Making Homemade Butter: Life Lessons from the Kitchen

Making Homemade Butter: Life Lessons from the Kitchen

Ah, the life of a writer… finding similarities in the oddest of scenarios. One of my “New Year’s Resolutions”, is to source my food holistically and locally. This in hopes of successfully coming alongside the low iron deficiency anemia and MTHFR that I’ve been diagnosed with.

So, I decided to try my hand at making butter. That’s right. Butter.

Insert… a homestead pic. ūüė鬆She’s gone simple.¬†

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How We’re Improving Our Finances in 2018

How We’re Improving Our Finances in 2018

When Brooks and I started our life together, we had a very specific plan in place for our future – career and financially speaking. There were many components to that plan – debt freedom, investing, business pursuits, farming, and what I call life living pursuits (travel & recreation). Slowly but surely we’ve been whittling away at those things and here we are at the end of 2017, which means it’s time to review them and plan out 2018.

We do all of the standard practices. Things like live within our means, stay out of debt (& work like crazy to dig out if we do accrue some), save for the future, cut the unnecessary spending, drive older cars, eat at home (a lot!), and invest wisely in areas that we are familiar with (investing into things we understand like businesses and real estate gives us a little more decision power on how our funds are handled).

But, I wanted to take our financial management to the next level and invite you to do so along side us. Read more

Established: How We Attain Our Goals

Established: How We Attain Our Goals

Brooks and I have always been goal keepers [notice I said goal keepers and not goal setters]. About the time we married, we wrote out our life goals. Family goals, starting & growing a profitable business, growing our own food, paying debt off, raising a large herd of livestock, goals regarding our quality of life, a trip to Wyoming, and few financial goals were among the many listed. 

By age 30, we realized that we had met nearly every single ambition with the exception of two Рour desire for 3 to 5 children and a large parcel of land that fits our farming lifestyle and that our parents could retire on. One is out of our control (growing a family) and the other just takes time (acquiring land large enough to accommodate 100+ head of cattle).

How did we do that? How did¬†we marry in our early twenties and accomplish nearly every goal for ourselves within a short period of time? Was our vision¬†too small? Was is that we found the “secret” on how to meet¬†goals? Read more

Farmhouse Tour: Fall 2016

Farmhouse Tour: Fall 2016

Photography Credits: Ashley Duke, Faith Photography

Resources: Listings at End of Tour

W E L C O M E!

It’s that time of year again! Time to peruse all of the details of a decorated¬†farmhouse. Before it gets covered in muck boots, farm-wear, and the aspects of a farm that don’t need to be highlighted here… ahem… let’s follow Miss Lambie to the front porch.

View More: http://faithphotography.pass.us/fall-farmhousetour-davis

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How to Thrive as a Stay At Home Wife or WAHW

How to Thrive as a Stay At Home Wife or WAHW

When Brooks and I decided I was going to be a SAHW/WAHW, we knew to expect certain challenges. Things like striving to live off of one income, downsizing our lifestyle, etc. was all known to us.

But, there are, also, mental challenges to being a stay at home wife {SAHW} or work at home wife! Early in my transition, I found myself tempted in unexpected ways. Things like how easy it is to let the day slip away.

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Stay at Home Wife‚Ķ It’s not old fashioned but a PASSION.

Stay at Home Wife‚Ķ It’s not old fashioned but a PASSION.

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It’s official. I’m a Stay at Home Wife {SAHW}. Of course I’m hoping that a promotion is coming my way to¬†Stay at Home Mom {SAHM}. But for now, my job description is everything but parenting.

I finished up my last day at my paying job yesterday. I’ve always had a hard time transitioning from job to job. Not that it’s¬†an unwelcome change but it’s a stressful one. I’m the personality that likes to take care of everyone. So, when changes like this happen, I usually squeeze out as much of my sanity as possible to support both¬†my old and new employer. Typically that meant working way overtime to get it all done for both employers. Yuk!

This time is different. I only had the one old employer and am now transitioning to Brooks & Jil’s Household, LLC. You guys, I’m not going lie‚Ķ I am TERRIFIED!!! Read more