November is always, always, ALWAYS a beloved month for me. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I just find the landscape to be beautiful. It’s constantly rainy and eerie. The remaining leaves are hanging around and the trees are constantly dark and wet. It’s great cozy weather. It’s definitely comfort food weather. THANKSGIVING, anyone?!?!
As the growing season slowly comes to a close (sans these baby brussels sprouts), today we harvested our small garden, put to rest those yummy perennials, and started securing the duck area as we prep them for their first winter. Ferngully will enter a slight hibernation, but we will move our endeavors inside and craft a wild mess of treats, goodies, and gifts. Woohoo! Continue reading “Closing Time”
Sometimes I have days where I don’t want to do anything remotely contributing to part of society. I want to escape. Whether it is in my car (I purposefully allow myself to get lost, sometimes) or on foot. I recently had one of those days, and it was right in my backyard. We have almost 2 acres. Beyond the ravine, we’ve never explored. I hear there were once fruit trees back there, but again, it was a mystical rumor that I had to see for myself.
As you are well aware, from having eyeballs and looking at a calendar, it is mid-October. When girls in yoga pants scream for anything pumpkin spice. And, who could blame them? Pumpkin mimics the backdrop of what’s to come! The orange glow of a bonfire, the changing colors of the leaves, the carving of faces into vegetables… all fun and comforting things! It’s a train you are either on board with or you’d rather it be over. And each year it gets more and more out of control. But, I’d like to tell you a few of my favorite pumpkin things, if you are so inclined! Now we are talking actual pumpkin… not from a can, people! Continue reading “Being a Basic Witch”
Too often, I receive inquiries from others wanting to know the “WHYs” of what I am trying to accomplish (insert eye rolls– from me, because I feel many get the wrong idea about what we are trying to do). Continue reading “What is Modern Day Homesteading?”
Have you heard of these little miracles of awesomeness? A berry that can wash things?!?! GET. OUT! I’ve been playing around with soap nuts, soap berries, or whatever you want to call them for a few years now. I was first introduced to them when I tried going “no poo” with my shampoo routine, but I have very coarse hair and ridiculously hard water… it was a “no” from me. My city water friends have raved about their valiant efforts. Continue reading “Are You (Soap) Nuts?!?!”
Last Saturday, the crew went to Seven Springs Resort to witness the Mother of all Homesteading-type trade shows, the Mother Earth News Fair.
Hundreds of vendors with thousands of products, ideas, and knowledge.
As a first timer, I had no idea what I would be in for and I can’t wait to attend next year. I learned so much and found so many amazing products. I wanted to share them all with you.