Category Archives: Jen’s Posts

Flowering Natives on the Homestead

Hello all! Jen Blood here, on what will actually be my last post for a while. I haven’t been doing much in the way of writing this summer, between gardening and homesteading and a couple of health issues (poison ivy, … Continue reading

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Back to the Wild

It started with a book, as these things so often do. The Humane Gardener:Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife, in this case, by Nancy Lawson. I purchased the book back in the early spring of 2019, when I was just getting excited … Continue reading

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Bosu Juggling, Vegan Pizza, and the End of the World as We Know It (?)

I just realized yesterday that I completely blanked out my March post. The day just…came and went, and somehow I missed it. I didn’t even realize I’d missed it, literally until Sunday, April 12th. I don’t know if that’s the … Continue reading

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Zero Waste Strategies for the Earth-Friendly Home

Hi all! I thought this month I’d take a few minutes to share some of the things I’ve been doing lately to reduce waste in our home. First off, here are a few stats on why reducing waste is such … Continue reading

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Making a Handmade Journal

Welcome to 2020! For the new year (and decade), I’m continuing with the trend of creating handmade things whenever and wherever possible. With that said, however, I’ve gravitated over the past few months to making books. It feels like making … Continue reading

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Jen’s Best of 2019

Jen Blood here, with a look back at 2019, since it is in fact that time again. This year was a rough one around the homestead – between politics and dire climate predictions and the loss of a close family … Continue reading

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How to Outline Using the 3-Act Structure

A few nights ago, I had the pleasure of sharing the spotlight with the illustrious Bruce Coffin during a reading at Walker Memorial Library in Westbrook. The new space there is beautiful, the audience was great, and – as an … Continue reading

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How to Make Kombucha, Nectar of the Gods

Hi all, Jen Blood here. I’ve been happily buried in homesteading biz over the past several months, and thought I would take a moment here to talk about one of my favorite aspects of the Make-Your-Own lifestyle: fermentation, defined by … Continue reading

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Jen Returns…With a New Book

It’s been a wild summer out here in Phippsburg, between family visits and home renovations that I was pretty sure would never, ever end (the home reno, not the family visits). I’m very pleased to announce that, despite the fervent … Continue reading

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The Mysteries That Got Me Hooked on Reading

I came across a box of books from my childhood the other day while going through stuff in my mom’s garage. Aside from the favorites my mom saved from when I was wee – The Diggingest Dog, Peter Rabbit, Winnie … Continue reading

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