Who’s Gabbing and Who’s Gushing

Mr & Mrs Llaneza

Posted on August 20, 2014 by Jennifer Hunter, Sister #1872

I had the great pleasure of taking photographs for my lovely friends Jeff & Leilani’s wedding on Maui August 5, 2014.

No, I am not a wedding photographer, but she had faith in me and I just couldn’t resist – especially since I knew the day would be gorgeous…well, because as you can see, Jeff & Leilani are both gorgeous.

The wedding was in an adorable little Catholic Church not far for our Kaanapali hotel ... Read more →

cows in the road

Posted on August 20, 2014 by Judy Torola, Sister #599

{wordless wednesday} ... Read more →

The Little Things..

Posted on August 20, 2014 by Anna Murfield, Sister #4608

Things get kind of hectic around here some times with the baby, kids, animals and everything else. Of course the more work that needs to be done the more chaotic it gets, and in times like those is when I need to remember this quote.
One day the house will be quiet, it won't take me 2 hours to get the dishes done or dinner made because of all the breaks I need to take to stop the fights, sooth the tears, and clean up the spills. I will be able to get my art work done in a clean studio without interruptions, and no toys laying on the floor to step on. I will remember the days when I couldn't keep the house clean no matter how hard I tried, when the little ones were always needing me, and when my husband would talk me into more farm animals....all of the little things.

So when I read this quote it reminds me to be patient in the chaos and accept the messes, because one day I will be missing them ... Read more →

Podcast #64 Interview with Novella Carpenter

Posted on August 20, 2014 by Tammy Trayer, Sister #4170

August 20th, 2014: In today’s show I had the privilege to interview Novella Carpenter of NovellaCarpenter.net and author of multiple books ... Read more →

Wise and Witty Wednesday

Posted on August 20, 2014 by Amy Maus, Sister #2791

"He wrapped himself in quotations as a beggar would enfold himself in the purple of Emperors." -Rudyard Kipling ... Read more →

Freezing Herbs for a Winter Treat for your Chickens

Posted on August 20, 2014 by Lisa Steele, Sister #4039

I grow an abundance of herbs and edible flowers each spring and summer to use in my cooking and also to share with the chickens fresh from the garden. Throughout the summer I also dry the excess using my homemade Tiered Herb Drying Rack and then add the dried herbs to our chicken feed in the winter for extra nutrition when they can't munch on fresh grasses and herbs. I also freeze some herbs for a nice 'green' surprise for the hens when snow is on the ground. It couldn't be quicker or easier ... Read more →

Mountain Woman Rendezvous #60 Featuring Tomato-Y Salad Dressing

Posted on August 19, 2014 by Tammy Trayer, Sister #4170

Be sure to spread the word and tell your friend’s!

Thanks so much for joining me. I look forward to seeing what you all have to share today…

Ok, I have to confess…. I am a homemade condiment junky…. I LOVE making my own condiments – mayonnaise, salad dressings, seasoning mixes, catsup, mustard… You name it… So this week was NO contest for me ... Read more →

A Barn Swallow Baby~~~~~~~~~ for Wild Bird wednesday

Posted on August 19, 2014 by MaryBeth Schwartz, Sister #46

This little guy was sitting on the deck ledge looking in the living room window. He was so darn cute ... Read more →

Show and Tell

Posted on August 19, 2014 by Donna Oshaughnessy, Sister #3062

We give tours. But we do not charge for them.

Because then we'd be practicing "agritourism" and our farm insurance would go up. So we give tours, we do not charge for those tours but we do accept donations from tour groups.

This group was here just a couple of days ago and what a fun gathering of future farmers they were. Members of Black Oaks Center for Sustainable Renewable Living, they traveled over two hours one way, most of them from Chicago, just to see what it is we do here.

Some days we ourselves have no idea what we're doing here but we do our best to muddle through anyway ... Read more →

Susan G. Cline, Author & Poet

Posted on August 19, 2014 by Gina McKnight, Sister #5281

Declared Horse Woman by a member of the Ottawa Tribe, Author Susan G. Cline has deep roots in America. Recently attending the American Indian Council of Illinois' Intertribal Powwow, she reminisces with her readers and shares her enchanting stories. Tragically, Susan's husband passed away several years ago and she continues to mend and recover from her loss; my sincere condolences ... Read more →

Penelope Says: Making Play Dough

Posted on August 19, 2014 by Dolly Sarrio, Sister #3883

We tried this with kids and like it a lot! Some of the recipes we have tried in the past have as much as a cup of oil. We don't like those because they were always greasy and got red dye all over everything. This one does not do that and is soft to play with. We have made 3 recipes and this is our favorite. The kids love it!

Making Play Dough with Kids ... Read more →

A day in the life of a Homemaking Homesteader

Posted on August 19, 2014 by Tracy Fredrychowski, Sister #2523

One of the best things I love about living in the country and on our little farm is that no two days are the same! And I know at the end of the day, when I crawl into bed, I can fall fast asleep because I am exhausted! Today was one of those days, so I wanted to share with you what a typical day in my life looks like.

My day started pretty early! ... Read more →