Practicing Gratefulness in the Here & Now

If you ever feel frustrated about the scale of your dreams and your inability to make them happen soon enough, this post is for you! Practicing gratefulness in the here and now while we are on our way to "there" may be one of the most important lessons that...

2020 Homestead Management Printable Binder

It's back! The 2020 Homestead Management Printable Binder is completely updated and ready for you to print! Check out how to use it to organize your homestead and then grab your free copy from the Freebie Library! Get ready to make 2020 the best (or at least the most...

October 2019: Savoring the Fall Season

Behind the Scenes: October 2019 – A quick recap of some of the homestead happenings that occurred this month, including: prepping our homestead for winter, transitioning to fall eating and savoring the fall season!   Slow living during Fall: Fall is such a lovely...

10 Fall Chores to Prepare your Garden for Winter

Do these 10 fall chores to prepare your garden for winter, increase your soil's health, and set your organic garden up for success!   The summer garden season has finally come to close! Time to relax and enjoy the bounty of your harvest… almost! But first, we...

Sun-dried Tomato & Garlic Seasoning Mix

This delicious Sun-dried Tomato & Garlic Seasoning Mix is easy to whip up and uses just 4 ingredients! Plus, you can easily make it with ingredients you grow in your own garden! I’m spilling the secret to my signature seasoning mix: Sun-Dried Tomato & Garlic...

September 2019: Our Garden Harvest Yields

Behind the Scenes: September 2019 – A quick recap of some of the homestead happenings that occurred this month, including: wrapping up our gardening season and our produce preservation yields! What a busy month! I feel like September just blurred into one never-ending...

Make Ahead Freezer Quiche

Make ahead freezer quiche is a delicious way to preserve your farm fresh eggs and summer veggies! It's easy to make and even easier to bake up for a quick and tasty meal! There comes a time in every chicken keepers life when egg overwhelm becomes a very real thing. If...

How to Make Homemade Garlic Powder in 5 Easy Steps

Homemade garlic powder is a delicious way to flavor any dish! It’s super easy to make and can be dried in your oven or food dehydrator! Here’s how to make your own garlic powder!  Garlic… Is there anything that it shouldn’t go on??  I’m 100% that person that puts a...

August 2019: Harvest Preservation Tips & Bathroom Renovation

Behind the Scenes: August 2019 – A quick recap of some of the homestead happenings that occurred this month, including: how we make harvest season easier, our bathroom renovation, and some surprise chicks! August was a whirlwind! We must have been momentarily...

Everything You Need to Know About Fall Gardening

Don't put your seed packets away just because the crisp fall air has arrived! Fall is a great time to garden! Here's everything you need to know about how, when and what to plant to have a beautiful and productive fall garden! Here in Idaho, there is already a tinge...

July 2019: Raising Meat Chickens & Preserving Apricots

Behind the Scenes: July 2019 – A quick recap of some of the homestead happenings that occurred this month, including: summer homestead maintenance, preserving the apricot harvest and our experience raising our first batch of meat chickens! Summer is an interesting...

Our 1 Acre Homestead Layout + FAQ’s

All about our 1 acre homestead in Idaho! Check out our homestead layout and some FAQ's that people commonly ask about our little homestead! Our Homestead Stats: Location: Nampa, Idaho USDA Growing Zone: 6B Size: 0.81 acres (It's not even a full acre!) Date purchased:...

June 2019: Garden Watering System + Homestead Overwhelm

Behind the Scenes: June 2019 – A quick recap of some of the homestead happenings that occurred this month, including: a new garden watering system, a wildlife pond, preserving the early summer harvest, and dealing with overwhelm.   June was one heck of a month!...

10 Ways to Celebrate the Summer Solstice

The Summer Solstice is the celebration of the longest day of the year. Here are 10 creative ways to celebrate with the whole family! The Summer Solstice, also know as “Midsummer” or “Litha” in traditional Pagan cultures, marks the longest day of the year. It’s been...

May 2019: My Garden Challenge (It Saved Us $$!)

Behind the Scenes: May 2019 – A quick recap of some of the homestead happenings that occurred on the Zenstead this month!   Oops. Sorry ya’ll! It’s already mid-June and I’m just now getting around to talking about everything we did in May! 😬 June really hit with...

8 Ways We Control Weeds Naturally on the Homestead

Overwhelmed by weeds? They can get out of control quickly, but there are effective, natural ways to control weeds without harming the environment or your soil. Check out some of the ways that we control weeds on our homestead! I’ve been told that Southern Idaho weeds...

How to Make a DIY Garden Cloche + Gardening with Chickens

You can have a gorgeous garden, even with free range chickens! Learn how to make a DIY garden cloche, plus other great ideas to protect your garden plants and keep both your garden and your chickens happy!   Creating a garden that both you and your chickens can...

April 2019: Spring Homestead Chores & Maintainence

Behind the Scenes: April 2019 – A quick recap of some of the homestead happenings that occurred on the Zenstead this month! Thanks to this homestead lifestyle, Spring is winning over my heart even more than before! Spring brings colors and flavors and endless bounty...

The Truth About Growing Your Own Food

Growing your own food is an exciting and wonderful adventure! But there's more to it than just planting a garden. If you want to be successful, you will need to make some lifestyle changes as well! I remember being a new homesteader and wondering what homesteading...

How Much Food Can You Grow on Less than an Acre?

A lot of people have asked me "How much food can you grow on less than an acre?" I'm sharing exactly what we produce on our 3/4 acre homestead and what we still buy from the store! Story time 🎉 I was in the grocery store the other day grabbing some butter. I had my...

How to Create a DIY Stock Tank Pool: The Ultimate Guide

Stock tank pools are all the rage! And it’s easy to see why: they provide a convenient, affordable and low-maintenance way to cool off during hot summer days! Our step-by-step guide will help you create and maintain your own DIY stock tank pool!    One hot summer...

March 2019: Baby Goats & Baby Plants

Behind the Scenes: March 2019 – A quick recap of some of the homestead happenings that occurred on the Zenstead this month!   Two words to sum up March: BABY GOATS! Our mini-Lamancha doe, Gypsy, gave birth to four healthy baby girls! It was a picture-perfect...

How to Find Free Homestead Supplies Using Craigslist

Homesteading can be expensive and you'll need a lot of supplies! Luckily, there are ways to get free items! Find out how and why we use Craigslist to get tons of free homestead supplies!    I feel like our homestead should have a sign that says “Zenstead Farms:...

How to Make a DIY Grow Light System for Seed Starting

Here's how we created a DIY grow light system for indoor seed starting using an old entertainment cabinet! A grow light system lets you grow healthy seedlings anywhere - no natural sunlight needed! From brooder to grow light system for indoor seed starting: Two years...

12 DIY Chick Brooders You Can Build This Weekend!

Chick season is here! Before you bring home your chirping balls of fluff, make sure they have a safe and comfortable home! Chick brooders are easy to build yourself and can range from temporary to permanent and simple to downright fancy! We've used several different...

February 2019: Improved Pasture Layout & Garden Planning

Behind the Scenes: February 2019 - A quick recap of some of the homestead happenings that occurred on the Zenstead this month! February is always such a strange month! When it starts, everything is frozen or tucked below the occasional blanket of snow. It gives me the...

7 Popular Meat Goat Breeds for your Homestead

Meat goats can be a great addition to your homestead! Learn about 7 popular meat goat breeds and find the best one for your homestead! If you are searching for the perfect meat animal to raise on your homestead, consider goats! Many breeds have excellent...

How to Vacuum Seal Mason Jars for Easy Food Storage

Learn how to easily vacuum seal Mason jars! Vacuum sealing jars of fresh or dried food will protect and keep your food fresher for longer!    This morning, I shared a quick tip on Instagram about one of my favorite ways to preserve zucchini: View this post on...

8 Ways We Saved Money on our Homestead Last Year

There are lots of creative ways to save money and reduce your homestead operating costs! Here are some of the ways that we saved money on our homestead in 2018! If you've been homesteading for any amount of time, you've probably come to realize that homesteading isn't...

Seasonal Eating: Free Guide + Cheat Sheets to Get Started!

Seasonal eating is not only better for our earth, it’s also better for our health! It doesn't have to be hard, either! Use our free guide and cheatsheets to get started today! I often wonder if our ancestors would laugh at us as we fumble along in the grocery store,...

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 a Festive DIY 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...

How to use our Homestead Management Binder for 2019

The 2019 Homestead Management Binder is packed with 46 pages of printable sheets to help you organize you homestead! Click Here to get the current version of the Homestead Management Binder! Guys... it's ready! 🎉 And it's only December 2! If that isn't a sign that...

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...

GMO or Hybrid: What’s the difference?

Home gardeners: 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 important...

How to Stock a Chicken First Aid Kit + A Full List of Supplies

How to assemble a chicken first aid kit! Be prepared and take better care of your flock by having a fully-stocked chicken first aid kit on hand! Chickens are like ninjas in everything they do. If you don't believe me, you can come watch my tiny bantam Cochin rooster...

How to Stock a Goat First Aid Kit + Full List of Supplies!

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...

How to Stock a Goat Kidding Kit + A Full List of Supplies

Kids on the way? Here's how to stock your goat kidding kit and be prepared for kidding season, including a full list of supplies! ** I may receive a commission at no additional cost to you from purchases made through links in this article. Full Disclosure Link **...

How to Stock and Store First Aid Kits for Livestock

Having a well-stocked animal first aid kit is a vital part of owning livestock 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...

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

The Homestead Management Binder is a free printable resource to help you organize and track your homestead happenings! Click Here to get the current version of the Homestead Management Binder! Christmas may be over, but I seriously feel like one of Santa’s elves right...

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 for Winter on the Homestead + Free Checklist!

Fall is here which means that it's time to prepare for winter on the homestead! And, we've got a free checklist to help you out! Here's the deal: winter is cold. I hate being cold. Like, I really hate it. But, winter does mean that I get a break from the summer...

How to Make Eggplant Jerky

Eggplant jerky is a healthy & yummy snack and a great way to use extra eggplants from your garden! And, yes, it actually tastes like real jerky! Jerky... Made from eggplant...That tastes like the real deal. Go ahead and be skeptical. I was too! But once you taste...

Ten Creative & Delicious Ways to Use all that Zucchini

Too much zucchini from the garden? Time to get creative! Here are ten quick, easy & delicious 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...

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

This easy-to-make soap uses a melt-n-pour soap base and dried mint, chamomile and rosemary from the garden! It's flavored with essential oils and smells as good as it looks! I’m working up my courage to make lye-based goat milk soaps.  In the meantime, while my...

How to Use Mint for your Chickens

Mint is a great herbal ally for humans, but mint is also great for chickens! It's one of my favorite herbs to grow in the chicken yard - here's why! I have a love-hate relationship with mint. Sometimes, I also have a love-hate relationship with my chickens… like when...

50+ Ways to Make Money from your Homestead

Fifty ideas to make money from your homestead, whether you want to generate a full-time income or a little cash on the side! 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....

How to Make Easy-Peel Hard Boiled Eggs

Peeling farm fresh hard-boiled eggs has always been easy for me! So I'm sharing my method and hoping that it works for your eggs, too! 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...

Weeds Are Not the Enemy: 10 Benefits of Weeds

It seems like weeds couldn't possibly serve any beneficial purpose, right? Think again! The benefits of weeds are actually quite impressive! ** I may receive a commission at no additional cost to you from purchases made through links in this article. Full Disclosure...

How to Make a DIY Chick Brooder from an Old Entertainment Cabinet

From trash to treasure: We upcycled an entertainment cabinet to create a one-of-a-kind DIY chick brooder (with farmhouse flare!) that would meet all of our needs! Do you ever wonder if you have become a crazy chicken person? A great test is to ask yourself “Am I...

Free, Printable To Do Lists for the Homesteader

Time to get stuff done! These free printable to do lists are designed to help us homesteaders to keep track of all our projects, our shopping lists and weekly schedules! I’m always working on about 72,456 projects at once. Sometimes, I’ll even finish one of them!...

7 Easy Ways to Keep your Chickens Entertained this Winter

Chicken entertainment may seem a bit crazy, but keeping your chickens entertained over the winter can actually help keep them mentally and physically healthy! Exciting news: the snow has mostly melted! Bad news: As I am writing this, more snow is falling! In case you...

How to Care for Chickens in Winter: Nutrition & Feeding Tips

During the winter, chicken nutrition is important! These 5 easy tips will help ensure your chickens stay nourished and happy this winter! Has winter ended yet??  Apparently not.  Which is why I am sharing my best winter chicken care tips in a four-part series! This...

How to Prepare your Chicken Coop for Winter

Preparing your chicken coop for winter is a vital part of keeping your flock healthy and happy over the cold season. Here's how we keep our chicken coops comfy & cozy for our flock! I was completely caught off guard by the record-breaking snowfall we received this...

How to Keep your Chickens Healthy All Winter Long!

These chicken health tips will keep you and your flock happy all winter! Learn how to check your flock for illnesses, avoid frostbite and more! **This post contains affiliate links for awesome products. We may receive a commission at no expense to you if you choose to...

Modern Homesteading: Why I Kissed the Convenient Life Goodbye

I'm a modern homesteader. Here's 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...

How to Make Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a natural health staple in our house! But did you know that you can easily make your own ACV using apple peels and scraps?! Here's how! Apple season is just starting to come to a close here in the Northwest. It's one of my favorite times of year...

40+ Delicious Recipes You Can Make with Green Tomatoes

Too many green tomatoes and not sure what to do with them all? These 40+ delicious recipes go way beyond fried green tomatoes and will make the most of your harvest! It’s officially fall and I don’t know about you, but I still have a bunch of green tomatoes hanging...

DIY Herbal Insect Repellent

This DIY insect repellant is made by making a strong mint infusion and combining it with essential oils. It's a gentle option for fighting those bugs this summer! Who has mint that is growing like crazy this time of year? *Raises both hands*  Our new fixer upper home...

Buying a Homestead Property: Five Questions You Need to Ask First!

Buying a homestead property can be a stressful and chaotic process! Asking yourself these five questions first will help ensure you know exactly what you want... and avoid the mistakes that we made! Buying a house is one of those big, exciting, and stressful life...

Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies (Paleo, Vegan)

These real-food cookies are healthy enough to eat for breakfast! They are packed with protein and healthy fatty acids! 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...

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...

7 Legit Reasons Every Lazy Gardener Needs Chickens

Chickens can be a huge benefit for the home gardener! Put them to work doing pest control, compost turning, garden bed prep and more! 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...

What You Need to Know about Seed Terms & Varieties

Do you wonder what all those seed terms and varieties listed on seed packets actually mean? We are breaking it down so that you can choose the perfect seeds for your garden! ** Affiliate Disclosure: I may receive a commission at no additional cost to you from...

Behind the Scenes: Chicken Coop Tour

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, temporary brooder boxes, DIY pallet wood nesting boxes and more! I was so inspired by the amazing chicken coop hacks I...

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

Don't settle for a boring chicken coop! These 10 chicken coop hacks will take your coop from drab to fab - and your chickens will love it, too! 😉 Spring is finally here!  Which means it's time for chicks and spring coop cleaning. If you are like me, you may be looking...

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 huge witch population! Weird, but cool! 🤣 Unfortunately, I...

How to Test Soil Texture for a Better Garden

Test the texture of your garden soil using these easy at-home DIY soil texture test! No fancy supplies are needed, and you'll have your results within a few hours! If you want a beautiful garden that will grow you lots of food, you’ve got to start with good soil.   No...

How to Use Our Homestead Management Binder

Learn how to use a homestead management binder to track the happenings and progress on your homestead! And don't forget to download your copy of our free Homestead Management Binder! Click Here to get the current version of the Homestead Management Binder! Living...

Paleo Cinnamon Banana Pancakes

These paleo banana pancakes are made using only six whole-food ingredients! They are delicious and easy to make! 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...

Rustic Tomato Soup From Canned Diced Tomatoes

This rustic tomato soup is perfect for a chilly day! Made with home-canned diced tomatoes, it packs a kick of spice and has all the flavors of summer!  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...

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 Ducks: 5 Things No One Told Us

Ducks ca be a wonderful poultry breed for your homestead! But raising ducks for the first time has it's surprises - like these 5 surprises we encountered when raising ducklings for the first time! We have been proud first-time duck parents for just about 3 weeks now....