Thank you for joining us on this crazy journey! Our family- Kate and Marius plus our five kids, have always enjoyed living a homemade life whenever possible. Moving 1000 miles north in 2017 to Northern BC, Canada upped our game even more. We live on a 34 acre homestead and get a kick out of things like raising our own meat, dairy and vegetables. Theres plenty of failures, you’ll be sure to see those here too. We’re a homeschooling family who believes life is the best teacher but we do hit the books in winter. I’m so glad you’re here, I hope you stick around!

I’m not-your-average stay at home Mom. But, what Mom do you know is really average? I believe everyone has something that makes them different and unique, and no, I’m not standing on a soapbox here!

Our four kids, Mac (July ’09), Hamish (November ’12), Freja (September ’15) and Rowan (April ’19) make my world go round, as well as a terrific husband. Does that mean that Marius is perfect? Nope, but neither am I and we have fun in our crazy life together.

I love to cook and bake, because I’m passionate about our family eating good food. I want it to nourish us, not just fill our bellies. There has been a lot of changes in the way we eat since Mac was born. I haven’t wrote a lot of posts in the last year or so, and when I read some of the recipes, I cringe. I’m slowly working on updating them to how we eat now, but we currently eat as little processed food as possible. We prefer local and organic. I am a food snob! I want my good food to taste good. I also want to be able to afford things like, you know, gas to drive somewhere, so I’ve got to do it on a budget!

I’m a geek that enjoys menu planning, grocery shopping, baking, cooking, making as much of our food from scratch as possible and feeding people! I don’t menu plan because I have to. I do it because I LOVE to! (My Mom assures me I didn’t get that from her.)

I’m also not perfect, and I’m not afraid to admit it. Of course I want every day to start with sunshine, a clean house and nothing to do but play with my kids and go outside for endless amounts of time. It’s just not going to happen. We all have bad days, sometimes it’s 4 o’clock and you realize you haven’t even been out in the fresh air for a few minutes. Whoops!

I strive to spend enough time with my kids, while also getting a few things done around the house. When it comes down to it, I’m not going to look back and regret that I spent more time with my kids and less doing housework! It’s a balance I’m still working on…

“If you find yourself with more than you need, build a longer table, not a higher fence”

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