these three

I love when these three come up with some grand game or project that they play at for hours.


Yesterday it was a restaurant that served ginger tea and energy balls.  Today it’s life size gingerbread people.


We are all enjoying these slow December mornings learning and playing together.





It’s apple time around here.  Somehow we thought it would be a good idea to get 100 pounds of these babies.  So, after a day of apple sauce, dehydrating apple slices, and canning apple slices our pantry is a bit fuller.  The kids were a huge help.  And the chickens were happy with all the leftovers.

We’re mostly just thankful to be home doing regular homestead chores after being evacuated for a week due to a large forest fire about a mile from our house.  It’s still burning, (away from us) so prayers would be appreciated!


hooded poncho


It’s pretty common for me to be in the middle of some sort of knitting project.  Mason and Emma are always curious about what I’m making.  While working on my last project Emma asked if I would make her something.  She picked out this pattern for a hooded poncho. IMG_20150411_112620 IMG_20150411_113053

It came together rather quickly, especially with pulling from 2 skeins at a time and using size 11 needles.  IMG_20150411_113542 IMG_20150411_113615

I love it on her!  She isn’t so sure.  She’s not quite sure what to do with her hands when she wears it.  Perfect for chilly mornings and cool evenings.

cornhusk wreath


One of our biggest successes in the garden this year was growing corn.  We got this seed from Montana, called Painted Mountain.   We haven’t really been able to grow a sweet corn for eating, but this variety seems to thrive.  We’re going to grind it into cornmeal once all the ears are dry.

IMG_1846 We had so much fun shucking it because each ear surprised us with its colors.  It was hard to pick a favorite, but we saved a few ears for seed for next year.

The timing was perfect, because we’ve been studying Indians and one activity we wanted to do was corn husk crafts.  We decided to turn those pretty husks into a wreath.

We just twisted them around a piece of wire, holding them on with some twine.

IMG_1864IMG_1862I love the variety of colors!  Happy Fall.