Tag: homesteading

Recipes: Quick and Easy Chicken Broth

Recipe for quick and easy chicken broth using rotisserie chicken carcass and vegetables

A Psalm of sacred space

When the world becomes a busy placeand I need to reconnect with you,I go to my sanctuary,my kitchen,and there I find you at my table.You are my Holy Homesteader,the one who keeps me company as Iarrange the flowers,wash the vegetables,can the jam,trim the herbs,sweeten… Continue Reading “A Psalm of sacred space”

wintering

I’ve put the gardens to bed and shored up the chicken coop. I’ve stored the tools and stacked the pots behind the shed. I’ve left the last of the coneflower dead heads reaching toward the sky, in case finch and chickadee grow tired of… Continue Reading “wintering”

feb 2017, dear cameron. . .

February 2017 Dear Cameron, I know you are busily approaching Spring 2017 with much excitement and anticipation of a full summer garden.  You are dreaming of expanding your homestead even bigger, maximizing sun space and growing plants vertically.  You are imagining arms full of… Continue Reading “feb 2017, dear cameron. . .”

a story to tell

After I arrived home from work tonight, I journeyed my away around the gardens.  It is amazing how an early afternoon shower then warm sun can perk up the plants and stimulate new growth.  As I made my away around each bed, I reflected… Continue Reading “a story to tell”

lessons learned: fixer-uppers, mental lists, and peace within

Tomorrow, a dear friend and I will be facilitating a women’s retreat at my little homestead.  I am so excited to host my first workshop since we remodeled our home and revamped the gardens, and yet, last night, I sat in my kitchen looking… Continue Reading “lessons learned: fixer-uppers, mental lists, and peace within”

homesteading: freezing herbs for the taste of summer all year round

Every autumn, I make a lot of pesto with my sweet basil and put it up to freeze.  This year, I’ll be freezing fresh basils, oregano, and thyme as well for soups and such in the winter. Before freezing herbs, there’s some prep work… Continue Reading “homesteading: freezing herbs for the taste of summer all year round”

rainy days got you down? ideas for gardeners on a rainy day

God made rainy days so gardeners could get the housework done.  ~Author Unknown It’s a cool, rainy  day here–the kind of weather that makes me want to lie on the couch and doze on and off, dreaming of warm, sunny days and veggies growing… Continue Reading “rainy days got you down? ideas for gardeners on a rainy day”

Lessons learned: canning and prayer

I wrote this one several summers ago, and with the onset of canning season, I have returned to it this week.  I find that each summer I can, this prayer practice becomes enhanced with various nuances. With the renovation of our kitchen this past… Continue Reading “Lessons learned: canning and prayer”

lessons learned: cleanin’ out the coop

Now that we have chickens again, I’m back to this weekly chore.  Thought I might repost this one~cameron Today is Saturday, the day I complete my top-to-bottom weekly cleaning of the chicken coop.  Oh yay!  There is much to love about homesteading, but cleanin’… Continue Reading “lessons learned: cleanin’ out the coop”

lessons learned: Spring cleaning

I’m reposting today as a reminder of the benefits of a good Spring cleaning–domestically and spiritually. ~cameron Some think it’s holding on that makes one strong; sometimes, it’s letting go.  ~Sylvia Robinson Last night, I was reading a meditation on the freedom of letting… Continue Reading “lessons learned: Spring cleaning”

the worms crawl in, the worms crawl out–cultivating compost

Now that we’re revamping the gardens around here, I have been working on some new composting holding areas.  Sundays are usually compost turning day so I thought I’d repost this one.  ~cameron Sunday around is compost turning day.  After a week of tossing stuff… Continue Reading “the worms crawl in, the worms crawl out–cultivating compost”

rainy days and rain barrels

While I’m not so happy about starting my weekend in rain after a beautifully sunny week, I’m grateful for the water to nurture our Spring crops.  Since we remodeled our house, I’ve got to figure out a new system for rainwater collection so will… Continue Reading “rainy days and rain barrels”

gentle gardeners and creation care~a meditation for Earth Day

As Earth Day approaches, I have been revisiting some of my blog posts on creation care.  I wrote this one a couple of years ago and thought I’d press it again today.  take care~cameron For much of the last century, religious institutions have missed–or… Continue Reading “gentle gardeners and creation care~a meditation for Earth Day”

lessons learned: seed starts and waiting

If you read this blog occasionally, you know that one of my mantras is “just be.”  I find in life there are many lessons I learn around this simple but profound phrase, and typically, it is Nature that serves as my best educator. Last… Continue Reading “lessons learned: seed starts and waiting”

meditation on the Bread of Life

During Lent, the sermon series at our church is focusing on God’s “I Am” statements. For my message at the contemplative service today, I reflected on I Am the Bread of Life which seemed right up my homesteading alley.  As such, it was my… Continue Reading “meditation on the Bread of Life”

lessons learned: on hauling mulch

In spite of all the challenging weather last week, yesterday gave us a bit of a break with warmer temps.  I’ve not been sleeping well recently so I decided to get outside in creation and release my body, mind, and spirit. When they cleared… Continue Reading “lessons learned: on hauling mulch”

2014’s new favorites in our kitchen

Tonight as I was searching through some homesteading posts, I came across this one from much earlier in the year.  Was a great surprise to be reminded of a few items I’d not used in awhile. I figure since we are rounding out 2014,… Continue Reading “2014’s new favorites in our kitchen”

growing grace farm’s ginger peach jam~a tribute to my Pop

Today would have been my grandfather’s 108th birthday.  God love him~he lived until he was 99 3/4 and died peacefully while eating his second dessert.  We could all be so lucky. This time of year, I grieve his loss as he was the man… Continue Reading “growing grace farm’s ginger peach jam~a tribute to my Pop”

study of tulip bulbs

       

growing grace farm’s Saturday morning apples

Wednesday night before Thanksgiving, I came home delighted to begin cooking and baking in my new kitchen.  I had come across some beautiful Honey Crisp apples at the store and decided to create an apple tart for our family celebration. And by “create,” I… Continue Reading “growing grace farm’s Saturday morning apples”

a new sense of home: gratitude, grace, and growth

Through the gift of grace and family and friends, my daughter and I are in the process of remodeling our home.  In years past, I might have said “house” as the clutter of stuff and shadows of memories seemed to create a bit of… Continue Reading “a new sense of home: gratitude, grace, and growth”

remedy for grey autumn and winter days–forcing bulbs

Tonight, I have the joy of a few quiet minutes on the couch before heading to bed.  As I look around me, I see bowls, pots, and mason jars filled with bulbs bursting forth with green shoots.  Made me think I should repost this… Continue Reading “remedy for grey autumn and winter days–forcing bulbs”

recipe: growing grace farms apple chips

This year, the apple trees on our family property have been fruitful to say the least.  After a dud season last year, I am taking advantage of the bountiful harvest canning, drying, and freezing as much as I can for winter.  Last week, I… Continue Reading “recipe: growing grace farms apple chips”

growing grace farm’s cinnamon honey applesauce

You know Mother Nature, she is bountiful one season then rests the next.  Last year, we had not a one apple on any of the trees on our family property.  This year, however, we were able to gather three cloth grocery bags full in… Continue Reading “growing grace farm’s cinnamon honey applesauce”

rainy days got you down? ideas for gardeners on a rainy day

God made rainy days so gardeners could get the housework done.  ~Author Unknown It’s a cool, rainy  day here–the kind of weather that makes me want to lie on the couch and doze on and off, dreaming of warm, sunny days and veggies growing… Continue Reading “rainy days got you down? ideas for gardeners on a rainy day”

let’s hear it for the girls: raising girls who know how to homestead

In the past two weeks my 15-year-old has made me so proud as a homesteading mama.  On a weekend afternoon, she decided she was going to put together our unfinished wood chairs.  From there, she sanded them down then picked out the stain she… Continue Reading “let’s hear it for the girls: raising girls who know how to homestead”

drying tomatoes for a taste of summer all year round

Last year, I came across some yellow roma tomatoes at the farmers’ market.  I bought a bagful, dried them, and saved some seed.  This year, these tomatoes were the heartiest of the bunch in our tomato bed.  This past weekend, I spent hours washing,… Continue Reading “drying tomatoes for a taste of summer all year round”

lessons learned: Spring cleaning

Since January, I’ve been in the process of cleaning out and overhauling our home.  It has been no easy undertaking but one that has truly lightened our load around here.  While I do not consider myself a materialist, I will admit to being a… Continue Reading “lessons learned: Spring cleaning”

recipe: Gracie Girl’s black bean and saffron rice casserole (gluten free)

One of my deepest regrets as a homesteader is that I did not sit my Granny down and write out all of the recipes she kept locked tightly in her head.  Even if they had read “a pinch of this, and a handful of… Continue Reading “recipe: Gracie Girl’s black bean and saffron rice casserole (gluten free)”

recipes: growing grace farm’s favorite tea blends

Even thought winter has ended, I am gearing up for a season of iced teas in mason jars out while lingering outside.  For a quick treat, I make them ahead, put in jars with lids then grab and go as needed–less expensive and healthier… Continue Reading “recipes: growing grace farm’s favorite tea blends”

thrifty thursday: glass bottles

After a recent event, I watched the hosts toss various colored glass bottles into blue recycling bags.  The “collector” in me wanted to cry, “Wait! I can do something with those!”  And, after doing some research, I realized, yes, yes I can. Here are… Continue Reading “thrifty thursday: glass bottles”

recipe: growing grace farm’s “just one more slice” zucchini bread

Removing all grains from my diet for my health’s sake was a challenge but easily accepted once my body started feeling better.  There are a few foods, however, I mourn the loss of–an aromatic thin crust pizza loaded with veggies, a warm glazed donut… Continue Reading “recipe: growing grace farm’s “just one more slice” zucchini bread”

thrifty thursdays: mason jars part 2

So, if you don’t already know it, I’m in love with Mason jars.  Well, Mason jars and pallets, but that’s another blog post.  I know we’ve already covered Mason jars once on Thrifty Thursday, (that blog post is here), but ol’ Mason and I… Continue Reading “thrifty thursdays: mason jars part 2”

sugar snap peas: spring’s candy

A few years ago, I started a batch of sugar snap peas on our deck and in front on the triangular trellis.  By late May, we had fat sugar snaps dangling from the vine.  I was so excited that I came running in and… Continue Reading “sugar snap peas: spring’s candy”

the long way ’round

Recently, I have been savoring the book In the Sanctuary of Women by Jan Richardson.  If you do not know her work, please visit her website.  You will not be disappointed! During my time away in Wisconsin, I spent several snowy evenings sitting in… Continue Reading “the long way ’round”

snow day baking

so you’ve started your seeds–now what?

After I pressed two posts on starting seeds, I noticed the trend in lots of posts and pinterest pics focusing on seed starting.  Yep, we get excited about planting the seeds, knowing that one day they’ll become vegetables and fruit in our gardens, but… Continue Reading “so you’ve started your seeds–now what?”

lessons learned: having the right tools

Last week, I started working on my daughter’s new bedroom.  She will be moving downstairs to the former master bedroom which became storage/office/workout room when we moved upstairs after her birth.  Now, in the teen years, we will both benefit from the repurposing of… Continue Reading “lessons learned: having the right tools”

first sprouts!