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

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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!

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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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Clean Water For Christmas: A Great Deal on A Berkey Water Filtration System

Clean water is nothing to be taken for granted.  Check out the Berkey secret! Berkey purification systems remove viruses, pathogenic bacteria, cysts and parasites while extracting chemicals including herbicides, pesticides, organic solvents, VOCs, detergents, cloudiness, silt, sediment, foul tastes and odors.  Berkey systems are able to reduce heavy metals such as cadmium, chromium, copper, lead, […]

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Why I am Not Vegetarian

Why I am Not Vegetarian: A Homesteader’s Perspective.

Lets start with this.  If I couldn’t raise my own meat or source it locally and sustainably I would be vegetarian. I have been attacked many a time by readers who say I can’t claim to be “green” when I eat meat.  Hold it right there.  Since when does the definition of being green have […]

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A Homesteader’s Canning Shelves: Preserving Summer’s Bounty.

My canning shelves are as important to me as a biker’s Harley. Or a shopaholic’s purse collection. So it is with a lot of pride and a little anxiety that I share them with you today. I have spent countless hours collecting, preparing and canning local or home-grown food to preserve for the winter months […]

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