From the Ground Up

Bringing Permaculture to Life in the Kitchen



Kitchen Overhaul

As some of you may know we’ve had a very busy last few months. In a little over two months we completely redid our whole kitchen, from the floor up (or should I say ground up). Jim has owned his… Continue Reading →

Finished Chicken Coop

We are quite excited to have the chicken coop and run finished, and have our chickens out in the fresh air and sunlight. The total costs for the coop construction came in around $1,000. It will take a few years of… Continue Reading →

Sides and Roof Up!

We’ll look back on the first weekend of April and remember the kindness of our friend Elise who helped us, the feeling of accomplishment, the raising of a new structure and the absolutely bitter wind that permeated every single layer… Continue Reading →

Chickens Week 6 (Cooped Up)

They are officially in the coop! This is a big deal people, like a BIG deal. My basement was smelling pretty darn rank and there was a fine layer of dust and down on literally EVERY SINGLE surface in that… Continue Reading →

We Built a Wall! (Before we built the floor)

When we broke ground on the chicken coop we realized that the foundation for the back of the garage wasn’t fully formed, it didn’t reach down to the wall as it should. So in order to build the coop behind… Continue Reading →

We Built a Floor!

In all our research of chicken coops and how to build them we found very little information on how to build your standard run-of-the-mill “shed style” coop. We found lots of cute little backyard coops(like these fabulously chic coops on… Continue Reading →

One-Skillet Potato, Ground Turkey and Spinach Frittata

Nothing is better than a hearty and filling Sunday morning brunch. Last Sunday was cold and rainy and I was in the mood for something different than the usual toast and scrambled eggs. So I went on the same old… Continue Reading →


Here is a step-by-step on how to make super easy, no fail gnocchi. Remember people, it doesn’t have to be pretty just yummy.

Jalapeno Poppers

Need a quick and easy holiday party appetizer? Even if you’re not a huge fan of spicy foods like me, there are great uses for having some jalapenos growing right outside in the garden (we froze ours since we have so… Continue Reading →

Caramelized Onion, bacon and Sweet Potato Soup

I experienced this soup for the first time when I visited my sister out in Washington and joined her for a cooking class her apartment complex was hosting. That’s right, her apartment complex. Not going to lie, I had some… Continue Reading →

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