My heart and my home.












Pressed reset this morning or last night rather when I forced myself to go to bed early instead of burning the midnight oil (again). Woke up earlier than normal and this day has been fantastic as a result.

Yesterday we played at the farm. I planted some tomatoes and green beans just in time for today’s rain. These little things like the salamander I unearthed center me and make me grateful for all I’ve been given.


Green smoothie recipe b/c it’s a main food group for us these days.

handful of spinach

1 frozen banana cut into pieces

1 handful frozen strawberries

1 cup coconut milk or more if needed

I also add some vitamin C powder and a powdered nutritional supplement for a boost

blend till smooth

Today’s inspiration:

*blessed weekend friends

Fall Goodness

Two days left till departure and knowing the weather won’t be the same when I get back I’m trying to soak in every ounce of the fire colored trees and autumn breeze. Campfires, pie/cookie baking and fall festivals!

October. things I’m grateful for

*Bernheim Forest Color Fest

*Homemade pies

*Our front step and that little guy who’s growing up so fast

*Momma Chicken and her babies + the first of our Copper Maran Eggs. Variety is rewarding

*Cooler weather and our dock on the river

*Finished handmade (by me) Christmas quilts started last year. Ready for a colder winter this time.

Old-Fashioned Gingersnaps

3/4 c butter

1 c sugar

1 egg

1/4 molasses

2 c all-purpose flour

2 t baking soda

1/4 t salt

1 t ground cinnamon

1 t ground cloves

1 t ground ginger

add sugar

In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Add eg and molasses; beat well. Sift together dry ingredients; gradually add to creamed mixture. Mix well. Chill dough. Roll into 1-1/4-in. balls and dip into sugar. Bake at 375 for about 10 mins. cool on wire rack. 4 dz

Open Fire Cooking

Easily one of my favorite things. It’s starting to cool off just enough to light it up and we couldn’t be more happy. Here’s a taste of what’s to come in the months ahead.

Potato + onion + beef brat hash with a few jalapenos thrown in for good measure, sprinkled with Creole and fresh ground salt dabbed with a little butter and thrown over some hot coals. Cooks in a flash. So good.

Toasted perfection

Squished between two homemade ginger snaps #heaven

T and his side kick Denver who we adopted a few weeks ago till we could find him a good home. We’ve all grown quite attached to the sweet miniature blue heeler but lucky for us he’s being adopted by my family and will be going to live on the family farm next week. Something tells me he’ll be an added incentive to go visit Nanna and Pappa.