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Spring has slowly begun to show its face, providing the occasional warm day, still mixed with the random snow flurry and evening rain.  The grass is beginning to grow and the hills are looking more alive.  Our spirits too, seem to have lifted as we find more opportunities to be outdoors, working, running, building forts, … Read the Rest

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Homemade Mayo


Even before we moved to Briarmoore, I wanted to learn how to make my own mayonnaise. It seemed simple enough–simple ingredients and just mix them together, right? Well mine just never came out right. It tasted too nutty because I used olive oil and it was never the right consistency. When John became the manager … Read the Rest

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Restoration is renewal, revival, or reestablishment. Early Spring grants us a time of renewal allowing (among other things) an opportunity to re-focus for the busy summer season. Our laying hens arrived last week from Polyface and our first step was filling the nesting boxes with hay. The kids and I so enjoyed the chance to  soak up the much prayed … Read the Rest

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Winner to the Homegrown Paleo Cookbook Giveaway!


This is what the Homegrown Paleo Cookbook is all about. Check out the video. As I mentioned last week, I love this book! And now onto what we are all really waiting for…the winner of last week’s giveaway. First, I would like to say thank you to all of those who entered. I was amazed … Read the Rest

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Winter Vacation


“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” — Walt Disney One benefit of Family Friendly Farming in Virginia are the few months off in the Winter to spend with our loved ones. This year we decided to go South for a visit to Savannah and to John’s Dad and Grandparents in … Read the Rest

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Rooster Stew and Cookbook Giveaway!


If you’ve been following my blogs posts for the last couple of weeks, you’ll know that we’ve been talking about our family food adventure and the subject of food. One of the things that has made my life in the kitchen much more enjoyable and easy this month is the release of Diana Rodgers’ Homegrown … Read the Rest

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Family Food Adventure


Do you remember last week’s blog post on the subject of food? We talked about how food was healing, emotional and energizing. We all agree that food opinions can be varying at best and downright divisive at worst. For the past several months, I’ve been hearing all kinds of positive things about the Whole 30 … Read the Rest

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A Cozy Day


It is the perfect day here at Polyface for a pot of soup on the stove!  I love the snow and the signs that promise spring is on the way!


New Zealand


A few weeks ago, Caleb and I joined his parents on a dream trip to the south island of New Zealand.  In his family they have a (wonderful) tradition of taking each couple on one trip in their lifetime.  Caleb is the baby of 7, so this was the last trip.  We flew into Christchurch  … Read the Rest

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