How to Start Seeds Indoors

How to Start Seeds Indoors

Food Advertising by 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 […]

Best Homemade Bread Recipe

Best Homemade Bread Recipe

Food Advertising by 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 […]

Easy Homemade Ketchup

Easy Homemade 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 […]

Honey Lemon Tea Base for Colds and Flus

Honey Lemon Tea Base for Colds and Flus

Winter is here, and it seems the colds, flus, and stomach bugs are especially bad this year. Kids love sharing (especially germs!), the flu vaccine seems to be hit or miss, and our busy lives leave us little time to take care of ourselves. That’s where this tea base comes in: Honey Honey is antibacterial […]

10 Ways to Stay Warm and Lower Your Heat Bill During the Winter

10 Ways to Stay Warm and Lower Your Heat Bill During the Winter

1. Program Your Thermostat If you have a programmable thermostat, take advantage of it! Play around with the temperatures that feel right to your family. In my household, we keep it around 65 during the day, and let it drop to 60 at night. If we plan to be away for the weekend, we’ll keep […]

Freezer-Friendly Pizza Dough

Freezer-Friendly Pizza Dough

All of us are busy. These days it seems we all are busier than ever, but accomplish less. I find myself coming home after a long day of work, fighting with the commute, not having planned dinner at all. To avoid the last minute phone call to Papa John’s, I keep a deep freezer full […]

Over-Winter Cover Crops For Better Spring Soil

Over-Winter Cover Crops For Better Spring Soil

As winter’s knocking on our doors, we’re decorating for Fall and Christmas, putting up the last of our canned goods, and putting our gardens to bed. However, Winter doesn’t have to be a time of complete rest for your garden. If you find yourself needing to improve the quality of your soil, or prevent water […]

Guide to Saving Tomato Seeds

Guide to Saving Tomato Seeds

Your tomato plants have given you an entire summer of produce. However, the leaves are starting to brown, you’re not getting any more blossoms, and the days are getting shorter. As you’re wrapping up your last canning jars of spaghetti sauce and pizza sauce, it’s a good time to start planning for next year’s garden. […]

How to Protect Your Plants From Frost

How to Protect Your Plants From Frost

Planting a Fall vegetable garden is always a gamble. You never know when the first frost is going to come, how many weeks of good weather we’ll have, or if a freak snow storm is going to wipe everything out. For those first early nights of frost, when there’s still weeks of good weather ahead, […]