“Umami is the savoury meatiness in seaweed and miso and soy sauce. It is, to a large extent, the concept that enables Japanese cuisine to be healthy and attractive at the same time.”― Bee Wilson This year marks my 20th year teaching English at Gwinn High School. I have been creating content on this blog for … More Using Our Noodles to Write
We may not always do things the easy way, but we do them our way! That is what drives us and makes our hearts and souls happy. I am thankful to have found a partner who works so hard for our family. I think that we make a wonderful team and I am excited to see what 2021 brings. I promise to keep you updated on our construction project. … More Happy Holidays from Our Homestead. Welcome 2021!
Our family is adding an addition on to our 130 year old Finnish homestead in the UP of Michigan. My hardworking husband gets a little cranky with my photo obsession. He gave me permission to document this series of progress photos. … More Making Progress: Homestead Sweet Homestead
It is ironic that the convenience of a meal kit brought Lukas and I to the conclusion that we need to continue to embrace the old fashioned in our lives.
In the miracle of creation there are no accidents.
We just have to pay attention. 💚 … More Pay Attention: Life Lessons Learned In The Kitchen
These windows are more than panes of glass. They are portals for sunshine. The light that has seeped into our lives and taken us out of the darkness. … More The Season of Light on Our Homestead
If you would have told me back in the middle of March when we closed up our school buildings due to a rising pandemic that our lives would still not be back to normal by October, I would not have believed you. Though, what does that mean anymore? While I admit that I am growing tired … More Goal Setting: Making Human Connections in the Classroom — Glitter and Dog Hair
I am haunted by words. I am hungry for metaphors. I am constantly searching for ways to express the thoughts that linger in my head. I have a thirst to find meaning. I am always looking for new ways to express my voice. As a high school English teacher I make a living out of […] … More Hunger Moon — Glitter and Dog Hair
“To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.” ― Osho My life took a … More Sister Blog: Glitter and Dog Hair
“Good, old-fashioned ways keep hearts sweet, heads sane, hands busy.” ―Louise May Alcott It is true that I shocked a lot of people a few years ago when I made a major lifestyle switch. A new name. Step kids. Yet, the most shocking revelation to many was that I made residence on a farm. When … More The Sweet Spot
“The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature.” ― Antoine François Prévost d’Exiles I call this series of photos from Christmas day 2017, “Unconditional Love.” We have had subzero temperatures in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, but that has not stopped my husband John from building an ice rink in our backyard … More Unconditional: A Father’s Love