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Homesteading

Homestead Goals 2017

Homestead Goals 2017

This seems like a lot. And it is. I am definitely two parts idealist to one part realist (and that one part rests more in my husband than me). But last year a lot got pushed aside to make way for all the new animals […]

Year in Review- Homestead Goals 2016

Year in Review- Homestead Goals 2016

2016 was intense, a proverbial roller coaster. Unbelievable highs and ball-your-eyes-out lows. A lot happened purely based on circumstances out of our hands, and some things were the result of inadequate preparation. I actually have 2 more posts following this one, a more in-depth analysis of the year […]

Why We Homestead

Why We Homestead

This began as a quick Instagram post for Boots and Hooves Homestead’s #augusthomesteading challenge. But as I entered in my THIRD paragraph, I thought it might work better as a blog post. Watch out, I’m ’bout to get all wordy and melodramatic on you guys… […]

Our Vision

Our Vision

This began as a quick Instagram post for Boots and Hooves Homestead’s #augusthomesteading challenge. But as I entered in my THIRD paragraph, I thought it might work better as a blog post. Watch out, I’m ’bout to get all wordy and melodramatic on you guys… […]

Life on the Farm

Life on the Farm

Hello friends! I wanted to stop in and let you know about all the happenings here on the homestead. Grab a cup of coffee and let’s chat! First and most important, most oh-my-goodness-no-way-yes-way-whaaaaat is… ::drum roll, please:: WE ARE GETTING A COW! A real live […]

Homestead Goals for 2016

Homestead Goals for 2016

We purchased our homestead in the autumn of 2014. We had massive plans for 2015, figuring we’d be all settled and raring to go by spring. But a new house, especially a first winter in a big old (like, built in 1850 old) farmhouse, with […]

From the ashes of disaster grow the roses of success

From the ashes of disaster grow the roses of success

When we began this homesteading journey a few years back, we knew failure was an accepted part of the process. Trial and error..and error..and error. A success deserves only cautious recognition, a slow motion high five with breath held tightly, always an eye on the […]

Honey bees have arrived!

Honey bees have arrived!

We have bees!!! Three pounds of them, or approximately 10,000 bees. They are Russian, Carniolan and Italian hybrids raised in natural small cell comb. So says the husband, who is entirely in charge of these little guys. I had a hard time staying the same […]

Ready and able

Ready and able

Oh, hi there. Remember me? I used to write here every once in a while. How are you? It is time for this space to grow, to get a new groove. The season has arched into autumn, and I’m getting that old familiar feelingagain. Call […]

Simple is as simple does

Simple is as simple does

  9:30PM on a Tuesday night. I assume most people are watching television, getting the kids ready for bed, or maybe even already sleeping. Us? We were taking turns kneading a particularly stubborn batch of sourdough bread. As my arms began to transform into a […]