“Well, I couldn’t do that!” – Defending Our Choices

“Well, I couldn’t do that!” – Defending Our Choices

“Well, I couldn’t do that!” – Defending Our Choices

  If you make any unusual lifestyle choices, I promise you’ll hear this remark.  Sometimes, it’s made in a wistful way, as though the person wishes they could do whatever it is.  As if they really mean, “Wow, that’s wonderful!  I wish I could, but I don’t think I’m strong/clever/brave enough.”  Other times, it’s merely criticism masked as a benign statement.  Then, it really means, “That’s terrible! That makes you a bad person/parent.  I could never do THAT!”  On occasion, it means exactly what it sounds like.  “Hmm, that’s interesting, but I couldn’t do it.”

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Fridays At The Funny Farm: Mission Impossible Accomplished

Fridays At The Funny Farm: Mission Impossible Accomplished

Jonah recently had a birthday.  The Saturday before said birthday, we had the ‘Family/Family Friends Party’!  This is a very odd mixture of people.  It is also a mixture of very odd people.  I mean there are a couple of ‘normals’ thrown in to keep things interesting, but most of us are knowingly guilty of oddness aforethought.

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What’s New On the Farm? Getting In a Jam

What’s New On the Farm? Getting In a Jam

I had a full week off from work!  It was wonderful!  When I have down time, I love to play in my kitchen.  However, this is serious food preservation season at my house.  I’ve been putting up tons of stuff from the garden, but this week I added in some jam making.  Well, preserves actually.  If you don’t know the difference, let me explain.  Jelly is jellied fruit juice.  Jam has pureed fruit in it.  Preserves have chunks or slices of fruit suspended in sweet flavorful goodness.  Preserves are by far our favorites. Once upon a time, there were three

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Filling the Pantry: Where Do You Shop?

Filling the Pantry: Where Do You Shop?

There are only two grocery stores within a thirty-mile radius of my house.  One is VERY expensive, and I’ve gone there exactly twice in the two and a half years we’ve lived here.  The other is a Wal-Mart superstore.  Wal-Mart isn’t my favorite place to shop.  Our Wal-Mart has poor quality produce and meat, but I tend to shop there once a month for staples, household goods, and toiletries. I try to work the rest of my shopping into trips to ‘the city’.  Since I work in a huge city located 80 miles from home, I have lots of options

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Does Your Pantry Have Culture?

Does Your Pantry Have Culture?

Naturally, my pantry is full of caviar, smoked salmon, Moët and Chandon, and fragrant black truffles….Bwahahaha!

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Fridays At The Funny Farm: The Girl Who Saved Christmas

Fridays At The Funny Farm: The Girl Who Saved Christmas

Round One Grace tiptoed up the garden path.  Okay, really, she slogged down the garden path.  She had a bucket of grain in one hand and four blocks of hay in the other.  She weaved carefully between the beds.  It didn’t really become interesting, until she had to precariously balance the hay on the arm of the ‘grain hand’ to free the other to unlatch the gate.  I watched as she performed a quick balance-unlatch-rebalance maneuver and prepared to step into the temporary sheep pen.  Suddenly, halfway through the gate, with one foot hovering midair, she froze.  She only spoke

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What Makes A Good Homesteader

What Makes A Good Homesteader

Fire and Ice.  Oil and Water.  Black and White.  Day and Night.  Seth and Jonah. My two older boys couldn’t be more opposite! Seth is fair-skinned, red-headed, blue-eyed, and fearless to the point of recklessness.  As a kid, before learning to swim, he jumped into the deep end of pools…twice.  The first time, age three and a half, I pulled him out and he said, “I wanted to see what the deep part was like.  I knew you’d pull me out before I ‘drownded’.”  He repeated the experiment at age four and a half.  That time, when I pulled his

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Deconstructed Stuffed Mushroom Casserole

Deconstructed Stuffed Mushroom Casserole

I love food!  I love mushrooms!  Way back when the world was young and life was beautiful, I had all the mushrooms to myself!  Liam hated them and my boys thouht all fungus was ‘gag-a-licious’.  Then, Grace appeared on the scene, and I suddenly had to share. That child was weaned onto mushrooms, Brussel’s sprouts, and sauteed liver.  She loves food just like her mama!  Unfortunately, she seems to carry food-loving as a contageous virus.  Shortly after she started taking a cut of MY mushrooms, Liam had a road to Cremini conversion.  He pursued his new idol with the enthusiasm

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Eggs Irish Rarebit

Eggs Irish Rarebit

We. Have. Eggs.  Lots of eggs.  We sell eggs.  We hatch eggs.  We give eggs to visitors.  And…we eat them for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks! We love quiche, German pancakes, omelets, and poached eggs on toast as well as the next family.  But, I’m constantly on the look out for new and different ways to force eggs into my loving family. Welsh rarebit is one of Grace’s favorite meals.  If you’ve never had it, it’s basically savory cheese sauce on toast.  One night, I decided to create a hybrid between poached egg on toast with hollendaise sauce and Welsh

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Fridays at the Funny Farm: The Green Acres Gaffe

Fridays at the Funny Farm: The Green Acres Gaffe

Our farmhouse sits on about five acres of ‘yard’.  These five acres are much more trouble than the other 25+ acres of ‘pasture’.  Why, you ask?  Because, they’re encircled by a wooden rail fence. Although the fence is fairly aesthetically pleasing, it has a serious downside.  You can easily spot the downside when you notice the sheep’s reaction to it.  They don’t wander about inside it.  They don’t poke their heads through its gaps and graze on the other side.  No!  They put their hooves over their mouths in a failed attempt to smother laughter as they run straight through

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