Hello and welcome to my blog, Home in the Finger Lakes. I am Jen, and I want to help you make the most out of life in the country.
Here at Home in the Finger Lakes you will find information and inspiration on slow living and embracing a simple country lifestyle full of home cooked meals, raising small livestock, and canning & preserving the garden harvest.
Hi there, I’m Jennifer Morrisey – mom of three kids and wife to my best friend and husband on our small family farm where we raise beef cattle, chickens, garden vegetables to sell at local farmers markets, and larger crops like soybeans, wheat and hay. Our cattle that graze around on pasture, and my chickens scratch in my backyard. My days are full of home cooked meals from scratch (and yes it includes baking), tending the livestock, and canning & preserving anything grown in on our farm or available at farmer’s markets.
I believe that it’s not about what we have or what we do – but how we feel when doing it. That good things come from small moments of kindness and connection with others. And that every day has the potential for something new, beautiful, interesting, or important…. no matter where you live or what stage of life you’re at.
Home in the Finger Lakes celebrates country life, the joy found in simplicity & getting back to basics.
Over the years I’ve written about a lot of different topics but, you’ll love Home in the Finger Lakes if you are interested in…
Farm and Garden
You’ll find posts about farm and gardening tips from an experienced farmer’s wife as well as other aspects of country living – raising small livestock for meat & eggs, and living more sustainably. I love to share lessons learned from our 275 acre family farm, where we raise beef cattle, hay, sweet corn, and other crops.
Food and Pantry
You’ll also find posts about pantry organization, meal planning and tips for stocking a simplified country kitchen. I love sharing tips and hints about…
Food Preservation: I’m always looking for ways to preserve the harvest from our farm– canning jams when berries and fruit are abundant, dehydrating herbs, and freezing fruit and vegetables for the winter.
Stocking a Pantry:You’ll find tips and tricks here too about shopping for pantry staples and ingredients. Ditching processed foods for real ingredients that can make a variety of family favorites meals.
Homemade Mixes and Seasoning Blends: Homemade mixes and seasoning blends usually taste better, are healthier for you and cost less than store bought versions. You can make your own unique blends and seasonings based on your own tastes, preferences and dietary needs.
Homemaking and Organization
You’ll also find posts about home organization, creating rituals and routines to help you stay on top of housework, and find joy in the small moments and creating a nourishing and comforatable home.
Meal Planning: I’m always on the hunt for new recipes to try, and meal planning is a great way to save time in the kitchen. You’ll find ideas here about setting up your own weekly or monthly menu plans, family favorite recipes and Upstate New York comfort foods.
Homemade Cleaners: Recipes for homemade and natural cleaning alternatives to your favorite store-bought brands that will help keep your home clean. Let me know what you think when you try them out!
Organization: I have a lot going on in my life, so it’s really important to keep things organized. As a busy mom who is juggling my schedule, the kids sports schedules, farm activities and my online business, prioritizing my time is crucial, here are my tips and strategies to tackle to-do lists effectively.
Daily Routines: Having solid routines and plans in place helps me to live a slow lifestyle that actually has a lot going on. Running a home, working on the farm, seeing family and friends, running Home in the Finger Lakes – it doesn’t sound like I’m living a slow life, but with the help of routines that allow me to streamline what needs to get done, so I can find time for what makes me happy.
You’ll also find posts about simplifying your life, and embracing the old fashioned notion that a slow lifestyle can be enriching, productive and meaningful. Join my journey as I reconnect: with my local community, with the world around us, with the seasons, but most of all with the things I love to do, that somehow get so easily lost in the chaos of modern life.
I am so glad to welcome you here to my corner of the internet, and I hope you will feel encouraged as I share my journey with you.