Tag: homesteading

On Dry Rub and Dehydrated Peppers

Honestly, growing peppers might be one of my favorite things about the garden. When I sit down over the winter to flip through my seed catalogs, peppers are usually the first I go through. Searching through the all the different varieties makes me feel like I did as a little kid standing at the penny

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Awake My Soul

  We are not meant to live life in grayscale. Do you ever feel like that? Life can sometimes seem like one long exhale. Go to work, pay the bills, make sure the kids do their homework. Recycle. Repeat. Exhausting. But what if there was more available to us?   Have you ever read a

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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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Baked Chimichanga

Finding a reason to rally the family together around the dinner is a creative exercise. You know what I mean? Sure, you can frequently fall back to everybody’s favorite meals when in a pinch for time. We do this quite a bit actually. Pancakes, tacos and tater tot casserole are all staples in our house.

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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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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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