HeadshotWho is Kathie?  Mostly I’m a simple girl, a homebody.  I enjoy doing things myself and creating a life from the works of my own hands.  I’m blessed to be the soulmate of a man named, Jeff .  Jeff and home are the most important aspects of my everyday life and the single guiding factor behind everything I do.  I work hard and enjoy life – I make no apologies for either.  I enjoy a simple life that focuses on people and creativity rather than stuff and activity.

I’m also a writer and a teacher. I write and teach about the things I’m most passionate about – home, gardening, canning, simple living, frugality, and creativity.  My articles have been published in national and regional magazines as well as online publications.  I teach locally through the Flathead Valley Community College and at other venues as well.

Why Two Frog Home?  I’ve always had a fondness for frogs.  Jeff adopted my love of frogs as we joined our lives, eventually he started calling himself “the old frog” and me “the young frog,” - until it morphed into Two Frog Home.

What Can the Reader Expect to Find Here? Just Kathie, being Kathie.  You’ll find topics near and dear to my heart: organic gardening, home canning, cooking and baking from scratch, photos, Montana, voluntary simplicity, frugal living, homemaking, and much more.  I promise this blog is an honest representation of how Jeff and I chose to live; good, bad, beautiful, and ugly.  I’m naturally an optimistic and upbeat person and that’s the tone this blog tends to take.  It’s not that I don’t have bad days, because of course I do, its just that I chose not to dwell there – I like to live in the light and try to reflect that light outwards as much as possible.

How to Get in Touch with Kathie: Please feel free to email me anytime: mtkatiecakes@yahoo.com or leave a comments on the blog posts, I do my best to answer questions left in the comments in a timely manner.

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Sonya August 4, 2008 at 7:01 pm

How funny to run into your blog here. I’m also in the flathead area and into the whole homestead / self sufficiency thing too.

Here is to you! (She says as she waves across the lake to you)


Jenny December 2, 2008 at 10:06 pm

Hi Kathie!

oh oh oh, your blog looks like another one I will have to add to my list of reads!
Thank you for finding me and leaving a kind note. I am very new to the scene and look forward to meeting others of likemindedness!
Blessings to you…..


sandy March 22, 2009 at 4:41 pm

Hey Kathie, just catching up on blog reading!

Great new look here – always fun to poke around your archives.




Victoria July 7, 2009 at 10:19 am

You have some of the most delicious looking photos! I sure wish you had a section dedicated to recipes. I just found your blog on the Mother Earth News website and I’m so glad that I did. You are doing exactly what I hope to be doing soon. Thank you for the inspiration!


Patti July 31, 2009 at 2:35 pm

Your canning classes have inspired and empowered me!
Just an update from last night’s canning class – 14 pints of delicious apricots are just finishing their water bath in my canners on the deck. One canner is on my propane grill burner and the other on an electric burner on a table. Talk about a start to a perfectly glorious weekend – beautiful blue skies, views of the lake, chickens and goats munching in the yard, kittens playing on the wood pile by my pottery studio and me with my new apron on ;) and the dogs sitting on the deck while the apricots bubble. Loving life in Bigsky Country – Thank you helping me take the canning plunge! P.S. – pressure cooker on order as of this afternoon and tomorrow I’m on to brandied apricot jam! See you in next week’s jams and jelly class!


Sandi Fadeley September 2, 2009 at 2:38 pm

Kathie, I just found your site this morning and have spent most of the afternoon reading. Thanks so very much for this site. One question – I read somewhere on here how you decided or came to the conclusion that you are a homemaker first and working outside the home second. In what section was that? Can I please print that part out and keep on the inside of my cabinet so I will remember that is what I am and how I feel? I could never put that into the words you used and really like how you stated that. Thanks again, Sandi


Kathie September 2, 2009 at 2:52 pm


Thanks for stopping by and leaving me a comment! I think the post you’re looking for is : http://twofroghome.com/2009/03/20/a-homemaker-who-works/

You sure can print it out for your personal use and I’m honored that you’d consider my words worthy of the inside of a cabinet door in your home. I know I keep lots of precious stuff in those spots myself.


janie September 13, 2009 at 6:26 pm

I so enjoy reading your posts. I too am a homemaker but have chosen to work from home. I am so grateful I’m able to keep my housework done and help support our family at the same time. Living in Florida it’s always interesting to read about someone who lives in another part of the country.


Jim Browder January 24, 2010 at 11:14 pm

I remember Jeff from highschool.


cakedejour April 5, 2010 at 7:02 am

Glad I stumbled onto your blog. I can see I have some reading ahead of me. Thanks for sharing!


Debbie May 9, 2010 at 4:36 pm

I just found your blog via FIMBY! Going to take a look around. -Debbie


Kathy April 6, 2011 at 1:48 pm

My friend Erin told me about you. I was asking her if you can preserve leeks, like you do onions, for winter use. You know, just hang and dry. She did not know, but told me to ask you. So I came to your site and I don’t want to leave. I love your stuff. Keep it up. We need people like you.


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