I’m Sarah and I’m married to the handsome, T., my college sweetheart. We’re reformed urbanites who’ve spent the past 13 years in cities across the country; Las Cruces to Houston to Anchorage to San Francisco to Los Angeles and now. . . the greater Omaha area. After all those years surrounded by people on all sides, we wanted a little breathing home and bought our first home in spring 2010; a century-old farmhouse on a little over 3 acres of land outside of Omaha, Nebraska.
We’re not your average Midwestern farmers. T. still works downtown while I stay at home with our children. We went from living in a townhouse in LA to our farmhouse in a little over a year, from growing herbs in pots on our concrete patio to now having a vineyard, fruit trees and large organic garden and raising chickens in the backyard. It boggles the mind some days . . .
A Little More about Sarah . . .
I am the proud mama of three children five and under; two boys and a baby girl. I’m a Christian holistic health coach, writer and speaker and work with women of faith who are seeking balance and health as they grow in their relationship with God. I’m a cloth-diapering, breast-feeding, yogurt, sourdough and green-juice making mama who focuses on a natural, holistic view of health and well-being and enjoys (heartily!) cooking and eating nourishing, tasty, real food. I am an INJF, an avid organic gardener, a bibliophile and amateur photographer. I make my own mayonnaise.
Think you have me pegged?
I also am more preppy than hippie, prefer pearls and polo’s to patchouli and admit to a serious dark chocolate and caffeine addiction. I hate to clean bathrooms. I like a good steak. Bone-in. Ribeye. Medium. Served with a glass of (red) Zinfandel. I make an amazing gratin.
I’m a wanna-be Southern-belle with a gypsy sensibility. I like monograms, old silver, milk glass and artichokes. I collect personalized stationery, heirloom seeds and Sharpie pens. I am a strong believer in having a tube of red liptick available at all times; sometimes it is just a red lipstick kind of day. When I’m not wearing big pearl studs, I favor giant, dangly earrings. My favorite holiday is Christmas. I’m trying to find a happy medium between being “green” and being frugal and maintaining sanity. I am excellent at buying cards and gifts and very poor at sending them out on time. Some days, I’m certain I’m going to homeschool. Other days, I think that sending my children to school might do wonders for my sanity.
A little more about T. . . .
T. is a world-class father who grew up on a farm in Nebraska and can’t wait to have his boys experience the same joys. Though he grew up on a more traditional Midwestern farm in the early 80’s, he is enthusiastic about gardening organically and (perhaps) ultimately raising pastured pork and chickens. Lately he’s taken over our little vineyard and is hoping to expand it and start pressing our own wine next year.
T. is a master of the grill and smoker. He hunts. He fishes. He mows the lawn. He loves (and played Division I) football. He’s determined to convert the basement into a combination beer and wine-making endeavor. He wants to construct a cold smoker. He just completed his MBA this past summer while working full time. He’s an all-around good guy who you’ll be hearing from once in a while.
A disclaimer . . .
We’re not perfect. Though we’re working toward self-sufficiency and sustainability and local sources for our food and all that good stuff, we’re still card-carrying members of Costco. So far we haven’t found a local source for bananas, lemons, avocados or coffee, yet you’ll still find them in our home on a regular basis. We don’t apologize for it, and neither should you, just come along for the ride and enjoy life.
About the Blog
You’ll find a little bit of everything here at Heartland Renaissance. Gardening tips, and disasters. Lots of recipes. Pictures of our darling children. Flowers. Crayons. Barbecue. Wine. Faith.
And what about that Blog Title?
The blog title is two-fold. First, not only do we live in the midwest, aka the “Heartland” but I feel that our getting back to and giving back to the land to help feed our family and nourish our lives feeds our hearts and souls as well. And the Renaissance part? It relates to the concept of a Renaissance man; someone who is interested in and excels at a wide variety of subject areas. This blog isn’t only a food blog, a faith blog or a home and garden blog. It’s a little bit of everything. And that’s just the way we like it.
According to Wikipedia, another term for the concept of a Renaisance man is “polymath” but the “Prarie Polymath” just didn’t quite have the same ring to it. . . .
Also, I feel that there is a resurgence, a Renaissance, if you will, of interest in getting back to our farming roots. The slow food/local food/farm-to-table movement is growing in the Midwest, and I’m happy to be a part of it.
More questions? Check out my FAQ or send me an e-mail to sarah(at)sarahwarren(dot)net