I’m Heidi. I’m a 40ish mom of two very busy and loud young girls. I have been married to the same man for the last 18 years and counting.

We live in Southeastern Ontario, Canada on the farm that my husband grew up on. We’ve recently (February 2013) moved in and will be spending a little time making it our own. Until we moved to the farm we had lived next door to it on our own 6 acre property, which is now occupied by another family member. We have 2 ponies and a horse that our children are learning to ride and care for. I like that they are learning responsibility and work at an early age.

This isn’t a blog about city people moving to the country to homestead, its a blog about rural people continuing to live life pretty much the same way our parents and their parents lived it. We try to live simply in order to keep things easy and to save a little something for the future.

We are a work in progress, but like to try new things. We garden and preserve some food, we’ve dabbled in chickens for meat, we barter, buy locally when possible (but not exclusively or obsessively) and try to fix it or make it ourselves as much as we can. Luckily, I married a very handy farmboy who can fix or build almost everything.  If something breaks, we don’t always replace it, but find a way to “farmer” it. Yes, we use the word farmer as a verb.

We are learning to be more of a “Use it up, wear it out, make do or do without” kind of household. Not always, and not perfectly, but we somewhere in that vicinity.


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  1. pobept says:

    Good for you. Sounds like my life style. I was born 2 years after WWII ended and the memory of the Great Depression was still vivid on everyone’s mind. In those days you grew it or made it your self. Money and store bought items were both in short supply, so you made do with what you had and never tossed anything out with out first attempting to fix what ever was broken.

  2. Hi Heidi!
    “Use it up, wear it out, make do or do without” is a great philosophy. Where did that come from? Did you make it up or hear your parents or grandparents say it? I also like farmer as a verb. I might have to start using that!
    So nice to meet you. Thanks for visiting my blog. 🙂

  3. I’m also married to a farmboy who can fix about anything! Sometimes it’s really handy. Sometimes it’s downright annoying… I’ve never heard the term farmer used as a verb! That’s great. We say around here it got Larry-ed. Larry is my father in law (the farmer). 😉 Thanks for visiting my blog. 🙂

  4. Lilybell says:

    Ahhh my boyfriend fixes our cars and computers and my daddy fixes everything else! =) I too grew up on a farm and technically have an apartment in a college area of about 150,000. Thankfully my boyfriend is on the edge of the city limits and his home has a large back porch, deer, my flower beds, and a place to get away from the office. I’ll never give up my country roots…I’ll always take a slightly lower salary than the city peeps to stay here.

  5. suzyplatt says:

    Hi I just nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award, the post is on my blog! 🙂

  6. Shira says:

    Wonderful premise and description of your blog! It’s about time I got over here to check it out – I totally appreciate your way of life and look forward to your tales! I love your words: ‘not exclusively or obsessively’….my kind of expression! Cheers!

    • Thanks for checking it out. It’s true that we try to support buying local & live simply, but we do it within reason & budget. And we try to keep it uncomplicated. If it feels like too much work, it would be hard to keep it up.

      • Shira says:

        Totally – couldn’t agree more. Being too obsessive about anything makes good intentions become totally onerous and heavy. I share your sentiments wholeheartedly and try to reflect the same in my attitude towards food. Great to share!

  7. ohiocook says:

    thank you for reading and following my blog!

  8. chefconnie says:

    Nice blog. I am going to enjoy following this one!

  9. We’ve given you a shout-out full of Sunshine so feel free to pick it up, put it down or pass it around! Cheers, Lill and Jill

  10. Just found you via Natural Noshing and I love the premise for your blog!

  11. Hello Heidi. Nice Blog and what a gorgeous home you have. Looking forward to following your simple living ideas.

  12. elleadi says:

    HI Heidi, I really like your blog. Very inspiring!

  13. I nominated you for the Sunshine Blog Award. See the details here: http://realfoodrealdeals.com/2012/04/29/sunshine-award/. Thanks for the inspiration!

  14. I don’t live on six acres, so growing our own food is out, but we have always lived very simply. When it gets complicated we’re unhappy. We love the simple pleasures: walks on summer evenings, little league baseball games, hot dogs, a comfortable chair and a good book. Nice to know we’re not alone.

  15. oceannah says:

    Hi Heidi, love the blog you have here. We’re on the same page as your family, but with only one child at home (12). It is such a gift to have a simple life in these crazy hectic times.

  16. Hi, I received an award and nominated you as a recipient also…I enjoy visiting your blog..Information is at http://hometogo232.wordpress.com/posts/

  17. I love your blog. I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award! Have a great day. http://naturallyfrugalhomemaker.com/2012/05/16/one-lovely-blog-award/

  18. We think you’re pretty great – although you haven’t baked me anything yet so I probably shouldn’t have done this but too late ;-)…L

  19. Seeking Joyful Simplicity says:

    I am very glad you visited my blog and now I have connected with you! I enjoy your practical down-to-earth approach, and your “not exclusively or obsessively” approach. I find it encouraging that so many of us are on similar journeys…

  20. Yolanda Presant says:

    HI Heidi, thanks for stopping by my blog! My husband’s family is from Ontario, Waterloo area. We lived there for 15 years, in Scarborough and then Guelph. Now we are in Surrey, BC. switching snow for rain!

    • Hi! I’m southeastern Ontario – but I went to university in Guelph. Love it there. The nice warm weather in BC must be a nice switch, for winter.

      • Yolanda Presant says:

        Well, it is but I could still use a bit warmer. There are just a few months where it gets danged miserable. All my husbands family went to the Ag College in Guelph. We lived right by the University.

  21. Thank you for visiting my little blog. I am enjoying reading about your rural life in Canada. Enjoyed the post about dishwashing powder. Definitely going to try that. The stuff you buy from the supermarket even smells toxic. Best wishes from Jean in Brisbane, Australia.

  22. I like the “farmer” it, just because something is broken doesn’t mean it has no use, somewhere. Have a great weekend.

  23. Hi..I nominated you for the ‘Sunshine Award’…Diane…Details at http://hometogo232.wordpress.com/2012/06/19/beautiful-sunshine/

  24. slowborg says:

    Hey Heidi, just letting you know I have nominated you for THREE blog awards! Check out my homepage and if you accept you can pay it forward.
    I really enjoy your blog and am constantly inspired to be creative (I went searching for bees wax today for candles in a teacup for instance!) and your recipes are always so fantastic. Thank you for your lovely blog x

  25. Barbara Good says:

    Hi Heidi, I just wanted to let you know that I love your blog so much that I have nominated you for an award, see here http://thenewgoodlife.wordpress.com/2012/06/26/tuesdays-top-five-about-me-and-some-awards/.

    I’m not sure how you feel about this sorts of things. Please feel free to respond to it in any way, if at all, that you like.

  26. You have put a lot of work into your blog and I would like to nominate you for the Versatile Blogger Award. This link should now work:

  27. Fairy says:

    Hello Heidi

    I have just found your blog via a comment on another blog I read. There are so many hidden gems in blogland. I wanted to say how much I have enjoyed it so far and I will definitely be back. I am another of the “Use it up, wear it out, make do or do without” brigade. It just makes so much sense.

  28. I’m loving the premise of your blog and will be following. I, too, follow the “Use it up, wear it out, make do or do without” and have brought up our kids that way. I wish you all the best 🙂

  29. Hi… I nominated you for the Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award…Diane details are at http://hometogo232.wordpress.com/2012/07/01/joy-sometimes-comes-in-threes/

  30. Sorry my brain cells are a little fuzzy…what I nominated you for was the Ten Commandments Award….Diane

  31. Shalvika P says:

    Hi Heidi! You have a nice blog here and I love your About page! I envy you for living on a farm. I’ve been born and brought up in an Indian city and never had even a taste of rural life. I’m sure it must be exciting 😀

    • Thank you. We just live next door to our in-laws farm, and the only animals still on it are horses, but I’m glad our kids have the experience of the farm available to them. I don’t know about exciting, but there is a fair amount of work involved and a lot of dirt!

  32. Ange says:

    I can’t remember how I managed to stumble across your blog, but I just spent the last few days catching up and I have really enjoyed reading it. I am following now.
    After reading your posts, I discovered that this city girl is “crunchier” than I had realized. I’m not very crunchy, but something is better than nothing, right? I won’t give you a list, but realizing this has made me feel pretty good right now! Thank you for that.
    After seeing a local bottle of wine on one of you posts, I see that I visit my parents’ cottage probably somewhat near you. (It is right on Lake Ontario. You have never mentioned towns that I have noticed, so I won’t say more)
    Small world, eh? 😉

    • Yep, small world. You must’ve seen a bottle from The County. I don’t live in the county, but close to it. Just back from the cottage myself, to restock food and ice and head back over – strangely enough, the cottage is on an island we can see from our living room window (belongs to some cousins from the city, but we have use of it – and since it’s on a private island, it’s still a getaway).

      And I’m only “lightly crunchy” myself. Working on it though. Nice to meet you! Glad you’ve enjoyed it so far.

  33. Camhy says:

    This sounds like the life my oldest daughter and I would love to live. Living in the country, having the horses,… I also know what you mean about having to wait for your handy husband to have the time for the projects that he’s so good at helping with. Thanks for visiting my blog. Stop by again!

  34. megan12ca says:

    Hi Heidi, thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday. You sound like my kind of girl 🙂 We’re just across the lake from you in Erie, Pennsylvania.

  35. oceannah says:

    Hi Heidi, Love your blog!!! I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blogger Award. Swing By oceannah for details if you wish to accept!

  36. Hi, Heidi, Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. It’s lovely to meet you—your philosophy re frugality and environmental concerns pretty much matches mine. I do it all as I can but am not obsessive about it. Speaking of husbands who fix things: mine is a computer guru, works at it all day, so I’m usually the last person he gets around to helping, therefore I’m self-taught for the most part—it works for me!

  37. Larissa Shashkof says:


    I love reading about your adventures on the other side of the world. Especially as we are in the middle of winter here.

    I am currently conducting research into blogs that focus on sustainable
    living as part of my Masters at the University of New England, Australia.

    We are looking for people to participate in a short online survey
    (5-10minutes), link below

    If you could help that would be greatly appreciated.

    Larissa Shashkof
    Student Researcher, Master of Environmental Systems, Markets and Climate
    University of New England
    Email: lshashko@une.edu.au

  38. amberwideman says:

    Hey Heidi! I don’t know if you’re interested but I nominated your blog for the One Lovely Blog Award. You don’t need to do anything with it if you don’t want to, but I wanted you to know that I really enjoy reading your blog. Your thoughts on the simple things inspire me and encourage me in my own personal goals to be more sustainable. You can read more about it http://asmileeachday.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/one-lovely-honour/ if you’re interested. Keep up the fabulous posts!

  39. nancyc says:

    Hi Heidi, I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! http://nancycreative.com/2012/08/03/blog-awards-and-a-big-thank-you/

  40. I nominate you for One Lovely Blogger Award! Please copy/paste award from my site and follow rules if you accept! Have a great day 🙂 Looking at the comments above, it looks like you are having a great few week!

  41. […] The second one is Heidi who writes about her life and her family in a rural setting and many of her blogs include delicious recipes. Please visit her at her site  https://lightlycrunchy.wordpress.com/about/    […]

  42. I have nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger award… see my post titled It Feels Good

  43. Good morning! I know that some of you have already seen the post, but I want to “officially” let each of you know that you were nominated by your blogging friends for the “Good Neighbor Award!” Congratulations! 🙂 Best, Katherine http://pillowsalamode.wordpress.com/2012/09/21/good-neighbor-award-winners-2/

  44. ..love it, and hi from Montreal! ..found you through one ordinary day

  45. Jennifer says:

    Hmm…your email doesn’t show up when you comment (in my email). Just your gravatar and some sort of gobbly goo number jumble. Well, shoot. I’ll put my email on here but if you’d be so kind to just delete it off here once you’re finished, that way the spammers won’t get it. And then I’ll send you a real email/message with my address. Will that work? A thousand thanks! Jennifer

  46. You’re welcome – and I’ve edited your response and sent you an email. It might show up in your junkmail.

  47. Currie Rose says:

    What a cozy corner of the internet you have here. 🙂 I secretly dream of a life similar to yours. *Sigh*

    Let’s see…. BTW, I love your recent cowl post… you did an awesome job and I am interested in trying out your latest Halloween recipe. Oh wait… that’s TOMORROW!!! Maybe next year. 🙂

    Have a great night,

  48. Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

    Not that far (like, just next door; ) from “The County” myself. Small world…

  49. I am always so excited to find other Canadians. I live way over the the Western side. Hello!

  50. Hey Girl! I nominated you for the “Beautiful Blogger Award”! I can’t figure out what I like the best- The recipes? The homey depictions of your daily activities? The wonderful photography? How about all three! Woot! Grab the icon from my site and add it to your own and then follow the directions about what to do next. And thank you for your honest and compassionate posts.


  51. Hi! I chose your blog for a Liebster Award Here’s the nomination: http://seasonedwithsarcasm.wordpress.com/2013/04/24/the-liebster-award/
    Happy blogging!

  52. Miriam says:

    I like your description of living simply. Very nice. I was also lucky to be raised by parents who believed in frugality and I hope that my kids will someday say the same thing about me.

  53. Kevin says:

    Hi Heidi. I wanted to stop by your site and thank you for introducing yourself to let me know you’re real. 🙂 You may be interested in exploring Blotanical — it’s a search engine of garden blogs. Be well!

  54. blowingoffsteamandmore says:

    Hello! Found you while searching for homemade body wash recipes and have become a follower! I look forward to exploring your site. So many great looking recipes and DIY projects!

  55. I choose you for a blog award today. I got my first ever and although I’m new to your blog, I love how you talk about your life on the farm.


  56. Jen Gardener says:

    Hi Heidi. Your blog looks very yummy and very clever. Looking forward to getting stuck into some of your recipes and that peppermint laundry soap certainly looks interesting too! Glad to have found you!

  57. Hi… Just checking in to see how you are… Maybe you’ve just been busy over the summer, but wanted to check anyway…. Diane

    • Hello! I’m still around – it’s been taking a long time to recover from the latest exacerbation this time. I don’t check in very often. I’d like to start up again. Hopefully soon. Thanks for checking in.

  58. Rachel says:

    Hi Heidi thank you for you lovely blog. I found it while looking for pumpkin recipies. I was born in Durham Ontario but have never been back since I left age 1 so it is nice seeing a blog from some where nearish. I then went to grow up in southeast asia and now as an adult returned to southeast asia and live in Cambodia. We also have to live simply and creatively. Thank you again for letting me have a glimpse into the land of my birth. Hope you feel better soon.

  59. You’re likely not on lately…but when you do just want you to know I’ve been wondering how you are… Perhaps the exacerbation is still ongoing. I hope not… Anyway… take care.. Diane

    • Thanks for checking in. I haven’t been looking in much lately, but I’m still around. There have been several exacerbations over the past year with some lasting effects, but I’ve adjusted, I think. It has changed the pace of life a little, but I’m doing good, thanks. How are you?

      • I’m sorry you’ve been having a difficult time… I’m better in that I can sleep laying down.. but still trouble eating…. test tests and more tests… (complain complain) but I don’t have the M.S. issues you do…. so I shouldn’t complain. I guess you’ve had to slow down around the house.. but hope you can still get out sometimes for your girl’s hockey etc…. Hope you feel better soon.. spring is finally at least in sight… Diane

  60. Hi there Heidi – just wondering how you are as we haven’t heard from you in blogland for a while and I for one miss your posts. Hope things are getting better for you and that your family all well, sending you my best wishes Viv

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