April 21, 2017 Lauren Dibble

This past March was my birthday. Not a very notable one. 32 is just old enough to forget how old you are, and just young enough that your husband feels obligated to get you something. Don’t get me wrong, Hubby has done a great job in the past on my presents, but now that we have kids, we’re all about them. (more…)

March 6, 2017 Lauren Dibble

Beer Lesson – The Craft of Herbal Fermentation Course by Herbal Academy   Class starts tomorrow! I’ll be there, will you?   Pre-registration begins February 15th at $99! Transform your kitchen with herbal fermentation! Did you know that herbs can enhance the art and science of fermented foods and beverages? Explore the realms of herbal fermentation and discover new ways to capture the beneficial qualities of herbs with the help of life-supporting microorganisms through lacto fermentation and homemade brews. In The Craft of Herbal Fermentation Course, the Herbal Academy will teach you a unique way to…

February 3, 2017 Lauren Dibble

Here in Virginia, the Spring has been very generous with us. A few weeks of rain, and very mild temperatures. I absolutely love growing Kale, and grow it from seed every year. It is very easy to grow, and hardy and can withstand freezes and heat. This fantastic weather has ensured my Kale crop has exploded. We’ve been eating it daily and giving it away in bag-fulls. And I’m still drowning in it! (more…)

January 27, 2017 Lauren Dibble

Throughout the Winter, and into the Spring, if you have a wood burning fireplace, you have to clear out the ash to make room for new wood. If you’re anything like me, however, you know things on the Homestead often have multiple purposes. What’s the old saying? Reduce, Reuse, Recycle? Finding a second life for your wood ash covers all three ‘R’s. (more…)

January 9, 2017 Lauren Dibble 2Comment

How to simplify your homestead   Homesteading is hard. There, I said it. It seems to be a dirty little secret among homesteaders. We all imagine that we’re getting back to a simpler way of life, but homesteading often means that a simpler way of life is a harder way of life. We make it ourselves instead of buying it from a store. Much more blood sweat and tears go into growing a tomato at home than driving to a store and buying on off the shelf. (more…)

January 6, 2017 Lauren Dibble

Earlier, Hubby and I were looking at a piece of land to buy for the future site of our Homestead. (If you missed it, catch up on Part 1 and Part 2). For those following along, we put an offer in and then backed out when we began to learn more about the property. Namely, the expensive of the renovation on the existing farm house, concerns about protected wetlands, and the proximity of the house to the main road. We have a young son and animals, so I would have constantly worried. It was a very hard decision to make, but our…

December 20, 2016 Lauren Dibble 1Comment

As the year winds down, the animals are all tucked in, the garden’s been laid to rest, and days become shorter, we have time to sit back and slow down. Today, while the baby slept, I poured myself a cup of tea and took a moment to reflect. 2016 was a magnificent year. I gave birth to my first baby, got a new part time job that allows me to work from home while taking care of said baby, but on other hand, I got my heart broken over losing what I thought was our perfect homestead. I guess you can’t…

September 13, 2016 Lauren Dibble

beat the stock market   Most homesteaders have the same beliefs on money; borrowing is bad, cash is king, and the less you need, the better. However, this mindset doesn’t always work in today’s modern world. To be truly self-sufficient, you need to have a large nest-egg to fall back on in case of emergency. But with the war on the middle-class, most US families are only one emergency (medical bill, natural disaster) away from bankruptcy. However, the traditional means of buying stocks as investment may have run its course. (more…)

August 8, 2016 Lauren Dibble 1Comment

Personal finance seems to be one of those hush-hush topics no one’s supposed to talk about. We aren’t taught it in school, your parents may have talked to you about it, but generally it’s a social no-no to bring up. As homesteaders, we have a unique set of challenges, due to the lifestyle we want/chose. Homesteading and personal finance go hand-in-hand. Oftentimes, it’s due to financial hardships that people want to live life more simply, economically, and homesteader-friendly. (more…)

July 18, 2016 Lauren Dibble

Indian Pipe is one of my favorite plants to find while out in the woods. It’s bright pale coloring makes it seem like something from a fantasy novel. The stems grow 4-10 inches tall and are topped by a single, down-turned bell-shaped flower. It’s a unique perennial that grows without chlorophyll. The whole plant is almost translucent white, but I’ve seen them in varying shades of purple, and pink, too. They usually bloom between June and October. (more…)