homestead dreams

plans and dreams (ahhh if only time would hurry…)img_6587my mind is racing forward to spring. here on my modern homestead i’m planning and dreaming away….

  1. i put money down on two goats that will be coming to live on my little homestead, next spring at four weeks old!!! they’re milk goats (nubians, this breed has the highest buttermilk percentage of milk goats) resulting in me being able to make cheese, soap etc. =) i’m purchasing two does and will (artificially, cause i can’t stand bucks in the least) breed them and sell their babies or use them for meat…
  2. i bought three apple trees, an apricot tree, a cherry tree and a plum tree. also i’m hoping to purchase and plant grapes.
  3. i’m fencing in my front lawn, and will use it for an extra grazing area for my two horses….because i’ll need that time it takes to mow it, every week, to care for all my “new” additions =)
  4. also i’m making maple syrup in next month!!!  this year i’ll be making it over a wood fire!! i still need to make my boiling stove…but onward and upward…i’m excited!!!
and i think that’s all the homestead news i have for you today…lol
happy friday,
xoxo
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chicken and dumplings

img_6420i had my sister (my bestfriend) over to spend the weekend, while another other sister’s boyfriend was occupying her. (her room doubles as a guest room)

ever since i made the cozy kitchen’s chicken and dumpling recipe from her book a year of cozy (given to me by a dear friend…and it’s a book i treasure above all my home themed books) i’ve wanted her to taste it and when the opportunity for her to not just taste but make it couldn’t be passed.

cooking this recipe with her will be a memory that i will always treasure…

her asking questions, me explaining.

just stepping back and encouraging her to bravely mix the dumplings alone.

watching her drop the dumplings in the sizzling stock.

witnessing her joy and surprise on seeing the fluffy warm dumplings, after they cooked.

and

her eyes when she tasted this truly “comforting” winter soup.

it was a lovely night…

xoxo

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what’s really important…?

img_3673img_3666img_3721i’m in love with my chickens – call me crazy but there’s something about watching them, so carefree and happy it calms my heart. coming home after the racing mode and deadlines of my office life this little bit of solitude and peace is something i look forward to and enjoy.

animals have a way of reconnecting us to what is really is important in this life and also showing us what isn’t. right now for me at the beginning of 2017 it’s my faith. my job. my family. my animals. and lastly my friends….in that order as well. 

i wish that i had time to commit to hobbies, but so far this year i’ve only been able to enjoyed a tiny relaxing evening each day…consisting of a quick dinner and a five minute house pickup. then after my shower i turn all the lights off, save the lamp over my chair, and cozy up in a blanket to enjoy a book and steamy mug hot chocolate. i normally fall asleep after i complete a chapter and my foamy hot wonderfulness.

one day life will be different. one day my weekends won’t consist of house remodeling. one day my house will be finished, decorated and lovely. and then (since you’re never ever too old to learn) i will devote my time to hobbies and study….

…until then….img_3581it’s work. sleep. repeat.

xoxo

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chistmas

img_3531how was your christmas?

mine was perfect.

i enjoy the season so much that the 25th wasn’t quite as fun as the, many, days leading up to it – for me at least.

i spent the month of december opening my online gift purchases. decorating my little home-space. sipping hot chocolate. baking cookies and other yummy christmas treats for my family and others to enjoy. wrapping gifts. mailing out christmas cards. giving gifts to my neighbors and mailing some to far-away living friends. listening to christmas carols non-stop. reading christmas books. reading and re-reading the christmas story. watching a few of my favorite christmas movies. and spending quality time with distant friends and my lovely family.

i also had some not-so-enjoyable memories from this month. my pipes froze. i had to haul water for my animals from my bathroom. my stove pipe slide down and created an emotional melt-down. (only because i was too stubborn to ask for help sooner, but i finally did) people very close to me hurt me with their actions and word more than i can fully express in words.

but i choose to not focus on the negative and instead dove head first into serving others and really holding on to the season for the first time in my life. this years celebration with my siblings was; by far the most wonderful evening we’ve ever had. i wanted to bottle the moment up and keep it with me forever.

my loveliest memory of the entire season was on christmas morning. sitting with my family in church. all dressed up and singing my favorite carol. silent night. what a way to begin the day and what a special moment.

xoxo

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october’s over (insert sad emoji)

the last morning of october is now history. it was a lovely one. october should (seriously) get the first-place award for containing the perfect sunsets and dawns.

but it ended with it’s best display…a crispy atmosphere, pink colored sky line and a slice of a golden moon…i found myself holding my breath while gazing at this wonderful sight.

 

october is my favorite month…it holds the anticipations of the holiday season (I enjoy the expectation of the holidays more than the actual days themselves). its chilly. inviting all the sweaters and boots to appear. but not too cold to include gloves and frozen noses. soup and other warm food begins to grace the tables. it’s positively wonderful!img_2876i took advantage of the bright, full moon, dawns to ride my horses…around the newly harvested fields. forgetting for a moment that i was an adult and would have to be in the office within the hour. instead i marveled at our shadows, created by just the moon. the first birds songs. the smells and all the other little joys that comes with being with nature while it wakes. img_2884img_2886i love those moments (they don’t happen as often anymore) where you can be yourself, or that little kid inside yourself. to just smile and think crazy thoughts or dream impossible dreams.

but now it’s november…

xoxo

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another thing:

img_4804ai was born to travel. i’m one hundred percent sure of this fact. but the realization that my house has become my home, happened during my last trip. most likely it was due to the fact i was alone and was thinking a lot.

like officially after living here for a little over a year.

i’ve called it home, but now it feels like my home.

and I love it like home.

what did i miss?

i missed my cozy living room on sunday afternoon. making my own cup of wonderful coffee. looking at the tufted titmouse on my feeder as i washed dishes, after preparing my own meal. filling my chicken’s water as they all crowd around. sweeping my porch. hanging clothes on the line, before work, in the dim morning light.

i missed home.

i miss my home.

have a good weekend!!!

xoxo

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random thoughts on this cloudy wednesday

img_4984i snapped this of the fading autumn sun the other night, as i climbed out of my car after work. i’m so glad i live in a world where there’s octobers, but seriously though!! this weather is so wonderful and all the sights and smells just warm my heart and i’m constantly smiling.

as weird as it may sound i’m more inspired to try and fit in bit of cardio when the weather switches. for some reason the heat in the summer is depressing and i lack motivation. but this crisp air in my lungs and the brightly colored leaves to look at, who wouldn’t want to kill a mile or two outside?!?!

i’ve been checking off my fall cleaning list; the break from my home remolding has been so welcomed. but as i clean my mind is still racing forwards with ideas for the future and my pinterest account is so full of neat diy pins.

hopefully i mowed for the last time on saturday…gosh bundling up in a coat and blowing through mounds of pine needles isn’t so fun. but i believe i can confidently say goodbye to the weed-whack….definitely the worse chore around.

happy hump day,

xoxo

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rain…

img_4874i woke this morning to the sound of rain on my roof. and i was instantly awake and smiling. there isn’t a better way to begin a day here in indiana, during the fall, than with rain. one that leaves the world feeling bright and clean. and all those lovely fall leaves so much brighter….

my house instantly felt cozier….

my blanket warmer…

my coffee sweeter…

my day perfecter…

even though it was still 3:30 in the morning…but that’s it is=) i love my mornings!

all was perfect. so naturally i went and began to bake a pear tart. i mixed together the egg whites, pecans and powder sugar with my hands…all the while trying to keep up in my “just awake” brain. next came peeling those lovely pears and dumping everything in a sauce pan to simmer…all the while sipping on my fresh cup of coffee. it turned out wonderful!!! filling my house, to the brim with it’s fabulously (very) fallish smell. img_2691i love the seasons…sometimes i think god created them specifically for me (but then that’s silly because i know how far from the truth this thought is) but i can’t help it!

now i’m going to eat some of my pear tart and then to work i go….

happy friday!

xoxo

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first time entertaining recap + 5 things i learned

 

so i invited my two younger brothers over for dinner + movie last saturday evening. to say i was a bit nervous and anxious leading up to the appointed time, would be an understatement.

gosh! terrified would be a better word to describe how i felt. 

just so you know where i’m coming from

it’s just me…

i have no one else to hold a conversation or entertain while i’m cooking, preparing etc. at my house, so that’s why i’ve had no one over (officially) yet. and (yes) i’ve lived here a year. so yeah, it was about time…img_2473img_2461but i think the evening went delightfully well!!! they loved what i prepared for dinner=) check out the recipe here (i could go on and on about this site also, i’ve learned so much about cooking/baking, since i discovered it) veggies and warm buttered toast…complete high carb 100% guy meal. for dessert i made a pumpkin pie…yes the one pictured. they finished the entire pie off before they left. saving the last half til after the movie.

the conversation was light, i worked my magic and kept it from going on to anything deep or “others” related. which was a huge component in evening being marked as a success.img_25015 tips to entertaining: (that i learned really worked well…well as least for this girl, they did) 

  1. greet them (the guest) when they arrive. Like go out the front door, while they’re getting out of their vehicle. even family members…it’s just so much better! it officially makes the night seem more special than just being like any other night.
  2. the dishes can wait till after the guest have left. even if that means the following morning. I had to keep telling myself…nothing will happen to me or my sink just because the dishes are sitting in there unwashed for a few hours instead of seconds, after being used.
  3. let the guest help themselves some, after the first helpings have been served. let them get seconds. just encourage them to eat as much as they want and take time to actually talk and enjoy a plate full yourself. I don’t have to be a mini martha.
  4. having something else scheduled to do once the meal is finished. this one is a must! it kept the evening from getting boring. it’s also a great time to serve, after dinner coffee, while the movie is just beginning. it keeps the evening going…also acting as a cure for any awkward silence before the movie takes over entertaining. (thanks!!!)
  5. don’t apologize. just don’t, not for anything.

hope these helped…any tips for future entertaining, for me? img_2505happy wednesday loves!

xoxo

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providence ri – from the solo traveler

img_4653traveling solo taught me so much. but by far, the biggest lesson learned was that i need to possess more self-confidence while making decisions. i came to a point my second day in providence when i was like; just because i planned to see something doesn’t mean i have to go there….my next destination was completely up to me at that moment. this was a huge relief to me.img_4705keeping my cool in the times when i absolutely did not know the how or the what regarding the next step, was a lot of work for me. but i got through and thoroughly enjoyed floating from one place to the next… gone was the “list checking” girl. i focused on what was around me, instead of the next place. living minute by minute, giving up the control.img_4547isn’t this a simile with our walk with god, a reminder of how easy it is to try and control our every plan. our quest to see the end results, instead of looking up and enjoying the sunshine or the thunder above us. we try and resist giving up the “control” of our lives that we think we have. it’s a scary thought. but just like traveling, in the long run it’s actually so much easier and way more fun. not to mention the stress that goes away and the sheer enjoyment of the gift of life that comes with this decision.img_4685 does this mean i just throw away my schedule book and just live without any plans or goals. no i still have those in place but i also have the joy and freedom of knowing that he made me and had planned my days, so why do i worry and stress about the unknown. I’m going to stop forgetting to enjoy the life i’ve been given. img_4541“for i know the plans i have for you,” declares the lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” jer. 29:11

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