Category: Homesteading

Hearty Whole Wheat Skillet Bread

I think bread can be beautiful. I am fascinated by the connection food has in our lives. How it connects us with the land, with each other, and how all of it makes us feel. It’s almost like there was design in this, like this was part of the plan. It’s almost as if food

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Our Biggest Mistakes In Market Gardening

  Starting a market garden sounded like a good idea… Raspberries. Tomatoes. Broccoli. We would grow all the things and the people would rejoice! This may not be exactly what was on my mind when we first set out to grow produce for our community. But I can honestly say the picture I had in

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5 Tips For Keeping Clean Spaces

  I love pictures of clean, tidy rooms with uncluttered spaces. There are no Legos hiding underneath the couch. The chairs are perfectly squared away at the table. And the table? Yup, no cut up paper, no colored pencils, no half-open scissors teetering on the edge. These are the kind of rooms you can walk

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10 Things To Do On the Homestead In September

Oh Autumn…you’ve been missed. You really are my favorite time of year. Okay, I know autumn doesn’t officially start until later this month. But there is something magical about how August dissolves into September, isn’t there? It’s a feeling in the air. A slow release of a long, hot summer. A sudden chill in the

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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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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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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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Why We Raise Free-Range Kids

You’ve heard that term before, right? Free range? But what does it actually mean? Especially when it comes to children? When you think of free-ranging, your mind probably goes right to chickens. You know, letting your birds scavenge freely for food, rather than keeping them penned up in a cage. And in a way, that’s

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5 Things to Know Before Buying Acreage

So you want to be a homesteader… I get that. The longing to live on your own land, grow your own food and learn a lifestyle of self-reliance and simplicity. It’s one of the reasons we moved our family half way across the country just to find the right place to settle our roots. Whatever

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