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 a man who’s easy to please! While he grew up on canned Prego, he now prefers my version better! And it’s easily canned to use all winter long! Sign up for our newsletter

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 they need? How much water? What vegetables can you plant next to others? Which should you avoid? This quick and dirty 30 second guide to Tomatoes should help you answer all those questions quickly, without having to sort through article after article. I’ve always wanted […]

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 minimize my families exposure to all chemicals that are not naturally occurring. So bit by bit I am replacing our beauty products and cleaning supplies with all natural, homemade versions. Sign up for our newsletter

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

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 seems to me that we have to schedule free time into our day. How crazy does that sound? Sign up for our newsletter

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 knowledge. Sign up for our newsletter

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 is a continuation from that list. Sign up for our newsletter

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 the workers there for what they want. Until I got my hands on the FoxFire books, I had no idea how different each type of wood is, and how to choose which type for what we want on our homestead. Below I’ve shared what I’ve learned: Sign up […]

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 the Summer will contain. One of these day-dreams led me to find a beautiful property nearby that is for sale for a reasonable price that hubby and I are very interested in. It’s been on the market for a few years. It has 60 mostly […]

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, sheep and cattle. (All the more reason for us to eat it!) Sign up for our newsletter