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We celebrated a first this year with our first honey harvest. We share our bees with our good friends and it was such a special moment in our homesteading journey. Aiming as we do to be as self-sufficient as possible, a lot of the year that actually means doing without. Fresh tomatoes flown in from Spain in January just don’t taste as good as the ones we grow in August. Our own jam is better than what we can buy, so we’d rather wait.

Dairy in every meal…

Owning milk cows and cheesemaking is my passion. I always describe our lifestyle as a dairy lifestyle, because truly our life revolves around dairy…

The Slow Season

The bushels of produce that cluttered the kitchen floor are now neatly tucked into a rainbow of jars on the pantry shelves. Days spent weeding and harvesting will now be spent indoors by the woodstove and in the kitchen enjoying the meals we worked so hard for over the growing season…

Adaptogen Hot Chocolate Concentrate

The holiday season is upon us, and I am a big fan of warm beverages. You can probably guess that I love squeezing herbs into every nook and cranny of my life, so of course I would want to add them to my hot chocolate too! This recipe is basically a concentrated chocolate syrup that is added to your choice of milk or milk alternative to make hot chocolate…

A little back story for y’all…

My husband, Oresti, and I met in Greece. He’s from Albania but had moved to Greece in the late 90s after his communist country opened up. I traveled to Greece from the US to work as an aupair. We met at church. That’s the very short story of that! Anyway, when we got married in Greece, we talked about one day living on a little farm with chickens and sheep and a milk cow….