Planning for the Permaculture Garden {Lake Time Magazine Article}

Planning for the Permaculture Garden {Lake Time Magazine Article}

I’m so happy to share that I’ve contributed another garden related article to Minnesota’s own Lake Time Magazine. As spring approaches (well, it is currently snowing outside my window, but we’ll try to keep things positive here), there’s no better time to start thinking about the upcoming gardening season and how you can do it […]

Our Year in Photos 2016

Our Year in Photos 2016

So I’m already starting off the year with being behind. Anybody with me? You know, when I started this blog, I thought it would be a nice way to have somewhat of an online diary of sorts. Where if my computer crashed and I lost all of my photos and information…it would be “safely” tucked […]

In the Garden 2016: Year in Review

In the Garden 2016: Year in Review

The 2016 garden has long been put to rest, but I wanted to make sure that I got my year in review post up before this year closes. When I started using hugelkultur a few years back, I’ve enjoyed documenting the process and results through this blog. It began with probably my most popular post […]

Chocolate Covered Pretzels with Candied Bacon

Chocolate Covered Pretzels with Candied Bacon

It’s not hard to tell that it’s pig processing time around here. We are actually nearing the end of it, with a few projects left to complete. I have 30 pounds of pork belly sitting in a maple brown sugar cure in the refrigerator as we speak, destined for the smoker in a couple of […]

Dry Cured Guanciale

Dry Cured Guanciale

Winter officially arrived in northern Minnesota this weekend, and with it the inevitable desire to stay indoors. It’s the time of year when all I can think about is sleep and food. And because I have 3 small children, sleep is limited. So why not focus on the other option? Which is exactly what I […]

How to Prepare Turkey Feet for Use in Stock

How to Prepare Turkey Feet for Use in Stock

Give me just two minutes and I can explain. You still here? Good. I was worried I’d scared you off with a few harmless little turkey feet. Okay, big. Big turkey feet. Big turkey feet that somewhat resemble dinosaur feet. I get it. They’re not super pretty and yes, feet are gross. We can agree […]

How to Prepare Caul Fat

How to Prepare Caul Fat

It’s pig butchering season here on the farm, and with it comes so much excitement, emotion, and inevitably, exhaustion. Those of you who have raised and butchered your own animal, you know that reverent feeling that comes over you during this time. When you hold in your hands a part of that animal, you don’t […]

How to Build a Keyhole Raised Garden Bed

How to Build a Keyhole Raised Garden Bed

I am endlessly intrigued by interesting and unique ways of approaching the ordinary. Especially when it comes to gardening. You probably know that about me by now. When I was introduced to hugelkultur, my personal perspective on food production was changed forever. It was no longer as simple as sticking a seed into the ground, […]

The Winds of Change

The Winds of Change

I’ve been a bit of a drag lately. I couldn’t figure it out at first. Energy. Gone. And just feeling…down. A little bit like that episode of Winnie the Pooh with Tigger and the rain cloud that wouldn’t leave him alone. The sun is shining, and yet there’s this pesky rain cloud hovering overhead. No […]

Acres USA Magazine Feature & Giveaway + Garden Update August 1st

Acres USA Magazine Feature & Giveaway + Garden Update August 1st

Ever since I ventured into the world of hugelkultur, I’ve felt it important to show start-to-finish photos with each season. Naturally, it’s scary trying something new. Especially when there’s a lot of “talk” out there. That’s the thing about the internet…it’s so dang easy to talk. Right? When I was researching the death out of […]