My Faux Farm - small property management of horses, gardening, chickens, using methods for sustainability and small scale homesteading
Don’t Let Anyone Tell You That Your Space is Too Small!
I grew up just outside of the city in the suburbs. Not too long after I married my husband and had our two children, we moved up into the cornfields. Neither one of us grew up in farm life, but I’ve always been drawn to it or to just get back to nature. While camping isn’t my thing, animals and gardening are.
These are our adventures and trials and tribulations in managing horses on small property as well as raising chickens, gardening, renovating, and dabbling in homesteading (beekeeping to come – ssshhh! The family doesn’t know yet). All this, and we only have just over two acres (I love to clean and organize so that’s quite the juggling experience but as a creative, I am always using those skills to do so). If we can manage this successfully (including the horses) in this amount of space, anyone can!
While doing all of this, I strive for the work-life balance that everyone else does. Everything I do is done so that life can be easier (efficiency is the key word) even if it doesn’t seem that way. I share cooking for real life here as well and wow did that Instant Pot change my life.
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Last year, I made a mistake of not starting my seeds early enough for the vegetable garden. I mean, it didn't turn out bad, but the cold weather vegetables could have been started much earlier and my tomatoes took forever to be ready! This year, I decided to start the...read more
We have a strange phenomenon. One morning, I saw something out of the corner of my eye and turned to see a strange-looking squirrel on my back deck. I had never seen anything like it. Immediately, I thought it was albino due to the light color. I grabbed my...read more
This is a super quick recipe. I'm not a beer drinker but I do like the taste of beer in food. Today is the Superbowl and it's nothing but snow and ice outside, so still soup weather 🙂 Beer Cheese / Ale and Cheddar Soup 2 cups of chicken broth 1 onion 2-3 stalks...read more
(partially taken from old blog 2016) Around two years ago, after over 10 years of being a full-time photographer, I announced I was heading back into "corporate America" as an accountant and then later on, a controller. Photography became secondary and part-time. I...read more
From a blog post from 2016 (moved from old blog) I have a series that I am beginning..... after 10 years of boarding our horses, we have now moved them home.... something that was a dream of mine, but I never thought we had enough room and never thought it would be a...read more
Vegetable Garden Planning for 2018 Time for garden planning! It has been a little bit warmer the past few days and I am itching to move my compost from the bins behind the barn to my garden beds. Last year, the garden was amazing with simply using composted horse...read more
Yet another soup. I really like how this one turned out. It's a bit different as far as steps go but still quick enough. One of my favorite soups is Shrimp and Corn Chowder but I'm avoiding potatoes right now (Dean is "keto-ing"), but I still wanted something that...read more
This is taken from May 20, 2014 blog post.... I am absolutely OVERWHELMED by the amount of people who joined us from ALL OVER the world watching and waiting for Stormy's to give birth to this special little filly. When I originally set up this surveillance camera...read more
I've moved some old blog posts to this site so I am probably going to condense a few. A few years ago, knowing that Erynn's horse, the all-around athletic and amazing Stormy, was developing knee issues and showing her age. Because she had had foals prior to our...read more
I'd like to do a bit of a PSA. Do NOT under any circumstances use Behr Deckover. In the past, you may have seen me singing the praise of Behr paints. My entire house is painted in Behr paints. I had been using them exclusively for over 15 years. So when I was...read more