Primarily written by Adrienne, a homeschooling mother of seven, ages 10 and under. She chronicles life, laughs, struggles, and lessons learned as she raises a larger-than-most sized family and tries to figure out what she's doing day by day.

With occasional posts, Alexandra, Adrienne's older sister, writes of her ranch life in Nevada and raising four sons, ages 5 and under. Life is never dull and her boys have given her some pretty awesome stories to tell.

Stick around awhile, and you're sure to laugh, nod, smile, be encouraged, and see what life is like with a big (little) family.


A berry (counter) productive picking.


I decided to pick mulberries from our tree this morning


and I had a hardworking crew of four to help.


Some pickers,




were counterproductive.


Lesson for today: take the ones who don’t care for mulberries.


More berries land in the bowl that way.


Anonymous said...

Looks like they thoroughly enjoyed themselves. That counts for something. Roxanne

Kayla Heeren said...

We've done tons of mulberry picking at Jay's folks. A good way to get a lot of them is to put sheets under the tree and shake it! Then sort out the bad/not ripe ones. We also soaked them for awhile in big bowls to kill any bugs, then freeze them on cookie sheets and put in baggies when frozen!

in the coop said...

Ours are almost ready to pick. Right now they are simply unripe little things waiting to fall in my shirt when I mow.
Do you make anything with the mulberries or just eat them as they are?

Adrienne said...

Oh, you aren't kidding! One fell between me and the seat last time I mowed. When I finished I had a giant purple stain on my backside. I was glad my children kindly pointed it out to me before I went to town that way! We made syrup with the berries yesterday. After searching and searching for a recipe without success, I used about 4 cups of berries, 1.5 cups of sugar, 1 cup of lemon juice, 4 cups of water and a few tablespoons of cornstarch, boiled for a few minutes and called it good enough. It was a big hit on waffles.

in the coop said...

Thanks! We'll give it a try as soon as they are ready.