Spending Sunday in the kitchen. Canning beans, making dog food, infusing oil with herbs for salve. While it looks messy, my heart is at peace. I am finding joy in slowing down and providing for my family in a way that is healthier, sustainable. I am learning skills to pass down to my kids and grandkids. God is truly blessing me in this stage of life and I am grateful. What is bringing you joy and gratitude in your life now.
We are all here to learn and live our purpose. The thing that brings you joy each day, that drives us to get out of bed and follow that desire. Do it boldly, with purpose and courage.
Your greatest life and self are waiting for you.
Today is my husband’s birthday. There is something magical about starting a week with a celebration. It is a beautiful reminder that Monday’s can be a day to look forward to, not to just dread. Life is short, celebrate each day, even the Monday’s. Here is hoping your Monday and your week is magical and you find those small moments worth celebrating
This weekend we were at the Farm Where You Live event. It was an amazing weekend of connecting with other homesteaders and learning from those passionate about the skills and knowledge they have acquired. Guest speaker Joel Salatin spoke on the 7 fears we encounter when homesteading. Honestly, it applies to pursuing any dream. Fear of not succeeding, of not knowing enough to start, making mistakes, losing money, are all boat anchors holding us back. Just start. Do one small step in the direction you want. If you want to garden, plant one plant. Cook from scratch, pick one recipe and master it. Learn to raise animals? Volunteer or intern at a farm. Your dream is waiting for you, all you need to do is step your fears and be relentless in pursuit of the life you are meant to live.
Things have been busy this week with the mobile home remodel. Guest room and bathroom are finished and ready for our 1st guests to arrive next week. This bedroom had the worst of the water damage, mold and rot. Now, it is a clean, cute, cozy room with a great view of the property.
I made cheese last night, which I was super excited about. I used it on fajitas that also had cilantro from the garden and homemade salsa. So this morning it seemed fitting to use it again. I fried avocado with bagel seasoning mix. I cut a bell pepper into slices to cut cook eggs in. Diced the scraps and added onions, sweated those down. Air fryed some some hash browns. Assembly: hash browns, peppers and onions, egg in pepper slice. Toppings: fried avocado, fresh queso blanco, cilantro.
It is a beautiful fall day here in SC. You know what that means…Pumpkin Everything! So let’s throwback to my Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer and Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites!
It was so fun to look back at this post. The new little pup is now a full grown 7lb dog who avoids mornings at all costs.
And now we have 2 new girls. Velma and Skye. We have had them a month and their training is going great! We know they are going make awesome livestock guardian dogs.
You can grab both recipes in the orginal post here https://wp.me/p8hMof-jf
What is your favorite pumpkin recipe? Is there a pumpkin recipe that you have been looking for and want me to post it here? Let me know!
Last week I harvested Basil. We had it fresh, I made pesto, I made a basil simple syrup and I dried the rest. What is your favorite way to preserve basil?
Whether you are a homesteader or starting any new direction in life, there will be people that will not understand.
Why make yogurt when you can buy it? Why grow vegetables and deal with bugs when you can go to a farm stand? Why have so many animals?
Pursuing success looks different for all of us. What brings your heart joy and your soul peace is what brings you into your true self and creates a beautiful, abundant life.
To me, that is success.
It is okay if people in our lives don’t understand. We may not understand the path they are on either. By showing grace and compassion to one another and to ourselves, our definition of success becomes limitless.
Keep following your dreams, no matter how big or small. Reach out to others pursuing similar goals for support and knowledge. Make all the mistakes to keep learning and growing.
Your version of success is waiting for you.
Each sucess begins with us believing in ourselves and making the most of each opportunity that comes our way. Use this affirmation for any area of your life you want to work on: career, relationships, health.
Building a homestead from the bottom up it is easy to get overwhelmed but by taking each day and embracing the lessons that life presents in that moment, that is where the growth happens.
Sunday’s I love to spend the morning trying new recipes and creating a delicious brunch.
We bought some beautiful duck eggs at our local farmers market to enjoy this morning.
If you have not had duck eggs, they are pretty amazing. They have thick, hard shells. Vibrant yellow yolks and are super creamy.
A couple weeks ago, we went strawberry picking with our grandson so we have a bunch of sliced strawberries in the freezer.
Perfect to top some waffles. I used a a gluten free box recipe, so use your favorite recipe.
This would also be delicious on some ice cream or I am going to use the leftovers on some bread pudding I am making for dessert tonight.
To wrap up this delicious brunch, I topped the duck eggs with fresh parsley from the garden and grabbed some fresh mint for the strawberries.
If you do not have a lot of space for growing, herbs are great for container gardening and are a great place to start. Having fresh herbs on hand just elevates all your dishes.
I thawed out some strawberries, mixed in fresh lime juice, powdered sugar and mint. Topped our waffles with our favorite bourbon aged syrup, then the strawberries.
Poured a mimosa and had a wonderful, relaxing brunch at home with fresh, local ingredients. What is your favorite brunch?
Strawberries with Lime and Mint
One cup of sliced strawberries
(Fresh or thawed from frozen)
Juice of half a lime
1 Tsp powdered sugar
1 Tbp fresh mint (plus extra to garnish)
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and let sit for 5 min. Serve as a topping to favorite brunch item or dessert. Store leftovers in the fridge.