Saturday, May 21, 2016

Moments Like These

These days, I don't really have the time or desire to blog anymore. But, I just can't let these favorite moments slip by without a mention. Just know, that this life that I live is so rich and full of moments like these...

porch love
 a finished bathroom makeover
 Spring chicks
 a brick patio gone!!!
 sipping raw sheep's milk
 transplants day
releasing butterflies
 discovering a nest
 library love
 a little lamb photo shoot
 chess matches at the coffee shop
 Star Wars Day!
 a handful of ducklings
Sam our bottle calf
wildflower bouquets

Sunday, January 31, 2016

A Glimpse of {January}

It's been a quiet and peaceful month at Little Barn Homestead. 
We are definitely in full winter mode. Chores are easier. We spend more time inside. 
We have definitely developed rhythms and routines. 
School in the mornings (except Thursdays and school's in the afternoon).
(We celebrated our 100th day of school a week and a half ago!! Yay!!)
Market and grocery shopping on Tuesday afternoons. 
Bread making on Wednesdays. 
Thursday is our Library day.
We also spend our Thursday mornings sharing Bible stories
 and teaching English to our Burmese friends.
We gave ourselves a NO Eat Out Challenge starting January 1st. So we ate at home A LOT. We lasted 26 days. It was a fun little challenge. Maybe we'll start over and see if we can go 27 days during February.
We've been reading a lot. 
Some days (ok, most days) I just want to snuggle up with a good book and a cup of tea and read.
We scored a rabbit hutch for FREE on Craigslist this month.
It needs some modifying, but we're turning it into our rabbit maternity ward.
Near the end of the month, we got more than a foot of snow.
We were even snowed in for a few days. 
Thankfully, we had good food and the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy from the library.
After things thawed, and during the nice weather this weekend, 
we cleaned up some BIG limbs that fell during the snow storm.
We, along with all the animals, were enjoying the warmth and sunshine. 
The bees were out buzzing (thankfully) and we all have a bit of Spring fever. 
We just have to keep reminding ourselves winter is not over yet. 

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Books I've Read in 2015

It's interesting to look back on these lists. Maybe you like looking at them, too. Here's the 2015 reading list...

  1. Icy Sparks by Gwyn Rubio (for Book Club)
  2. Home Grown: Adventures in Parenting off the Beaten Path, Unschooling, and Reconnecting with the Natural World by Ben Hewitt (read aloud with Bryan)
  3. A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet: Southern Stories of Faith, Family, and Fifteen Pounds of Bacon by Sophie Hudson
  4. For the Children's Sake: Foundations of Education for Home and School by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay
  5. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (love)
  6. Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder (read aloud (again) as a family)
  7. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (for Book Club)
  8. Counter Culture by David Platt
  9. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
  10. Meadowland: The Private Life of an English Field by John Lewis-Stempel
  11. Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv
  12. For the Love by Jen Hatmaker
  13. Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler's Guide to Unshakable Peace by Sarah Mackenzie and Dr. Christopher Perrin
  14. The Shepherd's Life: Modern Dispatches from an Ancient Landscape by James Rebanks
  15. Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi (read aloud to the boys)
  16. Poor Richard’s Almanack by Benjamin Franklin
  17. Good Night, Mr. Tom by Michelle Magorian
  18. Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession by Julie Powell
  19. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer (for Book Club)
  20. The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks (read aloud)
  21. The Nourishing Homestead: One Back-to-the-Land Family's Plan for Cultivating Soil, Skills, and Spirit by Ben Hewitt and Penny Hewitt
  22. The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler (I wish that I had not read this one. I should have just put it down after the first few chapters.)
  23. All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor (read aloud)
  24. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson (read aloud)
    The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin 

     *This list does not include the hundreds of picture books that I read with Seth and Silas. 

    See also 

Sunday, December 27, 2015

{Christmas} 2015

Christmas 2015 was...
simple and special
filled with family
a few gifts
and our Happy Birthday, Jesus party
in the barn.
It was probably my favorite Christmas ever!

Monday, December 21, 2015

{Gratitude} Lately

 Lately, I've been thankful for...
sunny afternoons at the park
 billboards on the interstate that lead to a quick pit stop
 Thursday mornings
 a Nana's love
 the Boyce Christmas parade
 good coffee and chess with a six year old
a heart filled walnut
 and for friends that are more like family.

"Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, 
it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude." A.A. Milne

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

from the {Little Barn Kitchen}

 a peek at what I've been cooking and we've been eating/drinking...
{Main Meals} 
(local) pork roast (slow cooked in the crockpot) 
and (local) greens served over mashed (local) potatoes
(homegrown) grilled chicken 
This was amazing!
When we had our last round of chickens processed, we had 5 chickens cut up into pieces. 
(It costs more to cut the birds into pieces.) One night, it was getting late and I still needed to cook dinner. It was so nice to quickly thaw and cook some chicken breasts (instead of a whole chicken) for dinner. These are the breasts from two chickens which varied in size significantly.
jalepeno sheep's milk cheese grits in a (local) tomato
I did not want this meal to end.
(homegrown) chicken (gluten free) noodle soup with cornbread
I made borscht using (local) cabbage and beets, and (homegrown) tomatoes 
and I was the only one in the family that liked it. 
(local) pumpkin, potatoes, (local) sausage, and (local) kale soup 
with a drizzle of heavy cream
 rice, (homegrown) chicken broth, (local) swiss chard, 
green onions, (homegrown) poached egg, and sriracha

gluten free pumpkin filled pie pockets
(I used Bob's Red Mill gluten free pie pastry mix.)