Sunday, June 27, 2010

Camping Trip {and a recipe!}


The above photo is the park registration office;
This stone cottage was hand-crafted in the 1930s and the interior is stunning!
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My family has been on holiday for most of the week :)
We attended a 4 day conference, (sorry I don't have any photos to share!) and for lodging we camped out at the beautiful FDR State Park!
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My brother, Mother, and Father leading the way across the stream..

On Friday, we spent the day hiking through the wilderness of Pine Mountain Trail, one of the 45 trails the park provides. The humidity was very high, but we didn't mind-- but considered it part of the experience :)
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My sister and I enjoyed a nearby creek along the way.
To tell you the truth, I was halfway expecting to come across snakes or foxes on the trail, but the most we saw were a variety of birds, chipmunks, and squirrels.
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My brother with his gear on. He kept pulling out his nature book as we came across specimens of interest and would say, "To KNOW nature, you must BE with nature!!"
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This is a snapshot of the mountainous scenery--It was inspirational to be so thickly hidden in the density of the woods. We trekked about 6 miles, and I loved how we were all by ourselves, various topics and stories were discussed, and the singing was fun of course. lol
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We visited the Little White House historic site's Museum, and enjoyed the exhibits!
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The FDR state park has over 9,000 acres, and we had a picnic lunch at one of the highest peak areas :) The view overlooks the valley below, and it was a lovely sight.
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Cucumber Sandwiches

Our homegrown cucumbers are really at their peak! We've eaten them fresh with our meals, but I hope to start canning pickles soon :) Here's an easy recipe I created for sandwiches.
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In a blender, combine:

*1/2 cup softened Cream Cheese, *1/2 cup Mayo, *1 TBsp sugar (or less to your taste).

Blend until creamy.
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Use the spread on your bread slices as you would regular mayo :)

Serve and enjoy!

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Now that we're home from our trip, we're a little tired,

but its good to be back...

To Cottage Life.


Laundry to wash, Weeds to uproot, Meals to prepare, Grass to mow, Rooms to tidy, Fresh food to pick....

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

An Interview at the Cottage



My sister (left) and I
April 2010
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"How do you handle "looks and comments" from others about vintage/old-fashioned/modest attire?"--AJ
By being genuinely friendly and gracious. When I'm wearing an outfit that is obviously old fashioned (1860s or Edwardian) I think people can tell that I'm not ashamed or uncomfortable, so I'm usually ignored! lol
With modest clothing, we usually receive the 'narrowed eye-'I'm-trying-to-figure-out-what-cult-you're-from' look (lol) but I just smile and continue on my way.

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"Do you wear long sleeves and layers during the summer? I know it's possible to wear long modest skirts during the summer and be very comfortable. But...I've been really wondering about those long sleeves and undergarments I've seen in your photos. Whew! Aren't ya hot?! :)"--Angie

I've been going back and forth on this, and have found that wearing a loose, linen or cotton long sleeved blouse outside is preferred. Each of us has our own preference though.The long sleeves protect my skin from getting scratched (from the berry bushes) getting burned by the sun, and from being attacked by hungry mosquitoes! No bug spray is necessary which is nice. Sticking with breathable cotton is the way to go. Its simply too hot to wear fabrics that don't breathe.

ps) In this weather, it's hot no matter what you're wearing!

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"Do you (and your family) watch tv? watch the news? read the newspaper?" AJ

No, we don't watch television or the news. Not because of rules or restrictions, but because as a family we together evaluated what was important to us, and tv wasn't. Television/Cable is something we don't find a priority. (We have had cable in the past though, so we know what its like.) However, we do get the local news from the radio or Internet.
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My sister hanging linens on the line in March 2010

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"How long have you been homesteading and wearing skirts and the like? What got you interested in it?" --Madison
We've been 'homesteading' here at the Cottage for almost 2 years, but prior to that we did 'urban homesteading' in the suburbs for 4 years. My Mother started wearing skirts before we (my sister and I ) did, so I guess its been 5 years. I just watched my Mother and decided to try it out--I was convinced you couldn't do anything in a skirt! Oh, was I wrong :)
I loved how she didn't try to talk us into skirt wearing. We just watched her example, and, sure enough, my sister wore only skirts, then I did.

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"Is it difficult to do yard work and gardening in a long skirt or dress? (especially in the summer when it's super hot and humid)" AJ

No, it's not :) It's actually cooler, because I don't have heavy fabric directly against my skin--only light, breathable fabric which is what we prefer.
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Cherry Tomatoes...
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"Does it make life easier or harder to grow all of your food and make a lot of what you use in daily life? What all do you have growing in your garden right now?"--Madison

Right now we don't grow all of our food, however we'd like to get to the point where we're growing most of our produce. We have a small garden, but it requires alot of physical labor and time. However, we're determined to have organic, homegrown fruits & vegetables that we can enjoy and preserve later. What makes life easier is being able to walk outside and pick what we need for that meal.

We're growing:

Dewberries/wild blackberries, Tomatoes, Peppers, Cucumbers, Squash, Red onions, Concord grape, Cantaloupe, Okra, Sweet potato, Pole beans, Lima beans, Field peas, Strawberries, Blueberries, Red potatoes. We also have Pear, Peach, & Plum trees.


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"What's the last movie you watched? Do you use the a/c in the house during the summer?" AJ

I believe the last movie I watched was 'The Inheritance' (1997). We don't have central heating and air, so we've really had to deal w/ extreme heat as of late!

My dad recently put in two a/c units, and we use an upright fan, so that's helped a little bit :)

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Wild Petunias growing alongside the Cottage walkway

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"What made you start a blog? Did you ever think that many people would be interested in what you had to say?" --Stephanie Ann
I had just bought a camera, and I was looking for an outlet for my photography, as I had just found out about Blogger and decided to try it! I never thought my blog would interest so many--I'm still amazed at how many people enjoy reading about what we're up to as a family. I'm daily encouraged by the emails and comments I've received from dear readers!
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"I would like to know how your family came to be involved in historical reenactment."--MaryEllen
Two years ago, we were asked to participate in an 1860s themed event, and it was a wonderful experience! We started meeting new friends who were active in the 're-enactment' world and between researching and being a part of local events, this hobby has opened up many doors of opportunity. Many times we've volunteered/worked at a local Antebellum museum, and its been fun to meet other history enthusiasts, even those from other countries.

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"Have you ever thought of making money from home (sewing or selling jelly or something similar?) If there was one thing you could change in your house, what would it be?"--Stephanie Ann

Yes, I have considered a home-based business. My sister and I have sold items locally off and on, but not online. It's definitely an option, however I don't want to become over-zealous with too many projects, but in the future that may be a possibility.

If I could change one thing, it would be to have a greenhouse built on to the back of the Cottage.
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Sage blossoms
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"Mia, If you could spend a day with one particular woman (either historical or present day individual), who would that person be and why? Blessings to all of you." --M. Lane

Ms. Maryjane Butters. An organic farmer & homesteader. We love her magazine and books about her simple lifestyle--she seems like a sweet woman that I'd love to get to know!
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"I would like to know if you have any advice, tips, good websites to recommend Homesteading to those of us that would be interested in trying our hand at it."--Jenni

I've been wanting to recommend my friend Anais' family's website, Urban Homesteading for a while! They grow 6,000 lbs of food a year on only 1/10 of an acre and educate the public about the benefits of homegrown food :) They're such an inspiration!

MotherEarthNews is always a good read

I guess my only advice for homesteading is take your time, and plan small so that whatever you grow is able to be managed..then expand the size of your garden from there. Last year we focused on the Cottage..fixing it up so that it was comfortable. Now this year we're focusing on growing fruits/vegetables. Perhaps next year we can move on to goats, but we're taking it one step at a time! :)
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A bouquet of freshly clipped Lavender blooms

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"You mentioned that your family is on its way to becoming self-sufficient...producing everything that you use. May I ask how that affects your family financially?" --Jenni

We're just starting out, and would like to get that point someday. We've made a choice to eat less meat, dairy and convenience foods in favor of more whole organic foods, so financially it all balances out.

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"What would you consider to be essential homemaking skills for a new stay at home wife (hoping to be a mom but not yet)? I find that many people write about how essential 'homemaking skills' are, but no one ever spells out what they mean!! :-)" --Anna B.


Homemaking skills are indeed essential, and I'm still growing and learning in this area. These can apply to any woman, young or older.
Here's my list:
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*Knowing how to make frugal meals that are balanced and healthy
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I think its important to know how to make meals from scratch, even if you don't cook/bake like that all the time. When I taught my sister how to make homemade pancakes, it took a while of trial and error, but she excelled and now I can count on her to make a wonderful batch of pancakes complete w/ homemade syrup!

*Having a cleaning/laundry schedule.

This is perhaps the backbone to homemaking, and a skill that I'm still working on!

*Keeping house
Organization is a wonderful skill to have prior to marriage/having children. From what I've learned from young mothers, once children start to arrive, it's very helpful to already have learned the art of keeping an orderly home.

*Grocery shopping/Menu planning

Having a basic menu plan and grocery list prior to shopping saves both time and un-necessary expense. Knowing how to grocery shop is very important, and takes much discernment. My Mother has done a wonderful job teaching my sister and I how to shop for groceries.

Now we have a "divide and conquer" method--We all know what our basic food staples are, so we can quickly run into the grocery, pick up the basics, and meet back in the front to combine everything. This method has cut our grocery shopping time in half, and 'impulse buying' is minimized.
*Gardening
It is important to me to know how to atleast manage a little patio garden, so that any time, I can go outside pick fresh vegetables to add to a meal. The convenience of having something healthy and fresh, along with learning the medicinal properties of herbs, is a beneficial skill.
*Making a house a home
My Mother does a wonderful job with making the inside of the Cottage a warm, welcoming place. Being surrounded by beautiful books, portraits we've painted over the years, fabrics, country magazines, and soft lighting has been an inspiring background for homeschooling and enjoying inside the home. Being able to add "a woman's touch" to a home is a lovely homemaking skill.
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A photo of one side of my bedroom
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"What is one of the most difficult house chores for you? (in other words, the one you don't like to do)" --Anonymous
Managing my bedroom! I have many hats, scarves, various dresses, and antiques so it easily gets out of order if I fail to keep it tidy.

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"Does your church have many other ladies who live as you do?" --Tammy Lynn
Since we're new at our church, I'm not sure if there are other families who homestead, but there are families who homeschool as well.

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"My question is why do you cut everyone's heads off in your pictures?"--Cindy3232

For privacy, and because I'd rather the subject of the pictures focus on our lifestyle.

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"I would love to get dresses like yours for my daughter without having to make them. Where is the best place? What do I put in my search engine? I have looked for nice hats for them and can't find any."--Brigette
Well, it all depends on which style or era you're interested in. I've worn 1950's, Edwardian, 19th century and modern, feminine dress. Sometimes I buy dresses off of Etsy and Ebay, here are search keywords I use:

'Antique, vintage, handmade, day dress, prairie dress, pioneer, 1940s shirt dress, 1950s shirt dress, vintage house dress, shirtwaist dress, laura ashley dress vintage.'

I find hats at thrift stores or have received them as gifts. Many antique stores have hats as well.


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"I was wondering what the pattern was that you used for your sontag? My mother would like to make one." --Bethany
My sister revised and designed the sontag to fit us, since originally it was larger. Once her pattern is written out etc, I'll post it on my blog! Here's the original pattern.
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Our first harvest of squash

"What kind of church do you attend and do other young ladies in your congregation dress like you? Are you the one that influenced them to dress this way." --Brigette

We attend a non-denominational conservative church, and the women of all ages dress modestly. No, modesty is a doctrinal belief.

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"The only question I have is how you pronounce your name. :-) With a long "e" or a long "i" sound. " FaithAnn

My name is pronounced with a long 'e' sound..like "mee-ya" lol
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The front of the Cottage

"Could we please see more pictures of your house?"--Brigette

Yes, in the future I'll start incorporating more photos of the Cottage.
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"Where do you get all the lovely old photographs that you use in your posts and have on your sidebar?" --FaithAnn
I find my inspirational photo's on Flickr.com and Allposters.com. However, innocent & old fashioned pictures can be hard to find, so if you're searching for a particular photo, let me know :)

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"My oldest daughter is 13 and is very interested in reenactment. How do you go about finding a group to get involved with?Also, what are your recommendations for jr. high/high school homeschool curriculum?"

Try attending nearby Living History/re-enacting events, and ask a few people there about local groups. Look for families participating together, and I'm sure they could help get you started. I'd recommend the 4-6 year unit study curriculum called "Far above Rubies" by Lynda Coats. Based on Proverbs 31, the program covers homemaking skills, history, creative arts, practical or applied math, health, reading, composition, and more.
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"What are your favorite books? Either fiction or non-fiction, or for pleasure-reading or serious study. I love books and this is one of my favorite things to know about a person." --Mrs. R.

My favorite books (in no particular order) are:


'Pilgrims Progress' by John Bunyan ( I enjoyed listening to the dramatized audio cd's first)

'The adventures of Sherlock Holmes' by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

'Uncle Toms Cabin' by Harriet Beecher Stowe

'The Best of James Herriot: Favourite Memories of a Country Vet' by James Herriot

'The Self-sufficiency Handbook' by Alan Bridgewater

'Timeless Treasures: Reflections of God's Word in the Wisdom of Booker T. Washington' by Gloria Yvonne Jackson

'Back to Basics' by Readers Digest

'Homemaking Skills for everyday living' by F. Baynor Parnell
'Jesus Freaks' by The voice of the Martyrs

'A season for Simplicity' by Donna Finley

'The cottages of Britain: A heritage of country life' by Philippa Drury
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"How do you handle your Internet time?" --Laura

Each member of my family has a time during the day that we're on the internet.
I usually spend time uploading pictures, emailing, and going to a few choice websites; I'm not on social networking sites anymore because that was taking up too much of my time.
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Fresh green beans

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"My question would be this one: since you and your family have changed your lifestyle (for the best!) how do you deal with comments and questions, since it's not for the most modern and up to date way to live?"--Anonymous

When we recieve negative comments, we don't try to defend ourselves, but let our lifestyle and testimony speak for us. It amazes us though how much it bothers people that we're dressed modestly! But most of the comments we recieve are encouraging, as people are generally interested in who we are and what church we're apart of.

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"Where is one place you would really like to visit that you haven't been?"--Jennifer


It would be nice to visit a small town in the England countryside. To stay in an old cottage, go to local markets, and travel the backroads. If I had an opportunity to holiday there, that would be lovely!
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"I was wondering does it really seem like you are living in the 1800's? Do you enjoy it a lot more? And also I was wondering, do you only use your computer for blogging and emailing?" --Renae

No, it doesn't seem like we're living in the 1800's--We enjoy the freedoms and conveniences of today, being able to make choices on how we wish to live. We appreciate being able to incorporate old-fashioned values that inspire us. Yes, the majority of my time is spent on blogger & emailing.
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"You said earlier,"Independant and determined, I wasn't content to be at home; I basically followed the crowd, and anticipated the year I'd turn 18. To be out of the house, on my own & in college--that was it. I didn't care to be an 'example' to younger girls, or a good daughter/sister".

What I'd most like to know is, what changed, and was it sudden or very gradual." --Kaye

What changed was the surroundings--during that time we were in the city and living a faster paced life. I was influenced by my friends there, and my parents saw that-- so my Mother started homeschooling us (I was in 4th grade). Later moving to a smaller town brought our family closer together, plus we stopped joining groups and attending every get-together...We focused on our family and being at home. When we moved out to the Cottage, we were ready for the 'country life'.

This was all gradual.
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Salad for lunch, including our fresh tomatoes, raw squash, and cucumbers

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"Even before your family embarked upon this lifestyle, did you always eat pretty healthy, whole foods and such?" --Sem
Yes, my parents have always eaten healthy, and we were used to eating fruit as an alternative to sweets. However, it seems like we've eaten more sweets now more than ever because of my baking! (everything in moderation!)
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"I would like to know if you ever taken photography class, and what kind of camera do you use?Do you use a special photoshop program?" --HsAgape

I've never taken a photography class, however, I have read a few photography books for inspiration. I use a simple SonyCybershot DSC-W5 camera. I don't have a special program, but occasionally I'll use free online editing.

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"Is your family a "homesteading" family or does your dad have a job outside of home?" --Catherine

Gardening is my fathers passion, so thats what he does before and after work. He works a normal 8 hour job outside of the home.

While visiting a home church, my sister fed their new goat after the fellowship meal.

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"Do you go to a church or do you home-church? If you go to a church are the other families old-fashioned like yours or more modern?" --Catherine
Since we're going to a new church, we haven't gotten to know all the families yet, so there could very well be other old-fashioned families like ours. But all the families do dress modestly.

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"Does anyone else in your family blog?"--Victoria
No, I'm the only blogger :)
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"How did your parents come to the decision to direct your family to be more simple/old fashioned? And how does your extended family feel about it?"--Catherine

My parents are just doing what they love--My father loves gardening and working on projects, and my mother loves homemaking and an old fashioned way of living. Even as young children, we were exposed to inspirational movies and books regarding the home & simple living.

How we're living is just a natural progression of who my parents have always been. Even when we were in the suburbs and modernly dressed,we were hanging our clothes on the line & had a garden.

The decision came when my Mother started homeschooling. Coming out from 'mainstream' culture, we changed the activities we were apart of and books we read to reflect the kind of values we wanted in our family. As far as extended family, some are gracious and some are not.

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A candid shot of my siblings and I in the chaos of making jelly and baking loaves of bread at the same time...
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"What are your family's favorite books to read out loud together? And, do you do this in the evenings -- or, at least, do you all read or work on projects together in the same room in the evenings like folks used to do?" --Joanna
We have family devotion reading together every evening, however, we don't read fiction books out-loud very often. During our Season of Simplicity we spent all of our family time in the parlour, reading together, playing board games, painting, etc.

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"My question is... would you enter into a marriage with someone who shared your Christian beliefs, but not your convictions about stay-at-home wives and/or homesteading? Would you work outside the home if your husband wanted you to?"--Anonymous

I'm sure he'd know about my desire to be a homemaker prior to courtship, so I wouldn't understand why he'd want me to go out seeking a job after marriage...so that whole issue would be privately discussed between us.

As far as homesteading, if he's not 'into' that, that's ok. Like I had said earlier, we could have something as small as a patio garden.

Working outside the home would be an issue we'd discuss during courtship, as I desire to be a full time stay-at-home wife/mother. So if there was a situation where I had to work after marriage, we'd come to a decision privately.

I have no idea where I'll be or what the situation will be when I marry...so I don't make hard statements but would rather judge the spirit of the matter when the time comes.

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"Do you dress the way you do because of a personal preference for dresses and skirts or because of a Christian conviction...?" --Lydie

Both. We (my Mother, Sister and I) love wearing feminine clothing. We have all worn jeans/pants for years and now that we wear skirts/dresses, can tell a major difference in the way we feel and the way we're treated.
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"How will you and your sister hope to find the right husbands? How will your father guide you as you "pick and choose"? What words of advice do you have for girls in their 20s who are hoping to marry good Christian men, but who may not have many prospects in their church or community? What is your parents' advice for you and your sister?" --Joanna

We hope to find the right husbands by "..living a quiet life and minding our own business.."(1 Thess. 4:11) I desire to be faithful with the opportunities I've been given, so I concentrate on those things during this time.

I'm so thankful my Father is so laid back about it; If a brother in Christ is interested, he and my Father will talk and the whole matter will be prayerfully considered. Nothing complicated :)

I'll be happy to give advice when that time comes, but for now I recommend 1 Thess. 4:11 for other women as well...our goal is to be content and pray for the Lords will...As we can use our single years as a ministry.
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"I wonder about the proportion of time that you dress historically and the portion you dress just modestly. How often do you wear period clothing as opposed to more modern clothing?"--Vicki

On average I'll wear old fashioned/vintage clothing about 2-3x a week, and dress modestly the rest of the time. At home I wear hats when gardening, and will also wear hats when we meet w/ other believers or when we go out (library, farmers market, thrift store etc.) but usually I'll wear feminine, modern clothing.

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"What inspired you to start this really nice blog? It truly is a beautiful blog :) :)" --Heather

After learning about Blogger, I was inspired to create a space online where I could blog about homemaking & the beauty of everyday life. When we moved out to the Cottage, I wanted my blog to have an old-fashioned feel by being surrounded by lovely photos that would inspire. So that's why I'm always searching for antique photos to use on my side bar :)

"I made me gardens and orchards, and I planted trees in them of all kind of fruits." Ecclesiastes 2:5

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Thank you to everyone who submitted their questions,

and I hope you feel like you know us a little better :)

Please comment and let me know what you thought of the post--this is my first time doing an interview, and I enjoyed the variety of questions!!

*Mia

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Question & Answer

I'm opening up this post for my readers to 'interview' or ask any questions you may have!
In my upcoming post, I'll attempt to answer as many as I can :)
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Although I've been asked in the past for interviews, I wanted to post an interview that is BY the readers, and For the readers. Y'all have been following my family's journey, encouraging us along the way, and I can trust that your Q's will be great.
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Lurkers, come 'on out and participate :)
I look forward to hearing from all of you!
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-Mia

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Enjoying the last weeks of Spring


For my sister and I, last week was spent traveling to NC with friends of ours!
They recently adopted 4 children, and needed to attend an event--We were asked to come to help with the children, and it was a great experience; we learned so much!
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On our way back home, we stopped at a State Park to picnic :)
Their daughter even brought her bonnet!
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We were right at the lake, and it was so enjoyable.
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My Birthday!
(May 26)
I was planning on us all traveling out of state to go to a Living History Museum, but we decided that we'd rather spend our time on a relaxing day trip here in GA! So we drove through the back roads up to a beautiful Garden center to browse through the plants....
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I carried my basket as I selected plants to purchase :)
At one point we stopped by a grocery, and I walked in (wide brim hat, full skirt etc.) carrying a brown wicker basket to carry a few groceries in...let me tell you, I enjoyed the basket much more than the ECO tote bags!
(ok, so I may have given myself permanent shoulder damage by stubbornly lugging around that filled-to-the-brim basket....) hehe
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When we came home, Dad asked me where I wanted my flower garden, and then helped me plant them next to my rose bushes before it rained.
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My Perennials:
4 May Night Salvia--Purple Blue
2 Trailing Verbena--Light pink
1 Goldsturm Coneflower--Yellow black
1 Speedwell--Purple
1 Milkweed--Yellow
3 Lemon Coral--Green; groundcover
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When I purchase flowers/seeds, I'm trying to get perennials only so that they'll come back every year, and I can divide them up later and never have to re-buy :)
It was such a laid-back day...celebrating my 19th year. I'm so thankful for my parents and how they instilled in us (My siblings and I) the love for the pure, simple, and spiritual side of things. I could write a whole post on my parents...I really do love and respect them...they're pretty amazing.
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Right now it is officially berry season, and I can safely say we have an acre of bushes!
Every morning my siblings and I pick dewberries, and we get 3-4 lbs after picking for about an hour. lol
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The wildflowers make it a lovely task to do though!
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My brother making his way through the berry patch...
My goodness, the thorns are incredible (they're even on the leaves!) and we all end up with "battle wounds" by the time we're done!
It's worth it of course--all these berries just for not mowing the yard...? :)
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Inside, my sister assists me in crushing the berries through a sieve, then using the thick juice for jelly! I defrosted and strained my homegrown strawberries, and we combined the two berries together!
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I decided to switch up this time around and heated the water bath canner on the grill, because the kitchen gets too over-heated. It worked ok, but didn't come to a rolling boil, so I went inside to bring it to a boil, then finished outside :)
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Labeling Jars
I made little labels by writing on thin (newsprint) paper,
then created a med-thick paste of flour and water.
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I spread the flour/water "glue" on the back of the paper, then stuck it to the jar.
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It dries beautifully--So simple, eh?
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Retro Cardigan

My Sister finished her latest project--A crocheted cardigan!


What I love is that its all one piece, worked from the top to the bottom.
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Here is the description from the magazine:
Retro Cardigan
Finished Size: 29 (33, 37, 41, 45, 49, 53)" bust circumference. Garment shown measures 33" and is modeled with 1" negative ease.
Yarn: Classic Elite Sundance (50% cotton, 50% microfiber; 83 yd [76 m]/1¾ oz [50 g]): #6254 keepsake lilac, 9 (10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16) balls.
Hook: Size F/5 (3.75 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.
Notions: Stitch markers (m); yarn needle; eight ½" buttons.
Gauge: 16 sts and 7½ rows = 4" in sh patt; 16 sts and 20 rows = 4" in sc.
Her finished size was Medium (37), She used size H8 hook, and the yarn is 'Sinfonia Olive Intenso'
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Stitches up-close.
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Lavender blooms
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Arugula lettuce
It has a wonderful pepper-like spice to it, and we enjoy using it in salads!
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Grow, Tomatoes, Grow!
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Lemon balm has always been a favorite!
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One of our Yellow squash plants...
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It's such a delight to see so many butterflies!
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Stevia
I'd definitely recommend this perennial, not only because its a great sugar substitute, but it comes back every year and gets huge! We literally transplanted it bare-root, and its now as tall as some tomato plants!
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I look forward to sharing more of what we're growing--
I thought I'd give y'all a sneak peak!