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”

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”

The World is Hurting and I Can’t Not Write About It

As I write this, my two amazing children are engaged in a Kids Baking Show-style challenge. Their assignment? Bake 6 cake donuts with a glaze and a topping. This is the second challenge in a series. Last week they made ultimate brownies. In 20 minutes, my timer will chime and it will be time toContinue reading “The World is Hurting and I Can’t Not Write About It”

Weekly Recipes: Mojo Pork with Caribbean Rice and Beans

I think I’ve mentioned previously my devoted love for rice and beans, so it should be no surprise that for my birthday last week I opted to make myself one of my favorite versions of rice and beans, a recipe I found rather fortuitously one evening several years ago. You see, my husband and I,Continue reading “Weekly Recipes: Mojo Pork with Caribbean Rice and Beans”

Garden Progress and The Weekly Meal Plan for the Second Week of May

Last week was a very busy week! If you recall, we did May the 4th (be with you) with a Disney at Home day visiting Hollywood Studios. Then, we celebrated Cinco de Mayo, then my birthday, and then Mother’s Day (post coming about that). It’s also been a chilly few days in Central Indiana. WeContinue reading “Garden Progress and The Weekly Meal Plan for the Second Week of May”

COVID-19 Morale Boost:May the 4th Disney at Home Day

After the success of our first Disney at Home Day, which I had planned very much on the fly, the kids kept asking to do it again. On our first day, we had park hopper tickets and visited all of our favorite highlights from each park. For subsequent Disney at Home days, then, I thoughtContinue reading “COVID-19 Morale Boost:May the 4th Disney at Home Day”

The Weekly Meal Plan: April 20-26 2020

It’s a cloudy day in central Indiana and it’s making us all want to be lazy and nap. While there is a to-do list (there’s always a to-do list), I’m perfectly alright with us taking some rest and relaxation time. We may get to some garden chores yet this afternoon, or we may not. TheContinue reading “The Weekly Meal Plan: April 20-26 2020”

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”

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”