Nasturtium Pesto Recipe

Nasturtium Pesto Recipe

Are you ever amazed to find yourself in the exact same spot you were a year ago, mind blown by how quickly you got from then to now? As we get older, I think we are all more aware of this. In between, time can seem to crawl. We drudge on through the harsh winter […]

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 […]

In the Garden: July 15th, 2016

In the Garden: July 15th, 2016

It’s time for another garden update! Some quick background for new visitors: I garden in NE Minnesota where we have a very short Zone 3 growing season (this year’s last frost was June 8th). I use hugelkultur raised beds and apply permaculture methods throughout my garden. Nearly everything I grow are heirloom varieties and all […]

Pickled Garlic Scapes

Pickled Garlic Scapes

I don’t know about you, but I love garlic. Looove it. I love adding it to pretty much everything I cook. I love how the smell lingers on your hands long after you’ve handled it. Some might find that gross. Not I. But what’s more, I really love growing it. I love the fact that […]

In the Garden: July 1st

In the Garden: July 1st

It’s time for another garden update! Some quick background for new visitors: I garden in NE Minnesota where we have a very short growing season (this year’s last frost was June 8th). I use hugelkultur raised beds and apply permaculture methods throughout my garden. Nearly everything I grow are heirloom varieties and all are organically […]

In the Garden: June 15th, 2016

In the Garden: June 15th, 2016

In my neck of the woods, the garden season is really only just beginning. We are typically frost-free from June 1st- September 12th or so. This year, we had a frost on June 8th. And although this gives us a very short window in which to get the bulk of our garden planted, grown, and […]

Garlic Stuffed Pork Rib Roast

Garlic Stuffed Pork Rib Roast

If I’ve learned anything over the years of feeding, growing, and harvesting the variety of animals that we raise to feed the family, it’s that I have a much greater respect for the food we eat. When you’ve put in the work all on your own, start to finish, the desire grows inside of you […]

Home Canned Beef Stew

Home Canned Beef Stew

There’s a wintry mix covering our little homestead, the kids have the first snowman of the year standing in the yard, and I have warm homemade beef stew settling in jars on the counter top. But around here, “beef” comes in many forms…most often by way of deer or bear. So technically I have “venison/bear […]

Fall Preparation for Hugelkultur Gardening (Lake Time Magazine Article) + Start-to-Finish Hugelkultur Garden Photos 2015

Fall Preparation for Hugelkultur Gardening (Lake Time Magazine Article) + Start-to-Finish Hugelkultur Garden Photos 2015

As someone who has had a life long love of both writing and gardening, I was so honored to be invited to submit a fall gardening article for the inaugural issue of Lake Time Magazine, a publication that celebrates the countless reasons why Minnesota is such an incredible state to live in. I could not […]

Growing Garlic: How and Why You Should Soak Before Planting

Growing Garlic: How and Why You Should Soak Before Planting

It’s that time of year again…when you start seeing garlic planting How-Tos popping up all over Pinterest and in your news feed. That, and pumpkin…everything. Seriously, everything. But what a great time of year it is! For many, the gardening season is winding down and you’re left feeling one of two ways: “That was fun! […]