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 simplify my life as well as to adopt a more natural way of living.  It all started back in 2008 when my husband and I moved from a condo in the city to an old farmhouse at the edge of the country.  We had a dream of getting rid of our debt, slowing down, and making things homemade.  What we didn't know, was how passionate we would actually become about this goal.  

Shortly after our move, we had a couple of family members pass away from cancer.  It stopped us in our tracks and made us evaluate what we were putting in and on our bodies.  We began growing much of what we ate in our (ever growing) garden and challenged ourselves to swap out products both that we were eating as well as what we were using in our home and on our bodies.

We started with a simple challenge: make it homemade at least once.

If we could make it from scratch, we would try it, at least once.  Then, if we preferred the homemade version, and it made financial sense, 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!

We learned to live by a budget, including cutting our grocery spending, in order to pay off our debt and save up so we could live our dream life - living on a small homestead and working for ourselves (which we accomplished in 2018).  We've also learned to eat a healthier, real-food focused diet on a budget (I am plant-based while my husband continues to eat meat).  I've developed recipes that can be made ahead or prepped ahead to save time, are budget friendly and delicious!  

And I share all of the stories, tutorials and recipes here! 

What You'll Find Here
This is a place to find encouragement, inspiration, and practical ideas on living homemade on a budget.  This includes making meals as well as home and body products from scratch.  I also write about  adopting a frugal mentality, easing the burden of the day by meal planning and making freezer meals and simple meals as much as possible, and switching to natural products for home and body. 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.

A Bit About Me

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), am currently studying to become an herbalist, and hope to learn to knit someday.

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.

Whether you’re a veteran of simple, homemade living or you’re brand new to the thought process, you are sure to find some valuable resources on this blog.  We hope you grab a cup of coffee or tea, click around and enjoy some of the posts on our site.  Please also take the time to say "hello" and let us know about your own experiences and challenges.

I'm thrilled you are here!!!

~ Staci

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We are truly blessed to be able to live the life we've dreamed of.  We are grateful you've stopped and visited us and hope you'll come and say "hi" to us on Instagram and Facebook too!

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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