My Homestead

cooking, vegan, recipes, family, gardening at Lita’s house

simple bread dough

Simple Bread

Honestly, I don’t make bread often enough and I don’t know why! I love everything about making bread, the texture, the creativity, the smells and especially the end result. This weekend I took the time to make a simple bread dough. I love that it doesn’t need many ingredients. In fact, if you have yeast, […] Read more…

Perfect Night In

Perfect Night In

I was asked by the good people at AdoreMe to write about my perfect night in. Honestly, if you know me, you know that would mean a night at home with my hubby and Bubba the Frenchie, enjoying a glass of wine, a tasty dinner and a movie. Of course, the candles would be lit in our little […] Read more…

apple vegan cake

Apple Vegan Cake

It’s Meatless Monday and Vegan Recipe Day!! Can you believe it? Probably not, because I haven’t shared a recipe here on this blog in a long, long while. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve made anything from a recipe in a while. I just make the good ol’ stand-bys week after week. Which is not bad […] Read more…

Beauty and the Beast – Coming Soon!!

The much anticipated (especially by me) live-action movie version of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is coming soon to theaters and here’s what you need to know. Because it’s live-action, the story and characters audiences know and love will seemingly come to life in this adaptation of Disney’s animated classic. This movie is said to be […] Read more…

Finding Peace

5 Tips for Finding Peace in the New Year

I’m an optimist. Always have been and always hope to be. I’m not saying I haven’t had “down” times. I have, but overall, I think I’m a pretty upbeat person. So, I thought I’d share 5 of the tips I use for finding peace that I hope will bring about more happiness and joy in […] Read more…

Rogue One

Rogue One – My Birthday Treat

Are you as excited as I am to see ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY in theatres this weekend? I’ve been going crazy watching all the film premier information shared by other Disney bloggers I follow online. PLUS, seeing Star Wars movies that open in December (near mine and my daughter’s birthdays) is a family tradition […] Read more…

Brentwood Home

Brentwood Home Giveaway

Have you heard of the California home store Brentwood Home? This Los Angeles based business has been creating healthy, handmade items out of beautiful, eco-friendly materials for over 30 years. All their items are so beautiful and really have a quality artisanal look and feel to them. The beautiful aesthetic of their items plays right […] Read more…

Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday

This Saturday, November 26th is Small Business Saturday. Will you be out supporting the small businesses in your town? Did you know small businesses contribute to 55% of all jobs and 54% of all sales in the USA? Are you not living in or near a small town? That’s okay, you can just come on […] Read more…

Thanksgiving Blessings

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!! Today, as every day, I have so much to be grateful for. There are all the obvious blessings – Health, Family and Friends, but there are also so many more. If I tried to list them all, this post would go on for days and days. Taking even a moment right now to […] Read more…

Moana (for President) Movie Review

I was fortunate to be invited to see an early screening of the new Disney Animation Moana last night. This film is everything you want a Disney movie to be – fun, creative, uplifting and adventurous. In fact, the lead character, Moana, is so inspiring with her passion, strength and desire to help her people that I’m […] Read more…

#SupportYourBalls – Testicular Cancer Awareness

Did I get your attention with the title of this post? I hope so! I’m trying to raise some awareness for testicular cancer. Why me? you may ask. When I saw that Tommy John a men’s underwear company, was running this campaign with the Testicular Cancer foundation, I was surprised to hear that most men don’t […] Read more…

Tour group

20 Days in Europe with Gate 1 Travel

We recently returned from a 20 day trip to Central Europe with Gate 1 Travel. This is our fourth trip with Gate 1 and honestly, they’ve never let us down. It was another fabulous tour with excellent tour guides, an active itinerary and wonderful accommodations. We’ve met many people on these trips that have traveled […] Read more…

Chiang Mai

Travels in Thailand – Last Stop Chiang Mai

Our final days in Thailand were spent in and around the City of Chiang Mai. This was probably one of our favorite cities in Thailand. It’s fitting that I’m writing about the finish of our Thailand trip as in 1 day we are off to begin another once-in-a-lifetime trip – a three week visit to Central […] Read more…

Longridge Open Space

September Wrap-Up

Wow, September has come and gone so quickly! We’re one week into October and I’m finally getting around to wrapping up the little bits of fun we had during this past month. Some day I’ll actually post about my “weekday” schedule including work and what I do each day when I head to the office, but […] Read more…

Phiona in Queen of Katwe

Queen of Katwe – Movie Review

Review of the new Disney movie Queen of Katwe an inspiring and uplifting movie about a girl growing up in the slums of Katwe in Uganda and going on to become a Master chess champion. Read more…

Maesa Elephant Camp

Travels in Thailand – Maesa Elephant Camp

My telling of our tour of Thailand continues after the day in Myanmar with a visit to the Maesa Elephant Camp in Chiang Mai. This area of the Maesa Valley is home to the largest domesticated elephant habitation in northern Thailand. What an absolute treat it is to walk along a beautiful trail, through a gorgeous forest and find […] Read more…

End of August Wrap-Up

End of August photo sharing of some of the fun happening around my world lately. Happy Long Weekend Everyone! Read more…

The Light Between Oceans Movie Review

This movie tells a timeless love story about the moral drama of the truth and secrets couples keep within their relationships. Honestly, my emotions were all over the place while watching this heartbreaking story unfold. And my heart did break while watching this film – not just for a single character but for all of them throughout […] Read more…

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 at Best Buy

While at BlogHer 2016 this year, I visited the AMAZING Best Buy booth at the conference expo where I learned about so many fabulous products that, of course, I now need want! One of the super cool techie toys they had there was the new Samsung Galaxy Note 7. Samsung Galaxy Note 7 You’ve seen those […] Read more…

Disney’s Pete’s Dragon

Walt Disney Studios has done it again and created another fabulous family film with their realistic reimagining of the animated classic Pete’s Dragon. The creative production of this film had my imagination running wild and my emotions traveling right alongside. The skill and care the creators of this new movie use in evoking a full-range of emotions makes […] Read more…

Mae Salong Hill Tribe

Travels in Thailand – Chiang Rai

As we continue sharing our adventures in Thailand, we are still heading north to our next “stay” in the northernmost big city of the country called Chiang Rai. From Chiang Rai, we are heading to the Golden Triangle area – the tripoint of the Thailand, Laos and Myanmar borders – but that is yet to come. Chiang Rai […] Read more…

comfy hotel bedding

Summertime Travel – Country Inn and Suites

Summertime is about getting in all the travel you can! Am I right? And travel usually includes hotel stays. I don’t know about you, but at this point in life, I have certain criteria that a hotel must meet before I’ll stay there. Country Inn and Suites meets all the criteria I have for a more-than-comfortable […] Read more…

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