It’s very rare that I get to have lunch at home. I am bouncing around from school to school, meeting with the first- and second-year teachers that I mentor, and often times simply pack a lunch that I can eat in the car or in whatever teacher’s lounge I am nearest to. One day in […]
Grilling season is upon us, friends. Yeah, yeah. I know that there’s still snow on the ground in Eastern Iowa, but if you’re like John and I, you grill darn near year-round. To compliment those burgers and brats (or a gooey grilled cheese sandwich), I am delighted to have Amy from Home and Farm Sense […]
It’s no secret, my cast iron gets weekly attention in our urban homestead kitchen. I’m using this 50+ year-old pan, which belonged to my great grandmother (Thursa Josephine), for cooking up easy weeknight dinners. I’m talking about one of those easy weeknight dinners that features boneless, skinless chicken thighs and mushrooms – both of which […]
Our breezeway is a space to put our shoes on or take them off outside of the elements, and it’s nice to be able to hang a coat and a leash for the pups by the backdoor. Our deep freezer and recycling bins also reside here. I think we’ve got the ‘functional’ part down pretty […]
It’s been 14 days since we embarked on this challenge to eat no processed food. That’s 14 days of no ranch dressing, no tortilla chips, no pre-made sauces or processed canned goods. It was hard. Very hard, at times. And I won’t lie – I didn’t make it some days. There was the afternoon that […]
Easy steps for any beginner to install an antique cast iron wood stove in a detached garage.