when you are two

Olivia

When a clear lack of ability to eat without half of the food ending up all over your face/table/clothes is adorable, when your sister is the coolest person in the world and gives the best hugs, when you are first learning about “gentle” and “nice” and people always let you pet the baby animals first, […]

full bore

olivia11

I know it seems weird, but I find the greatest peace in life just being with my family. Hanging out on our property and watching the kids explore and delight in the grass and trees and bugs and little flowers that we sometimes refer to as weeds, even though they aren’t and watching children play […]

so good

Olivia

The fact that this sweet girl greets me with a huge smile every morning, and that the moment I pick her up she hugs me with all her might, and that she still wants to cuddle before we do anything else, and that she explores the world with unending curiosity and joy, and that her hair […]

minnesota sunrise

Minnesota sunrise

I have been in a deep state of sadness. I mean, not a deep state. More like sad. Mildly sad. Slightly inconvenienced I think is maybe a better way to say it. Why? Because I just finished Magnum P.I. on netflix. I have really enjoyed getting to know Magnum and Higgins again in my adult […]

a sign of love

Heart Shaped Tree

  I was standing in my bathroom looking out the window. It’s funny, but when I think about this moment, that’s all I can remember. I wasn’t brushing my teeth or combing my hair, just standing there. Which seems weird I guess. As I was just standing there… thinking I guess… I saw something. So […]

coop update

Chicken Coop Building

We are pluggin away at the Chicken Palace. Some folks may technically refer to it as a coop, but I like to think of it as a palace. Then I can talk about the palace on our property. Well, that and the fact that we have spent more time planning this little home then I […]

why does a child need a mother?

olivia1

Why does a child need a mother?  To tell them they are beautiful…to make sure they don’t become spoiled…to teach them to play fair… to assure them that heartache will not last forever…to believe in them when it seems that no one else does…to be a trusted confidant… to encourage them to be serious about […]

the other side of fear

fear

I felt something funny. It wasn’t weird funny, just felt like something that was a bit abnormal. Almost like a patch of dry skin or a healing wound. It was just before 4:00am and my brain was in no place to process that it could be anything other than normal. But as the fog started […]

southwest cobb salad dip

Southwest Cobb Dip!

So it turns out that I am a big fan of dip. I pretty much like to eat dip at all time, for all occasions. It doesn’t need to be a holiday or special gathering or anything. 1:12pm on a Tuesday seems like a great time. And I have been this way from the moment […]

welcome baby keets

guinea baby - keet

So far, the hatching process has been a roller coaster of emotion. The success rate is about 50% on our first go round, but we are definitely hoping to improve those odds as we learn more and more about how to raise fowl from eggs. I would love to introduce this fantastic little man (or […]

baby mine

baby olivia

there is just something about watching your baby be gentle and kind and affectionate and nurturing to another (feather) baby. I can’t help but think that my little baby is going to be a great mama someday. “Let them be little because they are only that way for a while.” -author unknown (but probably a mom) […]

Classic Fettuccini Alfredo

Classic Fettuccini Alfredo

This is one of the best versions of alfredo I have ever made. It is the perfect consistency, the perfect flavor, the very best compliment to that famous fettucini noodle. Printclassic fettuccini alfredo Ingredients8 ounces dried fettuccine 2 tablespoons butter 1 cup whipping cream 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/2 cup […]

cleaning up

a cleaner kitchen

(all pictures taken with my phone, sorry some are blurry!) The older I get one thing becomes more and more apparent to me. My mental state is usually a direct reflection of the state of my kitchen. And this is what my kitchen looked like ALL WEEK. Well, all month maybe. I am not sure. […]

free the birds {broilers & hatchlings update}

baby chicks

Our big (bigger) broilers were liberated for a few hours yesterday! They are getting so big and strong (94 strong at this point, which seems to be a good number!) and we felt that getting some sunlight was important. Not to mention letting these birds feel grass for the first time and eating the way […]

an new addition to the family

newly hatched chicken

Exciting things are happening on our little homestead! Not only did we add 100 new chickens to the family… well, 96. There were 100 Cornish Cross to start of course, but some little guys have succumbed to illness or were just too weak to survive. (I have been told over and over again that this […]

cake, home, and homestead

bookes

Every now and then I read a book then realize that everyone needs to read that book right now. It is so life-changing or beautiful or helpful or awesome that I can’t recommend it high enough. Well. Take that ^^^ times three. Love the Home you Have by Melissa Michaels is essential. This book speaks […]

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. […]