Sizzling Steak with Vinegar and Tomato Dressing

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I can't move. Nope. Can't do it. I'm currently sitting in my favorite chair, legs up on the footstool, lounging deeply back into the soft cushion. I've still got my apron on from cooking tonight's supper, but since I can't move, it doesn't look like I'll be transitioning into my sweatpants anytime soon. Do you ever have those meals that leave you so utterly satisfied you just think you might … [Read more...]

Why Homegrown Food Tastes Better.

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I was recently asked, 'Shaye... why do you do it? Why do you slave over the stove... over the garden bed... over the animal poop... over the piles of dirty dishes? Why, why, why?' Great question, ye who shall not be named. (Don't worry. It wasn't Voldemort that asked me.) Anyway, I thought for about 1.29 seconds and then POP - I had the answer. The food. The FOOD. THE FOOD! Good … [Read more...]

Homemade Headcheese

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As I scrambled to stuff the preserved bags of green peppers behind the pig head in the freezer, and thus caused a cascade of frozen goods to fall from the shelf, I knew it was time. Time for headcheese, baby. When we butchered our two pigs back in October, I didn't have the time or energy for headcheese - so the two pig heads were quickly wrapped up in a thick layer of plastic wrap before being … [Read more...]

Regret.

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It was a small instance that triggered my emotions this morning. As I drove up the road to my friend Lauren's house to drop the kids off for a few hours (as I've done a dozen times), my view caught the street sign - 'Dana'. If one were to drive down Dana, then take a quick left on Jefferson, they'd quickly find themselves at my high-school boyfriend's house. I spent many an hour there with … [Read more...]

How To Make Beeswax Candles

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I did it. I got sucked into computer-land for too long. And when that happens, I peel myself away - brain slightly sizzled - and instantly try and find something to do that will ground me.  Baking bread has always been one of those things. It's a reminder to me that I'm living. And that I'm living a certain lifestyle. And that there are things so much more valuable than time … [Read more...]

I’m surviving.

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Sometimes, I've just got to take a step back and admit "I'm not that woman." As much as I'd like to be, I'm just not.  This time of year, I'm aware of it all the more. While other Mom's are setting up tablescapes and decorating sugar cookies like turkeys, I'm just keepin' my head above water. Perhaps I should be coordinating my children's holiday clothing or something important like … [Read more...]

How To Move A Cow To Once A Day Milking

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Once upon a time, there was a woman. This woman gave birth to three children in under four years.  Needless to say, this woman found every minute of sleep precious. Sleep was her happy place. Even more-so when Winter rolled around, in all it's frozen glory.  And thus, one morning, this woman sat down with her husband and presented the idea of once-a-day-milking. After all, … [Read more...]

All hell broke loose.

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I showed up at my parents house last night for supper, battered, bruised, and on the verge of tears. They, as always, ushered me in, handed me a cold beer, entertained my children, and allowed me to vent. You see, sometimes homegirl needs to just some things off her chest. Sometimes, it's gotta get out of my insides so that I can be filled one again with goodness instead of rage and … [Read more...]

My life is…

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Oh life. Crazy, mad, life.  It's days like this that I feel like a giant oxymoron. In  my attempt at a calm, simple, and organized life, I've found myself once again in the beautiful tornado that is...well, my life. My Life Is... Life as a  mother is awesome. Love those rascals - especially the super little one who doesn't talk back or argue with me yet. Instead, he simply … [Read more...]

Why We Homestead, Part Two: Scratching An Itch

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For those who are new, this 'Why We Homestead' series is being written by my delicious husband Stuart. To catch part one of the series, read Why We Homestead, Part One.  Why We Homestead, Part Two: Scratching An Itch On a Spring morning, the light from the sun’s rays separate as they crest Jump-off Ridge. Brilliant fingers of golden light begin to reach out and touch the soil. They … [Read more...]