Fully Insulated

Fully Insulated

After we put the stove in, we worked on insulation. It was a LONG FOUR DAY JOB, but we got it done. Mom and dad were here each day putting in full days each time. Mom also ran M everywhere she needed to be. Huge thanks also to our friend, Andy who helped me bust out most of the...
Getting Ready for Winter

Getting Ready for Winter

Mom, dad and I worked all day Friday to get the wood burning stove in. We are *almost ready for...
One Year on The 19!

One Year on The 19!

Today marks ONE YEAR since purchasing the 19 and we have accomplished SO MUCH! I am thankful for this little blog that serves as a reminder of all we’ve done because I know I wouldn’t remember otherwise. It’s crazy to think that J was out of state when we signed and is out of state again today. To date, here is a list of accomplishments and milestones I can remember over the past year. There are so many more! Signed papers while J was in NC for work Took many walks with M, J and the dogs and dreamed of the future Did yoga in the woods Surveyed entire property and marked all four corners and offsets Cleared overgrown ‘field’ where our ‘lawn’ currently sits Cut and stacked logs strewn about field Moved dirt, graded driveway and ‘lawn’ Added driveway Got M enrolled in new school Built a firepit Erected a garage with small living space Moved into said living space Put up a mailbox Planted trees and flowers Sowed a garden that’s already yielded 120 pounds of produce Foraged for mushrooms Watched baby squirrels play Fed and watched hummingbirds flourish Ate lots of feasts cooked over an open fire Mowed a lot more than I have in a long time Added a four barrel rain water system Worked in the sunshine Had a few parties Foraged for black raspberries and made my first pie. Delicious! Why did I wait so long? Added a MiFi hot spot to make work life easier Saw J off to another work location Made awesome salads from my garden produce M started a new school year...
Chickpea Ginger Salsa Salad

Chickpea Ginger Salsa Salad

I am not a huge fan of lettuce so I’ve been playing around with lettuce-less salads this summer. This one was particularly good. I paired with another favorite standby of mine, cheesy cauliflower broccoli ‘mashed potatoes’ which include no potatoes at all. Ingredients for lettuce-less salad below. White beans Chickpeas Homemade Salsa from garden Avacado Goat cheese Sesame Ginger dressing...
Our Girl is a Freshman

Our Girl is a Freshman

M started her first day of HIGH SCHOOL today! It was weird dropping her off and watching all of these older kids gather in the parking lot. Things just got real! We are so proud of the young lady she is becoming; such a promising future ahead of...