Garden Planning

There’s not much to be done in the garden in February, at least not here in zone 4. But as the days lengthen and the sun comes out from hiding, I just want to do something – anything – garden related. Houseplants certainly help in the grey winter months, and seed shopping is fun. ButContinue reading “Garden Planning”


Garden FAILS. What I’m doing differently this year

It’s only February, but I am already chomping at the bit to get started on this year’s garden. Considering there is still about a foot of snow on top of my garden beds, I still have quite a while before I can even think about starting seeds. Hello, last frost date in JUNE. But it’sContinue reading “Garden FAILS. What I’m doing differently this year”

Sourdough FAQs: part two

I’m excited to answer a few more of your sourdough questions today! In this post, I’ll be focused more on the baking process. If you have starter questions, be sure to go back and check out part one. Planning ahead for baking I have heard from a lot of people that planning ahead for bakingContinue reading “Sourdough FAQs: part two”

Sourdough FAQs part one: the starter

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times: Sourdough. Is. Simple. Just flour, water, salt, and the yeast that naturally occurs in and around your kitchen. That’s literally all there is to it. And yet, “simple” does not necessarily mean easy. Or straightforward. Or that you’ll get it right on the firstContinue reading “Sourdough FAQs part one: the starter”

How to actually stick to a grocery budget

Everyone is talking about it: inflation, rising costs of food, shortages… it’s a real thing affecting many of our everyday lives. While ultimately the solutions to the problem are much larger than me, there are some things we can do to minimize the effects. Enter: the grocery budget. Most of the items in our budgetContinue reading “How to actually stick to a grocery budget”

Complete Guide to Cast Iron: how to cook with, clean, and maintain cast iron cookware

I am a relatively new cast iron convert. It happened a few years back when I was about to replace yet another cheap non-stick skillet. We were cooking in this flimsy pan every single day, and after a few months it would inevitably get scratched or the food would start sticking terribly. I started toContinue reading “Complete Guide to Cast Iron: how to cook with, clean, and maintain cast iron cookware”

Elevate your laundry routine

Are you ready to elevate your homemaking in the next area of your home? I thought it would be appropriate to tackle laundry next. Next to dishes, this is the next most repetitive chore in most of our homes, and also one of the easiest things to get overwhelmed by. Chances are, at this veryContinue reading “Elevate your laundry routine”

Pickles & Preserves

Making pickles was my gateway into food preservation and the spark that ignited my excitement for the garden and my dream of a homestead. A few years ago, I saw a bag of pickling cucumbers for sale at my local grocery store next to an enormous bouquet of dill. I thought, “I could do that.Continue reading “Pickles & Preserves”

Elevate your homemaking: the kitchen

Homemaking, while extremely valuable, can become a bit dull from time to time. The same tasks need repeating day after day, week after week. It is easy to feel stuck and uninspired. Sometimes all you need is a tweak here or there to make homemaking feel fresh and enjoyable again. In this series of posts,Continue reading “Elevate your homemaking: the kitchen”

Cilantro & Coriander : Growing Guide

Cilantro is one of my favorite herbs to grow and cook with. Its bright, fresh flavor pairs well with the flavors of spring and summer. This delightful herb is wonderful to grow on your windowsill or in a container right outside your door so that you can snag a few leaves anytime you need them.Continue reading “Cilantro & Coriander : Growing Guide”