Quilting Sucks, and I Suck at Quilting. Here's Why I Still Do It.

This is the second of three parts on legacy and what it means for my family. I painstakingly pieced together a quilt for a son I had not yet met. We had decided we wanted to adopt a son, so I knew it would be a boy. I dreamed about this unknown boy and how... Read more »

Building A Legacy: Part 1 of 3 - Mom's Meatloaf

This is a three-part series on building a legacy for your family. It is about preserving family traditions, creating memories, and readying your family for the inevitable in a loving and responsible fashion. Part of being a homemaker and homesteader is stocking up my children with good childhood memories. From crawfish boils to collecting eggs... Read more »

Death's Allure: When Life Becomes the Enemy

Kate Spade was found dead in her apartment of an apparent suicide. I think that we all ask ourselves how someone who appeared to have it all and to have it all together could take her own life. I don’t know what she struggled with, but I know that we all struggle and our pain,... Read more »
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Birthdays, Savages and other Miscellany

Ah, 44, you have arrived. Not with sounds of celebrations, but of little children running around, being told to brush their teeth (while they wonder how we know they are not brushing their teeth, and we can plainly hear then talking to each other, so we know that they are in fact, not brushing their... Read more »

A Case Study - Day 1: Living Well and Spending Zero by Ruth Soukup

A Case Study - Day 1: Living Well and Spending Zero by Ruth Soukup
Today is Day One of Living Well and Spending Zero for our household.  For those of you who don’t know, “Living Well & Spending Zero” is a book written by budgeting and household management guru Ruth Soukup (her website is Livingwellspendingless.com).  While I’m not here to plug the book or the site, I thought it... Read more »

An Accidental Housewife: On Being an Unwilling Homemaker

An Accidental Housewife: On Being an Unwilling Homemaker
Through a series of unfortunate events, I became a housewife.  It really was the perfect storm.  I was working 30 hours a week, my son was having daily issues at school with his undiagnosed ADHD, my husband was traveling frequently for work, I was left to take care of two kids by myself in a... Read more »
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On Making a Home or “Black Babies Cost Less to Adopt”

A huge part of my homesteading is dictated by my children. They are the reason I make a home, and why I do things like jamming, jarring and gardening. Aside from teaching them patience, compassion, creativity, and sustainability, I am also teaching them how to make a home for their children if/when they become parents.... Read more »

The Impending Zombie Apocalypse or Why I Garden

We all are motivated by certain things; it can be money, family or fortune. When it comes to summer gardening, I am motivated by one thing: fear. I have a sneaking suspicion that I have grown lazy, complacent, and too dependent on others. Seriously, what if SHIT GOES DOWN? When I was living in California, with... Read more »

Friend or Food: On Eating a Feral Hog

Friend or Food: On Eating a Feral Hog
We moved up to the Chicago area from rural Louisiana almost two years ago. Louisiana is home to many amazing and strange customs and is a place that has always eaten seasonally and lived farm to table. One such custom is to hunt your food in order to stock your deep freezer. One day, while... Read more »
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