On the Homestead

by Wendy

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Happy 4th of July!  Independence Day strikes a chord in my homesteader’s heart.  It is today that we celebrate the independent spirit that is the undercurrent of our country.  It was independence that gave courage strong to our founding fathers to stand and fight for what they believed in.  This is what makes America great.  Independence is a beautiful thing, let’s keep the spirit alive as we celebrate with joy the hard won freedom that we enjoy each and every day.  A special thank you to all the veterans, and service men and women and their families who have helped to make the life we enjoy possible.  Happy Independence Day!!!!

Most homesteader’s have an independent streak a mile wide, even if they say they are easy to get along with.  😉  It is the grit and determination to make a life worth living that drives us on each and every day.  To live out what we believe in most, freedom, liberty, and the right to live our values and beliefs, to raise our families and our food within that freedom–what an amazing gift it is to live here.  I thought we would celebrate that freedom by sharing a peek into our last couple of weeks on the Homestead!

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Chicks on the first day trying out their new portable enclosure that my amazing hubby put together for them!  They are getting so big with feathered wings!  It is so much fun to watch they stretch  and flap their wings, as they run across the enclosure learning to fly as build strength.

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Stay tuned for a post on this awesome enclosure that my hardworkin’ hubby engineered completely for free!  And Yes, there are days that it is a three ring circus here on the homestead between kids and kritters, I love that I am reminded of this every time I look at the ‘Big Top’ the chicks are spreading their wings in!

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Lots of Chick Love!

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This is how we shuttle the chicks over and back from coop to enclosure morning and night.  (In one week they have graduated from this little box, to a large tote–amazing how fast they are growing in the sunshine and fresh air!

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We have chicks (AGAIN)!!!!!  Our little Banty Mama was successful in her quest to hatch our ordered Swedish Isbar eggs!!!  If you remember from this post our adventure with orderin fertilized eggs….well, it’s been 21 days and we have 2 chicks so far!!!!

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They are just SO sweet!

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Eggs fresh from coop!

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Strawberries & Cream for breakfast….mmmmm….

A Strawberry Parfait is a lovely way to start your day.  Freshly picked sunshine warmed berries compliment a splash of homemade almond milk with a sprinkling of chia and flax seeds to round out the bowl.  A beautiful celebratory cup makes it an eye opening celebration of joy!

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Strawberries & Cream

Fresh Picked In Season Strawberries, quartered

Homemade Almond Milk, Fresh Raw Milk, or Cream

A Sprinkle of Chia Seeds, Flax Seeds, or Slivered Almonds

Wash, pare and quarter strawberries, divide evenly between ramekins, or parfait cups.  Pour chilled milk/cream of choice over top of berries.  Sprinkle with seeds and nuts if desired.

Eat with Joy!

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Why not try a breakfast picnic???!!!!  Read more about it here!

 

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This week found us preparing for the new additions on the homestead!

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The boys and I did fence repairs and happily got ready for…..

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New Kids on the Block!!!!

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I am thrilled to be back in fresh raw milk for our family!!!  Meet Coco and her beautiful twins!

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(Photo Credit:  Caleb Snobl)

Coco and I getting acquainted with our first milking!  Some awesome milking posts and more unbelievable photos by my so very talented oldest son, Caleb!  Thanks my boy!!!! So glad you were able to be with us for the weekend!

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Strawberry Salad–my favorite lunch this week!

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Loving simple, seasonal, fresh summer suppers!

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Celebrating William’s 15th birthday last night!!!!  Way to go kiddo, we are so proud of you and blessed to watch the man you are growing to be!

I don’t know where the time goes, but I do know that a mama has to embrace each and every day, celebrate the ordinary, and see the beauty in each moment.