My Favorite Soup: Rustic Potato and Kale Soup

It has been rainy here and getting colder. My summer meal planning includes more outdoor cooking but when Fall comes we switch to soups about once a week. They are a yummy, simple meal. I will make cornbread or serve soup with some kind of bread

One of my favorite soups is Rustic Potato and Kale Soup. It is absolutely scrumptious. It is also easy and quick to make. I LOVE this soup. It never gets neglected as a leftover and in fact I double the recipe so I can have lots of leftovers. It’s right up on the top of my list of comfort foods.  Continue reading My Favorite Soup: Rustic Potato and Kale Soup

Family Applesauce Making with Variations

A couple years ago I started canning. It began with a simple longing to preserve some fruit to use through the year and a longing to save money.

This is our second year canning large quantities of applesauce. For the last several years we have had access to several apple trees. Due to this free supply of apples, ( free in cost, not time or labor) our first year of canning about broke even with the cost of store bought applesauce. Of course homemade applesauce is much better.  I had found an amazing deal on a large canner (holds 9 quarts) and a conical sieve at  a garage sale a couple years prior and so our expenses for that first year included: jars (with lids and rings), sugar, cinnamon and the energy to process the jars.

Apples, Apples, and more Apples
Apples, Apples, and more Apples

Continue reading Family Applesauce Making with Variations

Clothespin Creation: How to Build a Clothespin

People are quite curious about how we make clothespins. When we share with people what we make most people look at the pins with a confused look and ask “You made this?”

Three pins with label

Here are the basic steps to building our clothespins. Continue reading Clothespin Creation: How to Build a Clothespin

Beautiful Pictures

This late summer and early fall has been very busy with school starting, an abundance of pears and apples being picked and processed, green beans to gather, a new family dog and soccer.

I wanted to share some of my favorite picts of the last month or so. A picture speaks a thousand words, so I will only add a few words. Continue reading Beautiful Pictures

How to Peel a Watermelon

My family LOVES watermelon.  However, I do not love that my children leave watermelon rinds sitting around  or that cut up watermelon takes up a lot of space in my fridge.

For quite a few years I have been using this cutting method for oranges and then one year I realized it would be a great way to cut up watermelon or other melons. Continue reading How to Peel a Watermelon

How do your Green Beans Grow?

We reached our 2014 green bean goal. YA!!!

Our goal this year was to harvest, blanch and freeze 12 gallons of green beans for the year. So far we have 12 bags in the freezer and probably a few more coming.  This of course doesn’t count the fresh ones we ate during the harvest time.

Last year I was able to harvest 5 gallons of beans and they didn’t last very long. They are SO much better than store bought. The kids even noticed when I switched.

I recently had someone ask me on our Facebook page how many bean plants produced my 12 bags of beans and how much space I used. I figured since I have an empty trellis to show you, I have at least one curious reader and it’s never too early to start planning for next years garden, I would share how we grow our beans. I LOVE the method I use for growing them. Continue reading How do your Green Beans Grow?

Schooling from Home: Tips for Creating Independent Learners and Taming the Pile in a Small Space.

Life is pretty hectic and adding schooling at home to the bundle makes it even crazier. Organization is vital. If I didn’t stay organized I am not sure if we would get anything done or if I would be able to keep my sanity. So, since I don’t want to be put in the loony bin I do my best to keep the crazy tamed… well, most of it… these cuties have their own kind of delightful crazy. 

My silly littles
My silly littles

This last year we moved into a bigger, but at the same time smaller, home. Yes, we have more land to live on but the house itself is smaller.

In the last house we had a dedicated school room. Though I loved having the dedicated space, I wouldn’t trade in our new space to go back. With the challenge of a new setup came a need to change my space structure and organization.  Continue reading Schooling from Home: Tips for Creating Independent Learners and Taming the Pile in a Small Space.

Clothespin Fun

Yesterday was a clothespin themed day. In the morning we unloaded our newest supply of Maple for Clothespins.

unloading Maple for handcrafted clothespins

We got our wood from a local mill.The mill primarily sells their maple to guitar manufacturers all across the US.  This is the stuff they cannot use.

Beautiful wood
Beautiful wood

Most of the pieces are highly figured maple. It will make some absolutely gorgeous Quality Clothespins. 

Then in the afternoon the kids played hide and seek in the hanging sheets and towels.

Chasing and playing peekaboo
Chasing and playing peekaboo

I was playing with my youngest and captured this enchanting picture. My absolute favorite picture of the day.

Peekaboo in the sheet

I am a bit addicted to our Classic style Clothespins. They make the Carpenter and I smile. I really love that we can use beautiful wood that can’t be used by the mill, I love that we can all be involved in the making of them and I love that I can see my sheets dry for free on the line.

Sometimes it really is about enjoying the simple things in life. Life will never be perfect but oh the joy of the simple.

-The Frabjus Lady

A Woodworker and Teacher selling clothes pins that last generations, learning to live off the land and raising honest, hard-working children.

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