It’s been quiet around here, I know.

However, I do think about this little space daily.

I come up with ideas about what to post, what pictures to take, where to share my ideas….so on and so forth, but the time never comes.  The morning turns to evening before I know it and weeks go by faster than I can imagine.

Then a baby comes.

Yes, you see, as I mentioned a few months back, we were expecting our fourth child.  Well, she’s here now!  And she’s the thing I’m most thankful for this holiday season.

On the whole, I have so much for which to be thankful – my husband, my four(!) beautiful children, my home, our health, my extended family…..and so much more.  And as cliche as it might be, I’m thankful for you.  The people who come here to read and share.  Thank you.

What are you thankful for this holiday season?  Please share in the comments.

Welcoming Fall & a $250 Mighty Nest Giveaway

Fall Baking Favorites :: Five Little Homesteaders

It’s coming.  I can feel it (and even if I can’t, I’m going to pretend that I can).

Fall.  That’s what I’m talking about.

As most of you know, our little urban homestead is placed in the middle of the Arizona desert.  This means that our seasons are a little….well…. they’re a little “off.”  Summer is more “summery” and winter is less “wintery” and those other two seasons?  Well, sometimes they get a little lost in the shuffle.  But just like it is in other parts of the country, fall is a magical time, even in the desert.

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magimix Review and Giveaway

Magimix Review and Giveaway!  A $499 value!


Greetings faithful readers!

Recently I was given the opportunity to test drive a new food processor.  But wait just one minute….. it wasn’t just ANY ol’ food processor.  I was given the opportunity to try out the magimix 16 cup, 5200 XL food processor.  And what a treat it was!

Read on to hear more about my experience and to learn how you can enter to win one of your own!

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Homemade Crackers – Parmesan Oregano

Homemade Crackers - Parmesan Oregano

Who doesn’t like a good cracker?

I will admit.  A store bought cracker can be pretty delicious.  However, they are generally highly processed and include all sorts of yucky ingredients that I wouldn’t want to eat.  That said, I’ve been testing out cracker recipes (and using my new magimix food processor to do it).

This recipe for parmesan-oregano homemade crackers was pretty delicious.

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National Preparedness Month + Giveaway

National Preparedness Month + $100 Giveaway

Being prepared for natural disasters and other emergencies is something I’ve been prioritizing for my family.  Some of my recent posts on the topic include:

This month is National Preparedness Month and there is no better time than now to get your family prepared for an emergency.  Check out some tips from below and enter to win a $100 Amazon gift card that will help you buy supplies for emergency preparedness.

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Herbal Sleep Tea – The Ultimate, Effective and Easy, Recipe

The Ultimate, Easy and Effective, Herbal Tea Blend for Sleep

picture via CoCreatr on flickr

I’m late to the party.

I’m sure 90% of you who are reading this post are looking at your screen saying, “Well, duh, Colleen.  I’ve been making my own sleep blend for eons!”

Well, I have to admit, I’m new-ish to the game.  Up until this point, I’ve just been buying blends at the store like this one or this one.  They seem to work well and are tasty, but when you’re buying pre-mixed blends, you are (generally) wasting money and have less control over the ratios of herbs, specific herbs and the quality of the herbs you are ingesting (among other things, I’m sure).

Being the daughter of an herbalist, I decided to give it a go myself.

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Preventing Soil Diseases

Preventing Soil Diseases :: Five Little Homesteaders

If you aren’t familiar with soil-borne diseases, then you can count yourself as lucky.

Many (most?) microorganisms that live in our soil are harmless and quite possibly beneficial.  However, there are also some that can cause significant damage to our plants and can even hang around in our soil for many, many years.  These include fungi and bacteria that cause root rot and wilt diseases.

The best way to deal with soilborne diseases is through preventing them on the front end, rather than trying to combat them in the middle of your growing season.  Here are the top four ways, that I know of, to prevent soil diseases.

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A week of firsts…..

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Back to School - A Week of Firsts:Five Little Homesteaders

And just like that…. summer break is over.

This past week was a big one on our little homestead.  Two of my three kiddos headed to school and it was a serious week of firsts for all of us.

My oldest turned 5 and then became an official kindergarten all in the same week.  Then my middle daughter packed up her little backpack and headed off to preschool.  That left me and the littlest home alone for a good portion of the day.  Going from a loud and crazy house of 3 kids 4 and under to a quiet house of just me and my little 2 year old buddy…. well…. let me tell you.  It’s been a transition.

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