A Family Builds a Homestead in the Rain

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After The Rain

After The Rain

Most people probably don’t give grass a great deal of thought or attention. At least not usually. I’m sure I didn’t before we moved to the Central Valley of California. It always gets hot here, topping 100 degrees for great stretches of the long summers. I remember visiting my grandfather as a child and marveling […]

A Girl and Her Dog

A Girl and Her Dog

Suzanna and our dog Hannah have had a special bond from the beginning. Watching it grow has been such a pleasure. Hannah is always gentle and watchful, and she calmly tolerates the climbing, pulling and forceful patting that a toddler inflicts. Both are amused sitting under the jujube tree sharing snacks.

A Drawing for My Daughter

A Drawing for My Daughter

The Things I’ll Miss: Yosemite

The Things I’ll Miss: Yosemite

In our years here, we’ve enjoyed numerous trips in the shortest direction out of the Central Valley: into spectacular Yosemite National Park. We’ve savored it in all seasons, best of all in the “off-season” when it’s quiet and calm. With uncompromised love for the lush beauty Oregon exudes, Yosemite holds a magic and a special […]

Love and Country Wine

Love and Country Wine

I made my first batch of country wine this summer, with my daughter in a carrier on my back and during her nap times, using drought-stifled tart plums. I’d read quite a bit about the basics, and John Seymour’s description of the simple, forgiving process appealed to me greatly. That and the self-sufficiency aspect– beer and […]

Secrets For Sharing

Secrets For Sharing

I can’t wait to show my daughter these places, and to find out what she will show me.

Basic Homemade Soap Recipe

Basic Homemade Soap Recipe

We’re due to make a batch of soap as our supply begins to dwindle. Switching to commercial soap would simply not be an option. Our homemade bars are silky, scent-free, and fantastic for the skin– I use it on my face and it’s been the first product to leave me with clear skin, even among […]

Jujubes and Country Wine

Jujubes and Country Wine

Country wine can be made from nearly anything. It’s versatile and highly forgiving, a simple transaction of alcohol for sugars. It can be made more complex, or more refined, but the simplest method will yield something that can provide a good buzz and taste somewhere on a spectrum between great and… interesting. I delight in […]

Giving Shampoo and Shower Gel the Flush

Giving Shampoo and Shower Gel the Flush

We make a dedicated effort to avoid chemicals in laundry detergent, household cleansers, and certainly our food. So it’s struck me as illogical to then hop into the shower to “clean” myself with products known to be hazardous to both my health and the environment. Pthalates, sulfates, plastic microbeads, even formaldehyde regularly lurk within the […]

A Winter Hat

A Winter Hat

The cooler weather has begun to move in, and in spite of my little one’s resistance to wearing anything resembling a hat, I knew it would eventually become imperative that her nearly bald little head have some insulation. I haven’t picked up knitting needles or a crochet hook since before her birth– the longest interlude […]

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I'm Kelly. Writer, crafter, forager, country winemaker, cook. Mama of an awesome toddler and married to my best friend. We recently returned to the Pacific Northwest, where we're setting out to grow, make, and learn as much as we can as the future unfolds.

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