• Recipes

    Recipe: Instant-Pot Moroccan Butternut Squash Soup (Paleo)

    This is my first time publicly posting a recipe. Can I admit that it is incredibly nerve-wracking?? For one thing, this soup has 5 ingredients. 5. You know there is no way  I’m the first person to come up with this combination. Yes, I came up with it on my own out of desperation, but somewhere it HAS to already be written down as a recipe. I fear that if more people than my Mom ever read my blog then somebody will comment “Um, you know you stole that recipe from such and such cookbook. . . ” Oh the fears of a type A perfectionist. For another thing, this…

  • Life

    Lazy Fall Days and Our Paleo Experiment

    My husband reminded me today that I haven’t blogged in awhile. Truthfully, I think it’s because I don’t want to admit that we have been totally lazy on the farm the last two weeks, ha! We’ve been sleeping until 6 or 7 every day, curling up in front of the fire with library books, and thoroughly enjoying our fall! We brought home a big load of straw and hay. Our neighbors were a little surprised that we wanted to buy so much, since we don’t have any animals to feed! But I’m using straw to “deep litter” the chicken coop this winter, we’re using straw for cat bedding, and I’m…

  • Homeschooling

    Why We Homeschool

    Last spring, we made the decision to pull our oldest out of public school in order to homeschool. It was not an easy decision. He was in an absolutely fabulous school, with excellent teachers, and good friends. He was thriving there in so many ways. But he was struggling in other ways, and after significant soul searching, we felt that the best thing for him was to give homeschooling a try. I cried the day we told the school. I had to email the principal and teachers because I knew I couldn’t get through it in person. It was so, so hard to leave a place that had been so…

  • Life

    October Surprises: Sunrises, Barn Cats, and Tractors

    October has been quite the surprising month on the farm! The sunrises alone have been absolutely spectacular. The sky has a different mood every morning, and it makes those early morning wakeup calls worth it! We’ve brought three more animals on to the farm, a momma cat and two kittens for the barn. Before I dive into this story, can I just say that it is overwhelming to realize that we now have 17 animals? Prior to moving to the farm, we always had two dogs. Two. Two is easy, manageable. Now we have 2 dogs, 3 cats, and 12 chickens. I guarantee that number is going to continue growing.…

  • Life

    All About Those Chickens

    We all love our chickens around here. I have to admit though, my youngest son and I may be a little obsessed. Probably not as obsessed as our German Shepherd, who keeps trying to move into their house with them, but still! Several people have told me I will feel differently in a year or so, but right now I just love spending time with the girls. They are so funny! It is like we have our own tiny flock of dinosaurs to watch. Seriously, just throw a grasshopper in front of them and watch how they attack it together, then fight over who gets the best parts! Sometimes I…