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How to Start Your Homestead

How to Start Your Homestead

I have a bookshelf full of homesteading books, resources, information, and magazines on all kinds of homesteading topics. I have dreamed about the day when we would live on enough acreage that we could easily keep livestock, grow an expansive garden, and maybe even make a bit of income from our excesses. I have practiced countless homesteading skills (canning, milking, seed starting,…
Vermicomposting & Worm Bins

Vermicomposting & Worm Bins

Vermicompost is the product or process of composting using various worms, usually red wigglers, white worms, and other earthworms to create a heterogeneous mixture of decomposing vegetable or food waste, bedding materials, and vermicast. What do you do when you can't have a compost pile at your rental and, equally, can't live with the guilt about wasting the scraps that can't…
2014’s Most Rockin’ Posts

2014’s Most Rockin’ Posts

As we approach the closing of yet another year, I debated on whether or not I should get all deep and introspective on you, my dear readers...you know, go into all of the changes we've seen over the past year...talk about the challenges we faced...the goals that were crossed off the all mighty To-Do list and those that will be…
Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Sauce is one of those things I never thought twice about until just a few years ago. I mean really, what's there to think about? It comes in a can, you buy it around the holidays (and really, only around the holidays), it comes in jellied form or in whole cranberry form, and people seem to either love it…
Dehydrating Old Apples

Dehydrating Old Apples

Ever have grand plans that fall through when real life gets in the way? Yeah, it's a thing! After all of the harvesting was done from our young apple trees on the urban farm, I was sure I'd get busy with baking everything-apple-under-the-sun! I started off with a bang with some Apple Coffee Cake and a couple of batches of…
100+ Handmade Holiday Gift Ideas

100+ Handmade Holiday Gift Ideas

A handmade gift is, in my opinion, always better than anything that can be purchased! Full of love, time and intention, handmade gifts are perfect for family, friends, and that one person in your life who is impossible to shop for or who always asks for socks (you know at least one of those people, right?)!  Whether you're pulling together…
4 Simple Tips to Rid Your Home of Spiders!

4 Simple Tips to Rid Your Home of Spiders!

When one spends almost their entire life living within a 10 mile radius... And when that 10 mile radius has always been within a city... And when one fantasizes about living outside of the city on a nice patch of land full of quiet and nature... One generally doesn't think about all that "nature" might entail. Like bugs. Like mosquitoes…