• baking,  homesteading,  recipes

    Grandma Crosby’s Apricot Pie

    I fell in love with making pies sometime after we got married. That’s not to say I’m a pro, I just enjoy the few recipes I know. And one of the best is my Grandma Crosby’s Apricot Pie! (You can use the same recipe with rhubarb too!) I’m pretty sure it’s my Dad’s favorite dessert. Especially with a large scoop of vanilla ice cream on top, it can’t be beat. The crust is crunchy on top, soft in between, and flaky all over. It’s got the perfect amount of sweetness, and is so simple that I’m pretty sure anyone can make it. Even me!

    So I had high hopes of this post being picture perfect in every way.  It’s a family favorite recipe, it’s apricot season, I’m generally pretty good at this recipe… however things don’t always turn out in a Pinterest fashion, do they?

  • baking,  gut-health,  recipes

    Sourdough Crackers

    I had been hearing about this “sourdough” thing for years. How it’s all about your gut health, and a thriving micro-biome, and this and that.  But I am a slow processor. If you give me a new idea, it takes my mind a while to wrap itself around it. So it took me a few years after hearing about this whole sourdough thing before I felt ready to give it a try. I still only know a handful of recipes that I like! However, slowly but surely I’m understanding it more and getting better at it.

  • Homeschool,  Parenting,  summer

    Educating the Whole Child

    Our first official year of homeschooling went much better than expected. I had been so nervous to start, but once we got into a groove, it went remarkably well. So well in fact that when the end of May rolled around, I had no desire to stop! My kids didn’t seem burned out at all either, so I decided to continue schooling right through the summer.

  • gardening,  homesteading,  Parenting

    Wasteful

    I’m not always a super granola, hippie, tree-hugging free spirit…but when I am, I’m wearing my extra-wide Chacos. 🙂

     

  • Homeschool,  homesteading,  Parenting

    Today I…..

     

    *6:30 Alarm goes off and is conveniently silenced. The burning feeling in my eyeballs tells me that I may have stayed up too late last night… Lindy climbs in bed with me, asks me to make her some dinner (breakfast) and quickly falls asleep again, snuggled close to me.

    *7:30 The other kids are beginning to stir, so I face the inevitable. But not before retreating to the bathroom to, besides the obvious, delay the morning by checking stuff on my phone and deciding what we will be having for breakfast. I get so sick of deciding what every meal is going to be. Anyone else?

  • homesteading,  recipes

    Make your own Almond Milk

    About 10ish years ago, we changed our diet to be more plant based. Regular cows milk was one of the first things to go, which seemed like a huge sacrifice at the time. Now-a-days, we still have it occasionally, (usually of the farm fresh, unpasteurized variety. Gasp!) but our regular milk of choice is almond milk.  It’s low in calories and sugar, and big on calcium! Win-win!  When I’m feeling pinched for time, I’ll buy the off-brand, unsweetened, vanilla kind from the store. But generally, I find it cheaper to make my own. Wanna know how?? Don’t worry, it’s ridiculously easy.

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    My Backstory- Part 2

     

     

    If you haven’t read part 1 of my backstory, click here.

     

    So when my husband announced to me that I was soon to become a homemaker extraordinaire, my initial reaction was total shock! If this were just any old boyfriend saying this, I would have been ticked off. “Oh really? I’m going to learn all of this? Says who? I expect you want me to do it all barefoot and pregnant too?”

     

    But this was not any old boyfriend. This was Richie. He said it with such understanding and encouragement. Not an ounce of unrighteous expectation in his body. He has always been, since day 1, my biggest supporter.  So we got engaged.

     

    When we called and told his family, the first question his mother asked me was, “How long can you weed on your knees?” I laughed and changed the subject because I didn’t want her to know that I had never weeded once in my life!!

  • backstory,  Parenting

    My Backstory- Part 1

    To give you an idea of where I’m coming from, let me go back a bit.

     

    My maternal grandfather was a farmer, so my Mom was raised with a garden, and the accompanying chores. She remembers watching her mother meticulously can jar after jar of fresh peaches in their sweltering, sticky kitchen. My Grandma always made sure the pretty side of the peach was showing as she lowered them into the jar.

     

    My Dad’s parents were not farmers, but were definitely homesteaders. They raised goats for milk, rabbits for meat, chickens for eggs, and had a massive garden from which my grandma would can and preserve EVERYTHING.

     

    My husband grew up homesteading. They chopped wood, used a clothesline, raised chickens for eggs, and cultivated about ½ an acre in fresh fruits and vegetables.  He grew up planting, weeding, picking, preserving…wash-rinse-repeat.

     

    And then there’s me.

  • baking,  homesteading,  recipes

    The Best Bread Ever!

     

    Who doesn’t love warm, homemade bread, straight from the oven? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?  I can’t think of a single person who would say no to a thick slice of fresh bread slathered in butter, and maybe some honey. Are you ready to spoil your tastebuds? Read on…

  • homesteading

    The Clothes Line

    It really started during our last year in Idaho. We were living in a small apartment where the only access we had to a washer and dryer was a little Laundromat way in the back of our complex. We had 2 small children, 1 of which was potty training, and we were doing lots, and lots of laundry. I got so tired of forking out $20 plus a month to wash our clothes, especially when the dryers always seemed to spit our clothes out still damp.