Category: Lifestyle

History of Canning

History of Canning

The Invention of Canned Foods We owe the invention of canned food to Nicolas Appert, a French confectioner and chef. During the late 1700’s, he began experimenting with was to preserve food stuffs and discovered that the presence of air led to spoilage. He wasn’t entirely correct, but he was on the right path. Napoleon’s […]

28 Ways To Make Money On The Homestead

28 Ways To Make Money On The Homestead

If you’re like me (and I think you are!), you’ve been drawn to homesteading from a desire to quit the rat race, slow down, and live a simpler life. Unfortunately, though, not everyone can afford to retire early and live off the land. Land still costs money, taxes will always be there, so most of […]

Collection of the Best Homesteading Quotes

Collection of the Best Homesteading Quotes

Every since I can remember I was a collector of quotes. Growing up my interests varied greatly. I read fantasy, sci-fi, non-fiction, historical fiction…I remember going to the library on the weekends with my mother. She was putting herself through college, so we would go so she could study, and I could get lost in […]

7 Things Homesteaders Do Differently

7 Things Homesteaders Do Differently

1. Homesteaders Pride Themselves on Self-Sufficiency A homesteader’s idea of self-sufficiency isn’t moving out of our parents’ house at 25. It’s building our own, making our own, growing our own. It’s about no relying on anyone or anything else for our electricity, our food, our clothing, our lifestyle. I made my headboard out of old barnwood. […]

Harvest Your Own Pearls

Harvest Your Own Pearls

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 […]

Herbal Fermentation Course by Herbal Academy

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 […]

Preserving the Kale Harvest

Preserving the Kale Harvest

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 […]

12 Uses For Wood Ash Around the Homestead

12 Uses For Wood Ash Around the Homestead

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 […]

How to Simplify Your Homestead

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 […]

17 Things to Consider When Buying Your Homestead, Part 3

17 Things to Consider When Buying Your Homestead, Part 3

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 […]