Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas from the Roost

Photo by April Cole Photography

Photo by April Cole Photography

Wishing you lots of comfort and joy this Christmas season. Thank you all for visiting this little blog--I can't wait to share some exciting adventures with you in 2016!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Christmastime Is Here...

Can you believe Christmas is upon us? A time for celebration and reflection on the birth of our Savior and a time for joyous fellowship with family and friends. As usual, I am well behind the blog world in getting a Christmas d├ęcor post out to you.

 I seem to be getting simpler (or perhaps lazier) with my Christmas decorating each year. I prefer to put up a few treasured things around the house for the season and then the rest I like to just use fresh greenery and other natural materials. I just feel it's so much easier that way! No storing a ton of boxes for decorating--we just compost it all once we take it down.

I thought you might like to see what we have done so far (which isn't much). Of course we have our fresh Christmas tree....(it smells so wonderful!)

Fresh greenery adorning the entry and porch:

A few snippets from the living room and dining room:

It sure is interesting decorating with toddlers. We certainly have scaled back and have had to place all the non-breakable ornaments on the lower part of the tree. The girls are fascinated with the Christmas tree and it is so much fun starting new family traditions with them :)

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Homemade Gifts from the Farm

I love homemade Christmas gifts--especially ones that are very practical and involve food :)

It's not always easy to come up with a great homemade gift but below are some ideas that I think any homesteader would appreciate:

1. Functional (and beautiful) wreaths using homegrown goodies such as garlic, peppers, or fresh herbs


2. Homemade dried soup mixes

3. Homemade specialty soaps

4. Knitted or Crocheted items, such as hats, scarves, washcloths or throws

5. Herb infused oils and simple syrups

6. Jams, Jellies, Preserves (and the like)

7. High Quality Meats (if it's something produced on the farmAre any of you doing homemade gifts this year and can you add to this list?