From the Wild


Little by little we are exploring our land and finding treasures amongst the wilderness.  We were nervous moving to this property in the Missouri Ozarks not knowing if we would find any existing sources of edible foods.  Our little urban farm in Arizona had so much…pre-existing as well as planted …

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Homemade Italian Sausage…It’s so Simple!


Written by Sarah Making homemade Italian sausage is so easy, it’s almost a tragedy that for so many years I bought it from the grocery store.  Even after we started raising our own meat, we would order Italian sausage to be made from our pigs like it’s some big mystery.  But, …

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Moving Frozen Food Across the Country


Written by Sarah When we moved from our urban farm in Arizona to our rural homestead in the Missouri Ozarks, we had a couple of challenges that the average moving family does not have. Because we have adopted a lifestyle which allows us to be nearly self-sufficient, we have much …

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Kevins Cowboy Beans

We are having some friends over for Labor Day today and I am making my cowboy beans.  I love this recipe because it always turns out great and gets a lot of good comments from guests.  Let me know if you try it.  I bake them in my dutch oven, …

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The first month really stunk. Literally!


We are officially through our first month of living in Missouri! It has been great but has also had its moments that made me shake my head. We have gotten very good at playing the game “What’s that smell?” I have also gotten quite good at setting mouse traps and …

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The Lasts and The Firsts


The past 4 weeks have been quite the roller coaster.  We have been overwhelmingly busy and the days have just raced by.  While we were finishing up in the Phoenix area, we found ourselves saying “This is the last time we will….”.  Sometimes we were excited to have it be …

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It’s the Final Countdown


The countdown is on.  In one week we will set foot on our new homestead.  Did you know the girls have never been there?  And, I was only there once for about an hour before we even put an offer in to buy it.  Kevin has made a few trips …

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Free from Corporate America


It’s Monday morning.  My alarm went off at 5am like every other Monday.  But today is the day we have been dreaming of and praying for.  We don’t have to go back to work in an office.  We don’t have to return to Corporate America.  Today is the first day …

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Product Review: Garden Weasel Gatherer Pro


 The Garden Weasel Gatherer Pro is a tool that is used to pick up nuts such as Pecans, Hickory Nuts, Acorns, etc.  I bought this product for Sarah for Christmas last year because it looked like something that would save alot of time in the fall.  Yes, I am romantic like …

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A Real Summer Break


Do you remember the anticipation of summer break?  I can remember getting on the school bus for the last bus ride of the school year.  I felt so free.  Everyone had huge smiles plastered on their faces.  The energy level was bursting through the bus roof!  Kids jumping up and …

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