Cooking Basics: Making Garlic Oil

Basics:  Making Garlic Oil Nearly every October or November, Dad and I plant garlic.  Garlic is rather prolific.  From one clove, you’ll get a whole head of garlic.  And since you cover the garlic bed with straw, you have little weeding to do. Last year, Dad and the kids did the garlic planting for us…

The Importance of Family

FAMILY Family is what my life revolves around.  (And in that, my faith.)  After 20 years, through both dark, rough patches and times of giddy happiness, I’m still very much in love with my husband, and he with me.  He also happens to be my best friend.  We have 5 lovely children, three girls and…

Planning For A Yard Overhaul

We’ve got a huge project happening at our house this year, and it is starting soon. I don’t know how much we’ll actually get planted this year, as we’re using this year to build it up. #ediblelandscaping #notill#maybepermacultureish  

January Ritual

It is about one month into winter.  This morning I found myself in a ritual that I do every January.  I got a blanket, a mug of hot tea, and my seed catalogs, as well as my paper and pen.  It’s that time to plan the garden.  When I sit with these catalogs, I see…

Community

I love that word.  I especially love it when people work together to BE a community, and create a better one.  That’s why I’m pretty stoked right now.  This week I’ve had preliminary discussions with another local farm to work together to provide homegrown food for our community!  I feel like I say this sentence…

Strange Weather Brewing

Is it just here in central IL or is the weather really strange where you are? As far as I can remember, I don't remember such a long stretch of cool(er) weather in August. We've had temperatures in the 70's and 80's since last week, and according to the forecast, we should expect this for…

Refocus

Since 2012, for the most part I put my heart and soul into my music career.  I’ve spent hours on social media, trying to do what I’m “supposed” to do in order to grow my business.  And for awhile this seemed like the right thing to do.  But in January, I kept feeling that change was coming, or at least was needed.