have been (and will continue to be)…

Community

As I was in the garden this morning, planting and caring for the fall crop of vegetables, hands dirty and soul full, He began to speak to me, yet again, through this farm life we live. As I listened and looked around, this is what I sawโ€ฆ Broccoli, growing with onions. Lettuces, tucked under peppers…

Shedding Skins

Five. The number of times a Monarch caterpillar sheds its skin during its lifetime. That wild concept of “progression” just keeps coming up, doesn’t it? I have come to realize, through the raising of Monarchs here on our farm, that the life stage of the caterpillar is one of incomparable beauty and growing wisdom. An…

The Progressive Fruit

Each and every day, we strive to learn something new. At least one thing. Anything. Every day. It’s kind of our mantra around the farm, as there is a l w a y s an abundance of newness to be discovered. However, in this particular season, there is rarely a day that goes by in…

Soul Grabbers

We are unschoolers. Simply put, we learn by doing what we love. Every single day. And for the past six months, a very large part of that learning, albeit not always out of love but neccesity, has been centered around raising four Nubian goat kids and a livestock guardian pup. This new adventure did not…

The Parable of the Pea Patch

We planted a pea patch this year. On a piece of land that belongs to our elderly neighbors, with an old 8N Ford tractor that belonged to my husband’s father, and a John Deere planter that’s every bit as old as I am. The nostalgia of that trio nearly did me in before the peas…

Farm Livin’ – June

Wow. June is gone? Half the year is gone? How is that possible?? Those of you who follow along with our adventures via Facebook and Instagram may have already seen some of these photos! But, for those of you who have not, here’s a little look at some of our June happenings on the farm….

Roasted Garlic Pasta Sauce

Alert! Alert! We interrupt, albeit very briefly, this ridiculously busy garden season to say hello. So, hey. How ya’ll doin? We’re good. Crazy busy in the gardens. Tomatoes, snap beans, peas… But so goes the season. This too shall pass. But I also wanted to take a minute to share with ya’ll a recipe for…