Garden Progress: Storms and Bobcats the Second Week of April

I’m up early again. It’s 6:30 am. I’ve been up a little more than an hour. I like the quiet time I can steal away by getting up now. I like how I’m more prepared to tackle my day after this time, after some gentle yoga, and after writing my lists and making my plans.Continue reading “Garden Progress: Storms and Bobcats the Second Week of April”

The Weekly Meal Plan: April 13-19 2020 and Homemade Easter Treats

Happy Easter week! This past Sunday we celebrated as a little family at the Homestead, then we took a little cake and plates of food to my parents while still staying at a distance and not going inside their house. It was strange to not have a large family gathering, but I’m thankful we gotContinue reading “The Weekly Meal Plan: April 13-19 2020 and Homemade Easter Treats”

Throwback Thursday: Slow-Cooked Italian Beef Sandwiches & Homemade French-Style Bread

12/17/2012 Dear Bread: Get In My Mouth! After all the sadness of Friday, we tried hard to begin focusing on “small good things” Saturday morning, then packed in as much fun and family into this weekend as we possibly could.  It’s a luxury I know the victims, friends, families, and residents of Newton do notContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Slow-Cooked Italian Beef Sandwiches & Homemade French-Style Bread”

The Weekly Meal Plan: April 6 – April 12 2020

So, it’s April 9th and I’m just now getting the weekly meal plan posted. It’s been a garden-focused week, as I mentioned in my previous post. It’s also been a week where I’ve had a little more bandwidth to handle my job, which has been welcome and necessary. I’ve been catching up on things thatContinue reading “The Weekly Meal Plan: April 6 – April 12 2020”

Garden Progress: Early April

I’m behind on blogging this week, but for a very good reason: the garden. It’s the first week of April and the weather has been dry and fair–it’s the perfect time to work on the infrastructure and hard-scaping to be ready for planting. In my last garden post I shared our plans for a largerContinue reading “Garden Progress: Early April”

Weekly Recipes: Beignets and Basic Bread

I’m a little later than anticipated on updating the blog with these recipes, so I apologize. Every week since the second week of March has been a little different, it seems. It’s all part of this new normal we’re all adjusting to and coping with, and there are definitely more-successful and less-successful days. I dislikeContinue reading “Weekly Recipes: Beignets and Basic Bread”

Weekly Meal Planning: 3/28/20 through 4/3/20

As I write this it’s almost 70 degrees outside in Central Indiana and it feels glorious. It’s such a welcoming feeling–a promise of summer. It’s something I think we all need right now. This morning, as we sipped our coffee and greeted a wet, misty day, I nearly recorded all of the birdsong and woodpeckersContinue reading “Weekly Meal Planning: 3/28/20 through 4/3/20”

Throw Back Thursday: French Onion Soup from 3/13/2014

Note: This post originally appeared on my old blog on March 13th, 2014. I’ve copied and pasted it below, but removed the links because they won’t work. First things first…. Yes.  This is the story of the past three weeks. All four of us have been on antibiotics for over a week now.  Several ofContinue reading “Throw Back Thursday: French Onion Soup from 3/13/2014”

Life in Stressful Times: Planning a Garden

Last week was better at first. I focused on organizing the kids’ and I into a schedule so that we could all not only get work and school-work done that needed doing, but move through our days meaningfully and with purpose. Not to mention that building in chore-time three times per day helped ensure myContinue reading “Life in Stressful Times: Planning a Garden”

Back Home Again

It’s been four years since I left the stay-at-home-parent and full-time-homesteader life to go back to school and pursue a graduate degree in English. In those four years, I’ve gained a degree and a dream job. In those four years we’ve also lost family members, jobs, friends, and possessions, and, I think the most gut-wrenchingContinue reading “Back Home Again”