“Wee” Apple Pies

I love to quilt, cook, and create (doesn’t that sound more industrious than playing, even though it really is kind of playing?) and I REALLY love to put all three of those things together! Which is what I get to do several times a year when I cook for my friend Carrie’s quilt retreats. I…

Leaf Peeping in New England

Last week I met my Dad and my sister, Aimee in Boston where we began our dream vacation photographing and enjoying the fall beauty of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. We also gathered there to celebrate our Dad’s 84th birthday. The week was filled with planes, trains, automobiles, (including Uber and the backseat of a…

Garlic Love

I am always amazed that anything in my yard, let alone my garden makes it through our zone 3 winters! Especially on those years when winter starts so early. Like it did this weekend. After listening to many forecasts warning of the upcoming blizzard my husband and I worked like crazy Friday morning getting the…

Wildflowers for the Bees and Wool Dying.

I’ve become quite interested in natural wool dying this summer. Oddly enough, it all began with a gift from my dad. My parents recently published a beautiful coffee table book; The Long Walk, A Year in the Life of a Sheepherder and His Sheep by Duane McGarva. My dad is the photographer and my mom…

Where did April go?

Yikes, I think I missed or lost a whole month? Spring is such a busy time on the homestead and the list of things to do seems endless. Here in the north, it is also a time of awakening, coming out of our long winter’s hibernation, and the anticipation of “getting” it right this year!…

Ahh, baby chicks!

Oh my goodness, it is that wonderful time of the year….chick season! Who can resist those fluffy little darlings? Well, not me and my grandkids! We are in our second year of our annual chick project. We meet at the farm store and pick them out the third week of March. It’s a good thing…

Lambs, a sign of spring….right?

Calving in January and February this year was brutal. But, lambing in March should be no problem. Well, that is typically true. Not this year. March roared in like a lion bringing lambs along with it! That’s not right, is it? I thought it was either in like a lion or a lamb and out…