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April 2015

One Pan, One Chicken, One Hour

PicMonkey CollageMost small families are acquainted with the somewhat wholesome fast food known as  “The Rotisserie Chicken”. A trip to a shopping mecca for us means a 35-40 mile drive-each way. So we only do the trip twice a month, stocking up very carefully, making 3 or more stops.  We have a local small … More

Straw Bale Garden Update #1

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe have had a spate of unseasonably warm weather in the Straw Bale Garden. We now have 18 straw bales in various states of conditioning. I planted some snap peas and Chinese cabbage seed in an inch of refined potting soil on the top of a few of the bales. I also put out some … More

Be Prepared-The Scout Motto

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI was a Girl Scout and the Piper was a Boy Scout. We learned so many life skills in those few years! How to safely use a pocket knife, build a fire, follow a map, predict weather, offer respect, administer first aid, set a proper table, and wear a uniform. I was surprised to find … More

Mud Season


There is only one season here at Out To Pasture that seems longer than winter-MUD SEASON!

Our favorite light mud foot wear are these Crocs that do not have holes around the toes.

Deep mud and manure calls for different fashion choices.


Art Journal 2

 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Here is this week’s addition to my art journal, and a gratuitous shot of the only thing on the Pasture that is in bloom. I am thinking ahead to the arrival of our new peeps!

I tackled drawing a face this week and learning to use my newest art supply-

Designing with Gelatos Color Kit.… More

Living the Frugal Life

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The emphasis in that title is “Living”. We can pinch a penny so hard here on The Pasture, that Lincoln will squeal for his mama. But if you take frugal to penurious ( big word that means “given to or marked by extreme stinting frugality”) you will probably become uncomfortable and unsuccessful in … More

Paralysis by Comparison-and Our Daily Bread

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI love Pinterest! Do you?

There are new ideas every day-every hour-every minute. I pin and read and pin some more. However, how many of those pins just sit there-untried? I have allowed myself to become paralyzed by comparison to what others are accomplishing on their homesteads and in their lives.

We don’t raise our … More

Ham Salad Recipe-More of a Guideline

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOn Fridays I clean out the refrigerator. I take stock of what needs used up and what to share with the girls (the chickens). This week I found the end of the Easter ham, some kinda limp celery, half of a red onion, a chunk of sharp cheddar that swore it was going to start … More

My Farm Journal


Some delightful  goodies got delivered to Out To Pasture the other day-my new journal, a “few” markers, and a lovely coloring book. Yep, a coloring book full of the most incredible nature designs. It is Animal Kingdom, Color Me,Draw Me by Millie Marotta. It is chock full of intricate Zentangle-like drawings ready to … More

The Straw Bale Garden Experiment


Have you ever made a really big mistake, then compounded it by making yet another, even bigger mistake?

Gather around children and I will tell you about the time Mrs. Pickles (that’s me) really, really made her life more difficult.

Back here in the woods we have limited direct sunlight and clay soil full of … More

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