• Life

    Introducing Hawthorn Hill

    I almost didn’t go see the house we just purchased. When we were searching for a new home, we had our hearts set on another farm. We quickly realized that what we were looking for just didn’t exist in our price range. Instead, we decided to settle for a house on a couple of acres, enough to keep a few chickens, bees, and the gardens we love. Our long term plan is to keep an eye open for a larger plot of undeveloped acreage nearby for future projects, but a couple of acres should keep us busy in the meantime. Still, even with our adjusted expectations, we almost didn’t go…

  • Life

    Going Back to our Roots

    The longer I live, the more I see patterns in my life. Our biggest life changing decisions and events always seem to come in May. I have no idea why this is. It all started thirteen years ago, in May, when Brandon bought an engagement ring. 😉 (Although, on second thought, maybe it started the May before that. . . the one where I packed up my car and left Nebraska to move back to Arkansas, in order to see if this thing with Brandon was going anywhere. 😉 ) Twelve years ago, May brought our graduation from college and our first “real” jobs in our hometown. The following May, we…

  • Recipes

    How I Make Bone Broth

    Bone broth is huge right now, and for good reason! Bone broths have always been a staple in traditional cuisines. They add a delicious depth of flavor to recipes, and it turns out they are also deeply nourishing. This is often the case with traditionally prepared foods! Our ancestors were on to a thing or two when it came to food preparation.  Homemade bone broth is anti-inflammatory, gut healing, and provides access to minerals and nutrients not readily found in other foods. It has been shown to boost the immune system. It is a great source of collagen, which is why some people say that bone broth is “better than…

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    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…

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    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…