Homemade Cinnamon Hot Cocoa

Happy solstice! It’s the longest night of the year, which means we’re already over the hump and headed towards longer days again!! For many of us, winter came in with startling speed. On our farm, the blustery weather hit us like a ton of bricks. Did I mention before that our ridge top is a wee…

My First Studio Album!

I’m so excited to announce that my very first studio album, titled ‘In With the New’, is nearly complete! Over the past summer, in the midst of buying a farm and moving to Wisconsin, I somehow found the time to record 9 original songs with violinist Alasha Al-Qudwah (of the Charleston, West Virginia band, Qiet). We recorded at 3…

Roasted Dandelion Detox Tea

The time has finally come; the corn is gone and our fields are our own! We almost jumped for joy when the farmer who leased our land for the season showed up at our door one morning, announcing that he would be harvesting his crop. A few short hours later the tractor noise subsided and…

Not-Too-Sweet Dark Chocolate Zucchini Cake and Sunflower Butter Frosting

We’ve already had our first frost here in southern Wisconsin, and with the chilly air came a sobering reminder of impending winter. Thankfully the weather warmed again and we’re taking advantage by hurriedly accomplishing as many tasks as we can on our new farm. We’ve planted fruit trees, garlic and perennials, scraped lead paint from the garage, and  repainted the…

Chickpea, Rice and Feta Stuffed Patty Pan Squash

This week’s exciting news: we got a tractor! With 10 acres of tillable fields, we needed a small machine and this 21 HP Kubota should be a good size.   It’s an older tractor but it runs well. We don’t know much about tractor repair just yet, so we made sure to get a brand with…

Whole Wheat Lard and Butter Pie Crust

Pie crust is one of my favorite things to make, so I decided it deserves its own post. Making your own crust takes a bit more time than buying store-bought crust, but nothing beats a super-flaky, homemade pie crust. Once you get the hang of it, making your own crust doesn’t take long at all. Also,…

Goat Cheese and Tomato Pie

Happy autumn!  It seems like fall arrived all at once in Wisconsin. A delicious chill is in the air and the harvest moon has been rising heavy and deep orange over our field. In our area we’re already starting to see the a few leaves turning color and the first frost is undoubtedly just around the corner. For us, the impending cold weather…

Late Summer Watermelon Gin Slush

After a few weeks on our new farm things are finally beginning to shape up. While I wouldn’t exactly call our household organized, most things are unpacked from boxes and put away in some fashion. I’m amazed because at first the task of setting up our new household while simultaneously caring for a toddler seemed insurmountable. Home ownership…

The Big Move

The last couple of weeks have been quite a whirlwind! Moving was much more difficult than we had expected, to put it lightly. Actually, Frank described it as the most difficult thing he had ever done, and I don’t think he was exaggerating. As for myself, I would put it just behind childbirth on the…

We Own a Farm!

It’s official!!! We are the proud owners of a 13-acre farm in southwest Wisconsin. It’s exciting but I don’t think it will truly sink in until we are there in person. I can’t wait to be in our new home! It will be the first house we’ve ever owned. The farmhouse was built in 1910….

Strawberry, Kale and Quinoa Salad

The results of the home inspection are in for the 13-acre farm in southwest Wisconsin! I’m relieved that there are no major problems, or at least there are no problems that we view as deal-breakers. Our future as the proud owners of a farm is starting to look more like a reality! Like any older home, the farmhouse has a…