- Abby Jo
It's our second time out with our tent, and we are loving it. We swam and ate to our heart's content.
We set it up first thing and unzipped the sides so we could have airflow throughout the day and keep cool.
This is my amazing antique commode out among the trees :)
I really am addicted to cooking food outside, it makes me feel alive. Plus, easy clean up, right?
Daniel forgot his hat, so he wrapped my scarf around his head. I think he looks pretty cool.
The key to having a good time camping or picnicking, is food prep and a list. It helps me not to forget anything and the food is ready to go. Above, is the best rhubarb cake ever. I need to post that recipe soon!
Cooking together, Daniel slightly burnt my chili. Of course, he said he wanted to add a burnt camp taste to it. It really was OK. I tried a new chili recipe and the kids loved it!
My daughter has been saving her money, and bought herself a beautiful kayak. I'm so proud of her!
Summer days come, but once a year...
- Abby Jo
I've been dying to show you our outdoor area as of late! Daniel (hubby extraordinaire) built me this gorgeous canvas outdoor room. I. Love. It. I can't sing loud enough how much I love my new space.
Daniel built the frame with scrap wood we had, making these kind of false beams (they look so cool). We are going to paint them white down the road. The canvas roof is made out of three canvas drop clothes bought at Harbor Freight. He sewed them together, riveted the bottoms and ran rope thru to secure to the sides of the house. Daniel will waterproof it soon, but for now it works great. I'll update you on how that goes.
It really helps to keep the area we call our "court yard" so much cooler, especially since we installed water misters.
We have been living outside during the evenings. I love eating, playing games, dancing, and cooling off in our new outdoor room.
I had this cool chest forever, hauling it around everywhere we have lived. I asked hubby if we could turn it into a refreshment bar, I was sure this time he would think I was nuts. However, he thought it was a great idea.
We also took wire and wired some of our wattle fencing to our ugly chain link gates, and it looks so much better. I'm training a rose to grow onto the gate as well.
I sneak out after the kids are in bed to drink my herbal tea and cool off in this lovely tub. I am so glad we have a mosquito net this year, it's really nice not being eaten alive when the sun goes down.
My hard working man, I love this guy :)
I love this guy too! One year old yesterday.
Now coming to crux of the matter, FOOD! I love to eat outside, the outdoors gets me excited about food! Maybe it's the leisurely way we eat, or the fresh air? I don't know and I don't care, give me outdoor living and food anytime. The End.
Do you love outdoor living?
- Abby Jo
This Spring my husband and I started looking for a tent trailer with a budget of fifteen hundred dollars, that we had saved up for this purpose. Our family wanted to get out of town on the weekends to forage, fish, swim, and relax. We looked at many tent trailers in this price range, they all had some issue (torn canvas, dirty, rotted floor) and to be honest, Daniel and I didn’t want another project. I was thoroughly discouraged with no prospect of finding one that would work for our family, when my husband said “Why don’t we buy a Bell Tent?” We have looked longingly at Bell Tents in the past, and always thought it a dream to buy one. Well, we got looking at the tents in the large size (Sibley 500 Pro). It looked like it would fit our family and was hundreds of dollars less than what we were looking at in a tent trailer, plus way more romantic! I say that’s win-win in my book.
This was our first outing with our lovely tent, sent all the way from Belgium. And you know what, I love it!
Yes, I bring flowers and finery when out in the woods.
We have been so busy tearing up our lawn and putting in new permaculture beds, filming a wedding, and building some new outdoor additions. We love to stay busy, but we are craving the woods now that we live in town. We plan on many more outings this year, and I hope to forage for lots of herbs, and food this Summer and Fall.
These tents are so sturdy, and it took Daniel and the boys ten minutes to put it up. I think if we all helped we could have it up in five minutes.
It's hard to tell, but this tent is huge inside! It's a circle shape with about
210 sq.ft. of room.
This beautiful little piece of paradise is the homestead of some sweet new friends. They were so gracious to let us camp out in their wooded pasture with two ponds. We had a tea party in the afternoon with them, and it was all so nice. Thank you, Sheila and girls!
We didn’t want to leave; it was such a wonderful day of rest and fun.
- Abby Jo
Daniel and I just started a new website, Forgotten Way Films.com. We wanted to show you some of our recent work... Kellie and Christopher's Wedding Highlight Video!
I met Kellie via the bloggy world, we both love all things romantic and vintage. She has an amazing Etsy store Kellie Falconer Design. Specializing in romantic and adventurous clothing (check out the skirt above). I knew capturing this girl's wedding was going to be fun! She also has a really great blog Accordion to Kellie. Getting to know Kellie and Christopher has been a blast, they're such a fun and loving couple.
We had the pleasure of documenting Kellie and Christopher's wedding at the breathtaking Farragut State Park in Athol, Idaho. Kellie and Christopher have hearts full of adventure, and their love for each other just shone. It was all about the little moments, which we loved capturing through out their day. The weather was perfect, and we loved all the whimsical romantic touches, like the canvas tent, woodsy theme, and vintage flare. It was a delight to tell their story, we hope you enjoy a small glimpse of their special day.
Music License for "Make you mine"
by Robert Shirey Kelly
Videographers- Forgotten Way Films - Forgottenwayfilms.com
Photographers - Libby Grammar - Libbyslens.com // Second shooter; Leah Wilson, friend
Live music - Kevin Pace Band - kevinpaceband.com
Master of Ceremonies/DJ - Aubrey Falconer
Dance Orchestrator - Darla Dryer
Wedding Cake - Lena Rayburn
Hair - Selah Glendening Silhouette Studios
Flowers - floral.com - they were all silk with wild pussy willows Kellie gathered. Neighbor Jeanne Duffner arranged them.
Limo - Northwest Limos - http://www.nwlimosvc.com.
- Daniel and Abby Jo
linked up to Farmgirl Fridays
I've always been a baker. I love to bake beautiful things, and I like to eat them too!
We tend to bake on the weekends and we like to make it special. Pastries and fancy cakes are amazing tea time treats. Any one who knows me, knows I love some tea time :) But alas, I have never made macarons, until now. I always thought they might be a bit too fancy for me to make. Simply not true! With this great tutorial, Angela the ParisienneFarmgirl made the whole process easy and explained everything very well. The picture above is my first batch ever, I think they turned out pretty good! I need to work on size control :)
If you ever get the hankering to make some yummy French cookies, check out this great tutorial!
We stay busy, that's what we do! Daniel has a week of vacation and we decided to get a whole bunch of things done around the homestead. We're having a blast cooking, planting, digging, and making things together. Be prepared, lot's of photos ahead ;)
I know a lot of you have been around for awhile, but I have been getting a lot of new readers. I think there is a little confusion over where we live and what we are doing. So, I'm going to clarify a few things again for all the new readers :) We live in a small town setting on a small lot. Town homesteading, if you will, we purchased this property as an investment. We have lived here for just over a year and plan on fixing and improving our property for the next 2-4 years. Our BIG goal, is to buy ten to twenty acres and homestead full time. We are working on putting things into place now, that will pay off later. We also have a goal to learn as much as we can, right now while we have the time. Because, we know how much work it is to start a homestead from scratch. How do we know? Well, for five years we lived off-grid building up our five acre homestead. We sold our five acre homestead a year ago, to regroup, reinvest, and plan for our future.
I know a lot of you like the Off-Grid info, and part of you would like more on town homesteading. I plan on giving a little of both worlds. We will revisit our old homestead, and show you how we apply what we learned from homesteading those five years. We are working on permaculture design on our town lot and it's really changing how we look at gardening. Like I said before, "I really believe you can homestead anywhere, it's a mindset more than anything".
Little man, is enjoying the great outdoors in the playpen, whilst we work :)
This is my cool DIY plant starting rack. It rocks!
Above, is my really cool new compost bucket that Daniel and my daughter made for me. They know me too well. Below, is my new water jar tote. I like to use glass for everything and needed a tote I could carry all our drinks in. I wanted to be able to take our water and coffee/tea cups on the go, in the car, camping and wherever!
Daniel made it out of pallet wood, and I love it.
French Macarons, for my sweet sixteen birthday girl, more on these yummies later!
We have been making loads of jerky this week, it does not last long in this family :(
I could post more, but I will leave you with what is roasting in my oven as I type this. It's been rainy and cool the last few days and I pulled out a turkey for such a perfect time as this. We have a few more days of vacation left in which we will go visit friends, and have some family over!
Happy almost Spring!
- Abby Jo
First off, I want to say that living off-grid is not for everyone, and that's OK. This is our own personal experience, and I'm sharing it with you. Everyone's experiences are different and unique. We couldn't afford solar, partly because we were installing major systems on our homestead (house, gardens, well,and barn).
Using candles and lamps was really cozy for us, we actually liked it. We're kinda old fashioned that way.
My friend and I were talking about outhouses, oil lamps, starting fires and how I didn't mind it. Most of the time I thought it refreshing, my friend stated" Well, you are a pretty burly girl", so maybe my inner mountain woman likes it ;)
So, if anyone wants to know more about our experience using candles and lamps, this video is for you.
Thanks for watching, and please subscribe to our youtube channel!
- Abby Jo
I've been looking into and studying permaculture for the last few years, mostly through books at my local library and Youtubes online. I found these videos by Geoff Lawton, when I went over to Kickstarter to support Justin Rhode's film Permaculture Chickens. I'm a very visual learner, and after watching many of his amazing videos, I started getting this whole permaculture thing. You know what, I'm really excited!
I know how to grow food, but this takes food growing to a whole new level. One word... Sustainability.
I hope you enjoy these videos as much as I did, and spread this amazing work.
Geoff Lawton and his FREE videos at GeoffLawton.com
Our Son, Ivan, has been the most enthusiastic homesteader kid you could have. (Beware: this post is about my son, I'm going to brag a little) When we brought goats on to the homestead, he was the first to want to know how to milk and take care of them. The first time our goat Clara had kids, he was checking on them constantly. It comes as no surprise to me that his goal is to be an organic farmer. He wants to raise grass fed animals and learn more about permaculture. It definitely makes this mama proud.
Ivan likes to learn new things. If we are butchering chickens, he wants to know how to use the knife and learn the whole butchering process. He loves to learn life skills, like cooking, and thinks being a chef would be cool too.
Since moving to town, he and his brother tried out soccer and really enjoy the game. He has many projects going, and one of his favorite things has been learning how to film with his dad and build Lego Technic projects... Thus began his new Youtube channel and blog, Technic Gear Rat.com where he will be sharing his Lego Technic creations.
Ivan's mind is geared to design, create, and make things. One day he came into the kitchen with a technic loom he built and proceeded to show me how it worked. Turning on the motor, the loom started to weave the yarn he had wound on to the spools. "Are you kidding, that thing works". He has one video up and more to upload soon. So, if you know kids, teenagers, or anyone that enjoys lego technic, come on over and check out his new blog. I love supporting my kids with any new project they have, and it's fun seeing them express themselves.
- Abby Jo @ Forgotten Way Farms
Check out this amazing video on KICKSTARTER. What really touched me was that so many people, don't always have grandparents, or a family farm to teach them the lost arts of homesteading. That's why videos like this are so crucial to preserving and teaching forgotten skills.
Please help support this family.