Dishes piled high in the sink, and a load in the dishwasher. A random load of laundry in the washer…left there forgotten from yesterday. Kids toys all over the house. A toilet that has needed cleaning for…too long. An extra trip to town to grab a forgotten ingredient for dinner. Grabbing take-out way too often, just because life is so… Keep Reading
Goodbye 2016. Hello 2017. It’s such an inspiring time of year, right? It’s time for some reflection and homesteading goals! This past year was so full of growth for our family. While our homesteading progress was slower then I’d like, we still made a huge garden expansion, and learned so much about Back to Eden gardening (through successes and failures!).
Chicks are cute and all, but sometimes you don’t really have 6-8 months to wait on eggs… Am I right, or am I right?? I wanted to integrate new hens into our established flock this summer, in particular I was looking for some silkie hens. These hens are originally from Asia and are well known to be fabulous mothers. You… Keep Reading
Are you a seasoned homesteader? A small scale homesteader, urban homesteader, apartment homesteader? I’ve got something that can unite us all in homesteading glory. Homemade chicken stock. You don’t need any land, or a garden, or even special skills. You just need a big pot and a stove, and some leftovers in your fridge. Sounds doable, right?
Y’all, have you heard of Kon Mari? Its a method of organizing and cleaning your home, and it is magical! (which is probably why she named her book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up“) Many of you know that several months ago we had our third baby. What a joyful blessing he has been! Truly, he’s the happiest little soul I’ve… Keep Reading
Look at her, all smug up there… Y’all, is it festivus? Because I need to air some grievences about my chickens. When you get them as cute little fluff balls, you’re dreaming of fresh eggs. Things like chicken *%$# on your porch are the furthest thing from your mind… But good gracious…the poo. The chicken poo is everywhere, and it’s… Keep Reading
We had our first case of broodiness hit our flock of hens this summer. There are ways to break a broody hen from her broodiness. Many articles have been written on the subject. But we decided to take this as a golden opportunity to raise baby turkeys – the easy way.
We did it. We took a big step in homesteading. We butchered our first chicken. Last fall we picked up a few straight run dual-purpose chicks. We got more then we needed to cover any accidental chick deaths, and any “surprise” roosters, which would be destined for the dinner table. We had one chick die, and miraculously, only one of… Keep Reading
Did you know that the “whole” milk you buy at the store isn’t actually whole?? Whole milk is actually about 3-4% milk fat, as opposed to it’s modern sisters 2%, and skim (gag!). So when we started purchasing our raw milk straight from a small family dairy (they have 2 jersey cows in milk!) – we were getting not only “whole”… Keep Reading
Kids and gardening can be a challenge. But I still feel it’s important that they share in the wonder of gardening – even at 4 and 3 years old. Call me crazy, but I just do. I feel like if we can help nurture their curiosity and wonder, and help them gain the skills they need to garden now,… Keep Reading