A Time To Sell: Why We Sold Our Dairy Goats

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I’ve written quite a lot about how much I love having dairy goats. They’re such a great addition to a small homestead. Ornery sure, but small, and easy to deal with on the whole, and they produce more than enough milk for one family. Perfect for me as a mom with small children whom I don’t want to end up under a cow’s hoof. So it may be a bit of a shock when I tell you that we sold {Read More}

DIY Painted Trees and Holly Christmas Ornament

DIY Painted Christmas Ornament

Hi all! My sister Johanna, has been churning out homemade Christmas decorations like crazy, and I asked her to share a few with us here on the blog. She is such a creative! After you’ve read this tutorial, be sure to stop by her Etsy shop and look at all of her beautiful handmade creations!  I’ve loved painting my own ornaments this Christmas season. I love how creative you can get with just a couple of paint colors, a paintbrush, {Read More}

Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipe

Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipe

Winter squash is packed with nutrition and, even better (well, from one perspective), it’s easy to cook. My family never really ate winter squash, so after we got married, I just cooked whatever squash Gabe-the-squash-lover told me was good. Even so, when I walked into the grocery store the other day and saw acorn squash on sale, I realized that I still hadn’t tried them. So I bought one and decided to try stuffing it with an Italian-type meat filling. {Read More}

Seven Ways To Show Kindness This Holiday Season

Seven Ways To Show Kindness

November is the month where we all count our blessings, and looks for reasons to be thankful. I love this practice! But wouldn’t it be wonderful if we all went beyond introspective thankfulness, and gave those around us more blessings to count and reasons to be thankful? I believe that if our thankfulness is true, It will be born out by pouring blessings into the lives of the world around us. For many of us, it’s not that there’s a {Read More}

DIY Snow-Covered Pine Cone Ornaments

DIY Pinecone Ornament Tutorial

Hi all! My sister Johanna, has been churning out homemade Christmas decorations like crazy, and I asked her to share a few with us here on the blog. She is such a creative! After you’ve read this tutorial, be sure to stop by her Etsy shop and look at all of her beautiful handmade creations!    One of my favorite things are pinecones. You can do so many things with pinecones; they are a really great way to decorate your {Read More}

Gluten-Free Gingersnaps Recipe

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Have you ever made gingersnaps? I had them once as a kid and didn’t like them because they were too spicy. I had no idea a cookie would have cayenne pepper in it. Well, I finally realized the other day that if I made them myself, they didn’t have to be spicy. I know, brilliant observation, right? But I finally made it, and made them, and now I’m in love. There’s really a lot of things to love about these {Read More}

The Frugal Homemaker’s Must-Haves

9 Must Haves For The Frugal Homemaker

  You’re probably looking like I’m crazy right now aren’t you? I mean, here I am telling you “here’s some things you can buy for your frugal lifestyle.” The thing is, these are things that will help save either money, or time – or both – as I’ll explain below.  By the way, I’m not being compensated for any of these recommendations – nope, these are all independendt decisions on my part. I have, however, included my affiliate links where {Read More}

Pumpkin Spice No-Bake Cookies Recipe

Pumpkin No-Bake Cookies

So guys, I’ve really been on a roll here with this pumpkin desserts thing. My husband brought home several cans of pumpkin the other day when he stopped by the store to pick up bananas, and well, I can’t just let them sit idle now, can I? Nope!  My latest experiment has been pumpkin no-bake cookies. I’m a sucker for no-bake cookies, I even made a healthy version so I could indulge my sweet tooth more often. I figured that {Read More}

Peaceful Night Weaning

Peaceful Night Weaning

We’re moving, and during this painfully slow process, we moved our bed. Unfortunately, we haven’t had the opportunity to sleep on that nice, large, queen-sized bed for a couple of months now, leaving us in a smaller, less comfortable substitute. In short, co-sleeping, our favorite method for how to get enough sleep with a newborn, quit working. Neither Gabriel, nor I were sleeping well. In fact, Gabriel was ending up on the couch before morning more often than not. Still, {Read More}

We’re Finally In Texas – And I love My Beat Up Truck

beat up truck

We are in Texas. Finally. Well, I guess I really mean, we’re in Texas again. As I wrote back in August, we’re making the move back down to Central Texas from Tennessee to be near Gabriel’s family, and take advantage of farming and work opportunities. We made a three week trip down here that month, and then went back east to try to tie up all the loose ends. Naturally, that took longer than we ever thought it would.  But, {Read More}