Lavender and Lemon Balm Beer Recipe

Lavender and Lemon Balm Beer Recipe

If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you’ll know I’m a huge fan of Herbal Academy. I’m enough of a fan, I’ve signed up for their affiliate program. Their classes are intense, full of in-depth knowledge, their videos feel like you are hanging out with good friends, and their printed material is beautiful. The first class I took with Herbal Academy was their Herbal Fermentation course. I had brewed beer, wine and whiskey at home before, but never knew beer could be brewed without hops or grains, but with herbs instead. The videos in class, and the […]

History of Canning

History of Canning

The Invention of Canned Foods We owe the invention of canned food to Nicolas Appert, a French confectioner and chef. During the late 1700’s, he began experimenting with was to preserve food stuffs and discovered that the presence of air led to spoilage. He wasn’t entirely correct, but he was on the right path. Napoleon’s war caused the French government to begin the quest too. They offered a prize of 12,000 francs to anyone who could successfully preserve food. An Army marches on its stomach, right? While it is actually the combination of heat and lack of air that preserves […]

28 Ways To Make Money On The Homestead

28 Ways To Make Money On The Homestead

If you’re like me (and I think you are!), you’ve been drawn to homesteading from a desire to quit the rat race, slow down, and live a simpler life. Unfortunately, though, not everyone can afford to retire early and live off the land. Land still costs money, taxes will always be there, so most of us still need to make an income. I’ve collected the best ways to make money from the comfort of your homestead! Grow It 1. CSA Community Supported Agriculture is a great way to sell your home-grown produce, without having to set up at farmer’s markets. […]

The Lost Art of Cooking Over a Fire

The Lost Art of Cooking Over a Fire

Today, the majority of people have fireplaces in their homes as aesthetic features that maybe produces a little heat. More likely than not it even sucks heat from the room! Not too long ago, however, it was the only source of heat or method of cooking anyone had. Whether you find yourself camping, without power, or simply want to experience how your ancestors did it, here are some pointers for cooking over a fire: Sign up for our newsletter

CrockPot French Onion Soup (For Canning)

CrockPot French Onion Soup (For Canning)

I had been wanting to try this recipe for awhile. Fall is heading our way, French 0nion soup is an absolute favorite of mine, and the hubby likes to buy canned soups to take to work. I hate how much sodium and other random crap they have in them. Last time I tried to eat canned soup (the brand will remain unnamed) I got an instant migraine! Now what is in a can of soup that is so nasty my brain decided to riot?! Sign up for our newsletter

Chicken Pudding: A Historic Recipe, Reimagined

Chicken Pudding: A Historic Recipe, Reimagined

I have a weakness for historic cookbooks. There’s something nostalgic about cooking the same recipe, the same meal that women cooked a hundred years ago, two hundred years ago. The first book that got me hooked on historic cooking was The Virginia Housewife by Mary Randolph. Growing up in a 300 year old farm house in Virginia, I felt a kinship to Ms Randolph, and I could easily imagine her in my family home, cooking snapping turtle soup, or going to the root cellar for a knuckle of beef.  Sign up for our newsletter

35 Essential Chicken Terms You Need To Know

35 Essential Chicken Terms You Need To Know

If you’re like me and just getting started in your chicken loving adventures, it’s important to know some essential chicken terms. Before we walk the walk, we need to learn how to talk the talk. Here are the top 35 essential chicken terms you need to know to get started: 1.Bantam A petite breed, about ¼ of the size of a regular chicken. 2.Biddy Another term for chick or baby chicken. 3. Broiler A chicken bred for its meat. Usually broilers are processed between 9-12 weeks and weighing between 2.5 and 3.5 pounds. 4. Brooder (box) A heated enclosure for raising […]

30 Second Guide to Growing Sweet Potatoes

30 Second Guide to Growing Sweet Potatoes

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 Sweet Potatoes should help you answer all those questions quickly, without having to sort through article after article. I’ve always wanted […]

Natural Soap Making for Beginners: Book Review and GIVEAWAY!

Natural Soap Making for Beginners: Book Review and GIVEAWAY!

  My good friend, Kelly, over at Simple Life Mom has finished a beautiful new book on natural soap making and to celebrate, is offering it up as a giveaway for my readers! To start off an entire MONTH of free giveaways, Kelly is offering 2lbs of her homemade, natural organic soap. To enter, click here: a Rafflecopter giveaway. TWO lucky people will win this six month supply of soap! Other giveaways include soaps, herbs, and online herbal classes thanks to Herbal Academy and Mountain Rose herbs. In addition to her month of giveaways, she’s offering a Soapmaking Bonus Collection to anyone […]

Medicinal Plant Profile: Lavender

Medicinal Plant Profile: Lavender

Growing Lavender Lavender is a fantastic beginning herbalist’s plant to grow and use on the homestead. Growing lavender is incredibly easy. It requires little maintenance and is very tolerant to drought or over-watering. It attracts beneficial insects to your garden, and repels mosquitoes and other pests. When selecting your lavender, it is important to be aware of all of the different species of lavender. All lavenders fall into the Lavandula family, but there are 39 distinct varietals. Commonly, Lavandula angustifolia is the strain of lavender used in essential oils and healing remedies. It is also known as “true” lavender, English […]