a few updates.

Hello. Here are a few updates for you out in Blogland.

1 Last weekend’s SSFE Blog Hop didn’t go so well. Thank you to Inspired for participating. It also seems that no one is interested in giveaways. I just don’t think I have enough of a readership to start introducing fun interactive things just yet. Maybe I will in a year or two.

2. I am running out of inspiration for my weekly Self-Sustainability for Everyone post so…rather than doing one every week, I will do a post here and there in the series as I either think of a topic or actively participate in something I consider to fall into the category. If you, my dear reader, can think of a SSFE topic, please post a blog of your own and link up with Hipster Homesteading and comment about it! I’d love to get inspiration from you!

3. As a filler to take up the space where SSFE used to be, I will try to be more faithful in documenting the different projects I [plan to] undertake. Things such as:

  • cleaning and making over my oven
  • attempting soapmaking
  • joining the ‘no poo’ movement (this has nothing to do with excrement)
  • goat & garden progress
  • attempting cheesemaking
  • knitting, sewing, and embroidery
  • recipes
  • book & music reviews
  • mama-ing
  • etc.

4. Sisters, please check out my other blog, Broken Record Confessions, over the weekend!

Have a great weekend!

thursday thanks

Taking time to reflect on God’s goodness, no matter the circumstances.

Thanking the Lord for:

  • the craziness of New England weather where it can be 80° one week and 40° the next!
  • seeing teeth starting to poke through on the top of baby P’s mouth
  • crawling, climbing, waving, clapping
  • having an oven this weekend *fingers crossed*
  • grace, mercy, forgiveness
  • good friends, good church, good counselors

1 Thessalonians 5:18 “Give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God concerning you

baby time!

Over the past 2 weeks, Piper has become incredibly mobile! I thought she wouldn’t crawl. I feared it. But she’s finally doing it! She crawls everywhere. I definitely need to keep a much closer eye on her now, but it really doesn’t bother me. I am so proud of her! She’s growing. She’s learning.

She loves to clap her hands too. She knows that it makes a sound, and it makes her very proud of herself. So fun!

Joe said this morning, “It’s so fun to watch her because you can see she is getting more and more cognizant.”

She’s got such a big personality already! She’s a lot of work, but she is so much fun, that it hardly bothers me, and is so worth it.

gifts from my mother

My mom is awesome. She made me these bags, and I have decided to use them for my knitting projects. My mother is the one who taught me to sew. I’m not that great at it, and right now I don’t have much time for it. So I am so thankful that I have these beautiful bags to help me keep some of my things organized.

Recognize the yellow bag? It’s my Everything Bag that mom made me as a diaper bag last year.

In a one-room home, organization is at the hight of importance. I am so ready to do my spring cleaning (and I’ve started doing it a little at a time). All the warm weather we had last week was so tempting to put away all of my winter jackets and sort through all of my clothes. But I know it’s only March and this cold, which came back, I knew it would.

So until the spring is completely upon us, All of my things will rest in bags, baskets and totes, stacked neatly about the “house.”

my other blog

Dear Sisters,

Over the weekend I created another blog. I have had an account through blogger for a very long time, and abandoned my blogs there long ago. This weekend I decided to resurrect it.

For a while I have wanted to write something, whether it be a book, a long series of articles, or a blog about being a Christian woman. The Lord has taught me a lot over the past eleven years about being one, and I know I have a vast amount more learning to do. But sometimes I wonder why  a lot of Christian women seem to not have any guidance on what the Bible has to teach them about being Christian women. It seems like the church defaults to feminism on this issue.

I am not a feminist. I am also not a doormat.

My blog Broken Record Confessions (because sometimes I feel like I sound like a broken record over this issue) seeks to impart the things about being a Christian woman that I have learned, and continue to learn.

God has created women to be very strong, but has asked them to be gentle in that strength. Submission is not weak-mindedness, or subservience.

This blog will be much more geared toward spirituality than Hipster Homesteading, and I only plan on posting over there only once a week on the weekend. Go ahead and have a looksee!



self-sustainability for everyone: weekend blog hop

Joe shaved his mustache off. He looks Amish. Or like Abraham Lincoln. Or like he should play for System of a Down. Thankfully it will grow back!


You may have noticed, but on Thursdays I try to link up with A Rural Journal and do their Rural Thursday Blog Hop. It’s fun for me, and I feel like it gives my blog more exposure (in a very small way). I also just really like the idea of a Blog Hop. It helps me to be more focused on my posts.

So I decided to do one myself!

SSFE weekend blog hop / /

Here’s how you can join in:

1. Publish a blog post about

  • general information describing what’s happening in your  life pertaining to self-sustainability,
or a post relating to a self-sustained subject that will benefit all SSEF readers and participants,
such as
  • farming,
  • green living
  • green or rural-themed photography,
  • recipes,
  • urban or rural homesteading tips,
  • critters and pets,
  • DIY projects,
  • green or rural-themed giveaways
  • anything and everything that embraces living the simple life.

2. Please make sure to add the SSFE button from the side bar to your blog post and link back here.

3. Please link to your actual post and not your home page.

4. If you don’t have a blog, you are welcome to leave a comment below our post regarding the part you play toward being self-sustained.

5. Comments will close Monday morning sometime I determine appropriate!


Here’s a list of who’s joined so far (go check them out!):

1. hipster homesteading

2. Inspired

from the kitchen

It’s been so unseasonably warm this month that I’ve really been wanting something cool, refreshing and sweet. Sometimes I wish I lived in the south, not just for their delicious barbeque, but for their amazing sweet tea. Then it occurred to me, why not make my own?!

I seemed to recall a friend of my brother’s from Virginia, sending him some Lipton tea bags and a recipe for sweet tea. Well, wouldn’t you know it? I have two huge boxes of Lipton Iced Tea tea bags just lying around!

I hopped online and pulled up this recipe for sweet tea. I halved it because I only have a half gallon pitcher.

Lipton Southern Style Sweet Tea 

(in half) / /


  • 1/2 gallon hot/boiling water
  • 3 Lipton Iced Tea tea bags
  • 2/3 c. sugar
  • lemon wedges for garnish


Take tea bags, and remove the paper on the strings, and tie all three together.  Set aside. In a half gallon pitcher, add very hot water. Stir in the sugar till dissolved. Add tea bags and dunk into water a few times, then leave them in the pitcher. Cover with lid of pitcher and refrigerate. Wait until it is very cold (at least 3-4 hours). The flavor changes until it reaches the ‘cold’ state. Drink and enjoy. Recommended taking tea bags out after about 8 hours (if it lasts that long).

I squeezed my lemon in when I poured my glass and OH YUM!

Enjoy this weather while it lasts! It is only March, so you know the cold is bound to come back around 😦