February 13, 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 Beans should help you answer all those questions quickly, without having to sort through article after article. I’ve always wanted a…

February 10, 2017 Lauren Dibble 2Comment

If you’re anything like me, you love the quiet calm of Winter…but also can’t wait for Spring! The short days, grey skies and cold weather leave you missing the sun on your skin, the dirt under your nails and the taste of fresh produce. Inevitably, every year, I get excited about planning my garden and start my seeds too early. Weather here in Virginia is very unpredictable. As I write this, in early February, it’s 70 degrees out! But they’re calling for snow tomorrow! So if you’re like me, and planning your summer garden already, here is a collection of…

February 8, 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 -…

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

February 3, 2017 Lauren Dibble

Here in Virginia, the Spring has been very generous with us. A few weeks of rain, and very mild temperatures. I absolutely love growing Kale, and grow it from seed every year. It is very easy to grow, and hardy and can withstand freezes and heat. This fantastic weather has ensured my Kale crop has exploded. We’ve been eating it daily and giving it away in bag-fulls. And I’m still drowning in it! (more…)

February 1, 2017 Lauren Dibble

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop! This week we got our first real snow in Virginia. It was a chunky, wet inch or so that disappeared within a few hours, but I made sure to get out and enjoy the scenery anyway! They’re calling for more in the future, which is good because this Winter hasn’t felt like a Winter at all. Last week was in the 50’s! This weekend the family and I are heading up to Maryland to go skiing for a few days. Well the hubby will be skiing. The baby and I will be unplugging and…

January 30, 2017 Lauren Dibble 1Comment

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? Onions Onions are a staple in any American kitchen. I have fond memories of my grandmother’s kitchen. The smell of onion skin, garlic, and banana nut bread still…

January 27, 2017 Lauren Dibble

Throughout the Winter, and into the Spring, if you have a wood burning fireplace, you have to clear out the ash to make room for new wood. If you’re anything like me, however, you know things on the Homestead often have multiple purposes. What’s the old saying? Reduce, Reuse, Recycle? Finding a second life for your wood ash covers all three ‘R’s. (more…)

January 25, 2017 Lauren Dibble

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop! This week the Homestead Blog Hop gets a new host! We’re delighted to have Jessica Quinn from The Faithful Farm Wife as our newest hostess. Mama of three, Jessica blogs about frugal living, self-sustainability, homesteading, homeschooling and homemaking. Head on over and check out the great work she’s doing in Tennessee! 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…

January 23, 2017 Lauren Dibble

homemade hot chocolate mix Guys! Guys! Guys! I have to tell you about this recipe I just found! It’s amazing. It’s a recipe for instant hot chocolate that’s way better than store-bought. Hot Chocolate. The sound of it invokes images of cold, blustery snow days, intimate Winter nights in front of the fire and just down right coziness. When my step-daughter visits during the summer, I pour myself a cup of coffee, pour her a cup of hot chocolate and we start the day out on the front porch together. I treasure our early morning conversations together over…