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Why We Pursue Homesteading

Why We Pursue Homesteading

My best friend from childhood recently reentered my life, the girl I climbed trees, built forts, did crafts and discovered the world with. We were like sisters, our friendship extending beyond the reaches of my memory. As teenagers, though, life interrupted and we inexplicably lost touch. Now, a decade later, we’re rekindling a friendship that […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dairy Sheep

Dairy Sheep

After giving serious consideration to factoring one or more milk goats into our homestead operation, and chatting with a friend about the thought, my inclination is now leaning in a different direction, one so often overlooked: dairy sheep. The idea might seem strange to Americans, although sheep milk is produced abundantly around the world and […]

The Pleasure and Utility of Goats

The Pleasure and Utility of Goats

I’ve had goats for all but short periods of my life. On the farm where I was raised, we had pygmies, which I must admit I am not fond of: noisy, cantankerous, and quite useless except for show, in my experience (please do correct me if I’m missing something!). When I was ten or eleven, […]

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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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