Friday, November 8, 2013

I love trees but dead ones, not so much.

We finally came to our senses and decided that the 3 extremely large dead cottonwoods in front of the house needed to go. We weren't in danger of them coming down on the house but were very afraid of them coming down in the road.

On a side note: 3 years ago I saw the hydraulic log splitter my Dad built from scratch covered in dust in my Grandpa's garage,  so I asked my Dad if I could have it. I knew it would come in handy some day.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Let there be floor!

Our poor pantry room has been stripped down and turned inside out over the last year. Remember the cinder blocks supporting the floor joists? (See post from

Sunday, June 16, 2013)

 Well, we are proud to say that it now has a proper floor!

On the left side of the photo: Our future master bedroom, full of construction rubble & missing walls
On the right side of the photo: The temporary wall between the pantry and the kitchen

Saturday, August 10, 2013

What the!?!

Ever seen a cecropia silkworm? Me neither, until I spotted one making it's way up our maple tree today. Wild.

Friday, August 9, 2013

and then there's this.

As we go through the house room by room, we'll be removing all the plaster and lathe. Looks like the dining room thinks we aren't moving fast enough and decided to have it come crashing down on it's own.

Since we can't gut the dining room until we're done with the pantry and master bedroom, our plan is screw masonite to ceiling to hold the plaster up until D Day comes for this room. Hopefully it holds, fingers crossed.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Sunday, June 16, 2013

I guess that's one way to do it.

I'll admit it. There's a small part of me that will miss wondering, "How has the floor in the pantry stayed up so long?" But, it must go & it's gone!

On a side note, the pile of rubble you see in the background is where our master bedroom will live someday.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Nothing is sweeter than a place to rest.

My new favorite spot ever. Much love to my sister, Cheryle, & her talented husband, Matt, for the glorious handmade hammock! It will live in joy under my apple trees for years to come. xo

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Give me juicy autumnal fruit ripe and red from the orchard

Give me the splendid silent sun with all his beams full-dazzling, 
Give me juicy autumnal fruit ripe and red from the orchard, 
Give me a field where the unmow'd grass grows.

Walt Whitman, Poet 

The newest addition to our farm, two peach trees & two asian pear trees. I think they will compliment the grapevines quite nicely. Now, to get those Wizard of Oz lookin' apple trees under control...

Monday, April 1, 2013

I love old stuff. I love it even more when it just turns up on my doorstep.

Jason says my style can easily be defined as "old stuff." His Dad knows this about me too. I'm always tinkering with or revamping things around the farm to give them new life. The other thing they know about me is that if you turn up at my house, you're probably going to get a meal cooked for you.

So when he spotted this "old" gas stove in a hay barn, he asked if we had any use for it. Of course, I quickly said yes.  It needs some lovin' but my plan for this gorgeous old thing...  make it the gas range component in my outdoor kitchen. I'm also building a charcoal grill out of "old" chimney bricks (we have 3 chimney's coming down) to be the main hoorah of the outdoor cooking space.

Super stoked.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Hibernation no more

Spring wildlife is in full effect at Three Acre Farm!

Yesterday I heard the sweet chirp of Chickadee's nesting in the birdhouse on our kitchen porch & caught sight of a Bald Eagle chilling in our tree. This morning, I spotted a spirited fox running across the yard!

It's becoming increasingly clear why Shanti has been going banana's & waking us up at Sunrise everyday!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

I get mesmerized by the darndest things

With the cold weather not giving us a break, we aren't getting a whole heck of a lot done in terms of renovation. Our farm has grown so quiet this Winter.

But, it's a peace & serenity that draws me to the country life. When all the natural world is asleep, we find these extra moments of pause to sit in awe of the beauty all around us & reconnect.


Sunday, January 13, 2013

Baby, it's cold outside.

We had a Jan thaw over the last couple of days. But today, it's cold and our world is once again covered with a sheet of ice. Cold days like today make me want to bake. Cleaning out the fridge makes me want to use things up so they don't go to waste.

To warm our insides & help get rid of items that have spent too long in the fridge, it's time to make an

Applesauce Buckwheat Spice Cake (gluten-free) 
withOrange Scented Cream Cheese Frosting

View Recipe Here 
Photos to follow

Wednesday, January 2, 2013