When you walk through the gates of my little urban homestead, there is a sense of serenity within its walls. The trees grow abundantly and circles and rectangles and wild tufts of herbs and flowers and vegetables grow everywhere. Climbing grapes and flourishing raspberries, rows of corn. The chicks chirp madly for more food and … More The Good Life
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, somewhere during women’s liberation we got led astray. The frozen dinner folks were ready to pounce. “Yes, women, go get a job! We’ll take care of dinner.” Every convenience began to show up, pushing women into the work force in droves. Children left raising themselves and … More The Homegrown, Healthy Life (So You Want to Be a Homesteader #16)
For the past ten years or so we have purchased very little that is electronic, instead opting for hand cranked or self powered items. Oil lamps, a hand cranked coffee grinder, food processor, and cast iron that can be used on a wood stove if necessary fill my cupboards. After reading Jim Lahey’s great book, My … More Bread Baking (So You Want to Be a Homesteader Series- Day 9)
It only takes one moment to change and swirl views and to clarify answers. One moment. I have been near out of my mind trying to make a decision over the last nine months or so. Should I go back to school? For what? Do I want a career? School is upwards of (an additional … More Cheesemaking (How to Homestead Day 5)
That was probably the most common question asked in my grandparent’s home. Where did the time go? They would be telling a story about a friend who used to live there, or the neighbor and her daughter, or look at how tall we had gotten and shake their heads and utter the question. This continued on through … More Where Did the Time Go?
When I closed my shops, everything went into my basement. I am slowly swimming my way out of it. I set up a homestead shelf in the root cellar and organized the things I had brought home from my not-so-popular homestead shop. With this lifestyle, I will use them or use them up at some point. Soap … More Two Pressure Canners (and inventorying the freezer and root cellar)
My mother was a housewife. It was easier and more affordable for her to stay home with all of us kids. We started caring for foster babies when I was young so there were no less than five of us at any given time. The home was her domain and everything was tidy and clean and healthy supper … More The Humble Housewife
My mom was a Farmgirl before I knew what a Farmgirl was. She loves the Little House on the Prairie books as much as I do. She always has an apron on if in the kitchen. She was unabashedly a housewife; our house always clean, supper always on the table. As soon as they … More My Mom’s Cheese Stuffed Peppers Recipe
In a world of jeans and yoga pants I suppose I stand out a bit. I think folks are both mesmerized and baffled by my attire. I was at the library last month and a mom came up to me, big eyes, all excited, and asked, “Is there going to be story time?” Heck if … More Farmgirl Fashionista
There are some that are content with flowers in a pot. There are those who are perfectly happy turning on a switch to make the fire come to life (the gas flame is rather pretty). A package of this food or that blended with another to make “homemade” food. Our society has a different view … More The Homesteading Bug…or in the Blood?