Can I Be Content?

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Contentment is not a God-given gift. It needs to be learned… but oh, how I struggle with this lesson!

I’ve shared before, that we are looking for a more traditional homestead… however, finding said homestead has been challenging!

What’s my biggest challenge? Being content where I am!

But how do I remain content when I long for a traditional homestead? How do I remain content when I long to get my hands in the soil and grow my own food? And how do I remain content when I see others raising chickens, but feel stuck living in a 22-foot RV on someone elses land?

Learning to be content with my surroundings has its challenges too! We are currently in the middle of nowhere! The closest real town is a half hours drive! The small hamlet that’s a smidge closer, boasts two burger joints and two small grocery stores that if they merged, might create one good store… but I digress!

Add to that the challenges of taking care of an aging mother…

Although I am happy to be here for her, I find myself struggling to apply myself to my business! The flexibility I have is great, but I don’t want to be so flexible, I flex myself right out of business!

Yet this morning, during my quiet time, I was reminded that God promises to supply all my needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus… and, that I can also do all things through Him who strengthens me!

Yes, I struggle… but deep down I know that He has given me everything I need for this moment in time.

So naturally, once I forgive myself for not putting forth as much effort as I know I should, and learn to discover what is good about the area I find myself living, I can learn to be content no matter what state I am in!

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels!

~ Sheri

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Creativity – Expressing Yourself

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Each of us has the potential for creativity!

How we express ourselves can surface in a number of ways.

Perhaps you have the ability to solve tricky situations…. or maybe you have the uncanny ability to come up with brilliant ideas… or quite possibly you have the ability to stretch a budget when things are tight financially.

On the other hand, perhaps you lean more towards the artistic side of creativity. You might design beautiful pieces of jewelry… or perhaps you enjoy painting and hope to be the next Picasso or Van Gogh…

Or maybe your creativity is focused in the kitchen…You might enjoy cooking and can adapt recipes, giving them your own unique flair and flavor!

No matter how we express ourselves, our creativity enhances our lives by giving us pleasure and delight!

Nevertheless, creativity is not necessarily about being original. Instead, it’s a determination to bring about change!

If we desire to be creative, we must look within ourselves for God-given gifts and abilities… and draw inspiration from our circumstances…

Being creative demands our focus… our commitment… and our discipline!

Even failure can be a useful tool because it can be a stepping stone to something better! We may even make new discoveries about ourselves and what we are able to do and create – which can be a bridge to a multitude of new possibilities!

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels!

~ Sheri

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My Table Top Garden


As spring approaches, I find myself longing for a garden, which brings memories of our first year on the farm! It was anything but easy!

Even back then, I looked forward to having a garden, but our land just wouldn’t cooperate! We tried in not one, but two different areas in our fields, but still nothing would produce!


During our second year on the far, we tried yet a third area for a garden, and still we couldn’t get anything to grow!

It was very frustrating! Was it the soil? Was it me?

To this day, I still honestly don’t know why our land wouldn’t produce!! It wasn’t until our third year that we finally saw the fruits of our labor!

However, in the middle of that second year, I was so desperate that I decided I would try starting a garden in my kitchen!

We had a spare table that I moved to a window that got plenty of sunshine!


I purchased the best soil I could afford for my little tabletop garden and lovingly made sure each day that my seeds had plenty of water and sun!

The day finally arrived when I started to see seedlings sprout up from the soil! I was in seventh heaven! At long last I had a garden!

It was a small garden; therefore, it didn’t produce much – just some peppers and cherry tomatoes and my favorite ‘go-to’ herbs for cooking – but it was a garden, nonetheless!


I don’t know if we will be back on a traditional homestead this season, however, I am looking forward to growing at least some of my favorites for the kitchen!

However, instead of using our bulky flower pots, this year, I believe I will try for another tabletop garden! My thinking is this: should we find a more traditional homestead before the growing season is over, I won’t have such heavy pots to lift and move!

I do have a table outside my RV that gets plenty of sun! So yes, I do think I will try for another tabletop garden this year!

Until next time,

Peace, love, and safe travels… and happy homesteading!

~ Sheri

A Look at Growing Older

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As I looked into the mirror this morning, I realized that there were a few more grey hairs…

I don’t like getting older! So like many others, I have succumbed to try holding onto my youth by coloring my hair, exercising to keep up my strength and using the latest skin care treatments… but even Solomon in all his wisdom said that this too is meaningless.

Let’s be honest… our looks… our health… and our circumstances change with time. All too often in ways we do not want!

However, with the passage of time, I am coming to terms with my getting older…

I find it helps to remind myself that God made me in His image… He knows me by name… and He even knows the number of hairs on my head, grey or otherwise!

Just as each season of nature has its own beauty and purpose, I too have my own beauty and purpose.

I may no longer have the hair color of my youth – ahem, unless I find it in a bottle of hair color – however, I find that by remembering that God has a purpose for me… it gives me a reason to get up each morning!

I no longer have to feel depressed or miserable about my aging which helps me get through the changing seasons of my life!

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels!

How to Make Gut Healing Bone Broth


Recently, I have been sharing a few of my favorite soups. And in those recipes, you’ve found that I prefer to use homemade chicken bone broth! However, some of you have asked if this recipe can be adapted for beef or pork, so I thought I would update my original post and share it with you!

By the way, the answer to your question is a resounding YES! To be honest, you can even use fish bones! Yes, I said fish bones!

Your body will still get the same beneficial nutrients that aid the healing and sealing of your gut. It can also help your joint and skin health too!

There’s nothing better than the delicious and wholesome goodness of homemade bone broth! Why you ask? Well, when you’ve been feeling under the weather, haven’t you felt better after eating some chicken soup? There’s a reason for that!

While bone broth is not difficult to make, it does require time…

Your chief ingredients are bones, water, vinegar, and salt to taste! And when it comes to using the carcass of a chicken, make sure you include everything! The bones, the skin, neck and the gizzards! Even the feet if you are so inclined!

You also have some optional items you can include in your bone broth such as carrots, celery, onions, garlic and your favorite herbs! Adding these items gives your broth your own unique twist!

So, how do you make homemade bone broth? Let’s get started!

How to make Homemade Bone Broth

Here’s the Essential Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1 large or 2 small chicken carcasses (If you’re using beef, pork of fish bones, fill the pot or slow-cooker with the bones, leaving enough space for any optional items you want to use, then cover with water)
  • 4-12 cups of water (1-3 liters)
  • 1-3 Tbsp. of apple cider vinegar (Red Wine Vinegar works well too)
  • 1 Tbsp. of salt – adjust to taste

Optional Ingredients:

  • 3-4 carrots, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 2-3 celery sticks, coarsely chopped
  • 2-3 onions, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 2-3 whole garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp whole or crushed black peppercorns
  • a few branches of your favorite herbs (my go-to choices; rosemary, thyme or parsley)

Let’s put it all together:

  • You’ll want to put all the essential ingredients in a large pot or slow cooker
  • Next add in any optional ingredients you desire.
  • Heat on high until the broth starts to boil, then reduce the heat to low. You should only see very small bubbles in the center of pot.
  • Cook at low temperature for a minimum of 6 hours, but as much as 24 hours.
  • Once the broth is ready, let cool for an hour or two.
  • Next, you’ll want to strain your broth by using a metal colander. Using a cheesecloth is optional at this step. I usually strain the broth right into canning jars with a wide mouth and a mesh strainer.
  • Once the jars are filled, you can keep them in the fridge for about 4-5 days.

Some key points about homemade bone broth:

  • High temperatures can corrupt the gelatin in your broth, so make sure the water is barely simmering.
  • Beware! Some slow cookers do not have a low enough setting, so you may want to use a large pot on the stove or find a different slow cooker that grants you the ability to control the temperature better!
  • If your broth doesn’t gel, it could simply mean you didn’t let it simmer long enough… just try cooking it longer next time!

Here’s some helpful kitchen tips:

  • If you have more bone broth than you can use in say, 4-5 days, you can freeze it. Divvy up your delicious broth into small canning jars – making sure you leave an inch at the top of each jar to allow space for the liquids to expand, thus preventing your jars from breaking.
  • Use ice cube trays to freeze your bone broth into handy cubes that are easy to reheat.
  • Drink up the bone broth by the cup (or canning jar) or use it to make sauces, soups and stews.
  • Use water you’ve used to boil veggies to make your broth and make good use of the nutrients lost from the veggies – they’ll now be in your broth!
  • Each time you have chicken, beef, pork or fish, keep the bones and freeze them. Before long you’ll have enough to make a new batch of homemade bone broth!

Here’s to your health!

Until next time,

Peace, love and happy homesteading!

~ Sheri

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Homemade Slow-Cooker Beef Vegetable Soup


Nothing says comfort like the pleasant and welcoming flavors of Beef Vegetable Soup!

This recipe is so simple, it almost seems wrong to call it a recipe! You have it all – tender pieces of beef paired with lots of veggies. Add in some of your favorite herbs and some gut healing bone broth and you’re all set!

What more could you ask for in a soup?!?

Another great thing about this soup is that it is so versatile! You can use whatever veggies you have on hand or is in season! So please keep in mind, this recipe is just a base to start from!

Usually, I just grab a big bag of frozen mixed veggies from the store and season with whatever herbs speak to me that day! And changing up the herbs each time you make it means you’ll never be bored with its flavor!

Need to go to work? Put all the ingredients in the slow-cooker before you leave, and when you get home, you’re greeted with a wonderful aroma and a delicious meal ready for you to enjoy!

Beef Vegetable Soup

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 ½ pounds chuck roast (in a pinch you can use ground beef)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 6-8 cups beef bone broth
  • 1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 16 oz. bag frozen mixed veggies
  • 1 stalk celery sliced – include the leafy greens on the end

Let’s put it all together:

  • Place beef roast into slow-cooker.
  • Add in all the other ingredients and cover with bone broth.
  • Let cook in the slow-cooker for 8 hours or overnight.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Cooks Tips:

  • For added flavor, sear each side of the beef in a skillet with the oil, butter and garlic before placing in the slow-cooker. Make sure you scrape all the brown bits in the skillet into the slow-cooker as well!
  • If you’re using fresh herbs in your soup, make sure you double the amount: for example, if you’re using 1 Tbsp. of dried herbs, you want to use 2 Tbsp. fresh herbs.
  • Don’t be afraid to try using freeze-dried foods as well! They’re just as tasty as fresh and they have a long shelf life too!

Hope you enjoy this as much as we do!

Until next time,

Peace, love and happy homesteading!

~ Sheri

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The Price of Eggs!

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Have you seen the price of eggs lately?!?

The other day, a friend of mine were having a conversation about spring. We talked about the things we were looking forward to such as warmer weather and growing a garden…

But then the subject of Easter came to mind and she made an off-handed remark about hiding potatoes for Easter rather than eggs this year. At the time, I did not understand.

Since our fridge has been down, we have been relying on canned or freeze-dried foods, so her comment went right over my head!

Talk about living under a rock!

It wasn’t until recently when I went to the store for some eggs that I realized why she made the comment! I almost past out from the prices! In our area, a dozen of eggs is going for $6-7 a dozen. Or $4 for half a dozen! Yikes!

But this got me to thinking! There’s no better time like the present! Now, more than ever, we need to be raising our own chickens!

This has given me the push I need to get back to a traditional homestead!

And it might be a good idea to see if you are able to raise chickens where you live as well!

Until next time,

Peace, love and happy homesteading!

Here Chick, Chick, Chick!


Of all the things I miss about our traditional homestead, I miss my chickens the most!

I could sit outside in the yard, watching them scratch and peck for hours on end! It was better than therapy!

And like humans, each chicken has its own unique personality!

For example: First, you might have the bossy busy body! She thinks she is in charge and has no problems telling others what to do, and doesn’t mind getting in your face to do it!


Next, you have the meek and mild hen who is willing to take a back seat – letting the bossy hen take charge! However, sometimes she winds up getting bullied in the process.

And then you have the free thinker! She minds her own business, but is not about to let the bossy hen bully her! She gets along just fine with the other hens and even has a few that she likes to hang out with! But mind you, she follows her own path and is not afraid to hang out in the field by herself!

Yet as a group, they are quite remarkable – and even intimidating at times, if you let them!


The girls know instinctively that the rooster is in charge! They know his voice and ignore the crooning of other roosters nearby! Not only does he show them where food is, he is also their protector! When he sounds the alarm for danger they intuitively know to head to the coop for shelter!


And just as the girls know his voice, my chickens knew my voice as well! When strangers were near, they would head in the opposite direction. Yet when I called out to them, they knew automatically that I was a safe haven – a shield against predators – and that I usually had food!

Indeed, I do miss my chickens and am looking forward to getting back to a traditional homestead!

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels!

Stuffed Pepper Soup? Yum!

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I love eating stuffed peppers!

Being ‘soup season’ this recipe allows me to enjoy both the flavors and the comfort that a bowl of warm soup brings on a chilly evening!

With ground beef, peppers and rice, this soup stands on its own!

No need to pair it with a side, unless of course you want a crusty bread for dipping!

However, truth be told, I have been known to add some Sour Cream and Cheddar Cheese as a topping!

And, make sure you check out my Cooks Tips section below to see some other ideas you may want to try!

So, here we go!

Stuffed Pepper Soup

Here’s what you need:

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 6 cups homemade beef bone broth
  • 1 can (28oz.) tomato paste
  • 1 can (28oz.) diced tomatoes, do not drain
  • 2 cups chopped green peppers
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp pepper (optional)
  • 2 cups cooked long grain or brown rice
  • Chopped fresh parsley, optional

Let’s put it all together:

  1. In a large pot or Dutch Oven, cook and stir the beef over medium heat until there is no pink, breaking it into crumbles; drain if necessary.
  2. Stir in the next 7 ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered until peppers are tender.
  3. Next, add in the cooked rice and simmer uncovered for another 10 minutes.
  4. If desired, sprinkle with the chopped parsley and serve.

Cooks Tips:

  • Make sure you use dark brown sugar as it has more molasses. This gives the soup a much bolder flavor! Don’t like the bolder flavor? No worries, simply use light brown sugar!
  • Give this soup a twist by using sausage, turkey or chicken – just make sure you use chicken bone broth instead of the beef bone broth. Don’t have any on hand? Water will do!
  • If you love garlic, try adding a couple of minced cloves when browning the ground beef!
  • Want a little more kick to your soup? Try adding in some Cayenne pepper or use a can of the diced tomatoes with chilies.
  • For some added color to your soup, try using other colored peppers such as red, yellow or purple!

Hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels!

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

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It’s a chilly day here on the homestead, and it’s raining!

Feeling a little under the weather, I thought it was the perfect time to make my favorite comfort food – homemade Chicken Noodle Soup! It’s so hearty and comforting – just like mom used to make!

Chicken Noodle Soup is a meal in and of itself, so you don’t really need to pair it with anything – unless you like to add some saltine crackers in your soup!

However, if you feel the need to add a little something extra, try pairing it with a crusty French baguette for dipping. Or, you could pair it with some toasted garlic bread.

But if you really feel like going the extra mile, you can combine it with a grilled cheese sandwich!

So, let’s get started!

Chicken Noodle Soup

Here’s what you need:

Let’s put it all together:

  1. Melt butter with oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion, celery, garlic and carrots and cook until veggies are fork tender.
  2. Next, add the chicken broth, cooked chicken, egg noodles, salt and thyme. Stir to combine and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes or until pasta is cooked to your liking.
  4. Add parsley to garnish. Serve and enjoy!

Cooks Tips:

  • Try using basil and oregano for a mildly different flavor.
  • Instead of cooking the chicken beforehand, you can cook the chicken in the broth and build the soup from there. This makes the broth a bit richer and the chicken more tender.
  • You can also try using turmeric to season your soup, which is great for digestion.
  • This recipe can be made in the slow-cooker as well, simply wait to add the noodles until the last 20 minutes before serving.

Hope you enjoy this as much as we do!

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels!

~ Sheri

(P.S. Thank you for using my affiliate links. I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases at no extra cost to you! Both mom and I appreciate your support! ❤)