homesteading: guinea vs. rooster

Our Rooster

We have had chickens and guinea hens for over a year now. We survived our first winter, our first tragic loss of life, and our first go-round at incubating eggs. The newest season in poultry life is ‘mating’. But not in the way you would think. Apparently it is guinea mating season and our lone […]

spring morning

spring morning in Minnesota

There’s something to be said for country people. I wasn’t one until I became one. I didn’t know I appreciated still, cool, grey Spring mornings until I woke up enveloped in them. I didn’t know that I would get such delight in seeing the ice thaw from the ponds or the perfect reflection of the […]

olivia and colton

Olivia giving me a look

Starting the day with this cutie is one of my favorite things in the world. I am by no means a morning person, but this little light of my life is trying (pretty successfully) to change that. As she sat across from me at the table this morning, she seems to be in deep thought while […]

That One Time That I Told Dolvett Quince How To Do His Job

Dolvett Quince from the Biggest Loser

Here is me. (On your right, not the pretty headhead. That is Ree from The Pioneer Woman.) And here is Dolvett Quince. I don’t know if you noticed, but one of us happens to work out more than the other. Just in case it’s hard for you make that distinction, I will tell you. It’s Dolvett. […]

dear lady who flicked off my kid


“Blueberry Pie muffins!” “Mom, we want breakfast burritos today!” Darn it, I totally forgot. But it’s all good, more for me. We headed out to school earlier than usual so that the kids could all get a breakfast burrito. (their first ever!) We were laughing in the car, talking about nothing and everything. Olivia was […]

END IT: Shine a Light on Slavery


Every now and then something good happens while scrolling through facebook. Joshua S. February 12 at 10:04pm  My friends, over the last two years, my heart has really been broken for the oppressed in the world. It breaks me to know that as I write this, more than 36,000,000 slaves are living hopeless, helpless lives. […]

Cheesy Skillet Spinach & Artichoke Dip with Baked Bread

Cheesy Skillet Spinach and Artichoke Dip with Baked Rolls!

Sometimes a recipe comes along that calls out to me. “Amanda, make me. You NEED me. Your life won’t be complete until you have me…” This is that recipe. I have made it more than once.  I mean, #da. Once you introduce a cheesy gooey fabulous recipe like this into your life, how can you […]

ombre birthday smoothie

Ombre Pancakes!

My sweet little Audrey turns 6 today, and I can’t say that I am ready for it.  I mean.  I am ready for it.  Cake is made, party is planned, people invited…   but she is getting so big.  So grown.  Turning into the girl and eventually woman she is destined to be. My heart bursts […]

i failed to teach my kids about childhood hunger. did you?

Project Sunlight and Hatch Project: Stop Hunger Now and start at Home!

We have a pretty good life.  We have a warm house and food to eat and books to read and toys to play with. My kids have never known true depravation.  They have always had a warm bed and clean clothes and full bellies. I recently was sent a video from Project Hatch. <div>Please enable […]

6 Things to Do TODAY to Help You Grow as a Blogger

Make Blogging FUN!

I have been blogging close to 10 years now.  While I am still a small fish in a big pond, I have learned a few tricks that help me to stay sane, keep perspective, and enjoy what I am doing! I thought I would share a few of them with you!    Create a Pinterest […]

eight-layer dip

Eight-Layer Dip!

I am posting this in the wrong season.  I mean, technically speaking.  Does delicious eight-layer dip ever go out of season?  In this day and age we can get everything we need at the grocery store all year round it seems.  Even organic options! I just happen to have a little party coming up and […]

the better homes and gardens experience (giveaway)

Touring BHG

I am thankful to BHG for allowing me this opportunity and helping to sponsor this blog! Sometimes an opportunity comes along that is simply too amazing to pass up.  I had to move mountains to attend the 1st annual (I gave it that ‘annual’ label, but with the overwhelming success of the first event I […]

how to organize baby clothes

How to Organize Kids Clothes

If you are a regular reader of my blog you know that I am making some changes.  I am looking to improve the quality of life, to find and live joy, to make my home and my heart a place that people feel welcome. The steps are small, some might even say baby.  So I […]


Morning Frost

When your sweet bright eyed 5 year old girl wakes up early, looks up at you innocently, and asks, “Mommy?” “Is it frosting outside?” And all you can think is, I need to head to CVS. They have a great coupon on sugar right now. You may also like: frosting method comparison creamy cookie dough […]

pumpkin french toast

Pumpkin French Toast

In all the times I have made this fabulous version of french toast, I have never once made it for breakfast.  My kids adore it (and all the pumpkin treats that fall brings) but they always seem to request it for dinner. Which is fine with me! My husband’s brother shared some freshly made maple syrup and that […]

5 important lessons learned from kids soccer

audrey with messy hair

As our summer of jam packed of kids’ activities and outside fun winds down, I realized that my sweet little girl has taught me a few valuable life lessons. 1. ACT LIKE YOUR TEAM IS THE BEST.  Rock on with your bad self in your generic team t-shirt!  My little Audrey was nothing short of elated when […]

first came the chicken, then the cake


There has been quite a bit of drama around our sweet chickens, but none like this. Today I found our very first egg!  After many long months of caring for and nurturing our chickens, we finally have a real honest-to-goodness egg. To be honest, I had forgotten all about this part. The chickens have found […]

in which i am complaining (and need you)

Audrey riding bike

So.  Turns out having kids in school is just as hard as homeschooling. I have three kids in school right now, a 3rd grader, 2nd grader, and 1st grader.  Tonight, like many nights, they each had homework.  By the time I was able to work with each child individually, 2 1/2 hours had passed.  (The […]

coupons my way


Brought to you by myself and Have you heard of Extreme Couponing?  It is basically when people are so organized and meticulous about their grocery store experience that they are able to utilize all the resources available to get the best possible deal on groceries. image from TLC Extreme Couponing I watch the shows […]

my husband went away and I have never been happier

Chad Bow Hunting

If you know me at all, that title probably doesn’t make much sense does it? Let me explain. I married an outdoorsy guy. Chad likes to hunt most things and fish for everything, any time of year that it’s legal. He is just one of those guys that gets his soul refreshed among God’s nature […]