Did you know the kitchen sink is the dirtiest, germ-i-est place in the house? More than any part of the bathroom. You probably disinfect your toilet more often than the kitchen sink. Food particles, meat juice drippings, blood and dirt off vegetables can lurk not just in the sink itself, but especially in the drainer, … Continue reading 3 Ways to Clean the Kitchen Sink
This Life Lesson Episode: You can't always have what you want, so work with what you have. One of my concessions in life - not having a walk in pantry in the kitchen. I've never had a walk-in pantry. I most likely never will. I've given up worrying about it. There's no point. What I … Continue reading Life Lesson: work with what you have
I thought this week maybe you would enjoy meeting some of our four-footed family members. Our pets are our children - I know many of you feel the same way! We have two Border Collies, Speck and Switch, featured above. First, a bit about Border Collies in general. They are not a dog for everyone. … Continue reading The Border Collies of Fox Pines Homestead
This is as true today and it was in the past. Stephen Covey used this analogy years ago in his book First Things First. And even tough we all know the most important things SHOULD be first in our lives, it’s too easy to get lost in the minutiae of daily life.
When life overwhelms us, when our mind is a whirlwind of thoughts and we are afraid to go under, it is important to refocus on what is truly important and dear to us. The story of the “Jar of Life” tells us that even if our life feels full, there is always room for an evening with friends or family.
Why stories are important
When life gets tough a simple, well told story or metaphor can help us look at a situation with new eyes. The distilled essence how a character in a story copes with the challenges of life can teach us an important lesson. For a short moment a story helps to quiet our mind, which allows us to take a deep breath and regain some serenity. In this sense a good, powerful story can act as a wise, compassionate guide.
I hope you enjoy the story of…
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As I write this is a blustery, dreary February day, perfect for chicken soup. The wind is whipping the trees about, wailing loud enough to be heard inside. And when I went out with the dogs for a minute, the cold is making the trees squeak, groan, and complain. It's actually a little scary! My … Continue reading Making Warm & Wonderful Chicken Noodle Soup
I LOVE LEATHER. I mean, a lot. For years I have never bought shoes or a handbag that wasn't leather. Or dog collars and leashes for that matter. I love the smell of leather, and those that go with it - leather conditioner, saddle soap. I like the feel of leather. It can be so … Continue reading For the Love of Leather
My grandmother would have referred to fiber as "roughage" - that fiber that helps promote good health. Most Americans do not eat nearly enough fiber, and the lack of fiber can contribute to poor health, including diabetes. I recently found this article. It does a great job of explaining exactly what fiber is and how … Continue reading Roughage for people and pets
Do you need help writing content for your site, business, or blog? Have you gotten a request to write an article? That’s terrific – except you don’t feel comfortable writing it yourself. I can help you look your best by writing it for you. One of the things I do here at Fox Pines Homestead … Continue reading Fox Pines Writing Services
Every so often I realized I have quite a bit of food stocked up in my pantry, meaning my pantry cabinet, my freezer, cold storage and whatever I might have growing in the window in winter. There is really no reason to go to a store and buy anything. My sister and I call this … Continue reading Shop at Home in The Pantry Store
Soup is one of our favorite foods. It is filling, usually inexpensive to make, and nice and warm on a cold day. It doesn't take any special skills or a lot of time. Hamburger soup started as a recipe I saw years ago someplace, but I have modified and created my own version of course. … Continue reading Hamburger Soup