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Down on the Farm


I thought I’d do a little update about what’s been going on down here on the farm!  It’s been busy, busy and spring is maybe finally in the air??

Our Charolais heifer herd starting calving a couple weeks ago!  Woo-hoo!  We were nervous about this, but so far, so good.  All calves look good and healthy and the mamas seem to be taking to their job.  Watching new calves is one of the best things ever 🙂

down on the farm
These babies are a cross between the white charolais and a red hereford bull. We ended up with little blond/strawberry calves. SO CUTE!!

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farmwife, homemaking

The Best Bread Recipe Ever!

the best bread recipe ever

Don’t you just LOVE the smell of homemade bread baking??  And what better way to define your homesteading abilities than a proficiency at making homemade bread, right?? Well, I’m here to share the best bread recipe ever with you!

Bread can be very intimidating to most people, but it really doesn’t have to be and its much more forgiving than you think.  Humans have been baking bread since the beginning of time, so, let me tell you, YOU CAN, too! Continue reading “The Best Bread Recipe Ever!”

back where i come from, chickens, life on the farm

The Pros and Cons of Free Range Chickens


pros and cons of free range chickensPros and Cons of Free Range Chickens

Raising your own chickens for eggs and meat is one of the first steps for your new homestead, right?  I call chickens the gateway drug!  Trust me, you start with chickens, then you move on to goats, then pigs, then cows, then who knows what else…. and your husband and kids are like “Please stop!  We don’t want anymore chores!”  Seriously, this has NOT happened in my life- ha!

I’m here to give you the lowdown on all things chicken, but since I could probably right an entire BOOK on it, in this post, I’m only going to really touch on laying hens, and the pros and cons of free range chickens, K? Continue reading “The Pros and Cons of Free Range Chickens”

DIY, homemaking

Easy DIY Farmhouse Decor

easy diy farmhouse decor

Do you love all the farmhouse decor that’s so popular these days??


Especially, since I live on a farm and have always kind of decorated that way (I use “decorated” loosely…. I’m so not talented in that area!)

When we remodeled our house a few years ago, I ended up with a large, blank, windowless wall in our living room.  I had no idea what to do with it (remember the lack of talent in the decorating arena??), so I lived with it for 3 years and pondered.

Just a little background on my lack of the decorating gene… we lived in a farmhouse south of town for 4 years and I didn’t hang a single thing in the living room the entire time we lived there!!  And we had a GIANT blank wall!  Yeah….

Anyway, back to my original story and how to get that trendy farmhouse style the easy way! Continue reading “Easy DIY Farmhouse Decor”

2018 Goals, goals

One Way to Complete a Goal

So, I’ve been a little MIA here on the blog because I have been working on a goal that I set to be completed by March 1!  And that was my quilt.

disappearing hourglass quilt. One Way to Complete a Goal

You see, I have the nasty habit of starting projects and not finishing them in a timely manner.

I have all sorts of excuses….

Life gets in the way, I don’t have time, I don’t have the proper materials, etc.

This particular quilt has been two years in the making.  I bought my fabric exactly two years ago, but first I made myself the deal that I had to complete my nephew’s graduation quilt.

So, I did, but then it took me several months of coming up with excuses before I started on mine.  I’d get good momentum, then the next step would paralyze me a little, so I’d come up with more excuses for why I couldn’t work on it.

One of my goals this year was to complete that quilt (which means getting the top pieced so I could give it to my mom to machine quilt) by March 1.  And I kept hem hawing around about why I just didn’t have time.

My sister gave me a swift *metaphorical* kick in the butt and told me I should just sit down and finish that darn thing, come hell or high water. (I’m paraphrasing here, lol).

So, ten days ago, I did just that.

I ignored everything else in my life (within reason… my family still got fed and we still got school done!) and just sewed, sewed, sewed.  And in six days I had that quilt done!

disappearing hourglass quilt, one way to complete a goal
If you look in the background, you can see my messy living room…. I told you I ignored most everything else in my life, lol.

And that’s my advice for you.

One way to complete a goal?


Sounds like a Nike commercial, right???  But it works… albeit at the expense of other things in your life.

If you have a project that you are determined to complete this year, I challenge you to just do it and get it done.  Quit making excuses and make it happen!!

Have you ever blocked out all else in your life to complete a long awaited project or goal?  Did you like that method or do you prefer a slow and steady pace?

dyslexia, homeschooling, kids

Homeschooling with Dyslexia

homeschooling with dyslexia

Do you think your child has dyslexia?  How do you know?  And what do you do about?  Can you “cure” it with homeschooling?

Those were all questions that I had about 5 years ago.

We started homeschooling Elisa during kindergarten and by the time she was in 3rd grade, I was pretty confident I had this homeschool thing down.  She could read well, write well, knew all of her math facts.  She was actually a couple years ahead of her grade level!

So, when it was time for Lindy to start kindergarten that year, I figured it would be a piece of cake.  I knew she was smart and she had always been advanced for her age.  She started walking at 9 months and had a giant vocabulary by 18 months.  I figured she’d be like Elisa and practically teach herself and I would just be along for the ride.

Well, as it turned out…. Continue reading “Homeschooling with Dyslexia”

4 pieces of advice for parenting your autistc teenager
autism, parenting

4 Pieces of Advice for Parenting Your Autistic Teenager

4 pieces of advice for parenting your autistc teenager

Parenting an autistic teenager is a whole different ball game than parenting a little kid.  Hormones go haywire, they get big and strong, and things just get harder.  It kind of comes as a shock, really.

But nobody tells you that when they are first diagnosed as toddlers or preschoolers.

Their future as adults starts to stare you down and it can look downright scary!

How will my kid live on their own?  Will they be able live on their own?  What happens when they are bigger than me?  How do you get help and services?  What if they can’t tell me what’s causing behavior changes?

Lots of scary questions. Continue reading “4 Pieces of Advice for Parenting Your Autistic Teenager”

kids, parenting

Why You Should Make Your Teenager Buy Their Own Clothes

Why you should make your teenager buy their own clothes

Years ago, when I was growing up, my parents instituted a rule that when we turned 13 we were responsible for buying our own clothes.  The farm would provide us with a pair of work boots and every day coat (meaning the coat you wore to do chores and farmwork) and Mom and Dad would make sure we had a decent “good” coat (meaning it was nicer, but you wore it forever!), but all other clothing purchases were your responsibility (we did get underwear at Christmas, though, so that helped, lol).

I had no other friends who had to buy ALL of their own clothes!  Seriously.  If they needed new jeans, their parents bought it for them.  They want a new sweater?  Their parents bought it for them.  Now, granted, my situation was slightly different, in that I had a good job by 13 (farming for your dad starts early and he paid pretty well.  And you get LOTS of summer hours in the tractor!)  But I had friends who had jobs later who still didn’t have to buy all of their own clothes.

As our kids got older, we instituted the same rule (except for Reece, but that’s a whole different story).  And we are completely in the minority. Continue reading “Why You Should Make Your Teenager Buy Their Own Clothes”


Garden Update (Winter Version) and Dreaming of Spring

mulched garden

My garden isn’t looking very pretty right now, but I think it has a certain orderliness about it.  Don’t you?

mulched garden
Enjoy the non-orderly parts of the my garden, ha!

I try my hardest to do a thorough mulching job on it before winter really hits so that it can sit and compost until it’s time to plant in April and May.  There are two reasons for this: Continue reading “Garden Update (Winter Version) and Dreaming of Spring”


CrossFit Update (7 Months!)

crossfit update

I cannot believe that it’s been 7 months since I started CrossFit!!  This is the longest I have stuck with a consistent fitness program and I can tell.  I figured a little update was in order….

I started CrossFit at the end of May last year and figured I’d stick with it until Labor Day.  This was mostly because our local group ran a deal that was good until then.

Generally speaking, even though I’ve been working out regularly for 4 years, I don’t stick with any one thing for more than 2-3 months, so this 7 month anniversary is a big deal for me, lol!

Here are the things I’ve noticed: Continue reading “CrossFit Update (7 Months!)”