My Tips for Beautiful Skin After Forty

Hello Lovelies! Mirror time is limited as a mother of six. My self-care needs to be quick, effective and ON POINT. I don’t have time for bad looking skin and neither do you. In response to questions about how I care for my skin, I thought I’d share with you seven ways...

Fan Girls and Faux Finishes: Laura Ingalls Wedding Cake Recipe

“That afternoon the finished black cashmere was carefully pressed, and then Ma made a big, white cake. Laura helped her by beating the egg whites on a platter with a fork, until Ma said they were stiff enough.“My arm is stiffer,” Laura ruefully laughed, rubbing her...

Fresh Perspective

Joy in the Mundane. Happy New Year. Better late than never, I suppose. The Christmas décor is cleaned, organized and tubbed away for next year. And I'm thrilled to say there is no company on the horizon for at least two weeks. I do love to entertain but by the fifth...

French Farmhouse Christmas Tour

Welcome to my French Farmhouse Christmas Tour I never meant to go this long in between blog posts. What's the opposite of a Grinch? The opposite of Ebinezer Scrooge? Because, c'est moi! Last year we were surrounded by moving boxes and utter chaos. We had just moved in...

Why I Said “No” to Reality T.V.

Friday's are always a fun day here in the farmhouse. We publish a new video to YouTube every Friday and I have to say, I really, really enjoy this new "vlogging" adventure I am on. It wasn't always like that. About a year and a half ago I got a call from a reality...

The Lost Art of Hospitality

Have you ever found joy and contentment in serving someone else? Isn’t it amazing how doing something for someone takes a magnificent focus off of ourselves and puts a shining light on the value of someone else? The time for acts of service and hospitality are upon...

Lost and Found, Joie de Vivre

I do hate the expression "come to Jesus moment"... perhaps it's the association with the great Harpo. You know how much I love her. But I suppose I've had a few recently. Arresting moments, that is. While it's been the most amazing ten months of my life (aside from...

What is a French Country Kitchen?

Just what IS a French Country Kitchen? How do you make a French Farmhouse Kitchen? How do you get the look of a real, lived in French farmhouse? The look is more easily achieved than you think. In my recent YouTube two-part video I joked about becoming un-addicted to...

Easy Fish Terrine, Changing up the Dinner Routine

It got cozy up here, real fast. Do we have Indian Summers in Door County?   I've yet to figure that out. This last week we've had muggy days and some serious cool days spliced in too and it's made me want to dive into some old recipes and spend more time in my second...

Soup for the Win

The bright, white light of a flawless midwestern day begins to fade and the filtered, dappled light from the treeline begins to cast it's spell over the potager.   Evening is here. I often wondered how I would adjust to living three hundred and fifty miles further...

Unschooling? I’m UnMomming.

UNSCHOOLING? Forget unschooling... All ya'll school moms are like, "YIPPEE" while we homeschool moms are like, Jesus take the Wheel! It's almost time to start back up! Homeschooling is by far the most difficult, incredible thing I've ever put my hand and heart to. I...

Love the Skin You’re In

Is there really time in life for self care?   Can you take care of your skin without toxins?   Is toxic free skin care and makeup even possible?  Self care for moms?  That's a good laugh. Is there such a thing?  Does it REALLY matter what we girls spread all over our...

For the Record

I began this blog when my firstborn Aidan was three months old.   As a new mother I craved a platform to share his gorgeous face with my family members and I had some pretty strong opinions on what was wrong with this world that I had just brought him into.   That was...

Thrift Store Fabulous

We've all got signature moves right?   You can probably make chocolate chip cookies (I can't make them to save my LIFE!) but... one of my signature moves is strategic wardrobe improvement by shopping for second hand clothing and Cheap Vintage Clothes at the Thrift...

The Garden Journal

I have a dear new friend. It's my garden journal. Have you ever wondered why you should keep a garden journal or even HOW too keep a garden journal? For years I have been wanting to keep one and I am not quite sure why this particular garden discipline has been so...

There’s a Hole in the Bucket, Dear Liza

Bucket Sink DIY So this is our Bucket sink DIY. Yep, how to make a vintage bathroom sink with a brass bucket.   Joel and I are going to unpack how to make a bucket sink for the ultimate vintage bathroom sink. You can use your favourite bucket to make a copper sink,...

Roasted Poblano Potato Soup

I settled in to make my new Poblano Potato Soup and thought... Worn floors under my feet and rustic beams over my head? Is this really happening? I still find myself having "pinch me" moments when I'm in this new...old kitchen. The reverse makeover is coming together...

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