Elderberry Syrup

This is straight up nature in a bottle guys. Only 5 super ingredients make up this immunity boosting syrup. Once a quite expensive remedy, elderberry syrup can now be made, by you, in your own home.

This time of year it’s all we can do to keep our families protected from not only the elements but the dreaded flu season. Is it just me or is there something going on with this glorified “flu” vaccine? Call me crazy but it’s not working. Since my oldest daughter was 2 I’ve taken my family on a journey of natural solutions. From DoTERRA essential oils to this sickness kicking syrup.

I source all my ingredients carefully making sure I find the best ingredients for my family. All of them can be found on Amazon and most can also be found at your local health food stores.

It takes only a short time to throw together and the aroma it puts off is strong and beautiful. It can be taken once daily as an immune supplement or every 2-3 hours when you’re sick. If you do take it as a daily supplement I suggest taking the weekends off as to let your immune system regulate itself. Best part is you can literally put this on your waffles at breakfast, ooOo or maybe crepes?

So here it is y’all enjoy!

  • 2/3 C dry whole elderberries
  • 3 1/2 C water
  • 2 TBS ginger root
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1 C raw honey
  1. Add berries, water, and spices to saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover.
  3. Simmer 45-90 minutes or until cooked down by almost half. Remove from heat.
  4. Strain berries from liquid squishing the juice out of the berries as you go.
  5. When cool enough to handle, but not yet cold, add honey and stir until dissolved.
  6. Pour into glass jar/bottle and store in refrigerator.
  7. Dosage: children 1-2 tsp, adults 1-2 TBS

Pretty easy, eh? Let me know what you think about it. My kids love it, but some other don’t, even if it’s an acquired taste for you or your family, just know this stuff does only good for your body and works wonders on a stubborn cold. And it looks pretty dang cute in a jar like this in the fridge. I can’t tell you how many conversations have been started from this bottle of purple beauty.

Gotta get back to seed inventorying. Happy garden dreaming y’all!

Peace and Love,


The National Ladies Homestead Gathering

Hi all! I wanted to jump on here and express my absolute happiness for the most recent development for my homestead. I was recently watching a Justin Rhodes vlog, you know.. my chicken hero? If you don’t, look that man up on YouTube immediately and your mind will be blown! So back to watching one of his vlogs. They met up with an amazing woman back east named Cindi Ball, the National President and founder of the Ladies Homestead Gathering! How did I not know about this before???

Long story short I found myself filling in the blanks of a questionnaire trying to learn more about the gathering and find my local chapter. Well surprise surprise there wasn’t one. Upon checking a box about the desire to start my own local chapter I didn’t think much of it. Until, I was contacted by the gathering and offered the opportunity to do just that! My own chapter? Really..? Could this be possible? The answer was yes. So after discussing this in length with my husband and with Cindi herself (by phone of course) I decided to take the leap!

Last Tuesday I hosted the interest meeting for the Ladies Homestead Gathering of Deschutes County as its chapter president. Elated with excitement and nerves I had a bit of a struggle starting out. Tripping over tongue and talking wayyy to fast, but after the ice was broken my passion was able to spill out over the conference room, I had found my tribe. Women who don’t glaze over when I ramble about chickens for the millionth time? Could this be real? Very yes! My cup is so full from this small amount of women and I can already see our chapter growing into an amazing community of like minded ladies.

For those of you unaware of ‘The Gathering’ here’s our mission statement:

The National Ladies Homestead Gathering exists to provide a welcoming environment, where women can share new ideas, celebrate victories, address challenges and cultivate community with like-minded women. All women are welcome who have a dream, calling or desire to be more self-sufficient. In the planning phase of a veteran homesteader – every women has something to contribute or gain from coming together.

Fantastic right? I never knew there could be so many women so near to me with the same mindset. For years I have found my camaraderie and mentorship through social media. Vlogs, tutorials, YouTube videos, and summits were always there for me, but I wanted more. I wanted something tangible. Something outside the social media world. I searched for an identity for myself in addition to wife and mother. I love my family life but mama needed something to pour myself into. How could I get so lucky to find this group I’ll never know. But I’m here now and so grateful for it.

For any interested Ladies out there, come join us. We’re dying to meet you and pour out our hearts to help you succeed. Join our tribe, you won’t regret it! We will be meeting regularly at the Redmond OR library every third Tuesday of the month at 3:30 pm. And if you’re too far to travel find your own local chapter, or, start your own!

Visit the Ladies Homestead Gathering website for more info. You can email me directly at quincy.burke91@gmail.com or find me on Facebook or Instagram for our local chapter info.

I hope to see you at our November meeting.

Peace and Love

And happy Homesteading!


Simply Delicious Homemade Pesto.

Hi y’all! If you love pesto you’ll love this recipe, if you also love preserving your herb harvest this post is for you.

Before this summer I never how simple and fun making homemade pesto was. Even better if you have your own right outside your back door, am I right?

All you need is a food processor/blender and cute jar to stuff it in and you’re set.


  • 3 C fresh basil leaves (packed)
  • 1/4 C pine nuts
  • 1/2 C organic olive oil
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 tsp lemon juice (fresh squeezed)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/3 C grated Parmesan (fresh if possible)


  1. Clean off any bugs or dirt from basil and rinse under water if needed (pat dry)
  2. Add basil leaves, pine nuts, lemon zest & juice, garlic, and Parmesan cheese to food processor and blend until well incorporated.
  3. Drizzle in oil and let emulsify and blend in well.
  4. Voila! Pack your yummy pesto into a jar and store in your fridge.

Make this pesto with any and all varieties of basil you choose. So far I’ve done sweet, Thai, and cinnamon… lime and purple are next up. I even started more seeds and took a few cuttings for indoor winter basil. Add it pizza, pasta, toast or anything your heart desires.

Cheers y’all!

Peace and Love,


Preserving Garden Herbs for Winter. 

Winter is coming. Anyone out there a Game of Throne-ers like us…? Yes? No? Well anyway…. winter is literally just round the corner here in the PNW, we'll not really since it's fire season here and fires are raging not far off. But with all these fresh herbs filling my house and garden I can't bear the idea of not having some around to lift up my stews and season our meals. Oh those long cold days. How wonderful that sounds right about now. So heres just a few ways I'm preserving my herbs:

  1. Drying
  2. Freezing in olive oil
  3. Infusing in olive oil & vinegar
  4. Pesto!
  5. Extracts and tinctures.

So most of you probably know how to dry herbs, but if not here's the short and sweet version. Bundle and tie herbs together and hang upside down, preferably somewhere away from dust and moisture. Once dry remove leaves from stems, crush or leave whole and store in an air tight container.

  • Currently hanging: Greek oregano, chives, lime and Thai basil. Today I plan to put up some pineapple sage to dry also.

  • Finished product: Greek oregano

Note: With all of the following recipes be sure to pick of any bugs and shake off any dirt hanging on so they/it won't end up in your finished product. I also rinsed all my herbs in cold water and patted them dry.

One of the best ways to preserve that fresh taste is to freeze an herb in olive oil. At the time I did this I had an over abundance of basil so that's what I did plus I love the flavor and olive oil is my chosen cooking oil other than the animals fats. So I simply cut up my basil with some herb shears, covered the bottom of my ice cube tray with the cut herbs and poured the oil over to cover.

  • After freezing overnight.

When it comes to infusing oils and vinegars it's as simple as stuffing a jar full of dried or fresh herbs and pouring the liquid over the top. Make sure all the plant matter is covered in the case of olive oil so as to avoid mold. I infused olive oil (any other oils work also; avocado, canola, etc.) with all kinds of basils and oregano. I infused vinegar with the basil also. These will both be used for salad dressings and cooking in the winter. Put them in a dark place to infuse for a couple months. If using fresh herbs you may encounter some cloudiness in your oils due to the water in the leaves. If so just leave off the lid for a day or so (if it's warm out) and the water particles will quickly evaporate. Below are a few of the infusions.

  • Vinegar left and olive oil right.

I don't know about you but I love pesto! And anyway I can get it cheaper than the store is right up my ally. Most of the ingredients are common stock for most kitchens, simply source yourself some pine nuts and you're on your way! I found a few great recipes on Pinterest.
Hint: fresh basil from the garden works best!

  • If you want this to last I suggest doing a double batch in order to freeze some and eat some fresh. As you can see mine is halfway gone… Can you say yum?!

Extracts and tinctures sound harder than they are and some recipes call for a little more measuring than I chose to do. I made it simple like Shaye from The Elliott Homestead with her echinacea tincture. I stuffed my jars full of these herbs and dumped vodka on them. My currents extractions and tinctures consist of echinacea tincture (recipe courtesy of The Elliott Homestead as I stated above) and chocolate mint extract. Very soon I'll be making my own homemade vanilla extract for which I might consult an actual recipe since it seems it needs to be a little more exact. As for the mint and echinacea I did as follows. Prepare clean jars. Clip fresh herbs. Leaves and stems (echinacea also the blossoms). Stuff in jars. Pour vodka completely over foliage so it is entirely submerged. Fasten with air tight lid. Boom.

  • Pow Wow Echinacea
  • Freshly stuffed jar of Echinacea.

  • After a few days the flowers will lose their bright color

  • Chocolate Mint extract

  • I highly suggest labeling everything you extract, tincturize, or infuse. Herbs lose their form and color slightly and it can be hard to tell what's what after a few days. Been there, done that. Labels are you friend!

Well there you have it! Many ways to save those fresh herbs. From freezing over night, drying for a weekish, or waiting those few months to use your yummy garden goodies you'll be set for winter. It's well worth it folks. Make sure you prune your herbs regularly so they stay around longer and don't bolt. Once they do save those seeds folks! Aaaaand don't forget to start more herbs for your fall garden, if you treat them right you may be able to keep them inside for the long haul!

Purple basil anyone?

Peace and Love,

8 Free Seed-Starters

There’s no need to go break the bank on fancy seed trays. Up-cycle any of these for a quick and easy (and free) solution. Eventually I plan on buying a couple soil blockers in order to cut down on our waste and use of plastic, but until I can invest in that tool this is what we did this year. Check it out. 

  1. Milk cartons– these were empty epsom salt cartons we just cut the top off and filled with soil. 
  2. Toilet paper rolls– we save all our rolls for crafts or firestartes, and now see starters. Works great for peas since you can fill halfway and back fill as the sprouts grown taller. 
  3. Shallow boxes– this was my mother’s experiment and it worked amazing for sunflowers, and that’s just mulch from the chicken yard. 
  4. Shipping materials– fill with soil and plant. Boom. 
  5. Juice bottles– all did was cut off the top and added two drain holes. 
  6. Egg cartons— ever tried planting tomatoes in egg shells?And here’s a couple more options that I didn’t have the chance to try, though I have seen other folks find great success with also 
  7. Milk jugs– simply cut the jug in half and discard top half, poke some drain holes in the bottom and voila! 
  8. Coffee cans– coffee cans are great since they hold warmth quite well and can be reused many times. All you you need to do is take a hammer and a nail and add a few drain holes in the bottom. For an added effect only fill halfway with soil and cover it with plastic to retain temperature, sorta like a greenhouse.
  • One a side note: instead of buying more greenhouse seed trays I also started a great deal of our garden in paper cups and solo cups that we had lying around the house, saved a lot of money doing that folks!

As you can see, there’s no need to spend countless dollars year after year on expensive to buy cheaply made plastic seed trays. This is more sustainable and much more financially forgiving. Not to mention you will be cutting down on your household waste and reusing those paper/plastic/metal products. Most of the paper based ones can also be planted directly into the ground. Give it a try, what can you lose? And just keep planting seeds y’all!

Okra in the sunset.

Peace and Love



    I was asked recently by a follower for a basic lesson on how I forage for edible weeds. And to that I’ll say.. not very proficiently. I am no professional and I don’t do it enough to be called a ‘forager’. One day of course. But I’ve definitely foraged and eaten off the land, not nearly as much as I could however. At our previous property purslane and lambs quarter abounded and isn’t bad sautéed in butter. 

    By true definition a weed is only ‘a plant that is not valued where it is growing and is usually of vigorous growth.’ Thank you Merriam-Webster for driving home my point. 

    Dandelion buds drying before infusion

    So here’s just a few tips that got me started:

    Do some research. Some of my favorite websites for foraging:

    • Edible Wild Food. They’re website lists tons of info on edible plants, flowers, and fungi.
    • Grow Forage Cook Ferment. This is where most my inspiration comes from whether it be foraging for eating or homemade body care products.
    • Forage and Harvest. They provide email dosages to keep you to date on info and provide all the info you need to reconnect with nature safely. 

    Start in your own yard/property or near by areas first. Check out your surrounds and see what’s available. You’d be suprised what growing right under your nose. 

    Check with your local Forest Service or community groups. Your local station may have printouts or advice to offer. Lots of outdoor hiking, foraging, gardening, homesteading groups have oodles of hands on experience to help you out. Im sure you can find one whether that be through Facebook or your city/county.

    Picking dandelions for mama

    Ask tons of questions. If you know anyone who has or does forage. Pick they’re brain! Ask they to take you out foraging sometime. 

    Find out what grows in your area. Each region is unique so I’m sure what is edible and grows where I live might not be what is edible and growing where you live. Around here we have tons of:

    • Purslane
    • Lambs quarter
    • Dandelion
    • Plantain

    I’m sure there are many more around but that’s what I seem to see the most of around our property. And up in the foothills this time of year there are thousands for morel mushrooms. 

    Ask for a second opinion if you’re not sure. If you kinda think that might be the right and plant but you’re not sure.. don’t eat it! Get someone to confirm for you before ingesting. 

    Don’t spray the edible weeds! Save your money the noxious weeds and let the edibles grow.. even if it’s in your yard 😉 Yes they may not grow exaclty where you chose, but edible weeds have a reason and purpose just as much as a lawn of grass or a garden of vegetables. 

    Got any chickens or rabbits? They love to eat weeds to even if you won’t. 

    There you have it! I’m sure there’s much more to be learned. And as I learn I’ll blog it all. 

    On the left olive oil, on the right grapeseed; both currently infusing.

    Right now I’m working on infusing olive and grape seed oils with dried dandelion buds so I can then make dandelion lotion bars. Post on that soon to come! Check out The Nerdy Farm Wife for all sorts of dandelion DIYs!

    Peace and Love,


    What’s in My Spring Garden?

    I had a few questions from friends about gardening these last month or so..

    Mostly it’s: 

    Where do I start?

    What do I plant?

    I’ve so been there. And I’m basically still a green horn at everything. There are way too many options out there. Here’s a bit from us so maybe y’all won’t have to go through the same trial and errors that we have. 

    Rhubarb making a comeback..

    We live in North Central Oregon (zone 6) so growing a plentiful garden can be a challenge. Since we don’t have the longest growing season, our last frost date being early to mid June, starting indoors is basically required if you want to be eating from your garden through spring and summer. Have a greenhouse? Perfect. You’re already a step ahead of me! We do have two 4’x 8′ hoop houses though, which will serve as a green house to our first transplants for our spring garden. Currently they’re housing 22 layer chicks, sorry, not sorry!

    (We plan to build a greenhouse in the near future in order to grow short season cold weather varieties through the winter)

    No greenhouse? Don’t fret. Seed starts do well with artificial light. Affordable growing lights can be acquired on the internet or at a local garden store. No money in the budget for garden purchases? That’s ok to. Lights are the best option to keep your seeds from becoming lanky but they’ll do fine with natural sun exposure also. Find a southern facing warm window in your house where you can set up a table for seed starting. 

    Now onto the good stuff. 

    Here’s a simple list of basic seed starting supplies:

    • Seed-starting soil mix (I reuse any soil from last years pots or planters before buying new) But I also really love those jiffy pellets! 
    • Seed starting trays- basic containers w/drainage holes and a tray (upcycle and get creative if you need to)
    • Grow lights
    • Seeds

    Choosing what to put in your garden up to you. I can tell you all day long what you should be planting, but in the end it’s all about what you and your family will eat and how much time you’re willing to spend tending your plants. No sense in wasting time and money on food you’ll likely not eat, and a garden does need regular tending whether it be mulching, weeding, or checking for (squishing) bugs. 

    Currently: seed starts and baby chicks.

    Here’s a list of what belongs in YOUR spring garden: (what I’m planting/ already planted = *)

    • Lettuce*
    • Cabbage*
    • Radish
    • Leeks
    • Peas*
    • Spinach*
    • Brussels sprouts
    • Potatoes
    • Parsley*
    • Endive
    • Swiss chard*
    • Kale*
    • Broccoli
    • Collards*
    • Mustard greens*
    • Celery
    • Beets*
    • Rutabaga
    • Cauliflower*
    • Green Onions*

    Since I’m a seed addict and have so many of these varieties already, choices were made based on what I have on hand right now. I still have to purchase things like radish and broccoli seed, we plant so much of these I never have left overs.  Our potatoes will be planted next month using the potato tower method, which I’ll definetly be making a post about as it happens. I’m also starting herbs I have now since they can easily be grown indoors full time anyway. 

    Let’s talk seeds! I love seeds, all seeds, free seeds, heirloom seeds, big or small. Seeds are the stuff of life. And I’m going to give you a peek at my favorite companies. 

    Mike the Gardner – Seeds of the Month club

    • 100% non-GMO
    • 8 packs your first month, 4 thereafter
    • Affordable heirloom seeds

    Territorial Seed Company

    • Local- Cottage Grove, OR
    • Family owned
    • Offers only untreated seed (non-GMO)

    Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

    • Nearly 2,000 varieties of heirloom seeds – largest selection in U.S. 
    • Family owned
    • Supplies free heirloom seeds to poor countries.

    Seed Savers Exchange 

    • USDA organic 
    • Heirloom seeds
    • Non-profit dedicated to preservation of heirloom seeds
    • Tax deductible membership

    I take whatever advice I can get, and have learned much from fellow homesteaders and some really amazing books. Most of what I know I can thank these three folks and their amazing families for the trial and error they’ve let us all watch over the years. 
    Shaye Elliott- The Elliott Homestead

    • Welcome to the Farm — How-to Wisdom from The Elliott Homestead

    Justin Rhodes- Abundant Permaculture

    • Permaculture Chickens DVD
    • YouTube vlog

    Jill Winger- The Prairie Homestead

    • Your Custom Homestead e-book

    These folks are my heroes and I wouldn’t be where I am today had it not been for these amazing homesteaders who inspired me and my family to get back to basics and grow a life of wholesome plenty. 

    A great morning ritual is full of coffee and a good book

    Over and out.

    Peace and Love,


    Homestead Plan 2017

    Holy cow where did last year go?
    We accomplished a lot in 2016 and failed at even more. 

    The onions I planted so the horses could trample them…
    We’re learning to grow and live more seasonally and to appreciate what we have while we have it. 

    Like all homesteaders this is a lesson that has been tough to learn. We wanted (and did) to dive right into the deep end. Some of our endeavors were successful and others a horrible tragedy. 

    My little chicken helper
    But not this year. We’re on a new property with a whole new lease on our homesteading dreams. 

    We have learned so much the last two years and it’s it so lucky you can take all your trials and tribulations with you, isn’t it? I don’t know what I would do without all the hands on hours I’ve had of trying to make things work. 

    But that’s just it, we can’t make things work in our favor all the time. Sometimes we just need to go with that flow. 

    And I gotta say that all homesteaders have one flaw, the fact that we have to learn it on our own. Am I right? A fellow steader can tell you all their stories and give warning after warning but you’ll still need to learn it for yourself.  

    Raised beds which grew so much food!
    This is most ardently true of us Gardner’s. Were cheap (frugal) and we’re ok with a little hard work and good ole fashion elbow grease. 
    So this year there’s lots to be done. 

    Here’s a little of what we have in store:

    • Build Justin Rhodes’ Chickshaw
    • Put away 60 broilers in freezer camp
    • Establish our crop garden
    • Build more garden spaces and soil– put those chooks to work!
    • Build a greenhouse
    • Can and freeze our harvest for winter (basically I want to grow enough veggies to sustain us through winter)
    • Add 30 laying hens
    • Grow 10 turkeys- also for freezer camp 
    • Build a hog pen
    • Expand meat rabbit project – build pasture pens
    • Put up 5 tons of hay for winter
    • Fence in and seed front pasture – horse grazing

    It’s a lot to get done and that’s just the big things… 

      we’ve got a lot of work ahead and I can’t way for this snow to melt so we can get started!

      Peace and Love…. and seed starts!


      A homestead school experiment for Ireland

      Moving Towards Minimalism.

      This winter, minimalism has been my goal, well that and the 9 knitting projects I currently have going… ahem. Minimalism was hard (is hard) for me at times. In the beginning I read posts from wives and mothers desperately in need of something to change in their household. They were cleaning constantly, folding laundry daily, picking up the same toys over and over…

      That was, and sometime still is, me. I can so relate with the stress of nonfunctional house. At time you can feel like you have no just time for just you. 

      All of it began to change when we moved, only 14 miles, north back to our home town. We had acrued SO many things I could barely breath when debating ‘where do I even begin?’ So I grabbed a trash bag and started tossing. A trash bag turned into a trailer load turned numerous dumploads, honestly I can’t even recall how many, and I don’t think I want to. Had we really just thrown all that “stuff” away? Heck ya we did!

      And I have felt so much better since that day, yes it was hard and it still is. But when you take a good long pause to really think about an item:

      -when was the last time I used this?

      -how long has it been in disrepair?

      -do I love this thing?

      -does anyone I know need one of these?

      And you find yourself saying I don’t remember, who knows, heck no, and definitely not to these questions, you then wonder… why do I still have this?

      That was just the first step and the proceeding steps have been that much easier to take, now that I understand what we can and cannot live without. 

      Since we’ve moved life is feeling, well lighter. I’ve sorted through and thrown out so much baggage from our lives. 

      Socks with holes. Gone. Shoes that don’t fit. Peace out. Clothes the girls grew out of. Adios muchachos. Extra dishes and utensils. Get outta here!

      Books and books upon more books? Oh of course babies you guys are staying! There’s nothing like a well stocked home library if I do say so myself. I digress. 

      I even got rid of the TV from our living room, phew was I worried about that. But you know what? The kids haven’t even asked where it went. A bu-by boob tube. 

      If you knew me then you would know I can be a little bit of a clothing hoarder. But I’ve learned more about myself in and out of pregnancy that there’s one thing I’ve realized about me… I like comfort. So I’ve been weeding through clothes and it feels fantastic. Sometimes I can actually fit all my clothes in my dresser… ahem. Well it’s true, mama likes her large wardrobe. But I’m learning to live with less and that makes me feel good. And less laundry piling up means I get to wear that favorite shirt more often as it is not lost away inside laundry mountain. 

      I went one step farther and I took all the toys away. And the same reaction as the TV, no one noticed. Yes, some met the trash. Sentimental, speciality and learning toys have been stored and are accessible for use when the kids want. But always get put back up afterwards. I tell you it is a great feeling to walk across a dark living room not to kick or step on one toy. Simplicity people, is where it’s at. 

      Over the course of this massive homestead de-clutter I have learned 5 massively helpful tid-bits that make our lives easier day to day:

      1. Make beds everyday

      2. Don’t do another load of laundry until all previous loads are folded and put away. 

      3. Dinner isn’t finished until the dishes are clean. (I learned this from a post about homemaking like a Mennonite, now those women can run a household!)

      4. Keep the dining room table clear, even if you have to do it a dozen times a day. (Since our table doubles as a home school craft area this is especially necessary)

      5. Keep all the shoes in ONE area/place/room etc. trust me… assign the shoes a zone, teach your kids and husband, stop tripping on said shoes in the middle of the night.

      In the end it’s all about making life more livable. Is my house clean at all times? Definitely not, but I can breath a little easier with less and the house takes a fraction of the time to clean as it used to. 

      I don’t know about you but I certainly don’t want to be wasting my husbands only two days off every week cleaning and folding laundry. There has got to be more to life than that. And there is! It’s outside your house. And it’s waiting for us all. 

      Get outside and enjoy this world!

      Peace & Love,


      A Blizzard and The Homestead.

      Maybe this is just a test. Mother Nature, saying hey, it’s January y’all homesteaders better get your head in the game. I adore how nature never lets us feel completely in control, she is not predictable, we must ebb and flow with her rhythm whilst trying to find ours in the midst of all this beauty. 

      Well folks the new year has been quite the challenge so far. Our power went out at 630 this morning. We spent the proceeding 2.5 hours running around figuring all the needed to be figured for this day ahead, and this was just the beginning.

      As we gathered supplies and tools I visualized to Ireland how the oil lamps we were using are similar to that of the ones Laura Ingalls and her family used. We’re about half way through Little House on the Prairie but I still don’t think it’s sunk in with Ireland that Laura Ingalls lived in a much different time than us. So today was an awesome time to have a small inpromptu homeschool lesson on living without electriciy. Her chin dropped when I stated that Laura and her sister Mary likely never got to watch Frozen. I couldn’t help but laugh out loud.

      Winter isn’t such a big deal here, usually… having lived here my whole life I know what to expect. But the last few years Central Oregon has seen below average snow fall and we all got a little used to the weekend snow storms that melt away in 72 hours. Well, we prayed for snow and boy have we received. There are no days off in homesteading and that’s especially true for my love. His single income is all that supports us so days off are few and far between, even when he’s home, he’s working.

      So you see I can’t help but be a tiny bit giddy he’s here with the girls and I today. Yes, our truck is so frozen it wouldn’t start… my hubs is pretty amazing at making sh** work, excuse the language but it’s true. If it’s broken he will fix it, if he can’t figure it out give him some space and he will by golly! But every once in a while things don’t go your way and you just need to sit back and enjoy the ride. He was able to save the day in other ways though, thawing the frost-free (again) and hauling countless buckets of water to my mare and our flock. What I guy I married! 

      We are all safe inside, now thawing ourselves! 

      Thankful the power is back, the truck is plugged in, water heaters are warming, and we shall endure! 

      Peace and Love,