Country Living, Eating Simple

Autumn on the Homestead

Here is a quick little update of what’s been going on around the homestead in the last month or so…

  • Made applesauce, apple butter, apple chips, & apple scones. Apple tea is still on the “to do” list.
  • Pumpkin puree & pumpkin butter
  • Honey spiced cake – (orange, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, coffee, & vanilla)
  • Autumn Spiced Cajeta (cajeta with cinnamon, cloves, allspice, & vanilla)
  • Honey toasted goat cheese ( cinnamon, cardamom, & goat cheese)
  • Barn & coop cleaning and straw restocking before the winter weather hits hard
  • Getting our new buck, Kosher, adjusted to life on the homestead. The girls took to him immediately and he snuck out of his pen the first week on the farm. We’re hoping to see some goat kids in the next few months!
  • Starting to transition from the summer go-go-go around the farm to more of the “hunker down, drink lots of tea & fire cider, do indoor projects and go to bed early” that winter tends to brings.
  • Ordered some new oils from Eden’s Garden for the upcoming holiday season. So far, my favs are Cinnamon Leaf, Nutmeg, & Sweet Orange – smells like Christmas and was super affordable.
  • Started reading the C.S. Lewis sci-fi series (again) – so good. Also, you should shop here for cheap books. Seriously – so much cheaper than Amazon.
  • Had several custom orders on my Etsy shop & several orders of udder wipes that sold this past month, which I think is kind of hilarious. But I obviously love it because IT’S UDDER WIPES.


autumn treats

goats on homestead

homemade apple sauce



fall in the sangres


homemade Pumpkin puree



farm animals on homestead

Winter crafting

sangre de cristo mountains


honey toasted goat cheese

westcliffe colorado


We’re looking forward to what some are calling an”el nino” winter. Which for Colorado could mean feet of snow, gallons of hot tea, and truckloads of wood pellets for the stove. We have family coming for the holidays and we intend to be fully present this year (as opposed to last year).

Projects on the to-do list this winter: knit socks, knit mittens, sew a dress (or quilt), crochet a blanket with this pattern, develop a fodder feed system for the animals, build a magical book shelf (think Belle from Beauty and the Beast) complete with 12 ft aspen ladder for our ever growing book collection… I’m sure there is more, but I’ll stop there before I get completely overwhelmed.

Quote of the month:

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts & be thankful.

Thanks for following our journey!


Linking up with Leigh Kramer.

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  • Reply murdenkim October 30, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Came to you via Leigh Kramer and love your lists and your photos. From where I’m sitting here in the UK this is exactly what an American fall should look like. We have autumn here which is lovely but probably wetter!

    • Reply RyanHannah October 30, 2015 at 1:10 pm

      Probably so! Autumns here in high country Colorado tend to be much shorter, due to the lower temperatures – but we try to thoroughly enjoy the season, however short:) Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply achildoftherisenking October 30, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    I need to try some of these fall recipes they sound delicious.

    • Reply RyanHannah October 30, 2015 at 1:11 pm

      I would HIGHLY recommend the honey spice cake – was super easy and turned out perfect! I used a brown sugar frosting that was also pretty tasty :)

  • Reply leanne October 31, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Love it Hannah! Great summary of fall here in Atlasta :) At least at your place….there was no honey spiced cake here. But. that seems easy to remedy!

    • Reply RyanHannah November 1, 2015 at 6:54 am

      You should definitely make the cake – was like 45 times better than the beet one ;-)

  • Reply Leigh Kramer October 31, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    All of the food you mentioned sounds AMAZING! I’m going to make that Honey & Spice Cake posthaste.

    • Reply RyanHannah November 1, 2015 at 6:55 am

      I would recommend it – has all the fall & wintertime feels :)

  • Reply Emily McFarlan Miller November 5, 2015 at 12:56 am

    This is the first time in a long time I haven’t been apple picking in the fall. Allow me to live vicariously through your baked goods. ;)

    • Reply RyanHannah November 5, 2015 at 8:03 am

      Please do. Just get a candle or some oils please?? These smells were just not meant to be lived through someone else ;-)

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