Canning Time Guides – Free Printables

Canning Time Guides – Free Printables

In a lot of the canning recipes I’ve found over the years, they’re designed for making pints or quarts. However, for some of them I’ve found myself wanting to double the recipe and can quarts, or halve the recipe and only can a few pints. I can do the math to change the recipe, but always got caught up on the processing times. In my post on Everything You Need to Know For Home Canning Safety, I explain why knowing the processing times for what you’re canning is so important. In my research, I can across a handy guide to […]

Herbal Remedy for Cradle Cap

Herbal Remedy for Cradle Cap

Cradle cap (or infantile seborrheic dermatisis) is the scaly or crusty patches of skin on your child’s scalp. While it’s completely harmless and not painful, it is unsightly. Baby Jack has had it nearly his entire life, and finely I found an herbal treatment for it. Cradle cap is caused by the skin producing excess oil on the scalp, which creates those scaly patches. I didn’t really try to cure it for the first few months. It was unsightly, sure, but most cradle cap clears up on its own. It’s kind of hard to see in this picture, but it […]

10 Ways to Stay Warm and Lower Your Heat Bill During the Winter

10 Ways to Stay Warm and Lower Your Heat Bill During the Winter

Winter is coming. No really. Luckily, unlike in Game of Thrones, Winter only comes once a year. Whether you have electric heat, oil, or use wood to keep warm over the Winter. There are easy things you can do to stay warm, without using all of your resources. 1. Program Your Thermostat If you have a programmable thermostat, take advantage of it! Play around with the temperatures that feel right to your family. In my household, we keep it around 65 during the day, and let it drop to 60 at night. If we plan to be away for the […]

Everything You Need to Know About Home Canning Safety

Everything You Need to Know About Home Canning Safety

Home canning is an economical way to preserve your harvest for years to come. If you’re growing a home garden, or can go to local farmers/farmers’ markets and purchase in bulk, canning foods can save your half the cost of buying from the store. All vegetables begin losing some of their nutritional constituents the moment they are picked. The amounts of vitamins A and C, thiamin and riboflavin decrease within a matter of days. Even home canning will destroy some of the vegetable’s nutrition, however, if they are canned soon after harvesting, they can be more nutritious than the fresh […]

Our First Month on the New Homestead

Our First Month on the New Homestead

So we’ve just finished out first month (month and a half, really) and I wanted to share what we’ve done, and haven’t been able to do in our first month. For those of you who haven’t been following our blog, however, a little background first: My husband and I grew up in a small farming town in Northern Virginia — yes, there were small farming towns here 20 years ago — and enjoyed childhoods of chasing fireflies, riding our bikes on dirt roads, and generally getting into good, wholesome trouble. We both feel “at home” and “ourselves” when we’re outside […]

Guide to Saving Tomato Seeds

Guide to Saving Tomato Seeds

Your tomato plants have given you an entire summer of produce. However, the leaves are starting to brown, you’re not getting any more blossoms, and the days are getting shorter. As you’re wrapping up your last canning jars of spaghetti sauce and pizza sauce, it’s a good time to start planning for next year’s garden. Sign up for our newsletter

How to Make Butter At Home

How to Make Butter At Home

Over the weekend the Mr and I ran out of butter. Since I’ve been on this green/organic/homemade kick I decided I would make my own instead of buying from the store! According to Bon Appetit it may be a waste of time, but I wanted to be able to call it my own. I love the idea of making butter! You put one ingredient in and get two ingredients out! Making homemade butter couldn’t be more simple! Ingredients heavy whipping cream that’s it! No, really! Have fun with it and try adding the following: cinnamon and sugar chopped fresh herbs garlic […]

This Is Why We Homestead…

This Is Why We Homestead…

This is the reason that we homestead: Meet Jack. This sweet, bubbly, happy, FULL of energy little boy is my one and only. When my husband and I first got married, we decided we didn’t want kids. We loved our laid-back lifestyle. We loved sleeping in on the weekends and having the freedom to do whatever we wanted. However, about a year into marriage, I changed my mind. We weren’t lazy people by nature. We both thrive on projects, accomplishments, and challenges. So this lifestyle we enjoyed so much, was actually very counter to our own natures. It was too […]

Easy Crockpot Applesauce For Canning

Easy Crockpot Applesauce For Canning

This easy, two-part recipe for applesauce is one of my favorites for Fall. Apples are incredibly abundant in the Fall and can be collected at a Pick-Your-Own, a local farmer’s market, or, if you’re lucky, your own backyard tree. In fact, I used this recipe, minus the sugar and cinnamon, to make a large batch of applesauce/homemade baby food for the little one and froze it into ice cubes. You can make your applesauce following the same recipe in a saucepan on the stove if you’re short on time. However using the crockpot is much easier and you don’t have to […]

How to Make an Herbal Tincture

How to Make an Herbal Tincture

Herbal tinctures are an excellent way of consuming medicinal herbs and preserving your herbal medicine for a very long time. I’m currently learning all about making tinctures, medicinal teas, and salves in Herbal Academy’s Introductory Herbal Course. When I was a kid, playing in the woods behind my house, I used to collect different stones, bark, ferns, etc. and combine them all together in a giant washpan filled with rain water. I knew even back then that plants and minerals held “magical” qualities. Now, taking this course, I’ve discovered that that childish play was what I was always meant to […]