She Might Not Be What You Think

Have you ever disappointed someone before? Someone who thought you were different than you really are, based on their interpretation of something you said, did or lived? Yeah, me too. I’m learning that this blogging thing contributes to those kinds of misunderstandings. While I try to write openly and honestly,Read More…

Of Hickory Countertops and White Kitchen Sinks

It finally happened! Running water. A white, double bowl kitchen sink. Countertops of rich, hickory wood. The mountain cottage finally has a functioning kitchen! Not finished, mind you. But functioning! My man had vacation time this past week, so we’ve both been tackling finishing work around here. We’re exhausted, andRead More…

Building Hugelkultar Garden Beds

When my man and I bought the mountain farmstead with it’s rocky, sandy, gravely soil, we knew alternative gardening methods were a must. For our cottage garden beds, we scraped rock and sand away, then filled the space with topsoil from our land. But for the kitchen garden, I wantedRead More…

Sometimes I Just Want What She Has

Let’s take a break from growing gardens, canning food and all the good stuff happening on the mountain farmstead. It’s been too long since we had a heart-to-heart, and I want to tell you what I’ve been thinking about, stewing over and examining in myself. Yes, it has to doRead More…

The Cabinet Boxes Are In!

I’m here in the kitchen, writing and watching our meat ducks in the front yard. They’re creatures of hilarity and personality! Right now they’re gobbling down feed, waddling over to their water for a drink, then waddling back to gulp down more food, back and forth, until their little cropsRead More…

How to Soften Hard Honey

Have you ever laid in a supply of honey for your kitchen? Ever opened a jar from your stash, only to discover the golden liquid has turned into a hard mass? It’s terribly frustrating, isn’t it? The stiff, sticky stuff is not only difficult to dig out, but its hardRead More…