In 2012, on the plains of Northern Arizona, two families joined forces and began the trials and tribulations of building a small family farm with nothing in the bank but love.
|Chili for Fall weather|
But wait - it's October.
This time three years ago, we'd made the decision to move to Paulden and share space and the land with an unmarried Christie and Lance. I had been diagnosed with melanoma and had it removed. I hadn't found a publisher for my romantic suspense series. Frank retired. October 2011, what a month. Fast forward. We're still sharing the land but now with a married Christie and Lance and their child - my precious granddaughter - Sadi. I've been cancer free. My five book series is getting published. And Frank keeps asking me what part of retired don't I understand. Enough reminiscing. I'll wait until the end of the year for a health check on our adventure.
Potatoes are not out of the ground. Maybe another week or two. First the garlic field
|Sadi and Christie get a ride|
The weather has cooled and there's chili in the crock pot. Mainly, I wanted to
|Rattlesnake beans dried and shucked|
|Rattlesnake bean fresh|
One cup dried Rattlesnake Beans
One jar home canned tomatoes
One can organic tomato paste
One bell pepper chopped
One half rocotillo pepper chopped (without seeds unless you want hotter chili)
1 1/3 browned organic ground beef
|Lance and Frank working in the garlic field|