Introductions to be made...


Welcome to the new space of mine. It is a scary space for me. It means I am committing to being more intentional and consistent. I can't promise I will be that. This is a struggle with my personality. I am a fly by the seat of my pants type of person. So this is *hopefully* going to make me slow down, document life, and we'll see where it goes!


The one thing I can promise you: this will be an authentic space. This is the most 'finding my groove' type of thing I think I've ever done. So that being said.....


Hi! I'm Hillary. I'm a mom of 3, wife to my best friend of almost 13 years, and God has shown us the life He wants us to live, here on our little property of 4 acres in Southwestern Wisconsin. This property was overgrown, with just so much abundance growing that it was hard to take care of for the previous owners. We moved here, inheriting 20 rows of wine grapes, 4 apple trees, raspberry bushes, asparagus, and me with a black thumb. I had not a clue what to do with it all. We ended up taking half of the rows out, as these vines are old, and those were dead. But the other half produced. So I watched youtube videos on how to prune and pruned them all back. I started collecting houseplants and learned how to keep them alive (thank you Pinterest!).


When Covid happened, we happened to be homeschooling already, so it really didn't change much in our household, which, you know that 20/20 hindsight??? Yep, that was God. He provided. So thankful! But we didn't have much information about what was about to happen, and although I wasn't too worried, we didn't know if there would be a shortage of food. So, like so many, I planted a garden. Mind you, I planted one last year, but this year we doubled it. And the biggest change we made was that we used garden fabric with mulch over top for weed control. Bonus that it made it beautiful.


I kind of wish I had started telling this story in the spring. I could've brought you along on this ride with me. But I don't think I would've been where I am now, knowing how magical it was for me. It led me to making more homemade things, canning + preserving, sharing about it, and I had so many requests for recipes and how-to's that I thought, why don't I write it down in one place? So here it is. I'm bringing you along for the ride from here on out.