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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Using Up Leftover Juice Pulp

 I love juicing fresh fruits and vegetables for my family. 
 After a recent conversation with a dear one, I thought perhaps others might be wondering what to do with all the juice pulp that is left over.  The secret to keeping our family budget in check is to waste as little as possible, so I try to get every last bit out of the food we buy.  I thought I would show you what I did with our pulp today.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

How I Garden

Spring is showing itself and the other day I headed outside to poke around and take a look at my garden areas.  As I was pulling back mulch and poking a few seeds in the ground, I found myself thankful that my garden has been working so well the last couple of years.  I thought I would share the film that changed the way I garden and helped me to finally find some success in the garden. Trust me when I say I'm not a natural gardener...I'm more like a "oh, my gosh it worked!!!" kind of gardener.

If you click on the picture above, it will take you to the website where you can watch the movie for free.  The man who made the movie sees this project as a sort of ministry and so allows the movie to be watched for no charge.  He does offer the movie for sale or you can give a donation if you feel so inclined.

I cannot express how much of a difference this movie made in our family's garden.  Even when we had temperatures of over 100 degrees for a whole month straight, my plants did not burn up.  During that summer, I only watered with water from my water barrels and that was plenty!  

I hope you enjoy the movie and that you find success in your garden this year.

Blessing to you and yours, 

Monday, March 10, 2014

Long, Painful Winter

Allow me first to express my apologies for never returning with my Christmas ideas.  Without disclosing every painful detail, let me just stay that it has been a long, painful winter here on our little acre.  Changes have happened, health has struggled, and our family has mourned the loss of a loved one.  I would like to say that I have handled it all with lots of grace, but alas, most of the time I was just hanging on.  In order to focus on my family and get through this time, I pulled away from the internet almost completely.  A good friend of mine said it best when she said, "your Mother heart needs some time to heal."  

My heart is still tender and I am still struggling to get back to the person I was before this winter started.  With all that has happened, perhaps I will never be that person I was before...but that may turn out to be a blessing in disguise.  Perhaps, with this last round of fire, I have learned something and will be a better person for it. 

I must be honest and say that through this dark winter, our family has had many blessings.  Small and big moments that have helped me see the light, through the darkness.  

So here I am, back at this blog, because it continues to burn in my mind that for some reason I'm supposed to do this.  I can't promise much...but I will add as my heart and time allow.

Blessings to you and yours today, 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Christmas On A Budget

Murphy has been knocking at our door lately (which seems to happen in waves around here), so I see very clearly that this Christmas is going to need to be one that our budget is kept very closely in mind for.  I refuse to complain about the budget this Christmas because I am oh, so very thankful that it has been a few years since I've needed to worry about it.  I'm also thankful that when Murphy came knocking, we were able to handle it and I didn't find myself hiding in my room crying, worrying about how it was going to work out (which I have done many times in the past).

I know that there are many out there who are struggling this season; those who may be really exhausted from the struggle.  Perhaps there is no end in sight to the struggle and a little encouragement might help. I can relate, truly I can.  My thought is  that I will  share our holiday preparations this year  and perhaps, someone will be blessed by it.  

If being on a tight Christmas budget is new to you or even if it's not, can I make one suggestion?
Do not announce it to your children.

Chances are, unless you have always showered your children with extravagant gifts, that they will not even notice.  If you announce it though, the children will most assuredly notice and that will add to your stress level. 

I promise you, living within your means can be fun! 
See you tomorrow & we'll get started.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Reconditioning A Marker Board

Our marker board has seen better days.  After 11 years of homeschooling, the writing would no longer wipe off.  I spent last year cleaning it repeatedly with different cleaners, trying to make it last a little longer.  Finally, at the end of last year, nothing would get the marks completely off.  

Friday, August 16, 2013

Summer Canning Recipes

My goal for our garden this year was to have enough veggies to be able to can a large supply of tomato soup, salsa, jam, pickles, green beans and jalapeƱos for our family.   I planned my garden around the ingredients needed for these recipes and so far I have been so happy with the results.  I thought I would share a few of the recipes that I get asked for most often.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Back At It

I found this post when I finally sat down to think about blogging again today.  I thought I'd just go ahead and post it, although I think it's a month or two old...yikes!

Now that my allergies have subsided for the year, I can get back to hanging my laundry again.  I truly love to hang laundry.  It's one of those things that makes me smile inside and gives me time to think.  Life has sort of given me a one-two-punch lately and so I've had plenty to think about.
As I was hanging laundry, it occurred to me that one reason I feel so unsettled about this blog is that I'm trying too hard.  I have all these ideas and projects I want to share, but I don't have time to do them, take pictures, write posts and still handle the day to day needs of my family.  While I come up with some pretty nifty ideas for things from time to time, most of my ideas are pretty darn average.  Trying to organize my blog and stick to a certain subject on certain days or making sure I have a certain number of posts a week is taking away from the things I need to do here.  

I don't want to quit the blog though, because I've gotten some really sweet emails from people who are finding encouragement from my blog and that makes me happy. 

For now, then, I will just blog what is on my mind or what I am actually doing at the time and hopefully it will be a blessing to someone out there. 
  

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