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 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 […]

Homemade Chocolate Syrup for Canning

Homemade Chocolate Syrup for Canning

Homesteading is often about making or creating what you could otherwise buy in a store. Why do we put in this extra effort when it would be much simpler to drive to the store and pick up a bottle? Because there’s a pride in accomplishment, because we can control exactly what goes into our food, because by making it ourselves, we’re proclaiming to the world, I CAN! Sign up for our newsletter

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 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 […]

Homesteading Book Recommendation: The Foxfire Series

Homesteading Book Recommendation: The Foxfire Series

One of the best, most comprehensive collections on rural, old fashioned homesteading is The Foxfire Series. They take place in the late 1960’s, in rural Appalachia. Eliot Wigginton, a fresh graduate from Cornell, moved to Rabun Gap, Georgia, in the heart of the Appalachian mountains. At the local high-school, he was in charge of teaching high school English to very uninterested students. After a few weeks of struggling, Eliot gave up. He asked the students what they wanted to do. In the guise of writing a magazine, he asked the students what they wanted to write about. They wanted to write […]

It Is With A Heavy Heart…

It Is With A Heavy Heart…

It is with a heavy heart that I write this. As many of you know, I have been absent from my regular posts for the last few weeks. I have been taking that time to mourn and process the loss of what I had hoped would be our forever farm. If you hadn’t seen it yet, we put in an offer on a beautiful fixer upper with 63 acres. We got approved by the bank, put in the offer, got a quote from a contractor for the renovations, and met with a structural engineer to verify the house really was […]

It’s Official! We’ve Put in an Offer!

It’s Official! We’ve Put in an Offer!

  So it’s official! We submitted an offer on what could be our forever farm today! To say we’re excited is an understatement. The tax records say it was built in 1900, but I see no sign that there was ever a fireplace for heat, so I sincerely doubt that. I’m thinking 1930’s is more likely, however all of the electric has been updated (at least slightly – there are no glass insulators that we can see) within the last century, so we can really be sure. We’ll have to pay a visit to our local courthouse or library to […]

Want to Beat the Stock Market? Invest in Lending Club

Want to Beat the Stock Market? Invest in Lending Club

  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. Sign up for our newsletter

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 glass in front of the fire. It’s a lovely way to remind us of the hot, humid summer days, and to officially close the summer season. I love this wine. I love that it’s homemade, it’s painfully simple, and doesn’t require a lot of wine-making […]

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 your bounty! Sign up for our newsletter