May 2019 Contest Giveaway!

Hi friends! Here’s our first FREE CONTEST GIVEAWAY! I’ve updated the rules & extended the deadline. All you have to do is: 🌱1) FOLLOW us on Instagram or Facebook (or both). 🏡2) TAG a few friends in the comments section of the Eating Buckets Farmhouse Contest Giveaway posts on either Facebook or Instagram. These should be people who…

Winter wonderland.

Oh, PEOPLE! It’s a beautiful land out here. It’s that rare magic of rain turned ❄️ that we of Pacific Northwest ilk don’t often experience. I know our little shovelfuls of snow ain’t nuttin to the polar freeze capturing the Midwest. I know. But our little stretch of pearly white nature blankets has brought us the magic…

Happy New Year!

“‘Dear old world,’ she murmured, ‘you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you.’” —L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables. Wishing 2019 brings you everything bright & fresh, new & shiny, delightful & joyful, dreamy & fantastic, adventurous & playful, simple & sweet, lovely & loving, colorful & tasty & sumptuous,…

Live only as you can.

I’m browsing through a favorite design book, City Farmhouse Style, by Kim Leggett, and came upon this favorite photo in the photo spread on page 11. This quote is fabulous. Happy Sunday! May Monday morning be easy, and the day ahead bring joy. 

A heartfelt thank you.

Thank you for reading and supporting me! I am so grateful, my heart just might burst with all the good feels you have given me! Thank you for reading, thank you for commenting, thank you for sharing, thank you for inspiring me and all of us to live a good life and follow our best…

Dehydrating plums.

And so it begins: Fruit harvest, starting with our giant bowl of Italian plums. I had helpers today in my sunny perch above the garden—plus a visit with a neighbor, Spanish guitar music soaking the kitchen in its light, happy melody, and the certain feeling that all is well in the world.

Planting Season.

At long last, planting season has finally really arrived here in our neck of the woods in the Pacific Northwest. I feel a bit breathless from all the waiting. I’ve been dreaming about this gardening space for two years, and planning it out for the past five months. The garden beds, representing months of periodic…

Old farmy things.

Things are happening in our house. Good things. We’re finishing our kitchen. We have fancy new accouterments like kitchen trim and wainscoting and columns and–voila!–a kitchen island that is anchored in one place instead of scooting around the room if you bump into it. Soon we’ll have shelves to put our drinking glasses and dinnerware….

Building our farm–one garden bed at a time.

As most of you know, we are trying to live off of our land this year–eating only the food and eggs we grow on our land along with other local protein sources (and necessities we can’t grow here, like coffee and spices). Our goal is pretty straightforward: Eat beautiful fresh food; preserve it for winter;…

This moment: Vacation.

This rare moment of just the two of us–Brian and me–was snapped by Brian’s mom Barbara when we were sitting on the beach in San Diego’s Mission Bay. We were staring directly into blinding sun–the kind of southern California sun that we just don’t get in our northern climate. Barbara managed to get a shot…