Off-Grid Living September 2016

In March we moved full time to our off grid cabin on 20 acres in the high desert. The last several months have been go, go, go pretty much non-stop.

Our cabin is still a work in progress. We’re what I call a semi-dry cabin. We don’t have any water coming in, unless we haul […]

Lightning Strikes

It is hot, hot, hot in Wyoming! And along with hot, hot, hot we get dry, dry, dry.

This afternoon we were happy to have a small thunderstorm roll in. Our happiness turned to nervousness when the straight-down lightning started. With one strike we saw the flash and almost immediately heard the boom of […]

Menu Week of April 3, 2016

The last several weeks have been a whirl-wind while we’re settling in to our new home. Settling in might be a bit of a stretch. Since the home isn’t done and there is work to be done on it every day, a good portion of our household items are in a storage unit. We’ve […]

Nourishing Soups for a Cold Winter Day


I love a good bowl of soup!

I can’t think of many better things on a cold day. Especially with a chunk of crusty bread on the side and knowing my bowl of soup not only tastes great but is a nourishing bowl of goodness.

What makes it so nourishing?

Starting with a base […]

Simple Lives Thursday #211

Welcome back to Simple Lives Thursday! Each week we enjoy reading through all of the wonderful tips, ideas and recipes for simple living. If you are new here, Hello! And enjoy the Simple Lives Thursday blog hop.

This hop is dedicated to simple living. “Consume less, produce more. […]

Real Food for Less Money is NOW Homespun Oasis

I’m very excited! For the past several months I’ve felt the need to branch out a bit in my sharing. When I started this site, almost four and a half years ago, my desire was to share our journey toward real food without changing our food budget.

As time went on we […]

Staying Focused on Preparedness

Staying Focused on Preparedness

It’s easy to get distracted when there is a large task to be completed. Preparedness is one of those tasks for me. Mainly because it’s a task that in many ways has no end.

We first realized that we were woefully unprepared for things like natural disasters several years ago when a major storm […]

SLT Update


My Simple Lives Thursday co-host is on a short term mission trip. We’ll be back with Simple Lives Thursday soon.

Read all about Diana’s mission trip here.

Menu Week of March 9

Homespun Oasis Menu Week of March 30

How are you doing with the time change? Springing forward an hour doesn’t seem like it should be a big deal but in some ways it is. We were starting to enjoy daylight coming earlier and doing morning chores in the light. This week Joe is working an earlier shift due to spring break for […]

Feeling Overwhelmed? 7 Ways to Keep it Simple in the Kitchen

8 Weeks. 8 loooong weeks. That is how long I’ve had either a cast or some sort of splint on my right hand. Considering that I am right hand dominant it has really put a damper in many things of the day to day things I need to do. Writing is very difficult and […]

Working From Home: How to Make it Work

This is the third installment in my series on working from home. You can read post 1 here and post 2 here.

When people find out that I work from home they often ask HOW I do it. Not how did I get started or what do I do but how do I actually […]

Menu Week of January 26

Menu Week of January 12 Real Food for Less Money

Already the last week of January! It’s cold and snowy here. Not as cold as it was last month but still chilly. Have you heard about the propane shortage? I hadn’t until last week when our propane guy arrived for our monthly fill. But because of the shortage he was only allowed to fill […]

Happy Thanksgiving!


Thou who hast given so much to me, give me one more thing… a grateful heart! ~ George Herbert Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!




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Menu Week of November 17

Last week I mentioned that we’ve not been as diligent with our budget as we need to be. One of the places that we’ve let slide is dining out. A few years ago (around the time I started this blog) our budget was super tight and eating out was not something that fit into the […]

FREE Healthy Child Summit Starts November 18

You’ll love the sneak peak of this Free online event. You can learn more about the Preview here. The full event will be in February of 2014. The Sneak Peak will be 22 audio recordings on preconception health, birthing, breast feeding, cloth diapering, gentle sleep solutions, vaccines, dental health, preventing postpartum depression, real food […]