Foraging For Wild Edibles: Shiso (Japanese Basil)

Foraging For Wild Edibles: Shiso (Japanese Basil)

I discovered Shiso in typical homesteading fashion. While I was weeding my garden I found a particularly fragrant weed. It smelled like a mixture of mint and licorice. On a whim, I transplanted the little weeds to an empty planter box much to the chagrin of my Mr. Sign up for our newsletter Food Advertising by

Spring Cleaning – A Simple Life Manifesto

Spring Cleaning – A Simple Life Manifesto

Spring Cleaning – Simple Life Manifesto A Simple Life. What does that mean to you? It seems strange to me that it’s something so many people crave, when just a few generations ago, it was the norm. How did we get so busy? How did we amass so many things? Where did all of our free time go? It […]

Basil Propagation: How to Propagate Basil From Cuttings

Basil Propagation: How to Propagate Basil From Cuttings

How to Propagate Basil From Cuttings My first stumbling venture into permaculture, the idea of creating a sustainable, never-ending supply of resources, was in propagating basil cuttings. I love harvesting seeds or propagating new plants from existing ones. You have an endless supply of free plants at your finger tips with just a bit of […]

17 Things to Consider When Buying Your Homestead, Part 2

17 Things to Consider When Buying Your Homestead, Part 2

A few weeks ago I began my story of the property Hubby and I found for our potential Forever Farm. [To see Part 1, click here.] While looking for Homestead properties and discussing what was important to us, we compiled a list of 17 important topics to consider when looking for your forever home. Below […]

Different Types of Wood and Their Uses

Different Types of Wood and Their Uses

The role of wood in the old homesteaders’ lives cannot be overstated, and honestly, I think, has been a little forgotten. They built their cabins out of it, their furniture, they cooked over it, and built fences with it. The majority of people nowadays go to Lowes or Home Depot for their wood, and ask […]

17 Things to Consider When Buying Your Homestead, Part 1

17 Things to Consider When Buying Your Homestead, Part 1

Things have been quiet lately on the homestead. Between the winter-weather and the fatigue I’ve been experiencing with the pregnancy, I haven’t had much energy for homesteading projects. Winter’s yin is a time for dormancy, hibernating, resting and preparing for Summer’s yang. It’s a perfect time to start day-dreaming about all of the experiences and projects […]

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 […]

Best Homemade Bread Recipe

Best Homemade Bread Recipe

It’s time for a homesteader’s confession. Homemade bread is hard to make! I’ve attempted to make it a dozen times, only to have it come out hard as a brick. Literally, one batch I tried to make in a bread machine (foolproof, right??) was so hard and dense, the dog had a hard time breaking […]

Easy Crockpot Ketchup

Easy Crockpot Ketchup

Homemade Ketchup is one of those rare recipes that actually tastes better when made at home! Ketchup is a weakness of mine, especially, that I find myself craving at odd times. I’m convinced my body is craving the licopene that is found in high concentrates in ketchup…or at least that’s what I tell myself. Sign […]