March 6, 2017 Lauren Dibble

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 Lettuce should help you answer all those questions quickly, without having to sort through article after article. I’ve always wanted a…

March 3, 2017 Lauren Dibble

Sweet potatoes are heroes in my household. Mashed, smashed, baked, scalloped, fried…I could Bubba from Forrest Gump all day long with sweet potatoes. They’re amazing sources of Vitamin A (214% of your daily recommended allowance in one cup of baked sweet potato), C (52%) and manganese (50%). Regular potatoes can’t hold a candle to them. Add to that my husband’s penchant for fries and you’ve got a winner! Hubby’s obsession with fries borders on the unhealthy. It’s the one food he could eat every day for the rest of his life and never tire of. While the recipe below is…

March 1, 2017 Lauren Dibble

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop! Now on to the hop… Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading. Meet and Follow Your Hosts! Kelly – Simple Life Mom (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+ | Instagram) Jennifer – Homesteading on Grace (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+) Bonnie – The Not So Modern Housewife (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+ | Instagram) Liz -…

March 1, 2017 Lauren Dibble

It’s that time again! Time for a GIVEAWAY to kick off Spring! Some of my friends over at Homestead Bloggers and I have partnered with Plant Therapy to bring you a killer prize! (more…)

February 27, 2017 Lauren Dibble

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 Peppers should help you answer all those questions quickly, without having to sort through article after article. I’ve always wanted a…

February 24, 2017 Lauren Dibble

  As the days get longer and the nights get warmer, everyone starts thinking about Spring. Farmers and gardeners start dreaming about the smell of the soil, watching their plants flourish, and feeling the hot summer sun on their backs. One of the first steps for planning your summer garden is to know where you are now. When you begin planning what you’ll grow this year, you’ll need to take an inventory of the seeds you already have. If you have leftovers from years prior, or seeds collected from last year’s harvest, you need to test how many seeds are…

February 22, 2017 Lauren Dibble

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop! Now on to the hop… (more…)

February 20, 2017 Lauren Dibble

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 Garlic should help you answer all those questions quickly, without having to sort through article after article. I’ve always wanted a…

February 17, 2017 Lauren Dibble 1Comment

This is one of those recipes that feels like cheating. Five minutes worth of prep (maybe even less – I should time myself) and you get a beautiful, foolproof, succulent Sunday dinner. Buying a whole chicken is cheaper than buying the individual pieces at the store because it saves the companies butchering costs. Or, if you’re lucky enough to have your own home-grown meat chickens, this recipe cooks the chicken long and low all day, so they end up juicy and tender. (more…)

February 15, 2017 Lauren Dibble

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop! This week’s weather has been another let-down. Warm, wet, and gross. Last weekend we specifically made no plans outside of the house. The Hillsborough Homestead family needed some recharge time. We ended up catching up on chores, blogging, and chopping up a tree we lost last week due to the wind. Now on to the hop… (more…)