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The unknown is one of the most terrifying things in the world. Possibly because we can’t see it. We are in the dark. Reaching your arm into a bunch of plants to clear them out is pretty scary. Who knows what is living in there. But we learn from Dumbledore: “You know happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, when one only remembers to turn on the light.”

So instead of being paralyzed by the thought of weird bugs flying out at you, let’s turn on the light.

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The secret is to start on the outside, and just start cutting what you can see. It will start to thin out, and you’ll be able to see more and more.

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As you see more, you will feel a bit more comfortable with pulling and clipping, and you can work your way down to the base and roots. It will take some time, but you can do it!


Our rock path was our first big outdoor improvement. This was once bare dirt, turning to mud in the rain, and dust in the summer. Now the path has a rustic charm that looks like its been there for centuries.

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Here’s how to make one of your own!

You will need:

  • Rocks (we got ours from a local quarry)
  • Shovels

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Our rocks are set into the dirt a little bit, so they are flatter to the ground. To lay rocks this way, you will need to clear some of the dirt away with a shovel, making the ground as even as possible. We tried to do this in large areas at a time, to be more efficient.

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Next, you can lay the rocks down in a pleasing arrangement, much like rock tetris. For each rock, you will need to customize the hole depending on any rock surface irregularities or depth differences. Add dirt in some places, or remove some in others.

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After you are satisfied, fill the area around the rock with leftover dirt, packing it around the edges.

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Repeat one million more times, and you will have a path!


We harvested these carrots fresh from the organic section of the store for less than a dollar. Cheaper than even the dollar store.

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Much like our green beans, these carrots will be made naturally into super foods by bacteria. More like they grow and develop into their natural super abilities, like Professor X, rather than being injected with something to become super, like Captain America.

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I have been on a hamburger pickle chip kick, so we cut them into slices, as opposed to matchstick pieces. These take approximately no time to make, besides the waiting. There is the waiting time after you sprinkle salt on them, and then the waiting for the bacteria to pickle them part.

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But after you finish waiting for them, they will wait for you to eat them in the fridge for months. So at least they reciprocate. Make this delicious snack today, and you will be able to eat them in like a couple days from now.


3 organic carrots

about an inch of ginger (or to your taste)

One garlic clove (or to your taste)

about 1/2 tbsp sea salt

1. Cut carrots into slices. Slice up ginger. Smash garlic clove and cut in half.

2. Put carrots, ginger, and garlic into a bowl. Sprinkle the salt on top. Using your hand, mix up the ingredients. You can kinda be rough on the carrots, to help the salt soak in.

3. Wait about 5-10 minutes for carrots to start looking juicier. They will start to look kinda wet.

4. Pack the carrots into a jar, and pour any remaining liquid from the bowl on top of them. Fill jar with water to cover the carrots.

5. Leave jar on counter not in the direct sun for a couple days. *Gently put the lid of the jar on, do NOT tightly screw on. The organisms preserving the carrots will create gas that needs to escape, and you don’t want an explosion.

6. Keep tasting until they are pickled to your taste, a few days to two weeks, depending on temperature. When you like them, put in the refrigerator, where they will keep for a couple months.

Great for a snack with some more pickle chips!



It seems like every time the weather changes, we get a new batch of fruit flies swarming around. Or every time we score some good fruit. Or have some sourdough proofing on the counter overnight. The flies come out of the woodwork to just be near it.

We’ve tried out different kinds of fruit fly catchers to various rates of success. But my mom taught us a new little trick, and so far, it really does work: Fill a small cup with some apple cider vinegar, then add a drop of dish soap. Swirl it around a bit, and that’s it. Leave it on the counter. The flies are attracted by the vinegar, but can’t escape the soap. We left a cup out last night, and we’ve already caught a handful of them.

Do you have any tricks for keeping the pests away?

(illustration from here)


It is in the nature of hobbies that most of them start out with yelling at inanimate objects. But once you get to know each other’s eccentricities a little better, the yelling dies down, and slowly becomes the appreciation of someone’s little quirks.

I learned to crochet a little over a year ago, and while I can rock a solid granny square, I am still in the occasional yelling phase with new patterns. These flower potholders started out a little shaky, but we made friends by the third or fourth one. You don’t want to know what happened to the first couple.


I used this pattern as a base, but changed a couple things due to my yarn size and colors. A set of three survived to be given as a gift. If you are handy with a crochet hook and give it a go, let me know so we can see!



This DIY is an easy one for the upcoming long weekend! Get ready for some fun!

You will need:

  • To find a river
  • Bucket for collecting
  • Instagram account

1. Locate a river in the late afternoon. It should be moderately peaceful to work best.

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2. Choose rocks that match your color scheme, and that are sized small to medium. We went with a range of teals and light blues, with cognac for contrast.


3. You may find other objects that don’t fit in your scheme, but you still like. Feel free to collect them as a starting point for another day. These tiny shells grabbed my attention.


4. After you have acquired your river rocks, lay them out nicely so you can instagram the photo!


Enjoy your rocks! And have a safe and happy labor day (and college football) weekend!


Who doesn’t love a good gallery wall post? Someone hung something on a wall somewhere, and we can’t wait to see it. So we’ll end our summer sprucing up week by putting some things on a wall too!

To start, first choose some things to hang on the wall. You get more gallery wall points if they are items you already own, but you get more diy points if you make things to put up. Your preference. Our collection included a ukulele, a banner, and a rusty longhorn.


Next, you will need something to affix the items to the wall. Here, we used a combination of pushpins, nails, and screws, depending on the heaviness of the item.


How nice do those things look on the wall! Can’t wait to add some more things to the gallery!


Like any real farmer, we have a cast iron skillet. You can’t be a farmer without one, especially can’t be a farmer’s wife. But we are embarrassed to say that we aren’t totally sure how to clean it. It was so softly shiny and black when we got it, and now it is a bit grimy and dull.

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Thankfully, the good people who made it have real straight forward directions on maintaining cast iron. We ran some hot water, and scrubbed it with the business side of the sponge. Once our hands were pruny, we dried it, and rubbed some oil into it.

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Pretty good, right? It almost has that nice, even sheen back. If I wasn’t super intense, I would have just left it, but if you are cleaning, you might as well clean. I remembered seeing this video a while back, and thought some coarse salt might help with the scrubbing. We poured some salt and a bit of oil into it, and went at it with the sponge again. After another rinse, dry, and oil, we uncovered this beauty.

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I think it might actually be emitting a soft glow. All ready to cook some more bacon.


This is the little kitchen window. It used to have a baby plant sitting up there. I miss it. Uck, it looks so ordinary without it, there is too much light getting in, I can’t stand it another minute, let’s put the plant back up there. But this time, we are going to do it right.


We have a big hanging planter. If it fell down and smashed my teapot, I would cry crocodile tears. We found the stud in the wall, and screwed in an eye hook. We got the one that holds like 40 pounds, so hopefully that is strong enough. An s hook was added to make the hanging possible.


Hang the planter from the wall hook, and we can hear the plant sigh in relief to be back soaking up that vitamin D.



Cleaning the grill is like cleaning the shower. You put it off for months, then once you actually put some effort into it, it gets all nice and shiny again, and you feel like you accomplished a real thing for the day.


Our grill was mostly dirty from a combination of food and thunderstorms. We have a stainless steel gas grill, so first things first, unplug it all so you don’t catch on fire.


For cleaning stainless steel, we went with the soapy water and soft rag route. Sponge bath for all the cooking surfaces, and the inside of the grill.

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After a little muscle power and soap, its looking good as new. We wanted to grill some chicken for dinner, but we have to go to a flag football game. Who knew football would be the thing standing between us and the grill.