Author Archives: dep31

About dep31

I am a farm-raised homeschooling mom. I take great joy in making nutritious food that inspires people to take seconds. Thirds, anyone? We are a God-fearing, Christ worshiping family that enjoys good friends and good eats. If the kitchen is clean and the living room carpet is visible, then that's a nice bonus.

June Bug

This little guy decided to invade the house this evening and was discovered hanging out on the curtains. The question was asked, “According to the Gardener’s Response Chart, what is the proper reaction to this interloper?” Actually, the initial poser … Continue reading

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Farmgirls in the City

This alternately amuses and horrifies people… but my older kids and I really enjoy sushi. So when Rosebud and I found ourselves in Redmond, we indulged. We tried out Oto Sushi in Redmond. I recommend the Peachblossom Roll. Quite tasty.

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High Security Willow

I tend to find “farmy” things to do when I travel. Mr. Caffeinated teases me about my busman holidays. This time, I built a fence. My favorite ex-neighbors in the whole world recently celebrated an anniversary, and he bought her … Continue reading

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Gardening Response to Bugs Chart

Given the number of insects that feel the need to crawl on my person when I’m destroying their habitat (read: weeds), I felt it necessary to document my observed response away from the fray in order to more properly view … Continue reading

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The Girl Likes Worms

My daughter takes after me. She does not scream or flinch upon discovering a giant nightcrawler. Instead, she picks it up and evaluates it for length, agility, speed, hardiness, and its potential as either an active contributor to the compost … Continue reading

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Instant Pot Laying Hens

I was late to the Instant Pot party, but once I joined, I quickly became a True Believer. Once of the best reasons for a homesteader to have an Instant Pot is to make the meat from old laying hens … Continue reading

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The Joys of Making Hens Spit

If you’ve ever had backyard chickens, then you may have had the joy of discovering that hens like eggs.  You’d think that they’d be all super-protective of them, given that (if they’re fertilized), they’re potentially offspring.  Sure, when hens are … Continue reading

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