• Animals,  Homestead

    The Easter Snake

    If you asked me before we rescued Snakey, I would have told you I do not like snakes.  But, we can surprise ourselves! This Easter, my thoughts go back to what happened last year.  I had hidden lots of eggs outside for the traditional egg hunt that our family does.  They are not little kids anymore, but the fun and the tradition still holds.   I just have to be more tricky and sneaky about where and how I hide the eggs!  Anyway, my youngest daughter was the one to spot the real treasure that day.  Since we were making every effort to look under everything and peer into all corners…

  • Homestead,  Spirit

    Pick-up Sticks

    No, not the fun game where you try to pick up a stick without touching the other sticks in the bunch. Pick up sticks, literally.  That was today’s chore.  The snow is gone, the ground isn’t muddy, and this looks to be the last week of below freezing temps – so everything points toward TIME TO SEED!  Can you tell I’m excited?  I really want to get the seed down because something really odd happens where we go from freezing temps to really warm temps pretty quickly, and no matter how much planning I do, it seems like I just miss that narrow opening when it is best to seed.  This…

  • Food Love

    Butternut Squash Lasagne

    This lasagne is a favorite in my home!  Really it should be called the butternut squash sweet potato lasagne – but that is a mouthful! So, we shorten it. But in reality, it has an equal amount of both! Ingredients: 2 lbs cubed sweet potato 2 lbs frozen butternut squash 1 package of no-boil lasagne 1 large shallot 3 large cloves of garlic 1 bag of shredded cheese 1T cornstarch 6 cups of milk cinnamon, salt and pepper fresh rosemary The Filling: With regards to the sweet potato, I prepare it one of two ways.  Either stick three large sweet potatoes in the oven for a couple of hours to bake…

  • Hiking

    Welcome, Spring!

    March 21st not only welcomed in the spring season, but also a beautiful snow!  It is a delight to be able to walk out and enjoy the snow covered streets and trees.  This morning, while we didn’t make it out for our early morning hike, after a lazy breakfast with the kids we did indeed hike out.  I was pleased to see other neighbors out bundled in coats and boots and even a brave runner hitting the trails and navigating through the slush and ice.  Here are some beautiful sights from our first day of spring.   Knowing that this is likely the last white landscape we will see here this…

  • Food Love

    The Heavenly Smell of Cilantro

    If you haven’t used cilantro at home, go out and buy some!  It is a very fragrant herb that adds a punch of flavor.  A friend of mine recently shared that he doesn’t buy cilantro because it always goes bad before he gets a chance to use it all.   If that’s your excuse, you SHOULD go buy cilantro, because I will share an important tip on how to make your cilantro last.  I always store cilantro in a glass of water in the refrigerator.  Keep the little rubber band on, it just makes it easier.     It usually takes me about a week to finish the whole bunch, figuring…

  • Animals

    Safety (Alien) Pup!

    Safety is most important. When it comes to family, and that includes our beloved pets, we want everyone to be safe.  Since we let our dog out on the homestead to use the bathroom when it is dark (especially in the winter when it gets dark at noon!! haha), I bought this reflective safety vest for her to wear.  I absolutely LOVE it!  It stays on and doesn’t hinder her running movement at all.  And it has a lot of reflective strips on it.  We got a medium and our dog is about 30 pounds and it fits well. The only problem is, when she is out back in the…

  • Hiking,  Spirit

    Fight that Beast!

    Our very own mind can be such a beast!  I’m sure you know what I mean.  There is something that you want to do, you know it is good for you, yet your mind gives never-ending excuses why you should not do it. (Think exercise, uh…yeah)  This happened to me again this morning, and I forced myself out to hit the trails despite my mind’s best effort to convince me otherwise.  Once I was enveloped in the wind, the sunshine and the melody of the birds, I was whisked away to a state of such rejuvenation.  I just stopped and took time to breathe in the crisp air and listen…

  • Homestead

    The Forgotten Desk

      How come kids never use the desk we bought for them?  I know I’m not alone in this.  It seems to be that most kids want a desk for their room, and most moms agree and buy one – BUT, other than being used as a dirty hamper, used dishes collector, and pretty much a catch-all for junk, the desk is not used as a desk.  My kids always love to do their homework in the kitchen.  I can see how this habit forms for many young ones, because when they are little we help them form their letters correctly while cooking dinner or eating a snack in the…

  • Homestead

    Spring is in the Air

      Don’t you feel so happy when the first little flowers push their way through the cold earth reminding us that spring and gardening and all things beautiful are on the way soon!  I spotted this little guy in the corner of our lot.  Since this is our very first spring on the farm, I have no idea what spring perennials will peek out and surprise me! It is a good reminder that it’s time to start planning my spring planting.  To be honest, I’m probably the farthest thing from having a green thumb.  Over the years I’ve gotten the reputation of being good at killing most plants I try to…