It’s Easy Being Cheesy!–Or–It’s March, Let’s Make Cheese!

Well, Al and I had an epic weekend last week.  We saw family and friends (check out some photos by M. Helm here!), played with our baby chicks and kittens (the cute name for baby rabbits remember) and most importantly for the sake of this blog, learned how to make homemade cheese!!  Everyone should doContinue reading “It’s Easy Being Cheesy!–Or–It’s March, Let’s Make Cheese!”

The Gift Economy: Recession Proof and Responsible

“All mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language; and every chapter must be so translated…As therefore the bell that rings to a sermon, calls not upon the preacher only, but upon the congregation toContinue reading “The Gift Economy: Recession Proof and Responsible”

A Poor ($80,000!) Decision

I wonder why more people aren’t opening their own businesses today.  I think that it’s because our population is so segmented that people don’t have the dreams, vision, or drive to do it.  I have to admit, I spent my twenties “going with the flow” without a clear plan for my future.  I went fromContinue reading “A Poor ($80,000!) Decision”

Montana, “The Last Best Place”

If you’re from Montana, like Al and I are, you will know that we Montanans take tenacious pride in our state. We are home to Glacier National Park, Yellowstone National Park, the Rocky Mountains, and a stable economy during an unstable time. We like to hike, fish, camp, and drink beer. We work hard andContinue reading “Montana, “The Last Best Place””

Adjust fire…

I’ve been greedily devouring any information I can get my hands on regarding farming, homesteading, even B&B business planning in an effort to be as prepared as possible for problems that could arise. Of course through this process we are always refining our business plan and our goals. Recently I was looking up some infoContinue reading “Adjust fire…”

Nose? Meet Grindstone…

The week in review! First off, I went back and read some of our previous posts and lately it sounds like everything is going smoothly. In reality there are always setbacks, but I prefer to focus on the positive. I intended to post a tutorial the other day on making some awesome chicken waterers thatContinue reading “Nose? Meet Grindstone…”

New Year’s Resolutions

1. Grow our family of animals to be 20 chickens and 50 rabbits without purchasing any new chicks or kits at the store. (Kit is short for kitten, the term for a baby rabbit–cute attack!) 2. Host our 1st annual 4th of July celebration. Complete with a BBQ, bunting, and fireworks. 3. Build new homesContinue reading “New Year’s Resolutions”

Babe! Merry Christmas! I Got You Running Water.

You know that moment when you’re really excited about a great idea? Finally wearing those sexy shoes out, taking your child on a large roller coaster for the first time, the family vacation to Disneyland, or moving in with your life-long best friend…then, your feet start to hurt, your child begins bawling, the stress ofContinue reading “Babe! Merry Christmas! I Got You Running Water.”

Electric trains come to MT. In 1915! Check out the video!

The building we’re working on turning into our business and home is an electric train substation built around 1915.  We’ve already learned so much about the MILW and our building, but I’ll wait until our historian finishes our National Historic Register application and post it here to make sure all the facts are 100% correct.Continue reading “Electric trains come to MT. In 1915! Check out the video!”

On Chickens…

Chickens. Chickens are a great example of something that seems really difficult to do until you actually do it (it did for us anyway).  Every time I’m skeptical about trying something new, I just remember the anxiety I felt when we first got into “chicken ranching”. Believe me when I say that we lost someContinue reading “On Chickens…”