This is always a happily busy time of you year in my homestead kitchen. There are lots of things being canned, lots of frozen items, lots of dried items, lots of staples. Colorful eggs decorate the counter. We could walk to … Continue reading My Homestead Kitchen and Root Cellar
“What is a homestead?” my friend asked. The question threw me off guard, cause, geez, everyone knows what a homestead is. It’s uh….you know…a place where…I decided to consult the dictionary. homestead [hohm-sted, -stid] /ˈhoʊm stɛd, -stɪd/ noun 1. a dwelling with its land and buildings, occupied by the owner as a home and exempted by a homestead law from seizure or sale for debt. 2. any dwelling with its land and buildings where a family makes its home. 3. a tract of land acquired under the Homestead Act. 4. a house in an urban area acquired under a homesteading … Continue reading What Is A Homestead and Why Is It So Important To Be Self Reliant?
I stepped outside before the sun’s colorful hands glided over the edge of the prairie. The lighting was surreal and looked as if I lived in a Renaissance pastel that might hang in the museum. A painted landscape so beautiful … Continue reading Prairie at Dawn (and you can rest in January!)
Some folks envy us. Some folks think we are crazy. Some of our relatives wonder if we work. Some people come from all over to learn what we do. If you ever wondered what life on a farmstead looks like, … Continue reading A Peek at the Typical Week of a Farmsteader
This has been the year of experimentation. Our practice farm, we have been calling it. We have taken on a “let’s see what happens?” attitude. We were told a few times that this idea wouldn’t work. Since we don’t have … Continue reading Freezing Goat’s Milk
This is what I woke up to. A wonderland of white. At two o’clock this morning when Bumble had to go out for his nightly “keep coyotes away from the chicken coop” run, it was a thick, glorious fog. The … Continue reading Fall Homestead
314…..Items preserved so far this year. Still have much to do! I am expecting the best but preparing for the worst and if winter is a little lean, then by golly, we will have food! Today, however, I have to … Continue reading Conquering the Root Cellar