Category: Home Making

Conversations with Our Children

It’s a busy time…farming and home schooling and livin’ life.  We’ve had a full Fall already with difficult funerals and happy weddings.  We’ve tried to slow down.  I’m beginning to think that is not possible. So we’ve been hitting life full…

1942 Farming Propaganda

While I’m very thankful for the tractor and all that it can do – the actual impact of progressive farming was exactly opposite of what this old film clip portrays.  In fact, Beth recently quoted from “The Hind Tit“, Andrew Nelson Lytle essay…

Slow Food vs. Fast Food

Our friends over on Beaverdam Creek, run an organic family farm and run a popular CSA program.  You should check out their website and blog and see all the great things they do.  They “grow slow food” and supply their customers weekly…

Turning an ugly lamp into a beauty

Here is another post to go into my new category, “Fixin’ up the Home Place”.    Here’s my version of what a beauty is.  My possum trapping son has his own beauty. I spotted this lamp at goodwill…saw the price $4.50…and…

Lot of work for so little food…

The agrarian way of life is a whole lot of hard work.  I didn’t just happen to figure this out.  I remember saying something about it the day our milk cow decided she didn’t want to be milked –I immediately thought about…

The birthday hike with applesauce

The guys headed out today for a special birthday hike with our new 8 year old… It really does seem just a short while ago that I was holding this little boy in my arms.  He always wants to go on…

Vaughnshire Pancake Recipe

I am re-posting this recipe for those who have not seen it.  This is a pancake recipe that we sorta made up from a combination of recipes. The idea was to create a simple pancake recipe that the kids could…

Do you ever have one of those days…

…one of those days were nothing goes right in the kitchen.  We had a baking day last week before Thanksgiving.  To keep the little girls occupied I gave them a bowl with some flour and water in it and told…

Homeschooling Today Magazine

“Inspiring Daughters Begins With Mom” is an article I wrote for the September / October issue of Homeschooling Today.  We have been working on home management notebooks and I wrote about the process about how to put a notebook together with your…

Thanksgiving Turkey Advice from Kindergarteners

Our small rural town paper published some funny advice from the local public school Kindergarteners about how to prepare your Thanksgiving turkey.  Not only did we enjoy a good laugh, but reading through the responses, we discovered something very interesting and…

Making Herbal Remedies

This was so much fun!  We made several herbal remedies and mixed up some herbal teas.  We picked some mullein  growing back in the hollow and used in one of the remedies along with the rest of the herbs I…

Raising Ready Writers

The use of the pen can be a powerful weapon.   We place a high priority on learning the art and skill of the pen.  Writing is an absolute must do in this family.  While we do have structured how to lessons on…