Home Making

Milk and Meat Cows, Pigs, Eggs and Boys

December 8, 2009
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We love May the Milk Cow.  She has a bull calf that is about 6 weeks old now.  They are doing wonderfully.  We have an abundance of winter milk for which we are all thankful for.  Having that milk drastically cuts our grocery bill as well.  Of course there is a lot of work that…

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Conversations with Our Children

November 10, 2009
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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 speed ahead and making progress some days…and other days not so much. As the day…

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1942 Farming Propaganda

August 5, 2009
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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 published in 1930 on this very topic.  Check out this little clip for the story…

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Slow Food vs. Fast Food

July 11, 2009
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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 with a basket of fresh, organic veggies grown in their huge garden.  They also send…

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Turning an ugly lamp into a beauty

March 17, 2009
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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 had a great picture in my mind of what I could do with it.  It…

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Pantry 2009: Making Apple Sauce Pictures

January 12, 2009
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Pantry 2009: Making Apple Sauce Pictures

I have been working on getting my pantry stocked with apple sauce.  It was a nice thought, but isn’t producing the vision I had of jars and jars of yummy homemade applesauce lining my pantry shelves.  It’s my first try.  Next time the babies will be napping before I attempt any canning.  I have another…

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Lot of work for so little food…

December 26, 2008
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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 how easy picking up a gallon of milk at the store was compared to searching the pasture…

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The birthday hike with applesauce

December 24, 2008
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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 a hike on his birthday.  It is a perfect time — the woods are clear…

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Vaughnshire Pancake Recipe

December 22, 2008
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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 remember and whip up if I needed them to. A Large Family Amount of Pancakes…

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Do you ever have one of those days…

December 2, 2008
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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 them to make some dough.  Easy, cheap and kept them entertained for a very long…

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Homeschooling Today Magazine

November 26, 2008
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“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 daughters.  Check it out here… You can find the Homeschooling Today Magazine at your local…

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Thanksgiving Turkey Advice from Kindergarteners

November 25, 2008
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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 telling.  See if you can guess… The majority of the statements were like this… Go…

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How the Industrial Revolution Made Life Harder

November 24, 2008
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How the Industrial Revolution Made Life Harder

We have written many times on the Industrial Revolution and what a drastic change it has made to our economic, cultural, and political landscape.  There are so many ramifications, that it is difficult to even identify them, let alone be able to understand their full impact on our lives.  It may be questioned if we are even able…

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Making Herbal Remedies

October 28, 2008
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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 ordered.  I will keep posting about the process of making these remedies and let you…

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Raising Ready Writers

October 1, 2008
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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 writing here and there, the majority of our writing consists of letters they write to…

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