Free Produce

So much free produce! Thank you farmer friends and neighbors. Now it’s time to get canning.



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How can a preschooler be homeschooled you may wonder.

Here’s how:


You follow the child’s passions as educational pusuits.

Each night after lights out River gets a Not True Story. Often she requests a theme and her daddy or I make one up and tell it to her as the last step in our bedtime routine. Over the past two months the Not True Stories increasingly became about catepillers and butterflies. Then butterflies and moths began to hatch and be seen fluttering around the garden and neighborhood.

So when I saw these books about butterflies and moths at our library’s used book sale I snapped them up. Four different books, ranging from a kids identification guide to a book about their lifecycle. Now over the next few months we will puruse these books and learn about a subject that she is really interested in.

In the picture above you can see her comparing a wing her daddy found to the images in the identiction book. The grown ups identifed it as a swallowtail butterfly wing, but the kid wasn’t so sure. But that’s the thing; that’s learning. And we’ll keep doing it.

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Hi Friends! It is July already! The summer solstice has come and gone, with a night so bright I could hardly sleep, outside and staring at the moon.

We are having our fair share of cool days, which pleases me greatly after the heat of last summer. Harvests are slowly rolling in, with plenty of time in between to process each one. After all, this isn’t August or Spetember yet, which is when our ‘summer’ garden is in full force.

Below you can see a marjoram bouquet that I harvested. Marjoram is a cousin of Oregano, with less of a kick. I usually harvest about three bundles a summer,which gets us through the winter. After I harvest my herbs I dry them and then break them off their stalks and put them into glass jars for safe keeping all winter long. Yes, I think about winter all summer long. That’s how we make it through.



It’s thyme! My favorite, and doing quite well this year.

We’ve also had some really lovely harvest from the allium family this year. Beautiful storage onions coming in by the twos and threes, and a hardy, purple, garlic harvest as well. Praise the garden for its garlic.



Been baking lots of bread. Here is delicious soup made from what the fridge had to offer, along with a slice of homemade bread.

imageAnd here is River in the process of mixing up our bread dough. Yeah, she’s tough. And cool. I know.


We harvested some potatoes early, and ate them. She cut them all up into pieces of the same size. So proud.


Plus I baked some awesome chocolate cake.


Well this seems like a pretty brag-y post. I guess I’m proud. Yep, I’m proud. Peace, have a wondeful day.

: )

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Life’s Little Salve Makers

River and I made salve together today. She’s been wanting to for weeks.


We also re-filled chapsticks with homemade chapstick (otherwise known as salve).

It was a great way to bond and I passed on some valuable knowledge along the way.


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Fresh Raspberries


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River helps out with a lot of chores around the house and yard and with the animals. She doesn’t have specific chores that are hers, but she is learning a little bit of everything along the way, and can truly be helpful at this point.

She can feed the dogs and cats, give the rabbit carrots, herd chickens, water plants in the greenhouse and the garden, fold wash cloths and her cloth face wipes, and wash plastic and wooden dishes. As you all know, she loves to bake, and she often begs to help cook.

I don’t force her do chores becuase it just doesn’t work. And I’d rather keep the good vibe going with doing chores than make it a hard and horrible thing. I also call my own work chores so she gets the picture that we all have chores we do. For instance, in the morning I make coffe, make breakfast, pack lunches, feed the cats and dogs and rabbit and let out the chickens. I call these my morning chores. She knows that I need to take care of my morning chores before I can sit and cuddle her on the couch or start on a project with her. I tell her I have to finish my morning chores so everyone stays happy. I hope that this helps build the concept that we all do things for each other in a family for the greater good.


Here is how I do one of my chores; I fold laundry while watching one of my favorite high quality TV shows. The wathcing device goes in the middle, by the cat. Watching a show I enjoy while doing a chore that must be done helps to make it enjoyable, and it gives me the feeling of getting some me time, even if I am still contributing to the family.

See you later. Enjoy your chores.

; )

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Art + Nature = Love

Bringing Nature Indoors


River did many sweet nature collages after harvesting supplies from our back yard. Supplies included dandelions, pinecones, rocks, grasses and assorted plants.

Bringing Art Outdoors




She also had a great watercolor session outdoors in the lovely spring weather. Abstract paintings suite a three year old well.

Bring Nature In, and Bring Art Outdoors.

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