Mournicopia

Mournicopia

Mournicopia: Living between mourning and coping. Let’s get you all up to speed. Saturday I broke two fingers stacking wood, Sunday our dog went missing from our front yard, Monday I laid in bed and mourned, Tuesday I rescued Rich from a truck breakdown, Wednesday Rich...

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A Letter To Our Homestead 2017

A Letter To Our Homestead 2017

An open letter to our homestead, not as much for you as it is for us. After the blueberry series, we needed a little time to reflect on not only our goals for the new year ahead, but more importantly to recognize all that we’ve accomplished this year. It’s easy to get...

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Foraging For Greens

Foraging For Greens

The natural look of orange garland and foraged wreaths seems to be a frugal holiday trend this year. While we’re not usually ones to follow, I loved the idea of wandering our property to collect items to decorate our home. Foraging for Greens I thought we had a pretty...

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Salsa Verde

Salsa Verde

At the end of the summer, when I saw how many tomatillo plants we ended up with, I distinctly remember looking at Rich and saying “what are we going to do with all these?” As usual, he responded “that’s your job, I just grow em’.” We had never grown a tomatillo a day...

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Simple Orange Garland

Simple Orange Garland

When we moved, we lost all our Christmas decorations and tree. And by lost I mean we left them in storage and didn’t realize it until months later. Last year we decided to take an economical route and make handmade decorations with the kids. I thought it was great...

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Blueberry Journey: The Test

Blueberry Journey: The Test

I woke up to darkness, but my mind was 100 steps ahead of dreamy slumber. Clean up last night's dishes, cook chili to feed the troops, sweep the floor of yesterday's mud, prep the trailer with our gathered tools... the list seemed never ending in anticipation for what...

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Why Is Merino Wool So Expensive?

Why Is Merino Wool So Expensive?

Taking our Wiley Woolly to shows always results in the same things. The touch, compliments on how soft the blankets are, and then the brave ones ask “How much?” Some are bold enough to say they can just make it themselves, but most nod and walk away abruptly ending...

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Fail Proof Cheddar Biscuits

Fail Proof Cheddar Biscuits

Cheddar Biscuits, Cheddar Bay Biscuits, Cheddar Jalapeno Biscuits - whatever you want to name them it's the one savory biscuit recipe you should always have on hand. I searched the web trying to find the perfect cheddar biscuit, only to either not have Bisquick or...

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First Year Garden Fails

First Year Garden Fails

First Year Garden Fails: What We Learned The Hard Way - As we preserve the last of our bounty, we’ve begun to reflect on this years accomplishments and mistakes. To document our journey, we’ve compiled our “First Year Garden Fails” not to necessarily emphasize our weak points but to better illustrate the adventure. From old pros to new green thumbs, I’m sure you’ll find one aspect or another relatable.
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Where Wiley Stands

Where Wiley Stands

This past year has been the proverbial “roller coaster” for Wiley Concepts. When searching for our new home, Wiley was at the forefront of finding the perfect property with a wood shop we could call our own. While a 1930s wood shop may not have been ideal, we made it...

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Why We Farm

Why We Farm

Before you go any further we feel like you should know why we’re here, and what exactly we plan to do. Why are we here? To get back to the basics. That’s kind of how this whole thing started. We’re tired of running loops for other people, around other people, with...

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Blueberry Hand Pies

Blueberry Hand Pies

Blueberry Hand Pies are the taste of late summer, perfectly sized and full-flavored, these are a must! Now, I feel like I should preface this post by stating we are not food bloggers. However, as we continue to preserve food from our land and create new kitchen...

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