• Recipes

    How to Make Elderberry Syrup

    My boys and I are sick. We’ve tried hard to avoid all the nasty germs going around right now, but we’ve also had to balance that with not going stir crazy stuck inside all the time! This time, the germs won. When we have head colds or flu-like symptoms, I always turn to Elderberries. Elderberries are incredible, truly. The entire Elder shrub has been used in folk medicine for thousands of years, and modern research is proving that the berries are a legitimate folk remedy. Two interesting double-blind, placebo-controlled studies showed that Elderberry had a remarkable effectiveness in reducing symptoms of flu-like illness. In both studies, the majority of patients…

  • Recipes

    Easy French Apple Tart

    Two weeks into our marriage, my husband sat me down for a serious talk. “I’m starving,” he told me. Not starving as in hungry for a sandwich. Starving as in he had been seriously hungry for the two weeks I had been attempting to cook for him. He was hungry, miserable, desperate, and he either needed for me to learn to cook or hand the kitchen over to him! My very first attempt to cook him a meal resulted in me starting a kitchen fire, a feat I repeated more than once in those early years of marriage. And don’t even get me started on the first meal I attempted…

  • Homeschooling

    Our Unschooling Experiment: The Result

    We finished out a full month of our unschooling experiment. I admit, it was a little tough for me to let go of my plans! So many times I wanted to sneak my own agenda back in there (and a few times I did, if we’re being honest). But I kept reading unschooling blogs, following unschooling families on instagram, and trying REALLY hard to fully embrace both the method and the philosophy. It was a fascinating experiment. It worked in ways I never would have predicted. Letting my children take the lead in their educations helped me understand them and what makes them tick so much more. I have a…

  • Homeschooling

    Our “Unschooling” Experiment

    I mentioned last time that we are dipping our toes into the world of unschooling. That led to a couple of interesting conversations, and was a bit of a surprise to some who saw Facebook posts of us beginning our semester as normal just a few weeks ago! The truth is that our fall semester of homeschooling was difficult, to put it mildly. It was so bad that I desperately wanted to put the kids in public school in January. That didn’t happen though, and I finally accepted that we were still doing this homeschooling thing. I hoped that simply being settled in a home with all of our school supplies…

  • Life

    2019 is off to a great start!

    Facebook is full of memes about January feeling like an entire year, but my experience has been the opposite. Our January was a beautiful, happy month that flew by almost too quickly. My last post was a hard one, so I feel I need to speak to that. Just as the solstice brought the return of the light, it also brought us many blessings and joys. Our difficult year left us with new vision for the future of our family, an even stronger commitment to finding joy in each day we’re given, and a deep appreciation for each other. While I would never want to relive 2018, I was able…