My ministry of cooking, canning, growing, and sharing!

My ministry of cooking, canning, growing, and sharing!

Three years ago we bought a small farm with ten acres. The property had a mucky creek on the South side that was covered in raspberry brambles and poison ivy. The back six acres were so overgrown that I couldn't make it half way through the first pasture. There was mud, 10 foot tall weeds, about ten million ground hogs, and a house with "fabulous" 80's wall paper on EVERY surface. I looked at this property and my mind was spinning with possibilities of what I could grow, raise, and even forage off this little plot of land. My husbands mind, who was standing in nearly the exact same spot, was spinning with the thought of how much work he had ahead of him.

From my Farm to my Kitchen is a way for me to share my stories, recipes, failures, and successes. It is a way for me to tell you how sharing with others has opened the flood gates for abundant blessings, new friendships, and great lessons.

We have fought to "take back" parts of our property that had been swallowed by willows and scrub trees. My husband has suffered the wrath of the evil wood emperor, Sir Poison Ivy and our five children have worked tirelessly to help with chores like, "go get Mommy some basil" or I KNOW there's a Morel out there, GO FIND IT!

Please enjoy this glorious adventure with our family. Learn the lessons that I stumbled over, take the great recipes that I share and leave the miserable ones. I am hoping to write each day but you never know if the kitchen or the laundry monster will get me!!

Thursday, October 27, 2011


It realize it's been a while and I really really should update the site with ALL the things that have been keeping me busy.  I'd like to introduce our newest farm member, Dottie!  She is a Jersey/Swiss milk cow.  My darling friend helped me find her at an Amish dairy farm.  She is a DREAM of a milk cow.  She just stands there while I hand milk her and she LOVEs me.  She is giving our family around 4 gallons of milk each day.  There is little better than fresh milk and butter from your very own cow.  

The time I spend milking her each day is the perfect time for meditation and prayer.  I can really get a lot of things in perspective during that time.  It's almost like someone who has a long drive home from work.  It's just nice down time to sort out my thoughts.  She feeds our family, our pigs, our chickens, and our spirits.  Now I know why the family milk cow is truly the heart of the farm.

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