Look at all these beautiful nuts River and I gathered! They fall off our neighbor’s huge nut tree into our yard. Usually they all just return to the Earth or are collected by squirels. But this year my husband positively identified them as edible. So we’re hanging them in mesh bags for eating this winter.

Happy Harvest

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Tomatoes and Peaches

imageimageLife is busy. Garden to water, food to can, daughter to raise, animals to care for. Lots happening here. Hope your summer is beautiful. 

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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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