Easy Homemade Hard Apple Cider

Easy Homemade Hard Apple Cider

In the Spring we make dandelion wine. In the Fall, we make hard apple cider. One of the things I love about making hard apple cider, is it’s a great way to use up those extra not-so-pretty apples or extra apple cider you have laying around. Hard apple cider is beautiful, delicious, seasonal and easy home-brew project. What You Will Need 1 gallon of apple cider 1-1 1/2 lbs of sugar or honey a glass jar or food-grade bucket brewer’s yeast (optional) an air lock campden tablets bottles The entire process can be broken down into three different steps: Apple Cider […]

7 Things Homesteaders Do Differently

7 Things Homesteaders Do Differently

1. Homesteaders Pride Themselves on Self-Sufficiency A homesteader’s idea of self-sufficiency isn’t moving out of our parents’ house at 25. It’s building our own, making our own, growing our own. It’s about no relying on anyone or anything else for our electricity, our food, our clothing, our lifestyle. I made my headboard out of old barnwood. It weighs a ridiculous amount, and it’s not very attractive. But you know what? I know where the materials came from. I know exactly how many hours and nails and splinters went into making it. And when it breaks, I’ll know exactly how to repair […]

Homestead Blog Hop 136

Homestead Blog Hop 136

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) Natasha – Houseful of Nicholes (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram) Bonnie – The Not So Modern Housewife (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+ | Instagram) Jessica – […]

9 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Aphids

9 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Aphids

Aphids are tiny pest insects that most gardeners have had to address at one time or another. There are over 4,000 different aphid species and their color can range from green to white to black. Aphids suck the sap from plants, namely, young growth. However, minor infestations usually don’t create a lot of damage. Aphids are capable of rapid asexual reproduction, though, that can turn minor infestations into major ones in a matter of days. Heavy aphid infestations will cause plant leaves to yellow, wilt, and eventually effect overall plant health. In addition to the damage they create by eating […]

30 Second Guide to Growing Cauliflower

30 Second Guide to Growing Cauliflower

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

Homestead Blog Hop 135

Homestead Blog Hop 135

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) Natasha – Houseful of Nicholes (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram) Bonnie – The Not So Modern Housewife (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+ | Instagram) Jessica – […]

Herbal Remedies for Hay Fever

Herbal Remedies for Hay Fever

It’s that time of the year again. While Spring brings in beautiful trees and blooming flowers, the warm temperatures send us outside to enjoy the sun after a long, cold Winter. We throw open the windows, get to work on our gardens, and, for many of us, suffer from allergies. I originally thought hay fever referred to a specific allergy, but in reality, it describes the same allergic reaction 30% of the US population suffers from every year. And allergies are on the rise. Sign up for our newsletter

Homestead Blog Hop 134

Homestead Blog Hop 134

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop! Things are heating up at the new homestead! We’ve decided on a contractor and are submitted their bid to the bank for approval. Once they approve it, and send an appraiser out, we’ll know when we can close. Then the real fun starts! 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 […]

30 Second Guide to Growing Beets

30 Second Guide to Growing Beets

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

If You Want to Make God Laugh…Tell Him Your Plans

If You Want to Make God Laugh…Tell Him Your Plans

Woody Allen, while funny, was also spot on with this quote. “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.” Because inevitably, things change. The minute we think we’ve got it all figured out, we get turned on our heads. Not that that’s always a bad thing. This property…this property has tested my perseverance. It’s tested my patience. It’s tested my dream. But in the end, I know it’ll be worth it. I can see Jack’s bare feet slapping the hardwood floor in the kitchen. I can see our chickens grazing in the yard. I can hear the […]