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How to Make Hard Cider in 5 Easy Steps

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 19:38

One of our most beloved Autumn traditions is pressing apple cider. Some we refrigerate to drink in its sweet, raw, unpasteurized form. The rest we ferment into hard apple cider. Today my husband Brian joins me to share how to make hard cider in just a few easy steps.  Hard apple cider is just sweet […]

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The BEST Fire-Roasted Jalapeño Fermented Hot Sauce Recipe

Sat, 09/30/2017 - 16:45

One of our favorite ways to preserve hot peppers is to turn them into a lacto-fermented hot sauce. This condiment graces our table every night, and while I’m not the type to add hot sauce to my pasta and meatballs like my husband Brian, I appreciate a bit of spicy tang on my pork tacos […]

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7 Ways to Preserve Fresh Herbs to Eat and Enjoy all Winter Long

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 21:21

When I wander around my garden, even in these last days of summer, I still see fresh culinary herbs ready to be harvested and eaten. Some herbs, like dill and cilantro, have reseeded, making a second crop. Others, like my perennial sage, are leafy and full and ready to be harvested. The problem is, I […]

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The Ultimate Plant and Forget Garden Experiment

Sat, 08/26/2017 - 17:45

This summer we spent almost three months living in Vermont. The timing was less than ideal for a gardener, but we had a fabulous work trade opportunity to take advantage of, and family events to coordinate around. So this hard-core gardener did what any plant-obsessed person would do – I planted a garden in Missouri […]

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Setting Up a Homestead Kitchen on a Budget

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 19:44

Setting up a homestead kitchen on a budget may feel like a daunting task, especially if you’re starting from scratch. Admittedly, there are a lot of specialized tools that homesteaders use on a regular basis that you might not find in your standard department store, some of which cost hundreds of dollars. Fortunately, there are […]

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Ginger Honey Switchel Recipe

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 12:00

Do you ever find yourself reaching for a glass of cold water after a particularly hot and sweaty garden weeding session and find that water is not quite thirst quenching enough? This Ginger Honey Switchel Recipe is a refreshingly tart, probiotic beverage that is not only thirst quenching, but easy to make with ingredients you […]

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Calendula Tallow Soap Bars

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 14:34

Today I welcome Jan Berry of The Nerdy Farm Wife. Jan’s gorgeous new book, Simple & Natural Soapmaking is now available, and she has joined us here to share her Calendula Tallow Soap Bar recipe, similar to the all-natural recipes you will find in her book.   This natural soap recipe features tallow, which adds […]

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7 Organic Ways to Add Fertility to your Garden

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 15:28

To grow the healthiest vegetables and fruit, and to have a garden that is productive and disease-free, it is important to build fertility over time. Also, in the mid-summer, I often find that my garden needs an extra boost of fertility to maximize production and health. Over the years, I’ve experimented with many ways to […]

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Creating a Homestead Business: Legalities and Liabilities

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 00:12

Today I welcome Deborah Niemann of The Thrifty Homesteader. I first learned of Deborah in 2009 ish, when she was blogging at Antiquity Oaks. Deborah’s blog was a wealth of information about goats, and one of our go-to sources when we were raising Alpine dairy goats.  She is the author of Homegrown and Handmade: A […]

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Creating a Homestead Business: Legalities and Liabilities

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 00:12

Today I welcome Deborah Niemann of The Thrifty Homesteader. I first learned of Deborah in 2009 ish, when she was blogging at Antiquity Oaks. Deborah’s blog was a wealth of information about goats, and one of our go-to sources when we were raising Alpine dairy goats.  She is the author of Homegrown and Handmade: A […]

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Building an Off the Grid Tiny House

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 20:42

Beginning in Winter of 2013, my husband Brian and I began the process of building an off the grid tiny house on our homestead, from scratch. While the infrastructure creation process is far from over (we still are living without running water), I wanted to put all of our posts about building a tiny house […]

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Building an Off the Grid Tiny House

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 20:42

Beginning in Winter of 2013, my husband Brian and I began the process of building an off the grid tiny house on our homestead, from scratch. While the infrastructure creation process is far from over (we still are living without running water), I wanted to put all of our posts about building a tiny house […]

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Homesteading Book Reviews

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 23:41

I’ve read some wonderful homesteading books this winter, filling me with ideas and inspiration. Even in the busy months of spring, I like to have a few books going at all times. Here are a few homesteading book reviews to keep you inspired this spring! How to Embrace an Off-Grid Lifestyle by Tammy Trayer I’ve long […]

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Homesteading Book Reviews

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 23:41

I’ve read some wonderful homesteading books this winter, filling me with ideas and inspiration. Even in the busy months of spring, I like to have a few books going at all times. Here are a few homesteading book reviews to keep you inspired this spring! How to Embrace an Off-Grid Lifestyle by Tammy Trayer I’ve long […]

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Nettle Beer Recipe

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 21:27

Nettles, also known as Stinging Nettles, are delicious and versatile wild plants. Their signature sting disappears when the nettles are cooked, so they can be harvested as greens, drunk as a mineral-rich tea, or even used to make this delicious nettle beer recipe. Although nettles are so widely distributed that they are easy to wild […]

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Nettle Beer Recipe

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 21:27

Nettles, also known as Stinging Nettles, are delicious and versatile wild plants. Their signature sting disappears when the nettles are cooked, so they can be harvested as greens, drunk as a mineral-rich tea, or even used to make this delicious nettle beer recipe. Although nettles are so widely distributed that they are easy to wild […]

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Lacto-Fermented Radishes Recipe

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 21:23

Each spring I sow radish seeds amongst my beets and carrots. Because radishes are such a fast-growing crop, I’m able to harvest them when the beets and carrots are still young, allowing plenty of space for the root vegetables to continue their growth. And while radishes are a treat to eat fresh in salads, or to […]

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Lacto-Fermented Radishes Recipe

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 21:23

Each spring I sow radish seeds amongst my beets and carrots. Because radishes are such a fast-growing crop, I’m able to harvest them when the beets and carrots are still young, allowing plenty of space for the root vegetables to continue their growth. And while radishes are a treat to eat fresh in salads, or to […]

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Planning a Fruit Tree Guild

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 00:04

My vision for planting our fruit tree orchard was to eventually fill in the entire area with perennials to create a huge food forest. The first fall after planting the fruit trees, I dutifully planted daffodils in a circle around the trunk and mulched with wood chips, planning a fruit tree guild for each fruit. Soon, I realized […]

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Planning a Fruit Tree Guild

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 00:04

My vision for planting our fruit tree orchard was to eventually fill in the entire area with perennials to create a huge food forest. The first fall after planting the fruit trees, I dutifully planted daffodils in a circle around the trunk and mulched with wood chips, planning a fruit tree guild for each fruit. Soon, I realized […]

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