My Kitchen

I’ve learned that my friends and family don’t care too much about how my kitchen looks. We fill it with delicious smells, laughter, and love, and it suddenly doesn’t matter how it looks.

Cast Iron

For several years early in my marriage, I was in love with my Teflon coated cookware. I loved that cleanup was so quick and easy. I loved that cooking was simple and I didn’t have to use excessive oil when greasing pans or sauteing things. But a few years after I was married, my pots…

Lemon Poppy Seed Zucchini Bread

This recipe says bread, but in reality, it is more like a cake. But, we love it, especially for breakfast and snacks. It is light, fruity, and the poppy seeds give a refreshing crunch to the texture. Also, this bread is a great way to use up the zucchini that are probably coming out of…

Mess Free Watermelon

A memorable part of summer is hot sticky evenings, gathered as a family, eating a juicy watermelon. Mom would spread layers of newspaper on the table to catch the drippy mess while dad would get out the big, sharp butcher knife. The melon would split open with a satisfying crack, revealing red flesh studded with…

Sheep Feet

Today, the girls and I trimmed the feet of most of our sheep. This is a really gross, smelly, sweaty job. The sheep are strong and fat and hot. My oldest daughter, E does the trimming. She’s gotten really good and fast at it. And I appreciate that she’s fast. My job is to catch…

Summer: Hay

Here it is almost to mid-June. So many things still haven’t been done yet. I still have no garden in. We’ve been waiting on some cow stuff, so it hasn’t happened. However, this week, we’re hoping to get that done. I really do miss the garden. The man of the house wondered aloud if I’d…

I’ve Become One of Those People, Part 2

This spring has been super busy. Lambing, getting hay cut, alfalfa out of the field and wrapping up our school year has kept me hopping. Since this is our last summer before my oldest heads off to college in the fall, we decided we should take our first ever family vacation. Now, farmers don’t take…

Lambs

We’ve had five lambs born this week, two sets of twins and a single. All are ewe lambs, all are healthy and strong. I never get tired of watching the miracle of birth. Save

Millie the Milker

I realized that I haven’t posted much about Millie. Millie is my Brown Swiss Jersey Cross milking cow. My husband bought her for me for my birthday back in September. Yeah, you heard that right. I got a cow for my birthday. And I couldn’t be more pleased. I love milking cows. Most of the…

Book Review: The Bee Friendly Garden

Today was cold and rainy, typical of March. While I was able to till up a small spot and put in a few sugar snap peas and lettuce seeds, it sure feels like spring is a long time off. I am longing for warm days, bare feet, and sunshine. I can’t wait to dig in…

Morning Farm Chores

Just to give you an idea of what daily life is like on the farm, I thought I’d write about my chore routine. Of course, depending on what animals we have, what’s going on, and what time of year it is, these chores can change. But for right now, and probably until spring, this is…