Need a good summer go-to salad? Something that is light, refreshing, and flavorful? Look no further than this fantastic recipe that we have tweaked. A few years ago, the girls and I began a summer tradition of “cooking around the world”. We have used the Olympics and Soccer World Cups as inspiration in the past.… Read More Recipe: Cucumber and Squash Summer Salad
I know that I’ve been MIA for awhile. I’m learning how to balance this new life we’ve entered into. I can’t express how much your life changes when you add livestock to your homestead. Currently we have 28 chickens and have also added 4 hogs (meat hogs). However, I’m back on track. The garden exploding… Read More Preserving Your Harvest: Freezing Broccoli
This time of year is when the garden typically starts to explode. I am feverishly trying to get all of the harvest frozen, canned, or dehydrated. But this is also the time where I tend to make memories. If you’ve been following me for any amount of time you have heard me mention Grandma Polly… Read More The making of memories….Squash Jam (recipe)
As I’ve said before homesteading, to me, is a state of mind. Homesteading is making a home the way you want to. It means different things to different people and that is OK. However, when contemplating whether or not to homestead, or how much to dive into, I forgot to mention the most important thing… Read More Making time to homestead
So far in our homesteading journey we have conquered knitting, canning and preserving, gardening on a large scale, hunting/fishing for our food, and beekeeping. We have all wanted chickens for a long time, but it was never the right time. This spring has been especially busy with our jobs, the girls’ school and sports, as… Read More Fustercluck….aka how I became a crazy chicken lady.
I could start by saying that this is the busiest time of the year for us, but I’d be lying if I said that. Our family is always busy. I’m not sure if it’s because we are all stress junkies, over committed, or that we call just enjoy having many activities, hobbies, responsibilities, or we… Read More Easy Homemade Sloppy Joes
When people find out that we are homesteaders the first question I get is almost always (99.9% of the time), “Are you one of those Doomsday Preppers?”. I used to answer with, “No, not at all. We aren’t preppers!”. But then I realized that I was lying to them and myself. Yes we are preppers… Read More 3 Reasons why I’m a “Prepper” and why you should be too!
One of the best things about growing herbs either indoors or outdoors, is having them at the ready. I used to cook with the dried herbs I found in grocery stores. I thought it was the same thing, yeah….it’s not. Whether it’s rosemary for Butter Butt Chicken, or oregano for my Herb Encrusted Pork Loin,… Read More Baked Chicken Caprese
When planning an herb garden there are many choices: an indoor herb garden in containers, outdoors in containers, or in a garden or raised bed. It all depends on what you have available and what works best for you. The most important question is, “What should I grow?”. The answer is, “Anything you want to,… Read More What herbs should I grow? A guide to common herbs that are easy to raise.
You have decided that you want to homestead, or you already do…. a little. Now what? Once you start looking at blogs, websites, journals, Pinterest, you fall down the rabbit hole of overwhelm. There is so much to do, to make, to be responsible for! The result, is that you don’t end up doing any… Read More The Beginner’s Guide to Homesteading