Buy a Locally Farmed Free Roaming Turkey and it Benefits us All

When a friend posted on Facebook the other day about the recent con­tro­versy in New Jersey over ges­ta­tion crates for pigs and her hor­ror over the real­ity of fac­tory farm­ing, I thought, “How in the world can any­one not know about this?”

The post was a result of Jon Stewart’s reac­tion to NJ Gov. Chris Christie refus­ing to sign a bill passed by the state’s leg­is­la­ture to ban the diminu­tive crates, which keeps breed­ing pigs from being able to even turn around for most of their lives.

But then I remem­bered I didn’t always know these things. Like most Americans, I was happy pre­tend­ing my meat orig­i­nated in that plas­tic wrapped Styrofoam plat­ter at the gro­cery store.

The fact is that unless you’re buy­ing your meat – any of it – from local farm­ers who keep their ani­mals on free range, you’re likely buy­ing fac­tory farmed meat.

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Coming Soon: Living Large, the Book

Living Largers love books and that’s why I’m extra excited to announce that my book, Living Large in Our Little House: Thriving in 480-square feet with Six Dogs, a Husband and One Remote, And How You Can Too will be pub­lished by Reader’s Digest Books and dis­trib­uted by Penguin in Fall 2015.

Living Large, the book, will have a lot of new tips on how to live well in a small space and empha­size that Living Large is a State of Mind, no mat­ter where you live.

The book will also con­tain sto­ries of other Living Largers. Kent Griswold at the Tiny House Blog is writ­ing the foreword.

I’m very excited and a lit­tle ner­vous. I’ll be work­ing hard for the next four months get­ting this out to the pub­lisher so our com­mu­nity will have it by next fall.

Thanks to all of our Living Large com­mu­nity for your con­tin­ued sup­port and yes, the book will be released in e-book form as well!

Weeks Don't Get Any Better Than This

Inside The Belle Writer's Studio.

 

Well, for the most part.

Our beloved Kansas City Royals lost the World Series on Wednesday night. After a 29 year wait to see them in another Series, it came down to a very heart­break­ing Game 7, bot­tom of the 9th, two out, man-stranded-on-3rd base-90 feet-away-from– the– tying-run-loss. I’m not a sports nut (and Dale doesn’t like sports at all, but even he didn't resist the home­town enthu­si­asm for the Royals), my his­tory with base­ball goes back to my grand­par­ents who were die-hard Cubby fans in Chicago (this should tell you some­thing about how resilient my fam­ily is when it comes to losing).

My mom was even at a Kansas City A’s game (before the A’s were moved to Oakland) on open­ing day when she real­ized she was preg­nant with me. I have a lot of great mem­o­ries of Royals base­ball with my fam­ily at Kauffman Stadium. This team reignited my love for it. A lot of good things hap­pened in the city because of this team and for that, we are grateful.

On a bet­ter note, Living Large the book is a few more steps closer to real­ity. I hope to have an announce­ment about that very soon.

Finally, the week is end­ing with Halloween, which means two things at Our Little House. It is our tra­di­tional first pot of chili night, which goes back to when my mom would warm our bel­lies before we headed out trick or treating.

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Gray Stove: A Company with a Good Wood Stove for Tiny Homes

Posted October 28th, 2014 by kerri and filed in small house living
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We had a lovely Indian Summer week­end and it was made even more spe­cial because my good friend, a woman I call my soul sis­ter, came and vis­ited. Kathy and her hus­band came down Memorial Day week­end to help us kick off our sum­mer of fun and it was great to have her back for prob­a­bly one of the last truly warm week­ends of the year.

It’s the end of October and soon we will be fir­ing up our woodstove.

A com­pany called Gray Stove was recently brought to my atten­tion. They are a vet­eran owned com­pany and make stoves cus­tom to order, which includes lit­tle stoves for tiny homes.

When we built Our Little House, this stove wasn’t around, but if it had been, I would have def­i­nitely checked it out.

We try, when we can, to sup­port American made and that this com­pany is owned by tal­ented vet­er­ans who have found a niche for their craft is great.

Check out their story here and if you’re in the mar­ket for a wood­stove for a new tiny or a home you already own, check out their web­site.