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

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 would plant them and they would immediately die. Sign up for our newsletter

Markup: HTML Tags and Formatting

Markup: HTML Tags and Formatting

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Markup: Text Alignment

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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 into it. Sign up for our newsletter

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 up for our newsletter

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 and antiviral, but the effects on humans after ingesting honey is still up for debate. In a lab, honey has been shown to be effective against E. coli, salmonella, and staphylococcus, but there haven’t been enough studies to show if it does the same in […]