• Food Love

    Delicious Spanish Stuffed Peppers

    Here is a quick and simple recipe that was a HUGE hit with my family tonight!  Do you want to know the compliment I got from my husband last week?  “Your cooking is not as burnt as it used to be.”  Yup  🙂 I just smiled and agreed with him!  But the truth is, when you have little kids and you want to be reading them books or chasing them around the house playing tickle monster or helping with homework, or biking down the street on a gorgeous warm summer day…of course the dinner is going to sit neglected on the stove top and get burnt!! Geesh! But, our kids…

  • Spirit

    Thank you, dear daughter

    I witnessed something yesterday that really brightened my day.  Sometimes the youth are many years ahead of us – their simplicity, innocence, exuberance.  Anyway, my daughter had an extremely busy day.  She’s up at 6am, out at the barn to take care of the horses, then off to an AP exam at school.  She got home from school at 2pm, and chatted with some neighbors who stopped over to meet her horse.  Then out again to meet with a local internship opportunity at 2:30.  Back at 3:30.  She got a huge bowl of blueberries and went to watch a show for a little downtime.  (We are watching Madame Secretary together…

  • Hiking,  Spirit

    A Plug for Winter Hiking

    Interesting that as soon as the weather warms up, you see many more people out on the trails.  It makes sense to some people, but to hiking addicts like me – Y’ALL ARE CRAZY!  Where were you when it was cold and just as, if not MORE, beautiful out here? Hiking has a way of creeping its way into your heart and becoming a source of rejuvenation.   I realized that I would feel elated when I was out hiking – soaking in the simple sights of the sun filtering in through the leaves or shining brightly on the river, listening to the chorus of birds overhead.  Really listening, and enjoying…

  • Homestead,  Spirit

    Mistakes Abundant

    I had such a good laugh today.  It was the second day in a row that I made a pretty BIG mistake.  I can laugh about it because thankfully disaster was averted.  (I am grateful that my husband was a good sport about it too!) Yesterday’s Mistake:  This is our first week taking care of our horses on our own land.  And we are trying to figure things out as we go, especially since Ellie is on stall rest and limited turn out.  I picked up some temporary electric fencing to make small paddocks for her to hang out in for part of the day.  Small enough that she can’t…

  • Homestead

    Constructing the Dry Lot

      We are pretty lucky that our barn is located on higher ground and right next to a wooded area that we can use as a dry lot paddock for the horses.  It is always dry and has firm footing, even on days when it is rainy.  It will provide shade and space for them to walk and move, without getting too much grass or mud.  One concern I’ve thought about is that horses can eat the bark off trees, damaging them.  But I hope that with enough free choice hay left out for them, they will leave the trees alone.  Immediately adjacent to the run-in shed, we are going…

  • Spirit

    Daily Happiness

    Build a life you don’t need a vacation from! I find that this thought has been ruminating in my head ever since I saw it on Instagram.  I think about it a lot – somehow this saying has hit deep for me.  I absolutely love it.  You want to know why?  If you are a mom like me, you probably already know.  We give everything of ourselves.  We give to our children, we give to our pets, we give to our extended families, we give to our friends, we give to the house, we give to our jobs…and then we crave a vacation so that we can, for once, relax.  I am…

  • Homestead

    The Barn Goes Up!

    Hi everyone!  This is the most exciting time for us, because our barn is finally going up – and that means farm animals are on their way!  The process of choosing a barn was a long one.   I quickly realized that my original sketches and plans were going to have to get trimmed down a bit in order to stay within budget.  Goodbye to the second story yoga loft space.  It just wasn’t practical at this time. Having gone through the process, I would recommend making a list of what needs your barn has to satisfy.  For us, most importantly it meant that we needed a run-in shed that the…

  • Homestead

    Crazy April – Managing the contractors

    Spring is the time for building a barn and fencing our pastures! Our little homestead will be completely transformed, and it took hours of drawing and planning and months of researching in order for this to come together. But, it’s funny how things work out. Managing a big job like this on a budget is tough because I sourced the work out to smaller contractors that were knowledgeable but still small-time guys that didn’t charge an arm and a leg like bigger companies would.  And when you go that route, you have to be patient. Let me give you the condensed version of the craziness. I had been waiting for…

  • 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…