21 October 2016

Horse Illustrated

Soooo awesome!!!
An author friend pointed out some exciting news--Headed for the Win was named in Horse Illustrated magazine as one of the 25 Great Horse Reads. Talk about an honor! I started reading this magazine as teenager and now, they've made me feel like a genuine author. How fun!
(Nevermind that it's supposed to be Headed for the Win, not Headed for the WIND, haha!)
Click here to pick up your copy of Headed for the Win! And, you're in luck--the sequel, Road to the Regalia is free for a few more days. Enjoy!

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20 October 2016

Emergency Garlic Breadsticks

Soup season is in full swing and though I usually just slice up some of our half and half wheat bread, I was about out after making sandwiches all week. So, I found this yummy recipe that really was perfect when in a pinch--they were ready as soon as the soup was!


2 1/2 cups flour
1 Tablespoon yeast
1/8 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 cup warm water
2 Tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 Tablespoon dried parsley
Parmesan cheese, shredded

Preheat the oven to 400F. Sift flour, yeast, sugar, salt and garlic powder. Add water and stir until dough is formed (if still sticky, add a little more flour). Roll dough into a rectangle, 1/2 inch thick. Grease a cookie sheet with olive oil and sprinkle generously with cornmeal. Move dough to cookie sheet. In a small dish, melt butter and stir in minced garlic and parsley. Brush over dough and cut into sticks with a pizza cutter. Sprinkle parmesan cheese over the top. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve hot.
Thanks to 30 Pounds of Apples for the recipe inspiration!

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17 October 2016

The Past, The Present, and The Future

"Children are the past, the present, and the future all blended into one. They are consummately precious. Every time a child is born, the world is renewed in innocence. ~Boyd K. Packer
So, big news: our FIFTH baby is on the way.

I told you. Big news.

Yep, we're excited!

Yep, we know how it happened.
(Oops, I washed our underwear together again, heehee!)

Yeah, we're ready. Well, as ready as anyone can ever be. We're trying to catch up on our sleep now.

Yes, we're qualified! As much as a bilingual, lumberjack rocket scientist and a novel-writing, home-improving biologist, who've been married nearly ten years and who are more self-sufficient than most could be--we're talking cloth diapers, gardening, beekeeping, homemade baby food, clothesline-using, chicken keeping, knitting, sewing, cheese-making, foraging and more...I think we're okay parents doing and okay job.

Baby Eliker coming April 2017, along with a couple of cousins!

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16 October 2016


The only kind of dishwashing Jack enjoys is the kind that involves power tools.

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12 October 2016

DIY Giant Spider Web

The girls and I have been having fun getting decorated for Halloween. After making a new wildflower witch broom, we decided to put up a giant spider web. It's a cute addition to our porch and the best part, it cost less than $10. Here's what you need and how to put one together:

You'll Need:

Styrofoam balls (or other material to form spider)
Wooden skewer
Black spray paint
Googly eyes, pipe cleaners, etc
50ft +/- cotton rope

1) Using two styrofoam balls (or other material of your choice), attach the two parts together--I broke a wooden skewer into four pieces, put some hot glue in the middle and pushed them together.
 2) If you're using styrofoam, you'll need to either paint by hand with acrylic or cover with aluminum foil or paper mache before spray painting.
 3) Paint body with several coats of paint. Allow to dry.
4) Pierce spider body with pencil for the eight legs.
 5) Squeeze a small dab of hot glue into the hole before securing a pipe cleaner for the leg. Attach eyes and other decorations, as desired.
 6) After the spider is finished and you've chosen a spot for the web, run three strands of cotton rope--up and down, from the top right corner to bottom left, and top left corner to bottom right.
Just in time for the girls to get off the bus!
 7) Once the base of the spiderweb is complete, begin by tying knots on each string of the web, moving in a circle. Start with the largest circle. When complete, cut the string and start on a new, smaller circle.
 8) Continue until the desired number of circles is complete.
 9) Attach the spider in the desired location.
10) Try not to get stuck!

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