Sriracha Pickled Eggs – A Recipe to Preserve Your Excess Eggs

Sriracha Pickled Eggs – A Recipe to Preserve Your Excess Eggs

  Have tons of extra eggs laying around? Are you backyard chickens producing like gangbusters? Or maybe you need to bring something unique to a party – Sriracha pickled eggs are one of my favorite ways to preserve and serve eggs. WARNING: The first few days they are very mild – you can barely taste the Sriracha, but as time goes on they get spicier! This recipe is simple, quick, and easy. It’s definitely one of those recipes you can easily sneak in while the baby’s asleep, or watching a show, or simply entertaining themselves. In this stage in my […]

How to Get Started Homesteading Exactly Where You Are

How to Get Started Homesteading Exactly Where You Are

I’m a member of a number of homesteading and off-grid living Facebook groups and one simple question seems to pop up every couple of days: “How can I get started homesteading?” Often the question has a slight variation to it: “I’m a renter, how can I get started homesteading?” or “I don’t have time (or money), what can I do to homestead?” So instead of writing a lengthy answer to each person individually, I wanted to dedicate an entire post to that question: what can YOU do to homestead exactly where you are? What is Homesteading? I’ve dedicated an entire post […]

How to Make an All-Natural Electrolyte Drink – Strawberry Ginger Switchel

How to Make an All-Natural Electrolyte Drink – Strawberry Ginger Switchel

Switchel has been on my radar for years. In fact, I have four (FOUR!) bottles of molasses in my pantry because it’s a main ingredient and I have had plans to make switchel for years. Touted as the old-school Gatorade, switchel is the electrolyte-filled energy drink of early American farmers. Laura Ingalls Wilder mentioned switchel in “The Long Winter”: “Ma had sent them ginger-water. She has sweetened the cool well-water with sugar, flavored it with vinegar, and put in plenty of ginger to warm their stomachs so they could drink till they were not thirsty. Ginger-water would not make them […]

How I Make More Than $800 a Month On A Social Media Site You’ve Never Heard Of

How I Make More Than $800 a Month On A Social Media Site You’ve Never Heard Of

You know that feeling when you find something so ridiculously amazing you want to tell everyone…but you’re also a little nervous? Like it’s too good to be true? Or the people you tell won’t think it’s as amazing as you do? Yeah – that’s where I am right now. I recently discovered a new social media site. A blogger I follow shared a post he wrote on this platform, which was my first introduction. So I did some research. I’ll be the first to admit – I don’t understand crypto-currencies very much, but I tried it out. And man, am […]

My Honest Review of Herbal Academy’s Introductory Herbalism Course

My Honest Review of Herbal Academy’s Introductory Herbalism Course

My Herbal Beginnings Everyone who practices herbal medicine has a story about how herbs crept into the spotlight in their lives. This is mine: As a child I would play in the woods behind my house until sundown. An only child, I used the natural abundance of the forest to entertain me and created elaborate fantasies in my imagination. I’m not sure how old I was, but one day in my wanderings I came upon an old metal wash-pan full of rainwater. This became my magical cauldron. I would collect leaves and sticks, stone and bones, mosses and dead salamanders […]

Easy Bread and Butter Pickles [For Canning]

Easy Bread and Butter Pickles [For Canning]

Bread and butter pickles are a great, easy, beginning canner’s recipe. It’s not as labor-intensive as most recipes, doesn’t require a ton of processing time, and it honestly hard to screw up! Bread and Butter Pickles reportedly got their name because they would be served on bread and butter sandwiches. The first written account of the phrase “bread and butter pickles” happened in the 1930’s when a pair in Illinois was selling them as sandwich pickles. However cucumber sandwiches were a popular English cuisine long before then. For the BEST, fool-proof white sandwich bread recipe, check out my The BEST […]

9 Easy Ways to Use Lavender On the Homestead

9 Easy Ways to Use Lavender On the Homestead

Lavender is one of the budding herbalists’ best friends. Whether you’re just learning about herbalism, or are looking for a way to get more use out of these easy-to-grow herb, I’ve come up with a list of 9 ways to use lavender around the homestead. If you’re not familiar with using lavender in the medicinal sense, I highly recommend checking out the post I made: Medicinal Plant Profile: Lavender. One of the best short-courses from Herbal Academy is their Materia Medica course. They walk you through how to create intense monographs on individual plants to help you self-study herbs and […]

How To Make A Ginger Bug [For Naturally Fermented Soda]

How To Make A Ginger Bug [For Naturally Fermented Soda]

What is a Ginger Bug? A ginger bug is a naturally fermented soda starter made from ginger, sugar and water. That’s it! This simple, easy recipe will walk you through making a natural carbonated drink full of probiotic-y goodness! In like 5 minutes! When you make your ginger bug, you’re using ginger and sugar to capture the natural yeast in the air around you and begin the process of fermentation. Fermentation was the original way of preserving foods before electricity or canning. Health Benefits of a Ginger Bug If you haven’t jumped on the fermented foods bandwagon yet, you should! […]

Green Tomato Marmalade Recipe – Plus BONUS Green Tomato Recipe Roundup

Green Tomato Marmalade Recipe – Plus BONUS Green Tomato Recipe Roundup

As the end of the vegetable gardening season comes to a close, we battle against the elements to protect and lengthen our growing season. But what do we do with all of those green tomatoes left over when the frost finally sets in? Cook with them of course! That’s why I’ve put together a green tomato recipe roundup! Green tomatoes are not to be confused with tomatillos (which are actually called tomatos verdes – or green tomato – in Spanish). Tomatillos look like small green tomatoes covered in a papery husk. Just this past weekend I noticed that my tomato […]

Make Your Own Instant Hot Chocolate

Make Your Own Instant Hot Chocolate

  Guys! Guys! Guys! I have to tell you about this recipe I just found! It’s amazing. It’s a recipe for instant homemade hot chocolate mix that’s WAY better than store-bought! Hot Chocolate. The sound of it invokes images of cold, blustery snow days, intimate Winter nights in front of the fire and just down right coziness. When my step-daughter visits during the summer, I pour myself a cup of coffee, pour her a cup of hot chocolate and we start the day out on the front porch together. I treasure our early morning conversations together over our cups of “coffee”. […]