How We Picked a Place to "Settle Down"

Everyone always talks about "settling down". This phrase never excited me because everyone made it sound bad and boring... kinda like getting married! Game over! "Settling down" was something that boring, older people did when it was time to stop having fun, and I never saw a point come in my life where fun would hit a brick wall and "settling down" would happen....more

Seasons On The Homestead

*This post is Day One of the January Nablopomo 30-day blogging challenge hosted by BlogHer.Living on our little homestead for seven months now has taught me a few things about seasons.Among the lessons:Summer is hot....more

Top Used Appliances in My Kitchen

You might be surprised to hear that when we hosted Thanksgiving a couple weeks back, only one thing went in our oven for any length of time: the turkey. Yes, the sweet potatoes went in for a little bit too, but that was only long enough to melt the marshmallows on top. In general, we rarely use our oven. It is a big heat and energy sink and is not necessary for a lot of the things we make. Oven meals also seem to take longer and we simply don't have the time. So, how do we eat? Simple, using our small kitchen appliances. Here are the ones we use most and why:...more

Last-Minute DIY Holiday Food Gifts

Even as winter's chill descends upon us, there's still plenty of DIY gifts you can concoct in time for the big holiday. Here's a few ideas for gifts, some of which can be whipped up in mere minutes. ...more

90 Days on the Homestead

This week we celebrate 90 days on our little miracle farm. (Click here to read about our miracle.) It has been the craziest summer I've had in memory! We've celebrated some wonderful moments and wept over more than a few. Through it all we have been wrapped in the love of those around us and I'm pretty sure that, at least once every single day, either Handsome Hippie Hubby or I have sighed and said, "I really love living here!"...more

We Bought The Farm: A Story Of Dreams Coming True

"If you were to examine our finances, peek at our credit and plan things out it’s really quite unattainable.  On the other hand, Handsome Hippie Hubby and I have never put much stock in the words “that’s just not realistic.”  Things that are meant to be have a way of coming to pass."...more
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Embracing Country Life

The husband in the Hill Country.As humans, I believe we are on a constant quest to identify meaning in our lives, determine what brings us joy, and work on incorporating more of that into our daily lives. In our modern-day, super-connected world, it can be difficult to tune everything out and tap into our true joys and true selves. We all know this. I am definitely not the first to say these things. I think it is good though to occasionally remind ourselves that we are all works-in-progress - in the best sense of those words. Our paths twist and turn, but ultimately we are all trying to be our best selves we can be at any given moment, and even if we lose our way, we always seek to return to where our hearts fill most full....more

How to Tell If You're Secretly a Homesteader

We are a society that dearly loves to label things.  I've been thinking, lately about how to know if you can officially label yourself as a homesteader.  The modern definition of homesteading has become quite fluid, but I think it's safe to say you might be a homesteader (at least in spirit) if ......more
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Garden Planning: Dreaming of Spring

As a Pennsylvania gardener, I'm often relieved when winter comes. I can sleep in without worrying about weeding and watering before I get ready for work. I at least have the illusion that there's very little to do, but actually there's only a few weeks when that's true....more

Our Story ~ The Simple Life ~ Living life by Faith

Tammy TrayerMountain Woman Journals ~ Writer, Homesteader, Survivalist...Website: For those of you that are new to following me, here is our story....more