Welcome to our Homesteading Blog! You may have arrived at this site from my last 2 blogs (MarinMangos and Tammy’s Food Blog). I decided to combine them when we added chickens to the mix…because the last thing I needed was to manage 3 separate blogs just on my hobbies. My husband Steve, who is a handy-man/builder/tech junkie, will also contribute some great DIY home projects. He not only built the kids clubhouse in back but also the chicken coop.
I have always loved to cook. It has been a hobby of mine for as long as I can remember. As a little girl I used to bake cookies and have bake sales. I would also read book like “Little House on the Prarie” and pretend to be Laura Ingalls….I would make jam, dry slices apple on a string, and even make my own butter by hand.
As I got older my love for cooking was only surpassed by my love of EATING! I am always hungry and ALWAYS trying to plan what my next meal is going to consist of. It did not help when I got pregnant. Not only did I have major food cravings but watching the Food Network all day definitely pushed my food obsession to a new level.
We now have 2 young boys, so our fine dining outings have been put on hold until they are a little older or we can con someone to babysit for us.
My love for cooking and eating led me to garden to make sure I had the best ingredients at my fingertips.
We used to live in San Francisco but now are located in San Rafael, CA. We have a large, flat sunny yard and a great atrium to grow some of the more weather sensitive species. We are so excited to finally have a yard and a place to grow everything from a common vegetable garden to more exotic tropical fruit trees.
We also cannot wait to raise some chickens. Our dreams is to buy a bigger property and have goats as well and become a lot more self sufficient.
I hope you find the pictures and info detailing my adventures in gardening, growing fruit trees, and raising chickens useful and informative. I will be posting recipes and photographs of the meals that I prepare, so let me know if you have any suggestions, feedback, or recipes of your own – and be sure to let me know if you try any of the recipes I have posted.
I do not have any professional cooking experience or even a professional photography background (but that is pretty obvious, right!). I do not have time to photoshop images and can barely snap a pic before the family digs in so if you are looking for a fancy food blog, with fancy-schmancy pics, you are in the wrong place….
If you have any questions or comments, I’d love to hear them!
– Tammy and Family