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Michelle Wire
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  • Doylestown, PA
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What kind of HOMEGROWN are you?
Earth Mama
A bit about me:
Im a writer, worker bee, part time gypsy and mama. Im old fashioned with a twist, and unapologetically me and authentic. Im a newbie homesteader, with a pioneer woman lineage.
Latest greatest meal cooked at home:
Sausage and chicken gumbo to celebrate Fat Tuesday! And rustic bread to compliment it and cool down my mouth from the Creole flavor!
Currently reading:
Eternally rereading Letters of a Woman Homesteader, written by my Great Grandmother.
Currently listening to:
Florence + the Machine, Ray LaMontagne, Brandi Carlile, Willie Nelson
My latest DIY project:
Currently building my first chicken coop! And always shabby chic furniture.
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I Know Better: Lessons From Vacation

I recently returned from an RV trip to Montana, which left me away from my homestead for almost a month. It's always a challenge managing this time away when it comes to my crops, and this year was no exception with the addition of my 9 chickens.  I enlisted my neighbor, who has been learning along with me about the chickens. She has three daughters who were willing to chip in as well with the food and water.  My parents, sister and friend all signed on board (or were persuaded!) to visit…


Posted on July 18, 2013 at 8:58am — 3 Comments

Some Seasonal Recipes! Garlic scapes, beets and turnips!

White Bean and Garlic Scapes Dip

  • 1/3 cup sliced garlic scapes (3 to 4)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice, more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt, more to taste
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 can (15 ounces) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, more for drizzling.


1. In a food…


Posted on June 12, 2013 at 5:06pm — 2 Comments

My Homesteading Adventure: Toughening Up

Its been a couple of weeks since I posted last about the chickens.  Then again, I think this post may end up being a little less about chickens then it is about the lesson I learned but you can never really tell until I'm done spilling my guts. I'm all over like that.

The chickens are growing wildly and are currently going through their second molt. I didn’t know they had a second molt; apparently I stopped reading at that chapter. So I learned that like I have so many other things:…


Posted on June 4, 2013 at 8:09pm — 4 Comments

Twilight Gardening and Quiet Reflection

Often you’ll notice that my posts of late begin with “I remember when”. Such as when I say that I remember when I had “good” jeans without permanent mud stains on the knees. I remember when weather bothered me, I’d complain about rain or too much heat. But tonight, those things are far behind me, they don’t bother me any longer. Tonight, I’m going to start my post saying “Remember when I used to stop working at 5?”

Now at 5, I stop my corporate job and start my real one. The kids are…


Posted on May 21, 2013 at 10:09am — 8 Comments

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At 5:41pm on February 15, 2013, Jennifer said…

Hi, Michelle. Welcome to HOMEGROWN! Jennifer here (again). I’m so glad you found us! And oh, my! What an amazing great grandmother! I hope you’ll find plenty of projects and ideas here to spur you on in your chicken keeping and otherwise, and I hope you’ll continue sharing more of your own, too, in The Stew. Elsewhere on HOMEGROWN, you can always find the latest additions to the site at the top of the homepage, and if you’ve ever got questions, please don't hesitate to leave a comment on my profile page or shoot me a message. I hope you feel right at home!

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