Tour of the Hen House

Our chickens have enjoyed their hen house with an enclosed chicken run for almost a year now!  They’re well settled into their home, and it’s a great time to take a tour of their lovely accommodations.

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Farm Garden Update

So, how is our lovely garden doing this year?  Well let me tell ya, it ain’t lovely, and it ain’t doing much!  Our first year gardening in Georgia has been a challenge, and the rewards for our hard work have been minimal.  But, (there’s always a but!) the effort we’re putting in this year, will mean better harvests in the future.  At least, here’s to hoping…

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It looked fairly well-kept in the beginning 😉

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Is Our Well Going Dry? EEK!

Water is critical for survival. Life cannot be sustained without it. For those of you who live in the city, you simply turn on your tap and water flows freely; and if it doesn’t, you have a utility company to call for service and fix your water problem.

What do you do if you live out in the country, and you turn on the faucet one afternoon – only to have brown water trickle out and then stop flowing altogether? This happened to us recently! We are normally conservative with our water usage and we’ve also had quite a bit of rain this season, so running our well dry was not an immediate concern… until it actually happened.

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Lazy Girl Marinara from Scratch!

Going to let y’all in on a little secret… I’m kind of lazy. I enjoy gardening and making things from scratch, which can be a lot of work. Sometimes, you just gotta find an easier way for things. I’ve found a lazier way of making marinara! You just need a slow cooker and an immersion blender, plus your ingredients. I love this method because this way I don’t heat up the house (our outside kitchen area is not ready yet) and I don’t have to babysit the sauce to avoid a scorched pot!

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Home-school Curriculum: How to Design Your Own!

We are fairly new to homeschooling, having started the journey just last November. Since we started nearly mid-year, I did not want to shell out a large amount of money for an out-of-the-box curriculum, especially since we were giving homeschooling a trial run and we weren’t sure how it would go.

I did my best to put together my own curriculum, from a variety of free or cheap sources, and switched gears as we explored the multitude of options — there are just so many out there!! I found it bewildering and overwhelming at times, so I wanted to share some insights I gained while I cobbled our curriculum together.

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Walk around the Farm

One of my favorite things to do these days is walk around our property, camera in hand.  I especially love macro photography and flowers.  Here are a few pictures from recent wanderings right in our backyard.

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Chanterelle mushrooms

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Digital Realities of Homesteading Life

When we started shopping a property last fall, one of my silly concerns was internet access. While it’s not technically a need, our plans entailed homeschooling for the kids and remote employment & continued education for me. Oh, how we’ve been spoiled with cable internet… And y’all, I just need to vent a little bit.

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I had to toy around with pic formats to size this file down, just so it would upload this morning.

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