About Alli

Alli, Andy, kids, and dogs sitting on their property.

I’m Alli, the creator of this website and documenter of all kitchen creations and projects on our property. The main purpose of this blog is to give you simple perfected recipes {old classics and new favorites}  that are entirely homemade and family friendly. Even learn how to make homemade mixes and extracts yourself! I also want to give you a glimpse into our crazy hobby farming lifestyle.

If you are a hobby farmer too, I’m here to teach you how to make it as low-maintenance and cost-effective as possible! You can have a life and a hobby farm, too 🙂 .

I live in Northern Utah on our 5-acre hobby farm with my cute family. One of my favorite things about our country lifestyle and my love of cooking is the unity it creates in our home. Everything is better with a warm meal, even if it’s been a day full of hard work. Mealtime at our house is family time, and to me, there isn’t any better time of the day!

Alli and Apsen.

All of my recipes are tried-and-true favorites, either created by me or passed down through generations. I love the challenge of taking some of these classic recipes that typically use a can or mix and making them completely from scratch.  Even though the large majority of my recipes are totally homemade, they are so easy and often super quick!

I often get asked how I know so much about the livestock, land, and other farm topics I sometimes post about. I studied animal, dairy, and veterinary science for my bachelor’s degree and animal nutrition for my master’s degree so I am knowledgeable and passionate about all things animal {feed, care, etc}. I learned quite a bit about pasture and land management throughout my education as well.  

I didn’t just decide to do this one day and google everything I post on here – my education paired with my experience really means I am a qualified expert.

A friendly reminder…

There is really just one rule here, and it’s one that I’m adamant about: having a choice about the food you buy and eat is a luxury and a blessing. My education in agriculture taught me many things, but that is one of the most important lessons I’ve learned.

Bashing on me or anyone else for a method or food type we use or purchase will absolutely not be tolerated. This means that I typically won’t say one method for purchasing or raising food is “right” and one is “wrong,” there is a place for almost everything in agriculture – personal or large scale.

Irrational behavior and inappropriate sources with shoddy research are not welcome here. This is a place for accurate information where we can all feel safe about our individual food choices and how we want to purchase or raise our food.

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    February 6, 2018 at 2:45 PM

    You blog is very interesing. Tomasz. PL

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      February 6, 2018 at 3:43 PM

      Thanks very much!

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    February 6, 2018 at 2:42 PM

    Alli, Super farm. Tomasz

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    July 2, 2017 at 9:17 AM

    I love your blog a lot 🙂

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      July 5, 2017 at 3:15 PM

      Thank you Claire!!!

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    May 3, 2017 at 12:18 PM

    Absolutely beautiful blog!

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      May 4, 2017 at 12:29 PM

      Thank you so much Kristin!!

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    April 26, 2017 at 10:03 PM

    Just stumbled upon your blog. We are looking to get some land and start a hobby farm with our kids. I’m also lds. I’m trying to figure out what valley you are in? We are from Utah but the air quality on the wasatch front is not something we want to move back to(have been in NYC for 13 years). Are you in a back valley? Do you like it? We are trying to find the best place to buy land. Any advice would be welcome!

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      April 27, 2017 at 11:02 AM

      Hi Diana! So happy you found my blog! I will email you 🙂

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    Gail Giddings
    October 22, 2016 at 9:37 PM

    Hello Alli- Just wanted to thank you and let you know that I really appreciated what you wrote in the ‘Friendly Reminder’ section. I think those are great parameters to set. God bless you & your family.

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      October 24, 2016 at 12:42 PM

      Thank you so much Gail! I really appreciate you letting me know and your support. 🙂 Thank you for reading!

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    Linda Russell
    July 3, 2016 at 10:06 AM

    Hi Alli–I was trying to follow your links on this site to twitter & instagram & both keep coming back as link broken/sorry this page not available. So I went into each site & typed in your Longbourn name on each of their sites & you did come up. So just wanted to share with you this, about the message I was receiving. I am signed up on your e-mail, so not sure why I was getting this. I did find & follow individually. Love your posts!
    Sincerely, Linda

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      July 4, 2016 at 8:50 AM

      Thank you so much for letting me know Linda! The issue should be fixed now. I’m so glad you found them another way 🙂

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