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A Reason For Thanks

I really wanted to come up with a witty or heart warming Thanksgiving post for all of my new Pasture Friends. But everyone of the good homestead bloggers beat me to it. Everyone was already thankful for the same things on my list! I was pondering a new approach to my article on an early … More

The Perfect Apron

The Apron
The Apron

It has finally happened.

I have found the perfect apron pattern for myself. It is not binding, nothing digs into my neck, it is not heavy, and I look pretty cute in it-even for an old broad.


The Apron Back
The Apron Back

No strings.

It reminds me of the pinafores that my Grandma Olive … More

May the Force be With You-Homestead Style


There is a popular military term-Force Multiplier, that usually refers to a large and smart weapon that is wielded by a highly trained soldier. On the Homestead, there are all sorts of force multipliers. They are often expensive. They are tools that allow a regular guy, or gal, to get through a mess of work … More

An Hour of Grace

An Hour of Grace

We all received an extra hour today. How did you spend this precious golden hour? In the old days BR (Before Retirement) I would have joyously used this hour for ….sleep. Today I used the hour to drink some tea, work on a knitted Christmas gift, soak up some autumn sun and commune with the … More

The Baking Cupboard

Baking Cupboard

This is my baking cupboard. We found it at a local barn sale for $125. It was blackened with dirt and smelled so smokey, we guess the old cupboard survived a fire of some sort. It may have come from an office or a schoolroom, and wasn’t very useful to most folks as it is … More

New Egg Gathering Aprons at ETSY


I have been hoping to try out a couple of new apron patterns for myself and my ETSY shop-Olive Elizabeth’s Treasures, but the Egg Gathering Aprons have just been flying out to dedicated egg gatherers all over the U.S!


I have been combing the internet for some cute chicken fabrics to make the … More

Home Remedies and Potions-Elderberry Syrup & Homemade Vanilla


The first frost, accompanied by the first snowflakes, reminded me that it was time that I get my winter home remedies and magical cookie ingredient-home brewed vanilla- on the burner-or into the cauldron.

Homemade vanilla is just so easy. You may choose any edible alcohol as a base. My friends from Barbados recently visited and … More

It Is Fire Wood Season-Just Hang On

Splitting Wood

You will please excuse us. There is no time for chit-chat, blogging, bus converting, baking, pumpkin recipes etc. We are in the wood gathering mode. The electric company left us many trees strewn throughout the horse’s paddock. We have been ignoring the piles of timber as we worked on the Bookmobile and entertained guests. But … More

The Land I Love

You work so hard some days, that you forget to count your blessings, breathe deep and be thankful. So for several mornings this week, when I woke, the first thing I did was grab the camera. (Okay I’m 60, and I HAD to pee first.) Sometimes when you capture that moment with the camera you … More

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