Grow Your Own Popcorn!  The little things in life make the difference.

Grow Your Own Popcorn

Last night we enjoyed a very special treat.  We shared a bowl of popcorn.  But it wasn’t just any old popcorn and we didn’t eat it with a casual disregard as most people eat popcorn.  We savored each piece and smiled.  This popcorn was extra special and extra sweet because we grew it ourselves! I […]

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A Homesteader’s Thank You.  Do You Say It Right?

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Homesteading is all about learning, sharing and teaching.  Without mentors, learning the old skills would be a lot more challenging.  Thankfully there are people out there who have learned, and who are faithfully teaching others.  I have reached out to many different people to learn how to milk goats, can food, spin wool, make soap […]

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Maple Sugaring: Tapping Bigleaf Maples on the Pacific Northwest.

I have known where maple syrup comes from since I was a child reading the Laura Ingalls Wilder book “Little House in the Big Woods” where Pa taps the trees and comes home with gallons of maple sap.  The simple, true story set in Wisconsin in the late 1800s, describes in great detail how maple […]

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You Know You Are A Modern Homesteader When… 17 Tell-tale signs that happened to me!

A person doesn’t decide one day to turn into a modern homesteader.  And it doesn’t necessarily occur as soon as you bring home your first chickens. It generally happens slowly, over a period of time. And then one day when you least expect it, the realization suddenly hits you. And it is often either pointed […]

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How To Plant Garlic Using an Electric Drill. Easy, quick and fun!

I like power tools.  I don’t have my own but my husband has lots, and when I do get my hands on them, I get that glazed over look in my eyes and rev the engine.  There is something about holding an electric drill up on your shoulder and squeezing the trigger.  I feel POWERFUL! […]

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The Green Gardener Soap Recipe with Hemp Oil, Mint and Green Tea.

I am an avid gardener and I spend hours wrist-deep and bare-foot in sun, clay, and manure.  While the last three ingredients result in beautiful vegetables, they take a toll on your skin.  Dirt sucks the moisture out of your skin.  Sunshine and wind further dry and age your skin.  A good soap is a […]

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Eartheasy Vermicomposting Giveaway: Learn How To Compost with Worms!

Have you got worms yet?  This is an easy way to get an amazing, rich compost for your garden!  Check out this giveaway and take a moment to enter!  I have had a worm bin of my own for months now and the kids and I enjoy feeding them and watching them in action.  I […]

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Living On What We Have

Living On What We Have: A Month of No Groceries

Planting.  Weeding.  Watering.  Harvesting.  Canning.  Dehydrating.  Freezing.  When October finally arrived this year and things gradually started to slow down I would stop periodically and gaze lovingly at my full pantry shelves over-flowing with over 700 jars of stored food, the freezers full of our own meat, fruit and vegetables, and jars of dehydrated fruit. […]

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DIY Christmas

A DIY Christmas: Over 100 Great Gift Ideas!

This year I have teamed up with some awesome homesteading bloggers to produce over 100 DIY gift ideas for Christmas, or any other gift-giving time! There is nothing more personal and thoughtful than a homemade gift.  People appreciate the time and effort that went into the gift a lot more than a gift that was […]

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The Simple Art of Making Taper Candles

On the road to sustainability I recently learned a new skill: making taper candles.  We have been beekeepers for 3 years now, and aside from amazing honey, our bees supply us with extra beeswax.  I use the wax in a number of homemade body products, but I have been planning on making candles with the wax […]

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