We Hit the Mega, Mother (Earth News) Load!

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….

Crackers and Cheese? Yes, Please!

What do you do when you have leftover almond pulp? You can make cookies, incorporate it into oatmeal, or (my favorite) make some cheese crackers!!! I literally have no idea what I am doing; but sometimes a fun, messy trial and error in the kitchen produces a wonderful result! And sometimes it doesn’t (I failed…

A Dramatic Death for Duck Post

Part of the Homesteading process is acquiring animals; though, I am sure you can have a vegetarian homestead. When you have animals, however, you have a higher sense of responsibility to take care of another living being. Something with a pulse. You grow attached, you may name them, and one day that life comes to…

Brown-nosing Beauties

When I first started my job (almost 2 1/2 years ago), there was a very unsightly picnic table in the back of the building, underneath a tree. It was in very poor shape and the local kids had their way spray painting unmentionable things all over it (like Charlottesville unmentionable things). The damage was then covered…

Welcome Home!

After a few months crammed into an oversized storage bin (they had more than the recommended amount of room, trust me), our not-so-little ducklings are moving on up!

Duck Update!

Hear ye, hear ye! I’d like to announce that we have 2 drakes and 2 hens here at Ferngully! Our not-so-little ducklings are now roughly 4 months old. One more month, and maybe we’ll have our first egg (fingers crossed).

Fermented Fabulousness!

Beyond alcohol, there is a fermented craze happening. Everything from fermented veggies to kefir water to apple cider vinegar to kombucha. The newest ways to satisfy gut health is slowly becoming a revolution (seriously, stop eating commercial yogurt, though[there is waaay too much sugar and not enough probiotics]). You can be a part of this gut health…

Almond Milk – Easier To Make Than You Think!

People get weirded the eff out when I tell them that I make my own almond milk. Not sure why. They are not my people. And if you are perusing this blog, then maybe you can be my person. Welcome! We like you already!

Happy Simplicity Day!!!

We’ve been MIA these last two weeks. On the go, but constantly learning! In honor of today’s “holiday” here is a picture of some beautiful West Virginian trees from a hike in the woods. I look at the trees and automatically feel more grounded.

Ferngully’s New Toy

There is something about a hammock. It transcends any other outdoor seating/laying arrangement. A hammock is resplendent and whimsical in an outdoor space. And Ferngully just had to have one.