Lessons From Homestead Living

If I’m entirely honest, I had no intention of ever becoming a homesteader. I didn’t understand homesteading. I thought it was a fad, and it wasn’t something I was going to be interested in. But little did I know that homesteading was so much more than what I thought it was. It was exactly what

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Why We Should Bring Back the Bartering System

I’ll trade you a pig for a summer’s worth of pulling weeds. Sound like a deal? And if you’ll babysit our kids once a month I’ll make sure you never run out of homemade jam. Shouldn’t life be that simple? What if we could do more of the things we want to do without always

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Southwestern Style Bread and Butter Pickles

  I used to think that canning pickles was next to impossible. But you know what? It ain’t no big thang! Seriously. Canning pickles is pretty easy. Once you break down the steps, set aside the initial fear of messing up, and just give it a try you’ll probably wonder why in the world you

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Blueberry Almond Muffin Bread

Three of my favorite things are fresh blueberries, tasty almonds and…muffins. And we’ve combined them all together to make this delicious treat! I mean, how can you go wrong with blueberries? They go good in almost everything, right? Pancakes. Scones. Yogurt. Really the sky is the limit when it comes to this healthy fruit. We

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How To Know When It’s Time To Quit

It goes without saying that this self-sufficient lifestyle comes with certain characteristics. Like determination. Persistence. And plain old stubbornness. You know the kind of stubbornness I’m talking about. Right? Grit. Stick-to-it-iveness. Refusing to quit by all means. Even when that might be the best thing to do. I understand that all too well. I don’t

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5 Reasons Why Seeds Don’t Germinate (And What You Can Do About It)

You know that feeling you get when you do all the things you’re supposed to do, but then what you expect to happen…doesn’t happen? I’m thinking about the garden here. Spring finally comes after a long winter, and you’re anxious to get out to plant the garden. You’re looking forward to fresh veggies, and you

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Strawberry Pecan Bread Recipe

Fresh strawberries. Mmmmm… I’m drooling just thinking about them. Certainly one of my favorite things about early summer! Nothing beats the flavor of a fresh, sun ripened strawberry. We use them to make jams and deserts. We smother our pancakes with them. Our kids will eat them right off the vine until their faces are

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Finding Balance on the Homestead

Ever struggle with not having enough time to do all the things? Yeah, I know how that feels. There are so many things that we want or need to do, fix, grow, build…and there never seems to be enough time to do it all. So projects get pushed out, or simply not done at all.

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Adding Pigs to the Homestead

We weren’t going to do it. At least not this soon. Adding pigs to the homestead was pretty low on the list of priorities. But then Facebook Marketplace happened. You know how that goes. A good deal too good to pass came along and…well… we decided to take a leap. We want to be a

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6 Practical Ways to Battle Weeds in the Garden

One thing is certainly true about all weeds. We hate them! I know you’re with me on this. It’s not necessarily the labor of pulling weeds that gets under my skin. It’s the time it takes to do it. When I’m pulling weeds it means I’m taking time away from other jobs that are more

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