One Year in the Barn – Homestead & Garden Update

One Year in the Barn - Homestead & Garden Update

Well friends, we moved into our barn in July of 2013 and have now been living in it for an ENTIRE YEAR. It’s hard for me to believe it’s been that long, but it has. We’ve accomplished an awful lot around our little homestead this past year, and I’d like to take you on a tour of some of the events from the past year.

One Year in the Barn – Homestead & Garden Update

passive house Iowa

The biggest accomplishment is the Passive House we are building. {Curious what a passive house is? Read this.}

That’s it right there! The great thing about being married to a fabulous home builder/remodeler is SOME DAY I will get to live in that beautiful beast of a house. The bad thing about being married to a super talented home builder/remodeler, everyone else’s home projects come first. That means progress on our house is slow going. But we have made remarkable strides in the almost year since we started the house. We dug the hole last August, right after we got back from Paris.

Considering we had the worst winter on record in so, so many years, considering our windows were delayed by over a month from Europe, considering the hubs has never used many of the building materials he’s using or built a passive house before, I’ll take it! Windows are in. Interior framing is almost done. Exterior of the house is almost done. Insulation has been started. We’re making progress. I’d love to hope we will be in it by Christmas. We’ll see.

In the meantime, I’m kind of taking this time in the barn as a time to kill everything, so to speak. My dishes keep breaking, my towels get more stained every day, and more and more stuff is sent to Goodwill.  I’m getting new furniture, new linens, and new dishes when we do finally move into the new house. After almost 17 years of marriage and 4 kids, our stuff is just looking a little shabby. I’m taking trips to Ikea, making wish lists, and dreaming. We’ll be living in that house soon enough.
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Easy Summer Fruit Snack

I’ve shared this recipe with a group of Iowa bloggers in a round-up for Summer BBBQ favorites! If you’re looking for ideas for a 4th of July celebration, or any other summer BBQ, head over to Been There, Baked That and see what other Iowa bloggers will be cooking up this summer!

Here’s a great idea for an easy fruit snack -= perfect for kids – great way to sneak in a few more servings of fruit. Although, does anyone really have trouble getting kids to eat fruit? I sure don’t.

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Red, White, & Blue Girl Scout Crunch Ice Cream Parfaits : #Cookies2Crunch #Shop

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girl scout crunch ice cream parfait
We hit the road for Missouri on Friday. My sister’s kids are at my parent’s house {again} for the week and my mother really wanted my kids to play with their cousins. I couldn’t refuse, and playing in Missouri seemed a heck of a lot more fun than sweating in my barn kitchen. So here we are…and since the cousins won’t be together on the actual date, we decided to celebrate the 4th of July early.

Nestle Girl Scout Crunch

To celebrate, we grabbed some treats and fireworks and had a party! I found these awesome Girl Scout Crunch bars at Walmart and knew I had to get them – I had a great idea for Red, White, & Blue Girl Scout Crunch Ice Cream Parfaits… With three generations of Girl Scouts in my family, I knew these Girl Scout Crunch bars would be a big hit!
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Natural Stink Protection for Farm Girls #FreshNaturally #cbias #shop

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Natural Stink Protection for Farm Girls

Natural personal care products are very important to me.  I especially need a long-last deodorant with natural ingredients: one that is free of harmful ingredients like aluminum, triclosan, and parabens. But it also has to work because I sweat. A. Lot. And it’s stinky.  I lead a pretty active life: crossfit, gardening, taking care of chickens, kids, and dogs, mowing our 5 acres, foraging. You name it – we’re outside doing it. I’ve tried a ton of different types of deodorants and am excited to share a bit about Tom’s of Maine with you today!

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The weather this summer has been a bit frightful. We’ve had massive storms and lots of rain. It’s getting hot and it’s been seriously sticky for a while. We’re currently living in a gorgeous barn while we build our forever house, a passive house that will use 90% less energy than its typical American counterpart.
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