Making Keifer

Keifer (rhymes with deer), is a wonderfully effervescent probiotic cultured dairy product.  Think of it as drinkable yogurt, but with a kick.  I have made keifer for years with the starter powder, loving it made from coconut milk, but with our recent addition of Coco, our very lovely and affectionate homestead milking goat, I decided…

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Adventure Bread

Because life is nothing if not an adventure. Adventure Bread lives up to it’s name and then some.  It is a gluten-free delight of a loaf.  Having made the switch to eating gluten-free several months ago, in pursuit of a happier, healthier life, bites of toast had become distant, lovely memories.  I could have lived…

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Morning Milking

  Photo Credit:  Caleb Snobl The sweet smell of warm milk mingles with the sharpness of manure and straw.  The damp earth releases moisture as my feet press into it.  The quiet around me is dotted with notes of songbirds calling out to one another.  The air is usually cool, but today it is more…

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On the Homestead

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.…

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A Breakfast Picnic

A simple celebration of kindred hearts and the miraculous journey that is life. A breakfast picnic is just a fabulous way to start the day.  Strong smooth, vanilla essenced coffee, black with just the lightest splash of creamy almond milk is the perfect compliment to fresh picked, sunshine ripened strawberries, still just a touch cool…

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Homemade Sunflower Seed Butter

Nut and seed butters can be a tasty treat and a healthful addition to a nourishing diet.  Full of good for heart and soul oils, fats, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and proteins, they not only taste lovely, they are deeply satisfying.  Store-bought versions can be laced with copious amounts of refined sugars, preservatives, and additives, as…

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A Simple Beautiful Life

Perhaps it is the way the morning mist gently gave way to softly nudging light through the windows this morning that makes me pause reflective before diving into the week.  It is the quiet of the morning hours as I watch chickens dutifully and tirelessly comb the lawn and gardens for tasty intruders, that I…

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It’s Strawberry Season!

It’s official!  Strawberry Season on the homestead is here!!!  We have picked our first bright juicy fruits from the patch that are bursting with taste-bud party inducing flavor.  All of a sudden it feels like summer.  Nothing tastes more like summer than a sunshine-warm strawberry picked straight from the plant and popped directly onto your…

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How I got Locked in the Chicken Coop

This morning started out as a fairly normal day on the homestead.   I woke to slightly ambient light coming in the window, and cold sheets beside me where my husband had already rose.  My eyes felt heavy and crusty from a summer cold lingering.  It felt too soon to be time to get up.…

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Why I Love Homeschooling

We are coming to the end, if you can ever truly call it that, of our third year of homeschooling already.  What I mean by that is, when you begin homeschooling the learning never really stops.  It doesn’t come to an abrupt halt on any given day, there is a gentle learning that begins to…

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