Benefits of Cooking with Cast Iron

We do a lot of cooking around here and have lots of pots, pans, skillets, and other cooking supplies.  If you take a look at our cookware, you’ll notice we use predominantly stainless steel and cast iron. Whenever possible, I’ve always tried to avoid Teflon coated or non-stick cookware.  Sure, it’s convenient, but how can […]

Our Packing System

For a farm family, we do a lot of traveling.  Jim and I put a focus on this because we want our children to realize that the world is a much bigger place than the small hometown in which they live. As you can imagine, it’s a bit chaotic getting a family of ten on […]

All or Nothing

Grandma and Poppy are here for a visit.  They’re a great help to us when they’re here.  This week, Grandma has been helping me a lot with the garden. Today we harvested yellow beans, tomatoes, celery, onions, carrots, beets, peppers, green cabbage, red cabbage, brussels sprouts, watermelon, pumpkin, and blackberries.  While we were working together […]

A Major Life Milestone!

There comes a time in everyone’s life when we face another milestone.  The Jonas family has reached one.  We have the pleasure of announcing our daughter, Brett’s, engagement to a wonderful young man, Mason. For those of you who watch us on Facebook Live, you’ll know that Mason has worked with us for almost two […]

Second-Guessing Decisions

Have you ever had a difficult decision to make?  You agonize over it.  You pray about it.  You don’t sleep well thinking about it. And finally you make a decision.  If you’re at all like me, the relief you feel is tremendous, simply because the decision has been made.  What you decided isn’t as important […]


I have some difficult “big picture” decisions that I have to make regarding Goat Milk Stuff.  Nothing earth shattering (things like retail room hours and whether or not to do Farmer’s markets next year with our cheese), but they are decisions that will affect the family.  They’re difficult decisions because I’m feeling very conflicted about […]

Happy 11th Birthday Hewitt!

I can’t believe that my baby brother just turned ELEVEN. While we usually have breakfast birthday cake, occasionally we are too busy to make it. Sometimes the birthday person insists that they want breakfast birthday cake, and we’ll do it, but most of the time the birthday kid will let us substitute birthday donuts instead. […]

Farm Children

Since we live on a farm where the children run through fields, woods, work with goats and chickens, (and of course play hard) they tend to be hard on clothes and shoes. Especially the boys. After getting them new shoes, it seems like no time at all, and they come to me like this: I […]