Colonialism, Cultural Rhetorics, and Camping: A Story

Hello from South Dakota! Today is our 6th day on the road; we left the Homestead on Monday morning and have been making our way west ever since. It’s been equal parts exhilarating and exhausting–exhilarating to be out adventuring as a family and exhausting to be doing this during a pandemic. Even so, this feelsContinue reading “Colonialism, Cultural Rhetorics, and Camping: A Story”

Recipe Post: Vietnamese-Inspired Chicken Quinoa Salad and Mongolian-Style Turkey Meatballs

Ah summer. I always crave food with fresh, vibrant flavors and textures this time of year. I also like to cook and eat food that isn’t heavy, did not take me an hour of standing over a hot stove to make, and doesn’t necessarily need to be piping hot to be delicious. To that end,Continue reading “Recipe Post: Vietnamese-Inspired Chicken Quinoa Salad and Mongolian-Style Turkey Meatballs”

Garden and Life Updates: Early July

Firstly, let me say that this post was delayed by about a week, so I thank you all for your patience and understanding. When I last left you, we had just gotten back from our pop-up camper test drive in Shawnee National Forest after a week of plumbing disasters leading up to Father’s Day. ThatContinue reading “Garden and Life Updates: Early July”

Plumbing Disasters but Camping Miracles

What a week it has been, friends. As I stated in last week’s Garden Update post, last Monday we had septic tank issues. After we paid a premium to have someone come out that same day AND paid to have the pipe that runs between the septic tank and our house jetted and cleared, weContinue reading “Plumbing Disasters but Camping Miracles”

Mediterranean Beans Two Ways: White Bean (or Italian Sausage) Pasta and Spicy White Bean Salad

Beans. So inexpensive. So nutritious. So tasty. So versatile. I love them. A year ago I went searching for some inspiration for quick and healthy work lunches, and found this recipe for a sundried tomato cannellini bean salad. I made it as-is the first time, and then adjusted it to my own tastes, and haveContinue reading “Mediterranean Beans Two Ways: White Bean (or Italian Sausage) Pasta and Spicy White Bean Salad”

Garden Updates: The First Half of June

Good morning and happy Monday, friends! It’s been a bit of a day here at the Homestead–our septic tank is backing up because, in all the recent goings-on in the nation and world, we neglected to make our pumping appointment. In addition, poor Liam has a nasty bug bite that has caused a swollen lymphContinue reading “Garden Updates: The First Half of June”

Fun Homestead Announcements & News

Hello, all! June is halfway over, if you can believe it, and the first two weeks were action-packed! Fun things are happening at the Homestead and all of our food is grow-grow-growing, so this post is going to provide quite a few updates. Because there’s quite a lot of updating to do, I’ll be writingContinue reading “Fun Homestead Announcements & News”

Weekly Recipes: Cold Spicy Asian Noodles and Dan Dan-style Noodles

This first recipe is one I’ve been making for years now, having found it on Pinterest from this blog, and tweaking it over the years. Many years ago, when our air conditioner was broken during the 90 degree heat and humidity of July, I started cooking and serving only cold dinners, which is when IContinue reading “Weekly Recipes: Cold Spicy Asian Noodles and Dan Dan-style Noodles”

Garden: Forestry Management, Stuck Trucks, and Bee Stings

Note: Hey All, Future Kelin, here! I typed-out most of this post and then our internet went down for a few days. We’re back up and running again, but now we’re behind on posts. As a result, there will be no weekly meal plan (because the week is over). I’ve kept the post as IContinue reading “Garden: Forestry Management, Stuck Trucks, and Bee Stings”

Weekly Meal Plan and a Weekly Recipe: Santa Fe Salad

Do any of you remember the Barbara Streisand movie “The Mirror Has Two Faces?” In it, as Jeff Bridges watches with affection, she methodically tackles the disparate elements on her plate, uniting them in the right proportions until she has The Perfect Bite. This is how I cook–each element on the plate can be mixedContinue reading “Weekly Meal Plan and a Weekly Recipe: Santa Fe Salad”