Sunday Homestead Update – First Snow

Well, finishing up our winter prep last weekend was just in time…we got our first real snow this last week, and we got down to the teens one night. Brrrr.

It wasn’t a significant snow, just a dusting that melted off before lunchtime. But it was snow, and it was fun to see our first snow at the new farm. This was SO much later than we are used to getting snow. Our previous homestead, up in the Rockies has already had several snows this year and much colder weather. We have been enjoying the longer fall and warmer weather here, especially as we scurried to get projects done. The long-time locals tell us this has been unseasonably warm and that this is almost a record breaking late-in-the-season date for the first snow.

Holiday Craft Fair

About 6 weeks ago, Sunshine and Little Miss were invited to participate in a holiday craft fair. It was the first time this specific craft fair was going to take place so we were unsure about how well it would go. But they decided to take the plunge and see. They spent weeks working on making items for their table. Everything turned out beautifully, and they were very excited when the day finally arrived.

It went very well and they pretty much sold out of all they had made!

It also got us all into the holiday mood, so we are pretty excited to be celebrating Thanksgiving this week, and then decorating for Christmas this next coming weekend.


I know this post didn’t include any homestead livestock or kitchen to speak of…I will update on all that next week.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Eating Gluten-Free at Events: Clothespin Craft for 4th of July

Eating Gluten-Free at Events: Clothespin Craft for 4th of July

Almost 11 years ago several of us in the family were diagnosed with Celiac Disease, and we have all eaten gluten-free ever since then.  It has gotten much easier over the years as GF awareness and food labeling have changed drastically.  But, despite that, eating at events and parties can still be tricky.  We have found a way to deal with the problem over the years, by making clothespins that are labeled with “GF” and clipping them to the dishes on the food table that contain food that is gluten-free.

The girls and I decided we wanted to make festive 4th of July themed clothespins for our upcoming BBQ with extended family.  We also made some that said “DF” for dairy-free because some people coming need to stay dairy-free.

They were simple and fun to make.  First, we got the supplies we needed at Hobby Lobby: wooden clothespins (we took them apart once we got them home), wooden stars, acrylic paint, paint brushes, painters tape, and hot glue.

We painted all the stars white (2 coats), and all the clothespins white about 3/4 of the way to the top and on the sides.

Then we taped off half of the clothespin, lengthwise, and painted the uncovered half red.

Once that was dry, we taped off 1-inch down from the top, and painted the exposed area blue (2 coats), including the sides and the back.

Lastly, we labeled the stars with a permanent marker, glued them on half of the clothespin pieces with hot glue, and put the clothespins back together with their springs.

Now everyone at the BBQ will easily know what they can and cannot safely eat with their special dietary concerns, and they will add a decorative touch to the food table!