Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Two years ago... (and a giveaway)

... I had a restless night.  Because...

Two years ago tomorrow, all this became ours. Our 5 acres of heaven (although sometimes it doesn't feel like it!)
We closed on our property on April 20, 2009 and then the adventure really began.
The journey is far from over and I'm so thankful for all of you who have come along for the ride; providing inspiration, advice and companionship for the trip.
This week, I'll be posting a series of then and now to see how far we've come.  I'll be looking back through the photo files to highlight some of the challenges we have faced, both big and little.

But you are all interested in the giveaway part, right?  To celebrate our two year farmiversary I'm going to have a giveaway.  To thank you all for your support through the last two years, TWO, yes, two lucky winners will receive three packets of herb seeds each.... and maybe a few other surprises as well.  If you're interested, post a comment, telling me either what your favorite herb is or what you would like to see more of here.  I'll select winners at random from comments posted by midnight CST on Tuesday April 26th.  Good luck to all... and oh, the seeds are available to US residents only, although there may be alternate gifts available for those overseas.


  1. Congrats on 2 years!

    My favorite herb is mad dog skull cap. Does wonders for my migraines.

  2. Congratulations on your 2 years there!
    My favorite herb it thyme. Phil makes the best fried potatoes with thyme.

  3. Can't believe how quickly time passes. Yours was one of the first blogs I started reading. You are pretty darned amazing and don't need to change anything! My favorite herb - it is listed as an herb on some sites, not all - so maybe it counts? - is garlic. If it isn't technically an herb, I would pick rosemary. They are both a year-round part of our cooking here.

  4. Wow, you have done alot in 2 years! Congratulations! It's a lovely piece of property.

    I fell in love with basil last summer when I grew it, but I still have a thing for cilantro and chives too...

  5. Congrats on 2 years. How exciting. My favorite herbs are oregano, mint, basil, and rosemary!

  6. Ooo I want to win an alternate overseas gift! Lol, it just sounds so exciting.

    Congratulations on your two years, I would love to have five acres, but I imagine it is a whole lot of work :)

    Well done!

  7. Any herb is a good one! Congrats on the 2 years since the house! I remember how relieved I was when you sold the other house finally, that's always been my worst fear :) I love all that you do on your blog, I like that you don't only post about the garden. Homesteading encompasses all, family, food, farming, how to make it all work on a daily basis and I think you guys are doing great!

  8. Wow...two years already! Can't wait to see the before & after pics. You have done so much in those two years. Congrats!

  9. My favorite herb is basil and what I'd like to see more of on your blog is my photos. C'mon, I can come down and take a bunch of shots as an excuse for a visit! :D (I mean, I probably don't need an excuse... but just in case.)

  10. You have done a lot in two years, congrats. My favorite herb is Rosemary, it is great with all types of meat.

  11. woohoo for your two!! My favorite herb is oregano. Use it in nearly everything.

  12. Talk about perfect timing! I will be able to see your two-year adventure unfold fast-time. I am looking forward to the trip.

    My favorite herb is lovage - followed closely by comfrey and thyme.

  13. I'm new here, but I like seeds!

  14. AS long as the prize isn't mousy-insulation, I'm in!!

    My favorite herb is basil. I put it around the house like bouquets!

    Congrats on both the 2 years and the stunning improvement to your house!!

  15. Congrats on coming so far in so short a time! I love garlic, too - it's one of the few herbs that I can grow reliably here on the Oregon Coast.

  16. Congrats on 2 years of real life living!!

    I can never thank you enough for turning me on to U of I's edamame test seeds...

    I love all the herbs...especially fennel and anise and cilantro.

    I love your blog...every day life, every day love, and all tied up into one great Iowa package!

    Thanks, Judy!!

  17. Thyme is one of my favorite herbs because it is so hardy.

  18. oh that is a tough one - i think garlic (I put in everything that i possibly can) and mint. And you have done wonders in 2 years! I've loved looking at the before and after pictures!
    Kris tkjtbair at gmail dot com


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