It hardly seems possible that school time is upon us once again. Even as a homeschool mom, lunch time is busy and I find the days go much more smoothly if I’ve taken some time to plan ahead. When my kids were little, they loved having their own little lunch all ready to eat and now, as a busy family with teens who eat at a variety of different times, grab-n-go is essential. Here’s a round-up of some of my top picks from the web.
Sometimes things go just as you hoped they would. And sometimes they don’t. So is the way of my garden this year. Working within the restrains of mother nature, not enough hours of daylight and the never-ending to do list, I had to make a tough decision and cut my losses to concentrate on what’s…
No matter what your interest level in sports, it’s hard to miss the excitement of the Summer Olympics! Our family is learning more about swimming lately as a family friend is a swimmer and suddenly this event is of interest to us all. And there is always the connection to our very own American athletes. In fact, my brother let me know yesterday that someone his wife knows is competing. There are endless opportunities for learning and getting active! Whether you are a homeschooling family or looking to keep the kids entertained until school resumes; here are some tools to inspire learning and help you host your own Olympics at home!
There are many times I wish we could just sit down over a nice glass of lemonade and talk. I’d ask you how you’ve been, we’d catch up about the kids, the spouse, and what thoughts have been rattling around in our minds recently.
It’s late July in the Midwest and there are two things you can generally count on: the humidity is high and the sweet corn is ready! It’s hard to beat the taste of summer!
Last night I spent some time getting organized for the week and realized it’s gonna be a crazy one! 🙂 We are all going in opposite directions and a specific dinner time we can all make it to just isn’t going to happen. So how does a mom still ensure some healthy meals for everyone…
Our nation has a long held tradition of celebrating the Fourth of July with all manner of pomp and circumstance – and for good reason! Whatever your political ideology, most of us can still agree that Independence Day is a special occasion. If you’re hosting an event on your homestead, be sure to check out this round up of ideas!
The only things I knew about hay when we started were that horses ate it and it made me sneeze like crazy (did I mention I was a city girl with lots of allergies?!) Over the years, I have had a love/hate relationship with hay. It is an exhilarating feeling to be caught up in the rush of getting everything done just in time and beating the weather. It never fails, you are always working against the deadlines Mother Nature imposes. And with hay, you do it several times per summer which means that as soon as the challenge is met, you are already thinking about the next round.
Although technically a vegetable, rhubarb is categorized as a fruit because it’s most often cooked as one in the United States. Rhubarb stalks are famous for their bright pink color, but they can also be light pink and even pale green. Spring harvest season generally lasts from April to June and you may be anxious to preserve what’s left of your harvest.
Recently the laying hens have kicked into overdrive and the surplus eggs in our fridge are causing a real lack of culinary inspiration. Although we love scrambled eggs there has to be a way to put a twist on the incredible edible egg. My quest for some new recipes did not disappoint and I’m excited to share some of these amazing meal ideas.
Life moves at the speed of sound most of the time but it’s important that we enjoy the fruits of our labor. Perhaps it’s a homemade dinner provided from your hard work or a relaxing evening walk with your significant other. Maybe it’s taking time to play a game with the kids while the dishes wait. I will likely never be as productive as I secretly hope to be or conquer this twenty acres of my corner of the world but that’s not really the point. I want be sure I’m not striving toward your future goals so intently I forget to count my blessings. It’s really sinking in that these years are precious and all too soon the kids will be out on their own. The quiet will become deafening and things that suddenly seemed so important will be insignificant. My world is here and now.
Getting started in cattle doesn’t need to feel overwhelming or impossible. There are a few key elements to consider and can even be done with a relatively small parcel of land. Taking time to consider a few key factors can go a long way to success.
On one hand, the homestead setting is a hot bed of potential illness but on the other hand, we are building up immunities. Somewhere there has to be a balance. Surprisingly, this is a topic not covered much in homesteading circles. Many articles are written about animal health and the various ailments that may befall our livestock but little is said about the human side. When one considers the ramifications of an illness or injury to someone who is self-sufficient on any level, homestead health and safety seem worthy of discussion.
Spring is in the air around here! The seed catalogs are dog-eared and we are planning to get very busy soon. Before we head out the door, tho, let’s check in and see what great deals we can find in March to keep the pantry stocked.
If bread making and grinding your own wheat is intriguing to you, here’s some valuable information to help break down the mystery. Starting the journey does not have to be complicated or require a lot of specialized equipment. A basic understanding of wheat, storage methods and the variety of recipes available will have you off and running in no time.
If you find yourself wondering some of these things, you’re not alone. Many products are derived from fruit and I’ve always been a little confused by the differences when I walk down the grocery store aisle. Let’s take a crash course in fruit preservation methods by defining the criteria of each product.
When it comes to being a savvy shopper, it’s important to take note of when retailers discount certain items. Check out these deals in February and see if your pantry could benefit from stocking up. February is National Canned Food Month and National Hot Breakfast Month. What a perfect time to delve into getting your pantry stocked!