Moving Predicaments…

Our little homestead has come to a crossroads. One acre served us well with a handful of chickens and three goats but… we have dreams of having such an abundance of eggs that we can supply our friends, coworkers, neighbors, etc. with them for an affordable price. We also dream of meat goats and sheep,…

Challah Bread Dip

One of our family favorites is dipping bread and crackers into savory, creamy, cheesy goodness. This one quickly became a common request for the Shabbat dinner table. 2 c homemade goat cream cheese or cream cheese 1 c mayo 1/4 c zhoug (see recipe here) 2 T garlic powder 1 T onion powder 1 cup shredded…

The Newest Member of the Farm Family

Yovel’s baby boy was born exactly on his due date, April 12th. Five minutes into his due date at 12:05 am to be exact! It was a somewhat difficult and nerve-racking delivery.  He presented head first with only one leg forward. After trying to locate the other leg and being unsuccessful, we ended up pulling…

Heavenly Hamburgers

My husband, Scott, and I recently returned from a road trip vacation. Not only did we get to spend some time with good friends in Ocean Springs, MS, we had a few days with my extended family in Austin, TX. Whenever we’ve driven to Texas, we have been known to drive several hours out of…

Making Laundry Soap

Throughout the years that we’ve housed people, we have had a couple of guests who had incredibly sensitive skin. So much so that even the mildest dish soap or laundry detergent would cause painful rashes and reddened cracked skin. Necessity is the mother of invention, right? We started scouring Pinterest for recipes to help. I don’t…

A Tale of Two Corned Beef Dinners

While we have never been overly celebratory of St. Patrick’s Day, we love corned beef and making Reuben sandwiches with the leftovers. My husband likes them so much that he brought home an extra corned beef brisket to be made for the express purpose of having plenty of extra meat to make sandwiches! Because we…

Blessing Grandma

This past week with GG, Grandma and Mom has been a huge blessing, not only in the fun activities but also the memorable moments, both from the past and ones that were created. GG was the joy and life of the party! One of the funniest moments was our first night at dinner when GG…

Bread-a-holics

Our family is a bunch of bread maniacs, and every one of us will admit to it. Now, besides the effect that this has on a person’s waistline, it isn’t too much of a problem. That is until one finds out what they are putting in store-bought bread nowadays. But we don’t need to go into…

Cat Litter Kick Screen

Here at Refuge on the Ridge, our little hobby farm had grown in population over the past few years. I personally love the blessings of new baby chicks and baby goats to cuddle and hold. Most people would probably just rather get a cat and enjoy their little furry friend and not have to worry…

What it takes to get a vacation…

There are so many things that our family has come to love about our little hobby farm: fresh eggs and milk, funny entertainment from our animals, fresh produce and herbs from our garden, etc. Some of us have even come to enjoy the family time and fresh air while we are out cleaning coops and…

Pre-Gardening 2

The weather has continued to be unseasonably warm so… we have continued to plan our gardens! Rachel and I started some seeds today to get a jump on the upcoming planting season. We have some special needs in our home in regards to plants on account of four very curious cats who seem to love…

Pre-Gardening

One really nice thing about living in Missouri instead of Wisconsin is having a 75-degree day here and there in February. It convinces a person that spring is really here (even though we know full well that there will most likely be more snow before spring truly arrives!) We have seen the beginnings of daffodils…