Monday, April 22, 2013

Life out here is simple

This day has been full of trying to pay attention to simple pleasures and breathing deeply. I've been trying to do this more often recently. I got a reusable bag from the Tractor Supply Store that says "Life out here is simple". Not sure it exactly applies to the way we live, but our family loves trying to live simply. I love the slow pace. The work involved. Things take a few or more days to finish. We tend to always be in the middle of something. But we are getting use to taking it slow and enjoying the simple things. We enjoy the work we choose to take on and the things we learn. So, there are a few sweet things that I've smiled at today. I'd love to share with you.

The other day, I got to see this:

This is a baby doll carriage my Grammie left to me, and on this day the light shone through it to my wall, perfectly.

French press coffee:

I love the steps involved. It is slow and lovely. And it tastes fantastic. This, today, while fixing lunch and anticipating cleaning the tub with baking soda and vinegar. Figuring my shower would necessarily turn into a bath since the shower curtain would be in the washer. Nap time, coffee, cleaning the tub, bath. That is sweet.

Two boys in the same room:

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The basic ingredients that make life awesome

Right now I'm sitting with tea, and trying to plan our garden layout with companion gardening to save space and reduce pests! I'm loving a book I purchased called Carrots Love Tomatoes by Louise Riotte. Crazy cool things like parsley helps asparagus, and tomatoes protect asparagus from specific pests. It peaks my interest because it is like one of those complex word problems when I get all the information written out: 
If asparagus likes tomatoes, tomatoes like carrots and garlic, Broccoli likes potatoes, beets, onions and thyme, but broccoli hates tomatoes, strawberries, beans and peas... and you have a semi-square foot garden plan that also needs to be rotated in some areas to prevent pests, WHERE DO YOU PLANT YOUR PLANTS?
Ahaha. It doesn't have to be that complicated. She gives a few examples of garden layouts. I'm not going to get it perfect, but I'm enjoying the challenge with the hope that it cuts down on pests and creates a beautiful compact garden with food we love! If you want to see a chart by someone else, this one is interesting. It doesn't tell you why they like certain plants, which I prefer in the book.

I'm also thinking these homesteading related things:
Butter, Buttermilk, Cheese, Yogurt, Eggs, Chicken, Vegetables, Relish and Pickles, Diced tomatoes ready for Chili!, Applesauce....
I just rewrote part of my pinterest blurb to say "I enjoy homesteading and having a hand in the basic ingredients that make life awesome!" Yeah, that sums it up. I'm really loving how I get to practically apply biology, chemistry, math, organization, problem solving, research... The whole nine yards, and use if for our life. Pretty sweet. I think I'm a geek.

If you followed me on pinterest, you would be seeing things about chicks, breeds of chickens, chicken tractors, feed, a NH goat breeder, butter, kombucha, potatoes, soaked cakes, how to butcher a chicken.... It has been my job for the past couple of weeks to figure some of this stuff out. And pinterest saves my bookmarks.

I'll be glad when we are in the swing of things and I'm walking to the coop to check on new chicks, letting our laying hens in the garden for a bit and watching the green start to come up from the soil!!

For now, here are some of our adventures:
Over a week ago we started Kombucha with some SCOBY out of a bottle from the store. It is working so far. I'm excited.

The beginning. I don't have a picture of it all in the jar.

We made butter and buttermilk for a cake we made and decided that we should make butter with the cream on the top of one gallon of milk every Wednesday when we get milk. It rocks, and now we just have to have buttermilk pancakes every week! It is actually saving money on the butter. Our friends gave us some maple syrup that we can't wait to try on the pancakes!


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