Shortly after we moved out here, my husband (I’ll call him Curly) left his career as a truck driver and after a couple of interim jobs, was hired on as a farm hand by the man we bought the property from. He’s been doing it for four seasons now, and while it can be very tiring and sometimes stressful, for the most part he enjoys it. (He won’t admit it, but I think he likes to play with all of the equipment) We have two young boys, Dude, who is 5 (or 5 1/2 if you ask him) and Poop (yes, that really is his nickame ) who is almost 2. I am a stay-at-home-mom, which is the toughest and most rewarding job I’ve ever had. Part of the deal with me staying home is that I try my best to save money whenever possible. We are certainly not lacking for anything, but we are on a budget, so i do my best to keep our spending to a minimum on things like groceries and gas. We are a 45 minute drive from the nearest major centre, so to be cost effective, I always plan so we can get all of our shopping and errands done in one weekly trip. I have a garden every summer and freeze or can as much as possible. We are so lucky that the previous owners loved to garden, as we have an abundance of fruit trees in our yard. I make all of the jams and jellies that we use and freeze some of the extra fruit for baking. we didn’t have a terrific harvest this year, but we still have had enough to keep me busy for a couple of weeks. i also love to bake and am looking forward to the cooler weather so i can bake without making the house unbearably hot. with curly home in the winter, i tend to do a lot more cooking and baking. we both also tend to put on some extra padding. once i get into the swing of things with the whole blog experience, i hope to share some of my favourite recipes with you, so you can put on some padding of your own!