How to Make a Christmas Wreath from Mason Jar Rings

This adorable Christmas wreath is made from Mason jar rings and wash tape! Spoiler alert: it's so easy to make! You only need a few supplies and about half an hour! As a thrifty Millennial homesteader (aka: a broke Millennial homesteader), I try to spend as little...

How to Make Chili Pepper Garland

This easy-to-make chili pepper garland is a fun way to use extra peppers from your garden harvest! What could be better than decor made from your own garden produce?! Pretty much nothing, in my opinion! Last year was the "year of the pepper" in our garden! We had...

2019 Homestead Management Binder

The 2019 Homestead Management Binder is packed with 46 pages of printable sheets to help you organize you homestead! Guys... it's ready! 🎉 And it's only December 2! If that isn't a sign that I've finally got my sh!t together, I don't know what is! For those of you...

How to Freeze Fresh Fruit & Berries to Enjoy Year Round

Learn how to freeze fresh fruit and berries to enjoy  summer's goodness all year long! Smoothies. The single greatest food trend of the 21stcentury, in my opinion. But, like most of my food, I want to know exactly where it came from, how it was grown and how far it...

10 Answers to Your Complete Beginner Chicken Questions

Chickens are a great asset to any home or homestead! But if you are new to chickens, you may have some questions you want answered before taking the leap. We have the answers to 10 common questions that people ask before getting backyard chickens!   Should you get...

How to Revive an Abandoned or Overgrown Garden

We revived our abandoned and overgrown garden using all-natural, no-till garden practices to create a beautiful and productive garden within a year! I can't believe that we've been at our "new" homestead for almost 2 years now! Part of me is so f-ing proud of...

GMO or Hybrid: What’s the difference?

Let's talk seeds! Do you know the difference between a GMO and a hybrid? Lately, I've seen a lot of discussion about seeds, especially pertaining to what a GMO is and if it's the same thing as a hybrid. Frankly, I'm glad to see this discussion happening!  It's...

Be Prepared! What to Stock in a Goat First Aid Kit

Stocking a goat first aid kit will help you be more prepared for an emergency, illness or injury. Here's what we keep in our goat first aid kit! ** I may receive a commission at no additional cost to you from purchases made through links in this article. Full...

Be Prepared! How to Assemble a Goat Kidding Supply Kit

Goat kids on the way? Get ready for kidding season by stocking a goat kidding kit! ** I may receive a commission at no additional cost to you from purchases made through links in this article. Full Disclosure Link ** Kidding season is one of the most exciting and...

How to Stock and Store First Aid Kits for Homestead Animals

Having a well-stocked first aid kit is a vital part of owning animals on a homestead. Learn how we stock our kits and why we use buckets to store our supplies! Why it’s important to stock your animal first aid kits before you need them: An essential part of caring for...

How to Make Fire Cider: A Super-Tonic for Cold & Flu Season!

Fire cider is a powerful immune-boosting super tonic that can be easily made by infusing apple cider vinegar! Keep it on hand for colds, flus and other times when your immune system needs extra support! When I tell people about fire cider, I’m pretty sure they think...

Blogging about Homesteading: What I’ve Learned after Two Years

Blogging about homesteading wasn't what I expected it to be! After two years, the only thing I know for sure is that I've learned a lot! Two years ago, I hit "publish" on the blog that you are reading today. I was exhilarated and terrified all at the same time. Most...

My Top Three Picks for High-Quality, Non-GMO Heirloom Seeds

Wondering where to order seeds for your garden? Get the scoop on my three favorite companies for high-quality, non-GMO heirloom seeds! ** I may receive a commission at no additional cost to you from purchases made through links in this article. Full Disclosure Link **...

Valentines for Gardeners & Homesteaders

These free, printable Valentine's Day cards are a perfect way to show your love for that special homesteader or gardener in your life! Sometimes, between all the chores and craziness of homesteading and gardening, you’ve just gotta have a little fun! And Valentine's...

Adding Milk Goats to the Homestead: 10 Frequently Asked Questions

Are you considering milk goats for your homestead? Today, I'm sharing my experience and answering the top 10 questions that people ask me about owning goats! Milk goats can be fantastic animals for a homestead! In addition to providing milk and dairy products, goats...

2018 Homestead Management Binder

Click Here to Learn About the New Updates and Additional Pages in the 2019 Version!   Christmas may be over, but I seriously feel like one of Santa’s elves right now! I have been busy working on updating the Homestead Management Binder over the past month and I am so...

Seedy Almond Flour Crackers (Gluten Free & Paleo!)

These easy-to-whip-up Seedy Almond Flour Crackers contain 100% real ingredients, are gluten-free and paleo friendly! Oh, and they are delicious! Our friend Robin makes the most amazing raw goat milk fomage blanc cheese. It’s absolutely delicious and has a perfect...

How to Help your Goats Quickly Recover from a Runny Nose

Goats get colds too! This is how I help my goats recover quickly when they have a runny nose or signs of a cold. ** I may receive a commission at no additional cost to you from purchases made through links in this article. Full Disclosure Link ** Last month, we walked...

How to Prepare your Homestead for Winter

Ready or not, fall is here and winter isn't too far behind! It's the perfect time to prepare your homestead for the upcoming winter and changing weather. Here's the deal: winter is cold. I hate being cold. Like, I really hate it. But, winter does mean that I get a...

How to Make Eggplant Jerky

Jerky... Made from eggplant... That tastes like the real deal. Go ahead and be skeptical. I was too! But once you taste it... O-M-Goodness! You will be a believer too! Eggplant is a totally awesome veggie: it's very versatile and it absorbs flavors so well! Which...

Ten Creative Ways to Use all that Zucchini

I’d like to take a moment to talk about an illness that afflicts many households this time of year: Zucchini Overwhelm Are you suffering from Zucchini Overwhelm? Common symptoms of zucchini overwhelm include, but are not limited to: Fridges and countertops that...

How to Make Dried Herb Soap with Mint, Chamomile & Rosemary

I’m working up my courage to make lye-based goat milk soaps.  In the meantime, while my freezer overflows with bags and jars of frozen goat milk, I decided to try my hand at melt-n-pour soaps instead. You know, playin’ it safe! 😉  The melt-n-pour soap was soooo...

How to Use Mint for your Chickens

I have a love-hate relationship with mint. Sometimes, I also have a love-hate relationship with my chickens… like when they decide to re-landscape my flowers! But, chickens and mint (while both annoying at times!) make a pretty fantastic combination! When we moved in...

50+ Ways to Make Money from your Homestead

A lot of homesteaders, whether they live on a backyard farm or a full-sized homestead, want to find a way to make money from their homestead.  We work very hard on our homesteads and it would be great to be able to see some sort of a monetary return on our...

Four Tips for Planning Your Best Garden Yet!

I've been guilty (a time or two!) of racing head-first into the nursery and buying every plant in sight, only to get home and wonder what the heck I just did.  Gardening can be so exciting that it's easy to lose focus! Have you ever ended up at the end of gardening...

How to Make Easy-Peel Hard Boiled Eggs

Sometimes I wonder if I have magic chickens…. I see a lot of people who struggle with peeling their farm fresh hard boiled eggs. The first several times I heard from people struggling, I though that it was just a fluke.  Then I realized that there is apparently a...

Ten Reasons Why Weeds Are Not the Enemy

It may not seem like weeds could serve any beneficial purpose, right? Think again! Weeds may not be all bad after all! ** I may receive a commission at no additional cost to you from purchases made through links in this article. Full Disclosure Link ** I feel like I...

How to Make a DIY Farmhouse Style Chick Brooder

Do you ever wonder if you have become a crazy chicken person? A great test is to ask yourself “Am I creating custom furniture for my chickens based on their needs and comfort?”.  If the answer is “yes”, then congratulations and welcome to the club!  We don’t have a...

Free, Printable To Do Lists for the Homesteader

I’m always working on about 72,456 projects at once. Sometimes, I’ll even finish one of them! There’s no denying that building a homestead is a big job, whether you have a 1/4 acre or 200 acres! There are always a million things to get done. I sometimes even...

How I Keep My Chickens Happy & Healthy in Winter: Chicken Coop Tips

Hey guys!  I am back this week with more info about how we (that would be me and my adorable chickens) are surviving all this snow!  Just a quick recap in case you missed last week's post: me + my chickens are not winter fans!  Where we live, it rarely snows.  But,...

Why I Kissed the Convenient Life Goodbye

Alright, time to drop some reality: homesteading (even backyard homesteading) is hard. What?!  You mean you already knew that?! Yeah, chances are, that if you have been living this way, even for the shortest period of time, you’ve experienced losses, hardships and...

How to Make Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple season is just starting to come to a close here in the Northwest. It's one of my favorite times of year - there is something so magical and exciting about harvesting basketfuls of beautiful apples.  I’m very happy that our new home has a mature apple tree that...

40+ Delicious Recipes You Can Make with Green Tomatoes

It’s officially fall and I don’t know about you, but I still have a bunch of green tomatoes hanging out in my garden.  Because of our move, our garden got started late… embarrassingly late… as in, I was still planting on the 4th of July!  So I knew that green tomatoes...

DIY Herbal Insect Repellent

Who has mint that is growing like crazy this time of year? *Raises both hands*  Our new fixer upper home has a serious mint addiction… it’s everywhere!  I’m not complaining, but, holy mint!  So, in an attempt to come up with some new and creative ways to use it up, I...

Buying an Urban Homestead: Five Questions You Need to Ask First!

Buying a house is one of those big, exciting, and stressful life events.  I think it may be right up there with getting married…except without the cake (which automatically makes worse in my opinion). You want to find the perfect place so badly - the one you’ve spent...

Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies (Paleo, Vegan)

Okay, I may have fallen off the planet for a bit in the midst of our move!  But, I promise it will be short-lived!  In the meantime, please accept this cookie recipe as my form of an apology... 'cause cookies make everything better, right??? Especially when they are...

We Sold the Homestead

This week, we said goodbye to our little homestead. I have loved living in that beautiful little valley that is filled with some of the most gorgeous farm land in our state (at least I think so!). I loved the small town lifestyle: how everything shuts down after 6pm,...

Five Myths About Backyard Farming That Need to Stop

We are setting the record straight on backyard farming!  Have you been falling for any of these myths? 1. You have to be a crunchy, tree-hugging hippie to be a backyard farmer Some people who are “crunchy” choose to grow their own food. In the same manner, some people...

Six Things You Need to Know Before Planting Your First Garden

You’ve decided to start growing your own food — congratulations! Planting a garden is a huge step towards improving your health and lifestyle. Before you start digging in, there are a couple things you need to know that will help your first garden be a successful...

How to be a Lazy Gardener Thanks to Chickens

Let's Talk Chickens. And Why You Need Them. If you are like me, there is a high likelihood that you enjoy being lazy sometimes. I thoroughly savor the weekends when I get to sleep in... sometimes, even until 6:30 am (whoop whoop)! I enjoy the nights when we order in...

What You Need to Know about Seed Varieties

Do you ever wonder what all those terms on seed packets really mean? We are breaking it down so that you can choose the perfect seeds for your garden! ** I may receive a commission at no additional cost to you from purchases made through links in this article. Full...

Behind the Scenes: Chicken Coop Tour

I was so inspired by the amazing chicken coop hacks I shared in this post that I had to share some more!  So, today, I am taking you on a personal tour of my own chicken coop and I am spilling the beans on some of my own chicken coop hacks… including solar lighting,...

10 Hacks You’ll Want to Steal for your Chicken Coop

Spring is finally here!  Which means it's time for chicks and spring coop cleaning. If you are like me, you may be looking for some extra-awesome ways to spruce up your chicken coop this year.  Well, I've got you covered! I searched the internet high and low and let...

How to Make Smudge Sticks from Garden Fresh Herbs

“So you’re a witch now?” That’s the question I got when I made smudge sticks for the first time! It made me laugh out loud, because that we had just learned that the tiny town we moved to is rumored to have a high witch population! But I definitely am not interesting...

How to Test Soil Texture for a Better Garden

If you want a beautiful garden that will grow you lots of food, you’ve got to start with good soil.   No amount of fertilizer or chemicals can improve your soil texture or quality.  It has to be done naturally… that’s why we call it “nature”.  So just put down the...

How to Use Our Urban Homestead Management Binder

Click Here to Learn About the New Updates and Additional Pages in the 2019 Version! Living sustainably is enough of a chore without trying to figure out the bookkeeping side of it all! And I wanted to make that easier for you. Over the last year, I have been dreaming...

Five Big Mistakes We Made as New Gardeners (and how to avoid them!)

Four years ago, we planted our first garden. It was a disaster. The plants were overgrown and entangled in each other, our dogs ate the little bit of produce that did grow, thistles taller than me took over, and we had crazy mutant cucumbers that mixed in with all the...

Paleo Cinnamon Banana Pancakes

I have a serious question for you all: Does anyone else have to sing that Jack Johnson song every single time they make banana pancakes? Let’s be honest, I mean who doesn’t rock it out with their cup of coffee and their pancakes?  Or is it just me…. At any rate, one...

Rustic Tomato Soup

I made soup today because it's a soup kind of day over here. It’s like 19 degrees outside and we needed to warm things up a bit! This is not your traditional tomato soup - It has a kick of spice and it packs all the flavors of summer. It’s a great and easy “seasonal...

Homesteading & Freedom: Go Big!

So you want to start homesteading? And you have no idea where to start. There will be a lot of people who give you advice like “start with a small garden and see if you enjoy it”, but let’s be real here. You aren’t going to start with a small garden. You are a modern...

Will Homesteading Save Me Money

Yes. And no. But mostly yes. I’m a financial-minded person. One of the first things I investigate when making a decision is if there is a financial pay-off in it. Homesteading was no different. When we started this journey, we were still in the process of paying off a...

Raising Backyard Ducks: 5 Things No One Told Us

We have been proud first-time duck parents for just about 3 weeks now. After lots of research, we decided to go for it and raise our own backyard ducklings. I am very thankful that we took the time to research our decision well because we couldn’t be more pleased with...