In November we co-hosted a month-long photo challenge with our sister magazines @motherearthnewsmag, @grit1882 and @heirloomgardenermag on Instagram. During the month of November, our editors shared and re-posted photos every day of things they’re grateful for, including stocked winter pantries, happy houseplants, homemade treasures, and more. We were overwhelmed with the response we received and loved seeing all the photos. Below are some of our favorites.
A cozy place...For me it's my morning coffee spot. I sip over my planner, and my Commonplace book, while my daughter practices piano, then we gather with Mr. Garner for Daily Office and Morning Prayer. #simplygratefultogether #naturebowl #mantledecor #anglicanlife #dailyoffice #morningprayer #charlottemasonlifestyle
Day 2: Handmade item. Editor Caitlin Wilson made (and here, models) her own #knittedshawl. Tag your own #handmadeitems with #simplygratefultogether for our November photo challenge and you may end up in the magazine! @heirloomgardenermag @motherearthliving @grit1882 #photochallenge #knittersofinstagram #handmadeshawl
Sorting through and giving love to all of my botanicals one final time before I leave for India in three days, as I won’t be taking any of these with me. My medicine cabinet for the winter is ready upon arrival home next month. Other than some immune boosting herbal supplements and essential oils, I’ll be taking a light break from my herbals as my approach to doing the inner work will be a bit different in India. A lot of these I’ve gotten from @mountainroseherbs and @frontiercoop, while a lot of these have also come from dear friends, wild harvests, and local farms from South Florida all the way to New York. I give an extra special thank you to the friends who know me well enough to gift me botanicals and herbals! I look so forward to blending these up, making medicine, and hosting tea ceremonies in the years to come. Join me if you will and stay tuned 💚
Comfort Food - Day 4 | Potatoes... mashed, stuffed with cheese and bacon, fried, tossed with copious amounts of butter, and shallots, and dill, and garlic. It doesn't get any better or more comforting! . My potato game is strong you guys. So strong that my family actually refers to these as "Crystal Potatoes." Toot. <-- me, tooting my own horn. . To make perfect roasted potatoes that are crispy on the outside and pillowy on the inside: 1. use a russet-type potato 2. cut into cubes, toss with a generous amount of oil (avocado or lard) and salt 3. bake 425F for at least an hour, no need to stir 4. while hot on the pan, sprinkle with a mixture of garlic powder, onion powder, and dried parsley . They are so good! #simplygratefultogether #homestead #potatoesarelife
We love growing all kinds of things here, and I have a collection of #houseplants. The most interesting are my carnivorous ones, a Venus fly trap and a pitcher plant. They provide organic insect control in the kitchen all summer, but soon I'll be taking them to a sunny but cool window in the library upstairs for the rest season they need over the winter. #pleasantvalleyfarm #pleasantvalleyfarmpa #farm #organicfarm #simplygratefultogether #photochallange #carniverousplants #venusflytrap #pitcherplant
This summer we found a patch of elderberries around an alpine lake we hiked into. We gathered them and then cooked up a beautiful batch of Elderberry Syrup using honey from our farm and some lovely spices. When there’s even a slight sniffle in our house, we are cracking open this jar of healthiness! #simplygratefultogether #homeremedies #allnatural #homemadeisbest
Day 8: in my cup. Coffee! Pour over fireside nights which is a 3 bean blend roasted in town @groundsforthought_bg . Made up of Ethiopia sidamo, Brazilian, and Guatemala FR beans. Then I add some @califiafarms unsweetened almond milk to cool it down and make it creamy! Best way to wake up on cold days! Reading Harry Potter and snuggling my beautiful kitty isn't bad either! #simplygratefultogether#coffee#catmom#bookworm#harrypotter @motherearthnewsmag @motherearthliving
Today’s #simplygratefultogether prompt is gardens. There are few things more beautiful than a garden in bloom and someone to share it with. What beauty do you find in your garden? . . . . . We’re co-hosting this photo challenge with our close friends at @motherearthnewsmag, @grit1882 and @Motherearthliving. #gardens#gardening #gardensofinstagram #kansas#rurallife #organiclife #motherearthliving #instagood #photooftheday #Beautiful #flowers #happy
Day 20: Locally made. A pair of mugs, created by a local ceramic artist, serve as temporary homes for two young spider plants (Chlorophytum comosum). Show us and our sister magazines your favorite#locallymade items by tagging your photos#simplygratefultogether. Our#novemberphotochallenge is co-hosted with @motherearthliving @grit1882 @motherearthnewsmag #sistermagazine
Day 21- Your Workspace. For ten years my workspace was a cubicle, now I luckily get to call my home my workspace. And on really lucky days I get to call this farm table my workspace for cutting fabric, crafting, painting, or blogging. (Love this table, gifted from my aunt @neceeydee💗) #simplygratefultogether
Day 25: A family heirloom. "These seeds are very special to me. My grandma Jan used to grow four o’clocks (Mirabilis jalapa) outside of her home. I loved plucking the seeds out of their individual nests until I had a nice collection of them resting in my little palm. I would look at them and admire their shape, color, and texture…their uniformity but uniqueness. My grandma taught me about the beauty intrinsic in all life (whether it were a tree, a snake, a spider making its web, or a tiny seed). She passed away while I was still very young, and seeds from her four o’clock plants were planted in the garden beside the front door of my parents’ house. Because my dad was in the military, we moved quite often, and eventually the seeds and the plants were lost. While digging through my parents’ collection of seeds a few months ago, I came across these nine little seeds rattling around in the bottom of the box…four o’clock seeds from the descendants of my grandma’s plants. I’ll plant these seeds come spring in the hopes that they grow into something beautiful, just like how my grandma planted seeds in me that grew into compassion, love, and an appreciation for finding beauty in unlikely places." - Russell Mullin. Share your #familyheirloom photos with us by using the hashtag #simplygratefultogether. We’re cohosting this photo challenge with our good friends at @motherearthnewsmag, @grit1882 and @motherearthliving
Day 26 of #simplygratefultogether: favorite tool I love this push tiller (?).....I use it daily in my garden to weed between rows and to loosen/level soil before sowing. photochallenge #photoaday #novemberphotochallenge @heirloomgardenermag @grit1882 @motherearthliving @motherearthnewsmag #vintagegardentools #oldfashionedliving
Root Vegetables - Day 27 | I'm craving routine and lots of veggies today after a whirlwind long weekend of traveling, spending time with family, and eating lots of pie! Today I'll be getting the house back in order, lugging out the Christmas decorations, and making an easy veggie-filled dinner... something with grass-fed hamburger, a big salad, and these garlic and herb fingerling potatoes. And then tonight we're going to put up the massive Christmas tree I brought home! #noplacelikehome #spuds #austriancrescent #simplygratefultogether
Day 28 #communityinvolvement. Many hands make light work during a community tree-planting event in Lawrence, Kansas. To participate in our #novemberphotochallenge,share a photo of community involvement today with the hashtag #simplygratefultogether! We’re enjoying our time cohosting this challenge with our dear friends @motherearthnewsmag, @grit1882 and @motherearthliving
Day 29 of #simplygratefultogether: #housegoals We have big goals (dreams) with this one! We want a small cabin in the woods, heated with a wood stove on a lake/river/pond. With just enough land to grow a big garden and raise our animals. Our dream home will be a cozy little hippie shack, far away from corn/bean fields......and completely debt free❤️ #photoaday #novemberphotochallenge @heirloomgardenermag @grit1882 @motherearthliving @motherearthnewsmag #dreamlife #gettingbacktonature #cabinliving #goals #takemetotheforest
Favorite Hobby - Day 30 | I think homesteading is my hobby. It's more than that too though... kind of like a way of life or a mindset I suppose. But still, most of the "things I like to do for fun" fall under the umbrella of being a homesteader- like growing things, harvesting, preserving; cooking from scratch; making things like soap, candles, ornaments; and of course: hanging out with chickens! #homestead #simplygratefultogether #bufforpington
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