About Arika

Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog.

I'm Arika! I live in Ypsilanti, Michigan. I got into canning and local food about 5 years ago, which was my first foray into "urban homesteading". When my partner and I moved into our house several years ago, I planted my own garden for the first time ever!

Sharing my learning experiences as I experimented with gardening, new homeownership, canning and preserving, and trying to live a more sustainable lifestyle were my motivations for beginning this blog. Now, 3 years later, these things are still what keep me blogging. If you have thoughts, questions, ideas to share, please don't hesitate to email me: happyhomeypsi@gmail.com. Here's a little tour of my world:

As frequently seen on Happy Home:


My partner, Mike 

My little sis, Sam
Helo and Athena, resident cats

The majority of my gardening space on a good, weed-free day

Some of my most recent homesteady-type projects:
Root Cellar made of a 5-gallon bucket

Added several dwarf cherry trees to my yard

Seed starting area in my basement

Favorite recipe to make with fresh garden produce:

Mmmmm...potato salad!