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About Heather Estey

Believer in Eternal Hope. Craft-a-Holic. In love with Coffee, baking and frugal living. Called to write. Determined to live life to the fullest. Convinced every life is important. Blessed with a family. Honored to pour out my life for the Glory of God.

Cinnamon Rhurbarb Jam…and 3 ways to use it!

Good morning, readers! Thanks to the crazy amount of rain we have had, our summer is coming around slow, so forgive me if many of you are already past rhubarb season. Seriously, bookmark this one and make sure you get it ready for next year then. I can or make roughly 60% of our food, [...]

By | July 11th, 2019|Cook, Snacks or Sweets, Waterbath Canning|Comments Off on Cinnamon Rhurbarb Jam…and 3 ways to use it!

Seasons and beginnings….

This morning I stood at the kitchen window, bright and early (thanks to the dog---but that is another story, lol)...and looked out at my garden. Last year, I stood in the same place, and mourned the empty stretch, because I was physically unable to even do the simplest of chores a garden needs.   Its [...]

By | July 9th, 2019|Challenge Me|Comments Off on Seasons and beginnings….

It’s Time to Get Serious About Stocking Up

As I have taken a couple years off of blogging, and yet stayed in our community, I have become to understand deeper each year the tenuous state of our dependence on the success of the farms surrounding my house. I have also come to understand just how far removed we are as a culture, from [...]

By | July 1st, 2019|Challenge Me|Comments Off on It’s Time to Get Serious About Stocking Up

So. Much. Rain.

Its 7 am, and as dark as midnight outside again. An ear-splitting crack of thunder woke me up almost an hour ago, and here I  am, sipping coffee, looking out the window as it pours bucket after bucket of rain on everything around me....again. It is a very, very hard thing to see right now. [...]

By | June 27th, 2019|Challenge Me|Comments Off on So. Much. Rain.

One Day At A Time….

How are you doing, friend? Are you caught up in the craziness that summer brings, with all its sunshine, and planting, and kid activities and life? Or are you taking time to stop and breathe deeply, knowing today is a gift and will never come again? Between our oldest daughter's graduation, the 21st anniversary of [...]

By | June 17th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on One Day At A Time….

When it comes time to let go so they can fly….

I gotta tell you guys, this year has been the hardest year I could ever have wrapped my mind around. It has NOTHING to do with physical challenges, and everything to do with issues of the heart. In just under one month my oldest daughter will graduate from highschool. This is the child I never [...]

By | May 2nd, 2019|Challenge Me|Comments Off on When it comes time to let go so they can fly….

When It is Time to Start Again…(thoughts from Heather)

Hello old friends. I know I have been silent for some time, and many of you who follow me over on our Facebook page know much of that has been because of personal illness and physical challenges that have rocked my world since October 2017. For a time, I had to set aside my passion [...]

By | April 1st, 2019|Encourage Me, Faith, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Our Top 10 Kid-Friendly Crockpot Meals for Back to School

Facebook is filled right now with adorable pictures of kids heading back for their first day of school. And what everyone doesn't see, or share, of course, is the super stressed out mom trying to balance everything, and keep many plates rotating as kids forget lunches or permission slips,  or that everyone is dressed appropriately [...]

By | September 4th, 2017|Kid Friendly, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Our Top 10 Kid-Friendly Crockpot Meals for Back to School

3 Back to School Essential Oil Recipes for Kids

We do a lot of things differently around here. If you have been reading our blog for even a short period of time you know we tend to be as self-sufficient as possible, educated and curious in alternatives, and determined to give our kids the least toxin filled upbringing as we can. Yes, this sets [...]

By | August 30th, 2017|Young Living Essential Oils|Comments Off on 3 Back to School Essential Oil Recipes for Kids

Canning Blackberries in a Simple Syrup

One of the easiest things to put into a jar and preserve for later is fruit in a simple syrup. In later months (or years) when the harvest is done or for some reason the fruit does not produce for that year, what a beautiful thing to be able to grab a jar off the [...]

By | August 28th, 2017|Waterbath Canning|Comments Off on Canning Blackberries in a Simple Syrup