the bench

1. I drove 25 minutes to the dentist this week only to sit in the office for ten minutes before I was told I was a day off. Then I got to drive home another 25 minutes without ever accomplishing the things I set out to do. Plus, it was the dentist! I was all mentally prepared to get my cavity filled and I was also taking my almost four-year-old for his very first cavity fixing too. It was a lot to gear up for. So I wasted an hour of my life, gas, and still had to go back Continue Reading →

Blueberry Muffins with Crumb Topping

blueberry muffins with crumb topping2

Blueberry Muffins with Crumb Topping are one of those fun recipes that you need in your life “just because”. This muffin is moist, sweet, full of blueberries, and the best part? That crumb topping! You just can’t go wrong with a good crumb topping that isn’t all dry and floury (the secret is in melting the butter first). This one is a pretty perfect muffin if I do say so myself. I don’t often make muffins for breakfast; they are more of an afternoon treat in our house. I’ll let the kids eat one after baking then save the rest Continue Reading →

That one time we hatched our own chicks…

chicken chickies

I’ve mentioned a few times that I was incubating eggs from some of my hens, well folk, this weekend was their big début! This was my second clutch of eggs to try to incubate. The first batch stopped growing when we had an all day power outage and I couldn’t keep the incubator warm enough for the developing chicks. That little hiccup was something I had not even thought of happening and I was pretty disappointed. I decided I could try one more time though and I’m pretty pleased that I did. We had 3 of our 8 eggs hatch Continue Reading →

Chopped Asian Peanut Salad with Homemade Peanut Dressing

asian salad

Good morning! We had an exciting weekend with our chicks hatching in our incubator! I’m planning on taking pictures and telling you all about their birth story soon. They are the cutest little fluff balls this side of the Mississippi, though I might be a little bias. While you are waiting for a chick post you can enjoy this fabulous Chopped Asian Peanut Salad with Homemade Peanut Dressing. This salad is super versatile and would be awesome with the addition of Chow Mein noodles (you know, those “fried worms” as my dad used to call them), mandarin orange pieces and Continue Reading →

7 Ways to Keep and Cook Asparagus


Asparagus is one of my all time favorite spring vegetables and I’m sharing 7 Ways to Keep and Cook Asparagus today on the Hobby Farms website. Writing for Hobby Farms is a real treat for me so I’d love if you popped over and checked the article out! Plus, there’s all kind of useful information waiting there for you. Have a great Monday and enjoy some seasonal asparagus!

10 Ways to Make Spring Magical for Kids

spring flower guide

Spring break vacation pictures of families at the beach or at Disneyland were really getting me down this week. We don’t have any vacations planned for this entire year and I was moping a bit about how my kids are totally deprived (we’ve all been there right!). So instead of thinking about things I can’t change,  I decide to focus on all the things that we can do, especially ways to make spring magical for kids. It’s such a fun time of year, even in our own backyard. Here’s a list of 10 things you can do with your kids at home Continue Reading →

Farm and Garden Update: Spring 2015

peach blossoms

Spring is in the air and I thought I’d show you what we are up to in the farm and garden area of life. All of our trees budded so nicely! Our property is exactly next to my in-laws and they share the same lane, so I’ve been driving past this neglected orchard for almost 10 years now. We’ve been wanting to buy it and talking to the owner for at least the last three, so while we were around we would turn on the water and water the trees once in a while but I never really went over Continue Reading →

Healthy Key Lime Pie Smoothie

Healthy key lime pie smoothie

Today is the #eatseasonal post for April and I’m so excited to share this Healthy Key Lime Pie Smoothie with you today. This single-serve smoothie only take 4 ingredients and 5 minutes to put together. My family doesn’t really like citrus things even though I love them. I’ve been craving a nice tart dessert for weeks and this smoothie was just the treat I needed. Greek yogurt and half an avocado make it is smooth and extra creamy and the juice and zest from two limes give it just the pucker I was looking for. Limes and avocado are both Continue Reading →

Ingredient Spotlight: Carrots

Ingredient Spotlight: Carrots

This week is full of carrot love and I thought you might as well know a little more about this lovely orange root. It’s funny to me that we think of carrots with spring because they are definitely late summer and fall vegetables, it must be all the bunnies on the brain. That being said, they are such an easy and cheap crop to find all year long and store very well in home root cellars. Enjoy this fun little post that I worked on with Emily from One Lovely Life and go eat some carrots (did you see my Continue Reading →

Kitchen Stories & the Heart of Our Home (+ a giveaway!)


As most of you know, we are getting ready to build our own home. We call it our forever home because it’s the house we plan to live in for the rest of our days. Not many people build their house with their own two hands, literally doing all the work, and not many people build one house they plan on living in always. Moving to the middle of nowhere two years ago was our first step in this journey. We soft opened our hardware store this past fall, and now it’s time to work on something for our family Continue Reading →