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My tremendously supportive husband & I have 3 wonderful children, 1 dog, 12 laying hens, 2 dairy goats, 3 bee hives, and a 2000 sq foot vegetable garden on a small 1/4 acre lot in the city. In the center of it all is our small 1,000 sq foot house purchased in 2008 as a foreclosure that we fully renovated to host our growing family, home school adventures, and small home business (CozyLeaf.com). We have a desire to learn a path to self sufficiency finding ways to be good stewards of the resources God has given us. We want to learn to live with less as we laydown roots to our little homestead.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012


This year our seedlings are getting their start in the laundry room on top of the warm washer and dryer! I started my seedlings alot later this year than I have in the past, but they are doing great in here! Bryan hooked our grow light from the ceiling and we set it up on a timer. The seedlings love the warmth from the dryer and it has helped them get going fast!

This year we are attempting tomato grafting! Im so excited to see the potential...or just learn from my failure, who knows :) They are MaxiFort Tomatoes and quite vigorous and disease resistant!
Oh it looks so cute and innocent right now, but I guess it will literally take over your garden if the top isnt chopped off and grated to a normal tomato plant. 

Saturday, March 24, 2012

My Precious Little City Goats!

These two girls are so delightful! Poppy is very strong willed and "opinionated" while Peaches is just a precious and loving little lady who doesn't really get too worked up about anything. 

Poppy is always on patrol through the yard to have her say in the way things are done - 

 - Peaches is hanging out on the back porch. This is one of their favorite places to hang out!

Yep, here she is again examining things. Im mean really, doesnt she just look like she is about to tell someone off!! 

 - While Peaches hangs out in the goat barn safe and sounds. 

Thursday, March 22, 2012

We sure have been busy!!

Spring is here and we are trying to get our backyard ready! We have a nice large backyard and can grow thousands of pounds of produce, but for some reason we can not grow grass!! We just cant do it...it just dies! SO, we are trying it once again!! We bought 12 tons of nice compost and had it delivered (which of course a large pile of dirt is strictly for climbing and sliding!)

Then Bryan decided that we needed to rid the back yard of a few trees!

Now to pick up the tree! Which of course is the most fun part for Henry and Addie!! (dont worry everyone...they are fastened in quite tightly!)

Oh and while we are at it we might as well get a shed delivered! This shed was at my grandpas house and they didnt need it anymore and it was basically going to get thrown away...so we had it moved here to be our new milking barn and a place to store all our animal feed and hay :)

 How awesome is this little machine!!
 Ummm ya its a tight fit!!! The shed is 10'4" and the opening on our side gate (WITH the gate and hinges taken off) is 10'5"...but this guy sure wasnt scared to try! 
 Yep, that tight!
Ok, now lets trim some more trees!
Dont look kids...daddy and Mr Paul arent being very safe.  
Now lets rearrange the yard while we are at it...chicken coop is moved to the back to make room for our new shed :)
Now to leveling out the yard again and spreading the compost evenly.  
Oh boy...what a weekend! We have ALOT more work to do but this is a good start ;) Ill definitely keep you posted on our progress! But now we are under a ton of rainfall so it is quite the mud pit back there!! But we are EXCITED!!!!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Grain Buckets Wheat and Oatmeal

These are my "three amigos". Soft White Wheat, Hard White Wheat, and Oatmeal. We go through alot of these grains here so we buy them in bulk (to save money and to be stocked up). I keep them in these 5 gallon (food grade) buckets with Gamma lids that screw on and off. Gamma lids are AMAZING!!! If you keep your food/grain stock in 5 gallon buckets then you definitely need to look into gamma lids!

Hard White Wheat Berries

Soft White Wheat Berries 

Oatmeal (perfect for breakfast with some dried, fresh or frozen fruits)

We also have smaller buckets of long grain brown rice and various beans...but we sure dont go through quite as much of those as we do these 3. 

Thursday, March 1, 2012

NutriMill Wheat Mill for fresh ground wheat at home

I adore my NutriMill!! I have had this machine for about 5 years and it has never skipped a beat and I sure have ground a lot of wheat with it! 
Addie loves to help me "keep an eye on it" while it grinds. It smells so fresh and yummy!!

Wheat berries to delicate warm flour ready for bakin! 
And of course we need to play in the flour on the counter...can't let that go to waste!! 

From wheat berries to fresh ground whole wheat flour within minutes!

I highly recommend the NutriMill Grain Mill!!!