Homestead Blog Hop 121

Homestead Blog Hop 121

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 – […]

30 Second Guide To Growing Pumpkins

30 Second Guide To Growing Pumpkins

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 […]

Preserving the Kale Harvest

Preserving the Kale Harvest

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! Sign up for our newsletter

Homestead Blog Hop 120

Homestead Blog Hop 120

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 […]

30 Second Guide to Growing Onions

30 Second Guide to Growing Onions

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 […]

12 Uses For Wood Ash Around the Homestead

12 Uses For Wood Ash Around the Homestead

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. Sign up for our newsletter

Homestead Blog Hop 119

Homestead Blog Hop 119

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 […]

Dark Chocolate Stout Brownies

Dark Chocolate Stout Brownies

For some reason, in the cold and dreary Winter, I start craving calorie-laden not-so-good-for-you food. I like to blame it on my ancestors needing to pack on the pounds to hibernate through the Winter, but let’s be real. I’m bored and baking is a warm distraction that has brownies at the end of it! Sign up for our newsletter

Homestead Blog Hop 118

Homestead Blog Hop 118

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. Sign up for our newsletter

Book Review: Gaining Ground: A Story of Farmers’ Markets, Local Food, and Saving The Family Farm

Book Review: Gaining Ground: A Story of Farmers’ Markets, Local Food, and Saving The Family Farm

Just the other week I went out for a coffee with my mother and baby at our local mom and pop shop. On the counter they had several stacks of farming/foody books written by local authors. Gaining Ground caught my eye so I bought a copy and took it home I loved this book. The author, Forrest Pritchard got a degree in English, so his writing style is much more elegant than you first expect from a farmer, but once you get used to it, his storytelling is enthralling. Sign up for our newsletter