About Us

sage-in-the-fog1I live here on our small farm in the woods of New Hampshire.

I am a wife, mother, grandmother, and head cookie baker. I share our home with my husband, youngest son, my granddaughter, two registered Haflingers, a lazy beagle, barn kitties, chicks and a peaky house cat.

I for several years have also been a care giver for an older gentleman who lives with us. He recently passed and am currently looking for another in need of our families love and care.

This is my job, I work from home caring for my family and help to run the farm. Simple living for me is something I have always done and see it more as a journey and not an ending point. Mistakes are made along the way, I learn from them, make changes and continue on. Homemaking is a satifying and full time job. Read along and learn from my mistakes. Please make suggestions and ask questions.

I have been doing this so long sometimes I forget that homesteading and simple living isn’t first nature to so many people. Some live so far from slow, basic and simple that it may seem like a long journey back. Much of what I do I don’t even think about any more and will forget to post it here. If you are wondering about something just ask….



Sewing, cooking, baking, gardening, budgeting, and caring for my family is what I love to do. I also am very involved with and in my community.

Hope you enjoy your stay here and come on back, the tea will be ready.



  1. I am intersted in 12 hatching eags of Java chicken
    white and black

    regards, Bob

  2. lizzylanefarm

    Hi Bob,
    I ordered my hatching eggs from Superior Farm, a quick search on the internet will give you their web site, or look here. I’m not sure if they have the white or not, I ordered the black. They have not been shipped yet and not sure when they will. I also ordered day old black Java from them.

    I also hear Mr. Urch still has some for this season.

    Let me know how you make out 🙂


  3. Tommy Winningham

    Were did you get your black java chicks?

  4. Hi Tommy,
    I ordered both the hatching eggs and day old chicks from Superior Farms.

    Have a great day!


  5. lizzylanefarm

    Hi Jim,
    I’m not going to publish your post because you asked me not to. I appreciate the offer of the Black Java chicks. I will keep that in mind. At the moment I have 15 eggs being shipped I purchased off from eggbid. I also have 14 Delaware eggs already in the incubator. Can I check in with you in a month or so once I know how these eggs hatch and have room for more? I also am ever hopeful for the 12 chicks I ordered in January, that they will one day be shipped.

    Keep those Black Javas coming! They are so very hard to find. You should be able to list them over at the http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/index.php Back yard chickens and be able to sell the very easily. There are lots looking there too.

    Thank you very much and I will get back to you.

    Have a wonderful egg filled day.


  6. Hey great post! I would like to touch base with you about your blog. Please contact me directly at chris@greenpress.com

    Look forward to hearing from you.


  7. Hello Karyn –

    wonderful site!

    I noted on one of your pages that you use the old-fashioned canning jars with wire bales and rubber rings. I suspect you can’t officially advise on their use, but I’d like to run this by you. It’s astonishingly difficult to find out how to use these things, and I inherited quite a number of them!
    Here’s my best understanding: check edges of the jar for chips. Sterilize the glass parts (jars and lids) in boiling water. Stretch the rubber gaskets over the jar edges. Fill the jars as usual. Put the glass lids on the gasketed jars, put the long part of the bale (bail?) over the notch in the glass lid, and process as required (pressure, water bath, whatever). Then, press the other half of the bale down. Before removing from the water? or when?

    I have a medical background, and I can’t see the problem with these jars. I guess the powers that be just couldn’t trust the average person to get it right!

    Thanks in advance for your help.


  8. lizzylanefarm

    Hi Nan,

    That’s exactly right. Only check before you even wash them up that when you slip the long wire bale up over the notch in the glass lid that it’s fairly tight before you pull the other wire down to secure it (With the rubber ring on). They can be adjusted by bending the wire one way or the other. You want the bale to slide up over the glass notch with a bit of pressure needed but no so much that it takes a man and a small boy to slide it past the glass into the notch.

    Yes check for nicks and chips, boil in water the jar and lid. Put the rubber gasket on, when you do this the tab will be pointing down. It just happens and that’s the way they should be. Fill the jar, wipe the rim well with a damp cloth. Add the glass lid and slide the bale wire up and over then pull the other bale down to secure it. If you leave it up the jar won’t seal.

    They are just fine to still use in my personal opinion. While they are processing you will see air bubbles escaping past the rubber, this is normal. Usually when done processing the tabs will have turned to point up. Once cool if you pull the bale back down check that the glass lid is sealed to the jar, if it isn’t it will be loose like before you canned the jar. This is still good, but must be used right up and stored in the fridge. After you have checked the jars are sealed put the bales back on and snap back down. Store in a cool dark place.

    You are right for some reason it was decided these were unsafe to use after how many years? Yes, I still use mine and I like them very much. If you have more questions don’t hesitate to ask, I’ll do my best to tell you how I do things….


  9. Thanks so much! I’m going to start with dilly beans, since there’s so much acid that I doubt that anything could survive my mistakes.

    I’m in Maine, and looking forward to reading through the rest of your site.


  10. Hi Karen –

    Thanks so much for your prompt reply. I took a look at an old copy of Readers Digest “Back to Basics” and the instructions there seem to imply this order: long bale, process, snap down short bale. If I read you correctly, you say long bale, snap down short bale, process.

    The excess air/gases are still able to get out while processing, even with the short bale snapped down?

  11. lizzylanefarm


    You are RIGHT!!!! See what a day in the sun does to me! I had to think about it again and even dug out an old ball blue book. Only secure the top bail over the jar, process THEN set on clean towels and snap down the second bail. Here is a link I also found just to be sure. I’m sorry about that.

    http://books.google.com/books?id=AUFJAAAAMAAJ&lpg=RA1-PA9&ots=SznTMlSEd6&dq=bail%20top%20jars&pg=RA1-PA9&output=text here is another link in case the first one doesn’t work for you. They are both the same book.


    I’m glad you asked again, what a mess you would have had! Again I’m sorry for the wrong information.


  12. Karen,

    Do you have any alternative food preserving methods that do not include using a canner?

    I have a real fear of pressure canners, so any information would be greatly appreciated.



  13. Looking for A WAY TO CAN GRAPES ANY IDEAS WILL BE APPRICATED….sorry caps locked on me….. thanks…..

  14. Did you ever manage to get a worm composting bin started? I just found your site today and have enjoyed reading through it. It’s going to be quite the resource for me, as I’m trying to teach myself how to cook from scratch, rather than reheat…

    I managed to start a worm composting bin for free…I found the worms free from someone in the area on Freecycle (although Craigslist is good too), I had a 55 L clear plastic tub that I drilled about 30 1/4 in holes in 1-2 inches below the lid. I had a bunch of shredded paper from work. I’ve been told they stink, attract bugs, etc, but I haven’t had any issues. This bucket o worms is actually completely undetectable under a sheet in my tiny apartment.

    If you’d like any more info, or possibly worms, feel free to email me!

  15. Hi Cat,
    How exciting, you have worms! Doesn’t that sound so bad? No I had to put them on hold to get a few other projects finished up first. I will give you a shout in the spring to see how your worms are doing, I would be interested in purchasing some from you….

    Ah’ cooking, you will like it and the rewards are so many, it’s hard to think of them all at one time. 😀

    Good luck and hope to see you here again.


  16. i would like to learn simplified living, your blog is very intriguing.

  17. Just found your blog and have a number of things of interest already! What a nice blog. I also saw the rear photo of your horse and said, “That’s gotta be a Halflinger!” I just discovered that I was correct! 🙂 We have two also! We have much in common. I’m sure I’ll be back!

  18. I have Black Java hatching eggs for sale. $25.00 a dozen and $15.00 shipping for a total of $40.00. I will send as many extra’s as possible. I am in North Carolina and ship on the first of the week.

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