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In a meal planning slump? Fix it fast!

A few times a year I hit a slump of making dinner Every. Single. Day. And, sometimes lunch and breakfast, … More

Come Join Our Sweet Season – Maple Sugaring Season

Spring Fever hits hard as we desperately want to be out in the warm sun. 50 degrees that was nasty and cold last fall is supremely, warm now! And, it means Sugaring Season.
We don’t have a Sugar Bush on our property, in other words we don’t have a large group of maple trees to tap. But our friends have a couple hundred acres and plenty of maple trees. They built a sugarhouse and make amazing Spring Gold (aka maple syrup) each Spring.

How to start homesteading: 6 simple starting points

Chances are if you ask twenty homesteading families what the parameters are to be termed “homesteading” you get twenty slightly different answers. You need to develop your own answer to this. To me, homesteading is to make your home as self-sustaining as you choose, incorporating your land and your skills to be less reliant on others and stores. This will look different between you and I or myself and my friends. That’s OK. There is no “right” answer although there might be a lot of “wrong” ones. Your “right” answer is what works for you at any given time.

Easy Homesteading Side Hustles (that anyone can do!)

There are a lot of side hustles that start out as a personal hobby or self-improvement and then are expanded to be profitable. Here is a quick list of ideas for you to hustle a little extra cash with very little work.

Stop the Winter Blues – Self-care in Covid

We all need to take care of ourselves (I’m terrible at self-care) and even more so this year. A global pandemic takes its toll on everyone. Add to that the standard Winter Blues, aka SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), and many of us need a little pick-me-up right now.

Best gifts of 2020 – worth repeating

I think we can all agree that the Holidays of 2020 were not normal. For so many they meant being alone or separated from others that normally celebrate with us. Many had a more permanent loss of a loved one. What most of us had were gifts. Maybe they were gifts that we bought for others. Some were bought for loved ones, some were bought for strangers in need, some were bought for ourselves. What were the best gifts?

Forget Resolutions; Time To Prioritize

You know those days where you feel like you can’t accomplish anything because there is so much to do? I am totally in that funk right now. I have so many things that I need to do and that I want to do, that I have like five to do lists going. I tried to do a longer range and a shorter range…

First Week of January 2021 Reading Challenge Updates

o be fair, I feel a little like I cheated with my two completed books of the year as they are far shorter and simpler than my normal reading. But, I justify it by the fact that I not only read them, but I am also guiding students reading through them, so there is an awful lot of analysis of character, inference, predictions, etc.

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Last minute solutions for those hard-to-shop-for gift ideas

OK, so some of us are last minute shoppers for those hard-to-shop-for people. This year it’s even more challenging as we must be socially distant. Here is my solution: subscription boxes!
We can’t be together for the holidays, but why not a gift they keep receiving each month, or every other month, or maybe just once. Order these now, and the wrapping and shipping is even done for you!