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“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

Believing that we could produce more, consume less and have a positive impact on our environment, all while living on 1/8 acre in the middle of the city, this quote became the mantra of our small family as we began our journey into a homesteading way of life. We spent 7 years building raised beds, chickens coops, and top bars bee…
Corned Beef Brine

Corned Beef Brine

Did you know that in order to make your own Corned Beef and Cabbage you need to make your own Corned Beef Brine well ahead of St. Patrick's Day? Yeah...that's a thing! See, a couple of years ago I had no idea how long it might take to DIY us some Corned Beef and Cabbage for St. Patrick's Day so…
Vanilla Extract DIY

Vanilla Extract DIY

More often than not homemade gifts are the best way to go. Now, I know that that statement might resonate with all of you like-minded individuals who share this space with me, but if you look at our general culture of consumption, it could be easily assumed that bright, new, shiny objects might be better appreciated than something we made…
Fabric Wipes & Homemade Solution Update

Fabric Wipes & Homemade Solution Update

Last month, shortly after Sprout was born, I posted about our homemade diaper wipe solution.  What I neglected to post about was the fabric wipes we're using as well! So, yes, in addition to homemade solution we're using, we're also using fabric wipes that came from the flannel remnants of the fabric (paper) towels we made last winter.  We cut…
Hot Sauce DIY

Hot Sauce DIY

Well, we have just completed our very first fermentation project!  With all of the Cayenne Peppers we grew this summer, I've been looking for ways to use them up and  (like I mentioned a little while back), Andrea's Homemade, Homegrown Cayenne Pepper Hot Sauce sounded like a perfect addition to our winter stores! Following Andrea's directions, I filled two pint jars with…
Reuniting Kids w/ Nature – Germination Rates Experiment

Reuniting Kids w/ Nature – Germination Rates Experiment

MATERIALS:  Old seeds (3-5 varieties), soil, seed starting tray or deep cookie sheet, a window, masking tape and a marker or pen TIME FRAME:  15 - 30 minutes + germination time (3-10 days) PROCEDURE: Fill your seed starting tray or your cookie sheet up with soil. With your finger tip, create a shallow row in the soil for each variety…
Reuniting Kids w/ Nature – Make Your Own Flip Book

Reuniting Kids w/ Nature – Make Your Own Flip Book

SourceMATERIALS: Growth chart (optional), blank paper (printer paper),   scissors, a stapler, markers, crayons or colored pencilsTIME FRAME:15 - 60 minutesPROCEDURE:Take your blank paper, one page at a time, and fold it into eighths (fold it in half, then in half again, then in half again).Once you have several sheets of paper folded into eighths, begin cutting them up on the…
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