The True Blessings of Homeschooling a Special Needs Child

Homeschooling my son Austin has been just that, a True Blessing! Some of you have been following our successes, but for those of you that are new to our story, you may want to read this About the Trayer’s and you may also be interested in hearing how we overcame nearly 97% of my sons autistic […]

Solar Cooking Benefits and Basics

This summer I have been experimenting with solar cooking. What an amazing experience! We live off-grid and solar power is our only form of energy, so being able to cook with the sun in the summer months is a huge advantage. I don’t know about you, but I avoid using my propane stove and oven as much […]

I Choose Happiness and Choose to Make a Positive Ripple in the World Around Me

Today I thought I would share some of my thoughts. Recently I have encounter several situations with some very unkind people. Really, just plain, downright NASTY individuals. It was disheartening to me to see that there are SO many individuals in this world like this. I encountered one that chose to just grace my presence […]

Foraging for Morels

Although we may still see a frost or two, spring has finally sprung here in northern Idaho. Our most favorite thing to do this time of year is forage for morel mushrooms! I’m thrilled to share our morel excitement with you (and I hope it’s contagious) plus give you ideas for eating and preserving morels — […]

Staying Fit On The Homestead

Eating healthfully with whole foods, properly raised and prepared, is very important. However, there’s another side of the coin: it’s also very important to stay healthy through activity and fitness. Why? First, we are aging and we need to keep up with our homestead’s work load. Second, in the case of an emergency, we need […]

Immune Boosting Tea

What with the rough winter weather, the storms, and the temperature fluctuations, many sicknesses and germs are sticking around longer than usual. There’s a constant battle waging against our immune systems. However, our own backyards, wild meadows, and even bulk herb stores on the internet yield much more to preserving our health more than you may think. […]

Choosing An Optimistic Life

Life, my friend, is a choice.  We must remember to remind ourselves of this daily. It is easy to get caught up in the drama of day to day living with the negative media and the unfortunate events that we often experience, but it is important to remember that our actions, how we respond to […]

Homemade Peppermint Patties

Do you remember the peppermint pattie commercials where a person would be swept away by the sensation of a cool minty breeze? Those images are still stuck in my mind! And great memories, too – I remember sharing peppermint patties with my Pap. I love preparing food for my family because I know we’re making memories […]

Honey Candy Plus Other Things From The Heart ♥

I love giving gifts to my loved ones, no matter what time of year it is. Most of the time, my gifts go straight to someone else’s belly. 😉 Because I desire to keep things as traditional and simple as possible, to me there is nothing better than receiving a handmade or handcrafted gift. Even […]

Fresh Bread on a Wood Stove

My family and I greatly enjoy our winters in Idaho. It gets snowy and cold, but the snow stays around and the cold is a crisp cold — not a bone-chilling cold with heavy humidity, like we were used to when we lived on the East Coast. We look forward to the snowshoe hikes, the […]