Meet Alicia from Rooted Deep Home

Reclaiming the virtue and value of a simple homemaker life.

Food from scratch and intentional homemaking.

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Welcome to Rooted Deep Home

The place where our family shares our most beloved from scratch recipes and homemaking encouragement. We love this simple living lifestyle and finding beauty in the mundane tasks of crafting a life-giving home.

My husband, Kraig, and I live on a few acres of rural Midwest land, with our five kids, three girls and two boys. For the first nine years of our marriage, we lived here in a three-story house that my husband built back in 2012. In 2023 we dug a new basement on a different location on our farm, cut the top two stories off of our house, and moved them down onto a new basement. We are currently building an addition, adding much-needed space for our large homeschooling family. Follow along as we endeavor to design and create a cozy, farmhouse feel in our “newish” home.

About Me

I am a Kansas native with a country-living heart. Though I didn’t grow up on a farm with animals, I did grow up in a small town. Big buildings, power lines, and city lights have always depleted my soul. Ever since I was little I’ve craved wide-open spaces. A place for the eye to behold the beauty of trees, green grass, flowers, birds, and living critters of all shapes and sizes.

I got married in 2014 to my husband, Kraig, who comes second only to Jesus in my life. He has blessed my life so abundantly that I’ll never be able to think up words fit for the task of thanking him sufficiently. We started our family right away and had our first child in 2015, a little girl named after her grandmother. She now has four more siblings trailing her around our little farm. It’s a joy to see the five of them growing, learning, and exploring life out in the sunshine on our small homestead.

I have a passion for homemaking, gardening, and homeschooling. I’ll tell you a top-secret fact about me (seriously, don’t tell anyone), I actually don’t love to cook, or bake. Actually, it may be that I don’t love the results of my cooking and baking. I don’t mean the flavor of course! I mean the dishes. The piles and piles of dishes that are the by-product of from-scratch cooking. I do, however, love to serve my family wholesome, nutritious, and delicious meals. It is so worth the effort of planning and working in the kitchen to see my family gathered around the farm table, enjoying all the incredible aromas and flavors of a homemade meal. Feasting together is motivation enough for me.

We have a small home dairy, which allows us to enjoy the pleasure and benefits of drinking raw milk and cultured dairy products. I love making cultured and fermented goods like buttermilk, yogurt, sourdough, and sauerkraut.

We also have chickens, of course! Every farm needs a crowing rooster and fresh eggs on the farmhouse countertop.

During the growing season, (zone 5b) you’ll often find me wrist-deep in the garden, digging in the soil for the sheer joy of it. I love planting unusual heirloom seeds, things like purple tomatoes, blue pumpkins, and rainbow-colored corn. I like to joke that I prefer growing the food, rather than cooking it. The kids must drag me out of the garden and back into the house to feed them!

A few fun facts about me:

  • I’ve given birth in a freestanding birth center, at home, and in the hospital.
  • Pumpkin pie is my favorite pie.
  • I became a Christian at the age of 22.
  • I love to read books, especially classics like Jane Eyre, anything by Jane Austen, or whimsical cozy tales like James Herriot’s “All Creatures Great and Small”.
  • I didn’t know how to cook when I got married. It has taken me a decade of practice and learning to figure out this from-scratch kitchen life.
  • I am very much still learning, and always hope to be!