How To Move A Cow To Once A Day Milking


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.


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…

My life is... | The Elliott Homestead (.com)

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


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...]

How To Roast Coffee Beans


I don't know when it happened. But it happened. And as much as I hate to admit it - well, here I am. Admitting it. Lettin' it loose. Slippin' the lips. Confessing to the world... ...friends, I'm a coffee snob. I remember back in college, sipping on my pre-ground Folgers, thinkin' I'd hit the good life. But then, as fate would have it, I met my husband. Who also happened to love coffee. And … [Read more...]

Why We Homestead, Part One: A Conversation


A quick note: Most of you know about my insanely handsome and wonderful husband, Stuart. He may not make an appearance on the blog as often as beard-loving-women would hope, but know he's always behind the scenes encouraging, advising, and working on the homestead. I've asked him to do a short series of posts with me answering the question: WHY. Why do we do what we do. Why have we … [Read more...]

Homemade Bacon (dry cured and air dried)


Back in the day, people knew how to do cool things.  Well, I think they're cool. Well, really, I can't be the only one in the world that thinks it's exceptionally cool to cure pork belly and have it hanging in your kitchen. A few weeks ago, we butchered our pigs, and have been enjoying the fruit of our labors. And man, oh man, oh man, ohhh man, is it delicious. And just a … [Read more...]

Homestead Barn Hop #182

Homestead Barn Hop | The Elliott Homestead

  SOME SIMPLE GUIDELINES: 1. Please remember that the Homestead Barn Hop is meant to be a place to share homesteading related encouragement and inspiring ideas specifically related to homesteading. In an effort to keep our weekly round-up clutter free, links which are not specifically homestead related, and any promotions such as giveaways, contests, carnivals, etc, will be deleted in … [Read more...]

God still loves us.


As I type these words, I am completely exhausted by this motherhood-business. I've spent the last 45 minutes trying to convince my 4 and (almost) 2 year old that bed really is where they need to be. They don't need mittens. They don't need more milk. They don't need another story. They don't need to have conversations with us about the shape of their poo (you think I'm making this up?). After … [Read more...]

Pork Rillette Recipe


Pork. Porky, pork, pork. It's on my mind. And it's in my belly. And in my freezer. And in my refrigerator. And hanging in my kitchen.  After butchering the pigs last week, well, pork became the meat of choice here on the homestead. Thanks to the Farmstead Meatsmith, Brandon, who came to help us butcher the pigs, I was able to utilize a lot of the cuts that would otherwise be … [Read more...]