• Farming

    Can An ESA Make You Happier? Yes, Of Course! 

    I’m happy – sing along with Pharrell Williams on your own, or sing it with your emotional support animal. Emotional support animals, aka ESAs, can indeed be a key component of what happiness is to you! How so? Let’s take a look generally at a few questions around what happiness may be. And, of course, what an ESA is and how one may help you be happier.

  • Farming,  Kitchen,  Life

    Instant Pot Rainbow Carrot Baby Food

    When we were travelling full-time, I made the plunge and bought my Instant Pot…. well, actually my wonderful husband bought me my Instant Pot. At first, like most people, I was super hesitant and really didn’t know what I was getting myself into. I had never used a pressure cooker of any sort before, and had NO clue how it worked. But now, about a year after owning this super-cool gadget, I’ve fallen in love! Not only can I cook frozen meat in 20-30 minutes and have it taste moist and delicious, I can also do a wide range of other things – from steaming, to sauteeing, to making apple…

  • Farming

    5 Must-Have Gardening Tools

    If you are a beginner gardener or a seasoned veteran, good quality garden tools are an important part of the job.  Cheap tools can make the chore harder, while proper implements can make gardening chore a breeze. The biggest mistake new gardeners make is in buying cheap quality tools.  If you can’t purchase everything at once, buy a good shovel or hoe and hand tools first; fill in other tools as you go.  Here are my 5 Must-Have Gardening Tools: Hoe – There are many different types available, and one of my favorites has a two-sided head; tines on one side and a narrow blade on the other.  It works…

  • Alan's Musings,  Farming

    Winter On The Farm: A Time For Reflection And Planning

    It’s been over three months since we moved onto our new farm, and the ideas about what we want to do with the place just keep on coming. The greatest challenge so far has been to slow down and truly evaluate how we want the place to look and function. We’re not new to agriculture by any means, but we are new to the work required to build a new farm from a blank slate. Each farm is different, and when it comes to planning, there is really no perfect plan that works for everybody, but a plan of some sort IS necessary. So far, we have asked three questions…

  • Farming

    25 Must-Have Gifts For The Homesteader This Christmas

    Farming and homesteading can often be challenging, but choosing a gift for others, (or for yourself) doesn’t have to be. We have compiled a list of items that you may or may not find interesting, but there should be something on this list for everyone. Sometimes we like to handcraft the gifts we extend to friends and family, but occasionally, there’s just no substitute for what the old folks used to call “store-bought” items.

  • Farming

    From The Road To The Farm: A New Journey

    After four months of full-time travel in our Airstream, Alexandrea and I bought a small farm in rural Mississippi. In a recent post, we told readers about our plans to see Yellowstone this fall, but we never made it that far. Not even close. Not long after we wrote that post, we found a part of the country we just knew we wanted to eventually settle in, the lower South, especially west Alabama and east Mississippi. What we didn’t realize is how soon we would actually find a home.  When we started traveling, we intended to do it for at least a year. We spent several months during the first…