Clothespin Creation: How to Build a Clothespin

People are quite curious about how we make clothespins. When we share with people what we make most people look at the pins with a confused look and ask “You made this?”

Three pins with label

Here are the basic steps to building our clothespins. Continue reading Clothespin Creation: How to Build a Clothespin

Beautiful Pictures

This late summer and early fall has been very busy with school starting, an abundance of pears and apples being picked and processed, green beans to gather, a new family dog and soccer.

I wanted to share some of my favorite picts of the last month or so. A picture speaks a thousand words, so I will only add a few words. Continue reading Beautiful Pictures

How to Peel a Watermelon

My family LOVES watermelon.  However, I do not love that my children leave watermelon rinds sitting around  or that cut up watermelon takes up a lot of space in my fridge.

For quite a few years I have been using this cutting method for oranges and then one year I realized it would be a great way to cut up watermelon or other melons. Continue reading How to Peel a Watermelon

How do your Green Beans Grow?

We reached our 2014 green bean goal. YA!!!

Our goal this year was to harvest, blanch and freeze 12 gallons of green beans for the year. So far we have 12 bags in the freezer and probably a few more coming.  This of course doesn’t count the fresh ones we ate during the harvest time.

Last year I was able to harvest 5 gallons of beans and they didn’t last very long. They are SO much better than store bought. The kids even noticed when I switched.

I recently had someone ask me on our Facebook page how many bean plants produced my 12 bags of beans and how much space I used. I figured since I have an empty trellis to show you, I have at least one curious reader and it’s never too early to start planning for next years garden, I would share how we grow our beans. I LOVE the method I use for growing them. Continue reading How do your Green Beans Grow?

Schooling from Home: Tips for Creating Independent Learners and Taming the Pile in a Small Space.

Life is pretty hectic and adding schooling at home to the bundle makes it even crazier. Organization is vital. If I didn’t stay organized I am not sure if we would get anything done or if I would be able to keep my sanity. So, since I don’t want to be put in the loony bin I do my best to keep the crazy tamed… well, most of it… these cuties have their own kind of delightful crazy. 

My silly littles
My silly littles

This last year we moved into a bigger, but at the same time smaller, home. Yes, we have more land to live on but the house itself is smaller.

In the last house we had a dedicated school room. Though I loved having the dedicated space, I wouldn’t trade in our new space to go back. With the challenge of a new setup came a need to change my space structure and organization.  Continue reading Schooling from Home: Tips for Creating Independent Learners and Taming the Pile in a Small Space.