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!

I've been on quite a journey these past 10 years to work on creating my version of a good life.  Before that, I'd always thought that was for others - others who had the money to do whatever they wanted, others who were more talented or more focused.  

And then one day I decided that I wanted it to be for me.

I am a former shopaholic and my husband and I had some credit card debt that we just couldn't shake, although we had a budget, we didn't always stick to it, and we ate, well, quite poorly.  I decided that I wanted to be healthier and happier.  Those two goals are very poorly defined!  So I worked on breaking down what that meant for me.  Simplifying my life, changing my eating habits, changing my "get moving" habits, getting and living debt-free, and working for myself doing something that I love.

And so that's exactly what I've done.

Together, my husband and I decided to move to the outskirts of town on a small homestead.  For us, this was a dream of simplifying our life we'd only dreamt about.  Next, we worked on paying off our debt, began eating healthier (I am now plant-based whole food while he remains a meat eater/lover), started moving, and figured out how to create a life we love.  Oh, and did I mention that we were finally able to leave working for other people behind and begin working for ourselves?????  😁

I'm an organizer & list maker, love chocolate & coffee, and am a fast talker when I'm passionate or have a lot to say (which is, well, quite often).  I adore real books (the feel, the smell...) especially cookbooks (I may or may not have around 100....or so...), am allergic to cats, dogs and chickens (and have all 3 in my life), hope to learn to knit someday, am passionate about living a healthy life, and truly love the path that I'm on.

I try to support local farmers to supplement the produce we grow on our small farm, because we enjoy a seasonal, whole foods, and a largely plant-based diet on a budget.  I am probably best known for my $60.00/week meal plans and my meal planning tutorials.  This is a huge part in allowing us to pay off almost all of our debt (working on our last debt - our mortgage) as well as allowing us to both work for ourselves.

I've written about a number of aspects of our lives through the years.  Starting a homestead, raising chickens, growing your own food, food preservation, etc.  Whether you’ve already figured out how to live well on a budget or you're new to meal planning, budgeting and paying down your debt, you are sure to find some valuable resources on this blog.  I hope you grab a cup of coffee or tea, click around and enjoy some of the posts including the "start here" page.  Please also take the time to say "hello".  I would love to hear about your own experiences and challenges.

~ Staci

P.S. I feel truly blessed to be able to live the life I've dreamed of and am grateful you've stopped and visited.  I hope you'll come and say "hi" on Instagram and Facebook too!


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