How is it that Monday has arrived again already?  Weekends, especially in the summer, seem to go by at the blink of an eye.  Just when you feel as though you are getting things accomplished, you sit back and realize how much more there is to do.......

That is how this weekend went.

The garden is need of weeding {as are the flower beds}, the house is in need of a good deep cleaning, there is soap to wrap and products to label and boxes to pack and, well, the list goes on.

The Coop Girls are in good spirits.  The older girls have taught the newer ladies how to heckle us when we walk to the garden.  They chant and chime hoping for a goodie or two.  It's very cute.  And Allie, the matriarch of the coop, has become the loudest once again.  How can you resist a little old chicken heckling you?  So, needless to say, goodies they get.

Caity Bug


36 Ways To Make Money On The Homestead

Many of us have the dream to live and work on the homestead full-time.  After all, that is the sign you've actually "made it", isn't it?  It can be downright scary to make the jump {we're halfway there!} but there are endless ways in which to earn an income while homesteading.  Of course, check with your town/city and state prior to selling anything.

Here is a list of some of the ways:



What a beautiful weekend we had.  The temp's were in the mid 80's on Saturday and upper 80's/low 90's on Sunday with no humidity.  A weekend where making iced coffee and fresh lemonade were at the top of the to-do list.

We had a farmer's market that we do once a month on Saturday and our regular market in Saratoga on Sunday.  Saturday's market was a bit slow but it's such a beautiful setting.  Sunday was busy in the morning and slowed toward the afternoon.  I don't blame any of you who chose to shop in the morning anticipating the high heat of the afternoon.  It was toasty.  We were extremely fortunate to have shady spaces for both markets. 

And now updates on the animals.....

Coop Girl Hattie

5 Delicious Strawberry Recipes

Strawberry-Chipotle BBQ Sauce
While this doesn't use strawberries, per say, this is a GREAT use for some of your strawberry jam.  It's by far one of our favorite BBQ sauces!!

Slow-Cooker Strawberry Jam
No need to babysit the pot of boiling jam when you can throw it in the slow-cooker and let it do it's thing!!

Strawberry-Balsamic Jam
I was amazed at what a little balsamic vinegar can add to strawberry jam.   It's now one of our favorites!

Strawberry Pretzel Bars
These are one of our 2 top reasons for freezing strawberries!

Strawberry Shortcake Cake
Ahhh....the second reason for freezing strawberries.  This cake is DELICIOUS!!

Quick and Easy Chicken Parm

A quick and easy dish that tastes great.  This is one of our go-to meals.  You only use about 3/4 cup of spaghetti sauce, but you could serve the remainder with pasta as a side if you open a full jar.  Great on a busy weeknight!

This And That....

This is how Emerson sits on his bed when he is told to get all 4 feet on his bed.........he is VERY bull-headed.

This is where we spent last Friday.....Narragansett, Point Judith and Galilee, Rhode Island.  It was a BEAUTIFUL day to spend at the beach for a much needed day of relaxation.

That is Ollie's "happy to be hanging out in the sun" look.  Summer is here and the guy is thrilled!

This is our very popular shaving and grooming items.  I love designing the packaging and thinking up new items!

That's a little of what's happening around here.
Happy Thursday!!

Recipe: Chocolate Buttermilk Cake with Chocolate Frosting

This cake is super moist {you can tell by the fact it's falling apart in the photo after I cut it}, easy to make, and chocolate-y delicious!!


Hoping those of you who are mothers had a wonderful Mother's Day!

It was a partly nice weekend and a partly chilly & wet weekend.  This weather means the garden continues to grow.  I have yet to actually plant anything for this growing season, so the only greenery are the items I planted in Fall and those that return year after year.  Strawberries, blueberries, horseradish, elderberries, Asian pears, garlic, carrots, asparagus and onions are all coming up.

The Coop Girls had their noses beaks bent out of shape on Saturday.  J decided to evict the chicks from his shop and made room for their crate in the coop.  I was cleaning the house and when I went to wash the windows I saw the chicks being moved, two-by-two, to a temporary outdoor coop.  Hmmm....I thought maybe he was allowing them some time in the sun.

Yes and no.

The Chicks Have Names!!

We have 12 new layer hens which means we need 12 new chicken names.  As you know, I'm big on names and they have to be just right.  They are starting to develop enough that I feel like I can properly name them.  :)

Here they are:

  • Bethany
  • Charlotte
  • Eve
  • Stella
  • Nelly
  • Adele
  • Tilly
  • Mia
  • Annie
  • Avery
  • Grace
  • Sofia

I will try to get photos of them all up soon!

Other chicken-keeping posts:




Saturday was spent outside by all of us.  Even Jack.  Yes, Jack is an "indoor cat" but, as you know, Jack does what Jack wants to do and Jack wanted to come outside so he kept sneaking out.

All. Day. Long.

Every time anyone went in or out we had to look for him.  You don't even see him working his way through your legs and the next thing you know he is casually peering over the deck, looking as though this is a daily occurrence.

It's not even an occasional occurrence so he was continually plopped back into the house.  It did NOT make him happy.

Oliver and Emerson have been spending a lot of time outside lately.  And let me tell you, our side street is well supervised by the greatest supervisor ever {self-appointed}......Oliver.  None of the drivers get away without being told what to do by him.  And boy does he worry about the mailman!

farm fresh eggs from the Coop Girls

spending time with the Coop Girls

Coop Girl Hazel
 Needless to say the Coop Girls have been loving the weather.  The dust-bathing, sun-bathing, worm hunting {and mice hunting....}, scratching and pecking that goes on this time of the year is exhausting to watch.  But they sure do enjoy it.


Asian Pear Tree

our found Robin's egg

asparagus has arrived!

  Spring is definitely here and all the critters {and the people too} are enjoying days full of sunshine.  With sun comes the desire to work outside and with working outside comes, well - apparently, cutting down trees.  Again.  Half of this duo thinks surprising the other half with a chopped down tree or two {minus conversation prior} is a nice way of welcoming said other half home.

Not. so. much.