Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Nature Walk Wednesday

I am trying hard this year to keep Wednesdays open for our nature walks.  The two youngest and I made it out on  this dreary afternoon, before the rain started.  There is a lot of things turning yellow, but very few major color changes here this week.  Hubby and I leave to spend some time at Mackinaw Island on Sunday (yay me:)) and this will be the latest in the season that I have ever been that far north.  I am hoping for some wonderful color and some pictures to share when we return!

Corn still in the fields

A little bit of color

Youngest taking his own pics

Wild morning glory

Rocks!!! Youngest favorite

Flock of geese heading...southwest;)


Dead tree

Red dragon fly

Daughter collects bugs and flowers, not yougest....

He brings home "cool trees"

Climbing night shade

Wooly Bear without much black (?)

This is our backyard from the road and one of our GIANT Willows

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Tune In!!!

Tonight Homemaker Ang will be interviewed on Christian Devotions Speak UP! by my Hubby!  I am really excited because we have had the opportunity to meet this wonderful family and be in awe by how they live.  Tune in at 6 p.m. eastern time, either here on my blog by clicking the media player at the top right, or going right to the ministry website above.  You don't want to miss this one!!

Christian Devotions Speak UP! with Angela Kuncaitis

Christian Devotions SPEAK UP!

September 27 – Angela Kuncaitis

6:00 p.m. EST

Join us this week on Christian Devotions SPEAK UP! as host Scott McCausey interviews “off-grid farmer” Angela Kuncaitis.

Matt and Angela Kuncaitis were your fairly typical homeschool family living on a hobby farm in the rural Midwest…but on October 15, 2008 all that changed. They sold their home and purchased a 40-acre Amish farm with 9+ outbuildings, a pond, and more. All 8 of them. At first glance, this may not seem out of the ordinary, but there is so much more to the story. Their old farm is also “off-grid,” meaning they have no electricity. Imagine your life without all the modern day conveniences: no washing machine, no refrigerator, no running water for your sink or hot shower, NO TELEVISION! This is an amazing story of victory and reliance on Jesus Christ through all circumstances. Find out more about Maple Valley Farms at

Christian Devotions Radio is a live call-in show. Call-in Number: (347) 884-9367

If you know someone who would be a great guest on Christian Devotions SPEAK UP! contact

Friday, September 23, 2011

Photo Friday on the Farm

Brother and Sister working together

My $1.50 rescued mums

Outdoors decorating

Fall color with late blooming flowers


My goaties

Black Clover

Banty hen that was hatched out this summer

Barred Rock on the run!!!

Garden ready to be cleaned out

Fall raspberries!


More asters

Dark Cat

My sunporch corner

My new Red Door!!!

Home spun yarn hanging

Fall nature indoors

My drop spindle collection

Alpaca roving from my friend!!!

Hand spun childs hat

Monday, September 19, 2011

Interview with Homemaker Ang at Maple Valley Off-Gird Farm~!

I have mentioned here before that Hubby has a side job as a blog talk radio host for Christian Devotions Speak Up!  It has been an awesome opportunity for him and he has been able to interview some wonderful folks who are doing some great things for the kingdom!

Next Tuesday, September 27,  at 6 p.m. eastern time, he will have my friend Angie from the Maple Valley Off Grid Farm on his show!  I am so excited!  I was able to meet her and her family about a year ago, and then Hubby surprised me for my 40th birthday with a trip to their off-grid cottage this past spring.  This will be a wonderful show to learn how Matt and Angie made a difficult but awesome decision to live a very different lifestyle.  Don't forget to listen.  You can click the media player at the top left of my blog, or go to the website at to listen and learn more about the ministry!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Drop Spindle Class here at the Farm!

I will be hosting a basic drop spindle class here at the farm on Saturday, September 24, 2011 from 10 a.m. until 1p.m.  Lunch will be provided.  $45 per person including supplies and lunch!  ($40 if you already have a spindle)

E-mail me, Renee, at if you would like information or are interested in attending!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Apple Bake Overs

With the abundance of apples and pears this year I am trying out some new recipes!  This one comes from Mary Jane's Idea book.  She calls it a bake over.  I just used the crust recipe and our apples and pears.  It was delicious and the kids love them!!


Farm Stuff

We are quickly jumping into fall weather here in Mid-Michigan!  We had some frost warnings to the north of us yesterday morning.  We are a bit warmer today, but the season is quickly changing this year.  After the hard winter we had last year, I am wondering what we can look forward to this year!  We decided to get the apples and pears off the trees last night with this cold weather.  We got almost 2 bushels of pears and about 1/2 bushel of apples.  The trees were planted by us about 9 years ago and this was the first real harvest we have had!  We were really excited.  Although, if it were up to my potato farming skills to feed us through winter, I would have failed miserably as you can tell from the potatoes I dug last night!  We have carrots to pull and can today and some more tomatoes to get out of the garden. 

Chickens are still laying

My new boots:)

Butterfly Bush


Cortland Apples


"Dark Cat the Hunter"

My potatoes:((

Look at the size of that one

Hubby picking pears

"The Next" helping Hubby

This was last night, it was one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen!