Browsing category: Voluntary Simplicity

Things I Have Learned About Cooking & Baking with a Wood Stove

I have found that it’s really a continual learning process, because cooking or baking with wood requires a different rhythm and a different timing than cooking with gas or electricity.


The Wood-Burning Cook Stove In My Kitchen

The centerpiece of my kitchen is our wood-burning cook stove. It’s a big stove, standing over five feet high and almost three and a half feet wide. It has an oven, a warming oven, a solid copper water reservoir with a tap, and a large cook top surface with six lids.


Where Did the Summer Months Go?

We’ve been busy. We spent several weeks cleaning up the incredible mess that the road crew left after their unwelcome tree-cutting and trimming rampage early this spring.


Making Living Green a Habit

This list will keep growing because there will always be more we can do… but living green is a habit that gets easier and easier…


How Far You Go In Life…

“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving…”


How You Choose To Spend Your Time

Think about how often we all regretfully say that we don’t have the time to do “something” (you fill in the blank). What we’re actually saying is that whatever this “something” is, we aren’t giving it a top priority in our lives. Not enough time… or not a priority.


The Impact of Attitude on Life

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do..”


Seriously… Doesn’t That Look Like a Smile?

I want to show you the new frog in our pond. We’ve never seen him before this year but now he seems to be always nearby… usually basking in the sun on a big rock or in the grass at the edge of the pond. He’s easily recognizable because this is a smiling frog.


Visual Proof That Nothing Is Impossible

My husband was digging under yet another enormous tree stump and cutting roots. I was pulling out roots as he cut them, but one smallish root seemed to be unusually heavy and I was finding it very difficult to pull.


A Toad in the Hand

This time of year the ground is still pretty cold here, and it’s not unusual to find toads buried deep into the soil. If we have any digging to do, we dig very cautiously.