Life At Cobble Hill Farm is a blog about learning to live a simple, homemade life.  It's FILLED with recipes, DIY tutorials, making things from scratch, living on a budget and more!

I’m so glad you’re here!

My name is Staci, and my husband Jay and I started our path to a simple, homemade lifestyle back in 2008.  It all started after I read a few articles on voluntary simplicity.  The idea of removing clutter (physical and mental) in order to focus on living a purposeful life really resonated with me.  Shortly after, with the unexpected death of a couple of people very close to us, we began researching what we were in and on our body.  It was because of this research that we decided to make the switch to a more natural lifestyle.

I often get questions about simple living. 
What simple living isn't:
  • living without any material "things"
  • purposely having no money so you don't have to work
  • getting rid of the television (my husband would DIE if this were true!!!!
  • purchasing only inexpensive/cheap items (although we certainly live within a fairly tight budget, we save for what we love)
What simple living is:
  • intentional living
  • living under your means so you can be comfortable but still have time to enjoy life
  • reducing material items to surround yourself only with practical things as well as items you love (cherishing memories over things)
  • finding time to do more with those you love as well as to volunteer to help others
  • living more frugally so we can reduce our monetary needs, allowing us more options for career choices (we were able to make the jump to being completely self-employed!)
Our goal is to try and simplify every aspect of our life (material possessions, our time, our finances, our cooking/eating, etc.)

If you're:
  • thinking about trying to incorporate more whole foods and seasonal ingredients into your family's diet 
  • thinking about switching to natural products for your home, bath & body
  • considering ways to simplify and live a more intentional life
  • looking for simple recipes that are as comforting as they are delicious
  • looking for ways to frugalize (I don't think this is a real word but I like it!) your life
then you are in the right place my friend!

What You’ll Find Here
This is a place to find encouragement, inspiration, and practical ideas on living a purposeful life, adopting a frugal mentality, eating real (homemade) food, easing the burden of the day by meal planning and making freezer meals and simple meals as much as possible, switching to natural products for home and body, and living our dream life on a small homestead.  I am incredibly passionate about our lifestyle and love sharing with you the things we’ve learned.  I also share bits from time to time about running a small business.

I try to support local farmers as well as eating a seasonal, whole foods, and a largely plant-based diet, although my husband continues with a meat-based diet.  I am not 100% real food converted or "healthy", as we do love bread recipes made with white flour (shock....gasp!) and an occasional really good brownie or other treat made with butter and white sugar.....I mean we all need balance!  I am a self-taught home cook who enjoys creating delicious, comforting, healthy-ish recipes.

Why A Simple, Homemade Lifestyle?
In 2008 we moved from a condo in the city to an old farmhouse at the edge of the country with a simple challenge for ourselves:  make it homemade at least once.  We looked at the items we used daily as well as the foods we ate and set a goal to make as many of those things from scratch as we could, at least once.  Then, if we preferred the homemade version, we’d switch to making it.  The surprising result from this (not at all what we intended) was that we started our business of homemade bath and body care products!

Once we started the business (while working in full-time jobs), life got very hectic and we unintentionally slid back into old eating habits – prepared foods and eating out.  Health issues suddenly woke us up to discover what we already knew:  eating real food was the only way to fully live a healthy, simple, homemade lifestyle.  Driven not to treat any health issue with medicine alone, in 2017 I partnered eating real food with our goal of a simple, homemade lifestyle.  While we’ve always eaten an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables, we still had many adjustments that needed to be made.

We also slid back into an unconsciously lived consumer driven lifestyle which we’d striven to get away from.   Clutter was once again controlling our lives (although not nearly as bad as it had previously) and we felt overwhelmed again by “stuff”.  Cherishing memories over things and surrounding ourselves only with items we truly enjoy was once again our focus.   And so we’ve readjusted our sails and resumed our path to the simple, homemade life we’ve longed for.  A life of intentional living - prioritizing experiences over things.

Intentional living is the difference between making a life happen versus letting a life happen.

It takes some work, I’m not going to lie, but in the end it is so worth it.  I share many of our tips (freezer cooking & meal planning have been LIFESAVERS), experiences, and ideas and encourage you to share your ideas too!  If you would like to receive more of this type of information, including free worksheets and e-books, sign up to receive our newsletter.

Whether you’re a veteran of simple, homemade living or you’re brand new to the thought process, I hope you’ll find some valuable resources on this blog.


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Faeth DeHart said...

Absolutely love this.. With all the garbage that our eggs are filled with at the store..it's time to have my own Chickens. I have raised everything else...why not Chickens! LOL Anyway, this was so good to me because I have the same problem as you do... Called Winter. I live in Wisconsin and sometimes we can have very harsh winters. Your notes on the coop are wonderful and most appreciated. I also found you on Facebook and will continue to follow you. Thanks so much, Dee

Anonymous said...

We have the opposite here in Australia, the extreme heat. My girls seem to be managing well though, chickens are so wonderful and resilient. We are loving our fresh Davis eggs. We have just added two ducklings to the family, gorgeous.

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Thanks so much Dee and Vanessa! I'm so happy you found us. :)

We hope to add ducks to the mix someday too.

Sarah said...

Hi Staci
I think we are trying to achieve the same dream in different parts of the world. It's great fun but certainly hard work. Happy farming
Sarah x

Maggie said...

What a wonderful blog. I am from upstate/northern NY originally and get a hankering to go home every fall. I am also writing a novel that takes place in northern NY around dairy farm country in 1969. You would not happen to know of any farm journals turned into books, or farmer's gazettes, that type of thing, from northern NY in the 60s that might be useful for research, would you? Not having much luck with googling.
Thanks again for you lovely blog. Am subscribing now...

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Sarah - I think you're right!! So happy you found us.

Maggie - I'm sorry, I don't know of any periodicals/journals that may help. Sounds very interesting though - I bet it's a lot of fun to research!!

Anonymous said...

Just got my second email from you and want to encourage you to get a couple bee hives. Contact a local bee club and someone there will be happy to help you. Here is a site you might want to check out: http://adirondackbees.org. Beekeepers love to help newcomers! God bless you!

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Thanks Homer! Yes, we have definitely found plenty of beekeepers welcome us with all of our rookie questions. :)

Leonard Harden said...

Hi Staci, thank you for such a wonderful blog! I am planning my first coop based on your design and had a question. When using the deep litter method, how high did you position your chicken door and what are its dimensions?

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Thanks so much Leonard. Our door is 6 foot high by 29 inches wide. We left almost 2 inches for the litter but could easily have used 3 inches space. We clean all litter out 4 or more times a year and scoop it daily so it's not a true deep litter method.

Farmbrews said...

Hi! I just found your blog while searching out other hobby/micro farms. I love your posts, so many great ideas. I am originally from upstate New York (north of the ADKs :) ), but after some moving around, my fiance and I have landed in New Hampshire.

We are blogging about our experiences with our lambs, chickens, gardening, brewing beer, and local finds in Northern New England on www.farmbrews.blogspot.com

I look forward to reading more from you!

PapaDog said...

Love your blog and your chicken coop. It looks like your hubby covered the outside of the coop with rough-cut cedar siding. Did he use any finish on it to get that nice deep brown color or is it 100% natural aging?

Nice blog spot which I've bookmarked. Thanks

Wild Sky Farm said...

Your blog is so inspiring to me! I live on a 12 acre farm outside Austin, TX and I recently started growing vegetables and raising chickens. Your posts are so informative and the pictures are beautiful!

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Thanks so much FarmBrews!!

Papadog - thank you for your comments! That is 100% aging on the outside of the coop. :)

Wild Sky Farm - good for you!! Thank you and welcome! :)

soggybottomflats said...

Hi Staci, great blog and honestly awesome pics!! I am intrigued with making my own Miso soup, lots of health problems related to diet, I need to develop better eating with fermentation, etc. What form of Miso do you buy and from where please? Thank you, Elaine