Category: Self Sufficiency Skills

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 […]

Top 6 Hillsborough Homesteading Posts From 2016

Top 6 Hillsborough Homesteading Posts From 2016

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 […]

Make Dandelion Wine at Home

Make Dandelion Wine at Home

While it might be fall, the dandelion wine I made in the spring is now mature enough to drink. It’s a tradition in my family, as the first frost is creeping in, and the leaves are falling, and we’re bracing ourselves for a long, cold winter, to break out our dandelion wine and enjoy a […]

How to Prepare Tomatoes for Canning

How to Prepare Tomatoes for Canning

Tomatoes are a homesteader’s boon. They’re a relatively easy crop to grow, one plant can produce many pounds of fruit and tomatoes can be used in countless delicious recipes. The only down-side to tomatoes is that they all tend to ripen at the same time and you’ve got to figure out what to do with […]

Chicken Broth Recipe for Canning

Chicken Broth Recipe for Canning

This recipe couldn’t be simpler. It’s incredibly healthy, easy to make, frugal and full of home-grown goodness! What could be better?! I keep a large ziploc bag in my freezer whose sole purpose is to house cooking throw-aways for use in my broth recipe. All of the chicken bones, end bits of carrots, celery, onions, […]

Homemade Pasta Sauce for Canning

Homemade Pasta Sauce for Canning

Another one to add to my list of things you should stop buying and start making, ever since I learned how to make my own pasta sauce, I’ve never had to buy another jar! The hubby is a HUGE fan of spaghetti. Like…he wants his last meal on Earth to be spaghetti and meatballs. I love […]

Foraging For Wild Edibles: Henbit

Foraging For Wild Edibles: Henbit

One of the first Spring weeds to pop up is Henbit (Lamium amplexicaule) . I’m sure you’ve seen it, even if you didn’t know what it was. While part of the mint family, henbit doesn’t smell particularly mint-y, but it’s still very fragrant. While it is perfectly safe for us, it can cause issues with horses, […]

How to Start Seeds Indoors

How to Start Seeds Indoors

The first few years I started my vegetable plants from seeds were a disaster. I anxiously awaited Spring and had such bad cabin fever, I would always start my tomato plants in February! They would also sprout up fast, but fall over before I could transplant them outside. If I did manage to wait, I […]