Wild Edibles: Indian Pipe

Wild Edibles: Indian Pipe

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 […]

Homemade All-Natural Cleaning Products

Homemade All-Natural Cleaning Products

The Mr. and I got into a big discussion over organic vs not organic, chemicals, clean living, etc. Reading things like Skinny Bitch, watching videos such as The Toxic Baby and  Robyn O’Brien on TEDtalks and thinking about all of the chemicals we’re exposed to nowadays that our grandparents never knew makes me want to go find a cabin in […]

What Does Homesteading Mean to You?

What Does Homesteading Mean to You?

    What does homesteading mean? Can someone only homestead on a farm of 100 acres? What about the rest of us,who rent, or live in the city? My husband and I live in the suburbs outside of the DC metro area. Currently, the hubs is in the military and has another 9 years until retirement. Our […]

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, […]

Wild Edible: Japanese Knotweed

Wild Edible: Japanese Knotweed

An invasive species to the US, Japanese Knotweed is native to Japan, China and Korea. It was brought to Europe and the US as a decorative landscaping element. Sign up for our newsletter

Top 10 Favorite Freezer-Friendly CrockPot Meals

Top 10 Favorite Freezer-Friendly CrockPot Meals

Several good girlfriends of mine have recently under-gone major life changes. One’s husband just lost his job and is having difficulties finding employment. Another quit her full time job to homestead and raise their daughter. They both recently asked for my list of freezer-friendly crockpot recipes. No matter what your personal situation, there will always be […]

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 […]

30 Second Guide to Growing Tomatoes

30 Second Guide to Growing Tomatoes

In this series I’m compiling the quick and dirty info on growing specific vegetables. Just the basics. No fluff, no frills. When you’re sitting down in the late Winter, surrounded by seed catalogs, and your garden plan in front of you, you want a quick reference. How far apart can you plant? What pH do […]

Easy Fluoride-Free Homemade Toothpaste

Easy Fluoride-Free Homemade Toothpaste

  Regardless of what you believe when it comes to fluoride (and trust me, there have been studies on both sides of the fence) I am personally in search of a more organic, natural home. Fluoride has been known to cause issues with your thyroid and pineal gland. Regardless of the studies, I want to […]

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