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Canning Granny

  • Relishing Life... Hot Pepper Mustard Relish
    Hot Pepper Mustard RelishFound on a harmony of flavorsFrom Harmony: This recipe was given me by my longest best friend, Chris, many years ago. It is a most delicious condiment that can go on most any sandwich or be used as a sauce for chicken or pork…
    - 19 Jan 17, 5:48pm -
  • We Be Jammin'... Red Onion Marmalade
    Red Onion MarmaladeFound onlizthechefServes: 1 to 1½ cupsA savory jam made from slowly cooking red onions in a sweet and sour base.Ingredients* ¼ cup walnut oil* 1 pound red onions, peeled and thinly sliced (about 2 large onions)* ¼ cup sherry vin…
    - 15 Jan 17, 2:01pm -
  • Top It Off... Vanilla Strawberry Sauce
    Vanilla Strawberry Sauce Found on PinterestNOTE: Serve over pancakes, waffles, or ice cream. Makes 6 to 7 half pints 5 pints strawberries, hulled and sliced 1 and 3/4 cups sugar 1 cup water 3 tbsps lemon juice 2 vanilla beans, sliced lengthwis…
    - 7 Dec 16, 9:10pm -
  • We Be Jammin'... Meyer Lemon and Blood Orange Marmalade
    Meyer Lemon and Blood Orange MarmaladeFound on .yankeekitchenninja(inspired by Grow It Cook It Can It)1. Prepare and slice lemons and oranges, retaining the seeds and pith (which provides the natural pectin needed for this marmalade) and securing the…
    - 6 Dec 16, 5:43pm -
  • Top It Off... Valentine's Chocolate Sauce
    Valentine's Chocolate SauceFound on Canning CrazeIngredients1-1/2 cups water 3 cups sugar 1-1/2 cups Dutch-processed cocoa 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 2 tablespoons light corn syrup Cooking: In a small pot, on medium…
    - 3 Dec 16, 12:16pm -
  • We Be Jammin'... Marmalade de Pamplemousse Rouge
    Marmalade de Pamplemousse RougeFound on put-a-lid-on-it.blogspot.com6 Florida Ruby Red grapefruit 1/2 cup honey 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 4 cups sugar 1-1/2 boxes fruit pectinPour boiling water over grapefruit and scrub with a vegetable brush to re…
    - 29 Nov 16, 12:13pm -
  • Top It Off... Tropical Topper (or tart filling)
    Tropical Topper or Tart Filling Found on pinterestYield 1 quart or 2 pints 3 cups chunked fresh pineapple 3/4 cups shredded coconut 1 cup sugar 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp. Clear Jell 2 cups Orange Juice Preparation: Cut, core, and cube a fresh pineapple…
    - 21 Nov 16, 7:05pm -
  • We Be Jammin'... Lemon Kiwi Marmalade
    Lemon-Kiwi Marmalade Found on simplygratefulhousewife.wordpressThis recipe yielded 3 – 8 oz. jars and 4 – 4 oz. jars. 2 Lemons with ends cut off and seeds removed 1 Sweet Orange with ends cut off and seeds removed 10 Ripe Kiwi peeled and thin…
    - 21 Nov 16, 6:59pm -
  • Top It Off... Tropical Pineapple Sauce
    Tropical Pineapple Sauce Found on cooking.nytimesMakes 4 half pints 8 cups finely diced, very ripe pineapple; about 2 pineapples 2 cups white sugar 1 cup brown sugar 6 stalks fresh mint, rinsed and tied into a bundle Juice of one lemon 1/4 cup…
    - 18 Nov 16, 9:08pm -
  • We Be Jammin'... Kumquat Marmalade
    Kumquat MarmaladeSubmitted by Bonnie Cassagne4 cups thinly sliced kumquats (48) 1-1/2 cups chopped orange pulp (4 medium) 1-1/2 cups sliced orange peel 1/3 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice 1-1/2 quarts water 4 cups sugar Combine all ingredients,…
    - 18 Nov 16, 9:04pm -

Are We Crazy, Or What?

  • EP045 - Getting Kids To Help In The Kitchen
    At what age should children be doing specific tasks in the kitchen, and how do you motivate them to want to help? Show Notes: post EP045 - Getting Kids To Help In The Kitchen appeared first on Self Reliant School.
    - 9 days ago 20 May 17, 9:58pm -
  • Getting Kids To Help In The Kitchen #SRSLive 045
    Podcast: Play in new window | Download I titled this show How To Get Kids To Help In The Kitchen but for us Self Reliant types things that wind up in the kitchen start in the garden. So really this is a post about how to get kids to help with food wh…
    - 11 days ago 18 May 17, 3:08pm -
  • EP044 - What Kind Of Canner Should You Buy?
    I talk about water bath canners and pressure canners, and which is best for you. Show Notes: post EP044 - What Kind Of Canner Should You Buy? appeared first on Self Reliant School.
    - 16 days ago 13 May 17, 8:44pm -
  • What Kind Of Canner Should You Buy #SRSLive 044
    Podcast: Play in new window | Download Canning season is almost here, and every year I get a ton of questions about what kind of canner to use, and the differences between them. I also get a ton of questions about how to can certain foods, and then w…
    - 18 days ago 11 May 17, 2:41pm -
  • EP043 - The Benefits Of Eating Less Meat
    We're talking about the most nutritious meat to eat, and the benefits of eating a little less meat. Show Notes: post EP043 - The Benefits Of Eating Less Meat appeared first on Self Reliant School.
    - 23 days ago 6 May 17, 4:34pm -
  • The Benefits Of Eating Less Meat #SRSLive 043
    Podcast: Play in new window | Download There is a lot of talk everywhere about how to eat healthy. I just did a show about the effects of sugar a few weeks ago. These days you have to be worried about pesticides, preservatives and other chemicals, pr…
    - 26 days ago 4 May 17, 4:49am -
  • EP042 - Natural Summer Skin Care
    What to do about garden hands, curly hair, aging hair, insect repellent. Show Notes: post EP042 - Natural Summer Skin Care appeared first on Self Reliant School.
    - 29 days ago 30 Apr 17, 11:53pm -
  • Natural Summer Skin Care #SRSLive 042
    Summer weather brings wonderful things like warm vegetable growing weather, trips to the beach and camping. It’s also a time when the bugs wake up, you sweat buckets, and you consistently have your hands in the dirt. I know, I know, you can wear gl…
    - 32 days ago 27 Apr 17, 5:05pm -
  • EP041 - 7 Homemade Natural Cleaner Recipes
    I’m sharing how I make 7 homemade natural cleaners to clean my entire house. Show Notes: post EP041 - 7 Homemade Natural Cleaner Recipes appeared first on Self Reliant School.
    - 37 days ago 22 Apr 17, 11:30pm -
  • 7 Homemade Natural Cleaner Recipes #SRSLive 041
    Podcast: Play in new window | Download Let’s talk about how I was able to save a lot more money, improve my family's health and be kind to the planet. No worries, I won’t tell you about a miracle supplement, there is no huge start-up cost to impl…
    - 39 days ago 20 Apr 17, 3:51pm -

Patriot Rising

  • DIY Garden Supports for Strong, Healthy Plants

    DIY Garden Supports for Strong, Healthy Plants

    DIY Garden Supports for Strong, Healthy Plants Some vegetables and fruiting plants can stand on their own. Others need support. By providing durable supports for your plants to lean and climb on, you’ll be able to: Conserve space and fit more plant…
    - 13 days ago 17 May 17, 12:02am -
  • Tomatoes Hate Cucumbers

    Tomatoes Hate Cucumbers

    Tomatoes Hate Cucumbers Did you know that tomatoes hate cucumbers? While they might taste great together in a salad, tomato plants actually dislike growing in close proximity to any member of the curcurbit family, which includes cucumbers. Tomatos lo…
    - 35 days ago 25 Apr 17, 2:01am -
  • 20 Delicious Oatmeal Breakfast Recipes

    20 Delicious Oatmeal Breakfast Recipes

    20 Delicious Oatmeal Breakfast Recipes 20 Delicious Oatmeal Breakfast Recipes Do you ever wake up in the morning lacking inspiration for breakfast? I know that I do! Then occasionally I will have breakfast ready for my boys when they wake up in the m…
    - 17 Jan 17, 8:32pm -
  • The Best Way To Store Fresh Radishes To Keep Them Crisp

    The Best Way To Store Fresh Radishes To Keep Them Crisp

    The Best Way To Store Fresh Radishes To Keep Them Crisp   Growing up, I never liked radishes. Probably because the only time I saw them was in the salad bar at an all-you-can-eat buffet. It wasn’t until I grew up and started my own garden did I be…
    - 17 Jan 17, 8:28pm -
  • Grow Lights Explained: Here’s What You’re Doing That’s Wrong

    Grow Lights Explained: Here’s What You’re Doing That’s Wrong

    Grow Lights Explained: Here’s What You’re Doing That’s Wrong Image source: One of the most important considerations for indoor gardening is light. While some vegetables will chug along with a bare minimum of six hours of light dail…
    - 16 Jan 17, 9:40pm -
  • Hooch Making 101

    Hooch Making 101

    Hooch Making 101 Disclaimer: I am going to be somewhat verbose and poetic when setting the stage for this article, but I promise to be as concise and matter of fact as I am capable of with the bulk of it. Please indulge me in this, as I not only want…
    - 16 Jan 17, 9:20pm -
  • Chickens VS. Ducks on The Homestead

    Chickens VS. Ducks on The Homestead

    Chickens VS. Ducks on The Homestead Laying cycles Chickens need more daylight hours to lay. That means, when the daylight has less hours in the winter, we either have to supplement their light or we get less eggs. That means more electricity for the…
    - 16 Jan 17, 9:06pm -
  • Root Cellar Design, Use and Mistakes to Avoid

    Root Cellar Design, Use and Mistakes to Avoid

    Root Cellar Design, Use and Mistakes to Avoid A root cellar is a great option to include in your food storage plan, since they require no energy to use and require very little maintenance. It’s great if you can build in a root cellar when your home…
    - 14 Dec 16, 5:09pm -
  • How To Grow Bell Peppers In Pots

    How To Grow Bell Peppers In Pots

    How To Grow Bell Peppers In Pots Learn how to grow bell peppers in containers. Growing bell peppers in pots is a great idea if you’re short of space or live in a cold temperate climate as it requires warm soil to thrive. USDA Zones— Pepper plant…
    - 14 Dec 16, 5:06pm -
  • 15 PVC Projects for Your Homestead

    15 PVC Projects for Your Homestead

    15 PVC Projects for Your Homestead 1. How To Grow 168 Plants In A 6 X 10 Space With A DIY A-Frame Hydroponic System more details here… 2. DIY PVC Chicken Feeder more details here… 3. The DIY garden tool storage idea that will save your sanity m…
    - 15 Nov 16, 1:05am -

Rural Revolution

  • Forever young
    Here's my WND article for this weekend entitled "Forever Young."A special thank-you to reader Katie J. who took the unbelievably moving photos of Liege Cemetery in Belgium.A safe and thoughtful Memorial Day to everyone.
    - 1 day ago 28 May 17, 1:23pm -
  • 10,000 new head of livestock
    Our farm has 10,000 new head of livestock this week: two new "nucs" of bees.Because I picked them up in an enclosed vehicle (versus the open bed of a pickup), I put the nuc boxes inside larger boxes. I didn't want bees buzzing around me while drivin…
    - 2 days ago 27 May 17, 10:35pm -
  • Nesting robins in the barn
    Lately, in an effort to discourage wandering early-morning coyote attacks on the chickens, I've taken to setting up my computer in the barn for a couple of hours when I release the birds just after sunrise. So far it's worked to thwart additional at…
    - 6 days ago 23 May 17, 4:19pm -
  • What happens when beauty meets brains
    Here's my WND column for this weekend, titled "What happens when beauty meets brains."
    - 8 days ago 21 May 17, 2:33pm -
  • For ladies only
    The website for the reusable feminine products we use, Naturally Cozy, has been revamped and updated and looks positively lovely.As I’ve written in the past, we transitioned to reusable feminine products ten years ago. Our original pads are still…
    - 10 days ago 20 May 17, 12:41am -
  • Near miss
    This morning around 7:45 am -- in other words, broad daylight -- I heard a commotion outside with the chickens. I glanced out the window and saw several hens fleeing down the driveway, cackling in alarm.I was outside in a flash, in time to see a coy…
    - 11 days ago 18 May 17, 4:20pm -
  • How to hate your husband
    Want to read a just plain weird Mother's Day article? Try this:You Will Hate Your Husband After Your Kid Is BornThis is some of the strangest drivel I've read in a long time. We are informed:On this upcoming day of celebrating mothers, here’s a c…
    - 14 days ago 16 May 17, 12:10am -
  • To all you mother hens out there.....
    Happy Mother's Day to all you mother hens!Here's my WND column for the weekend, entitled "Is it Mother's Day -- or Woman's Day?" (with the obligatory troll in the comments section).In celebration of our own Mother's Day, we have a hen setting, the fi…
    - 15 days ago 14 May 17, 9:34pm -
  • Preparedness expo -- great time!
    Sorry for the silence over the last week -- it's been very busy for us!Last Friday, I rented a car and took myself down to Prosser, Washington for the small but excellent Northwest Preparedness Expo.I left a bit earlier than I otherwise needed to bec…
    - 16 days ago 13 May 17, 7:30pm -
  • Flash sale -- Prepper's University
    I just learned Prepper's University, started by uber-preppers Lisa Bedford (the SurvivalMom) and Daisy Luther (the Organic Prepper), is having a "flash sale" on sign-ups for the next series of courses.There are two courses: The eight-week Prepping In…
    - 21 days ago 9 May 17, 4:18am -

New Life on a Homestead

  • JarBOX Giveaway! Keep Your Canning Jars Safe, Clean, and Organized.
    Take a second to enter for a chance to win! Giveaway ends May 19th, 2017 at midnight EST.JarBOX Giveaway! Keep Your Canning Jars Safe, Clean, and Organized. can be read in full at New Life On A Homestead | Homesteading Blog- Be sure to check it out!…
    - 14 days ago 15 May 17, 6:08pm -
  • How To Start A Garden For FREE! Plants, Pots, Soil, and More.
    Gardening can be as cheap or as expensive as you want it to be. Let me show you how to start your garden for FREE by gleaning what others throw out!How To Start A Garden For FREE! Plants, Pots, Soil, and More. can be read in full at New Life On A Ho…
    - 18 days ago 11 May 17, 5:35pm -
  • 10 Ways To Save Money Raising Chickens
    10 practical ways to save money raising chickens. Learn how to build a coop, manage a flock, feed your chickens, and increase productivity for less money! 10 Ways To Save Money Raising Chickens can be read in full at New Life On A Homestead | Homest…
    - 35 days ago 24 Apr 17, 9:46pm -
  • Planting Blueberry Bushes, And Our New Patch!
    We LOVE blueberries! Here's a step-by-step tutorial on planting blueberry bushes. Learn how to plant blueberries the right way to start them off right!Planting Blueberry Bushes, And Our New Patch! can be read in full at New Life On A Homestead | Hom…
    - 43 days ago 16 Apr 17, 1:00pm -
  • Healthy Breakfast Banana Split
    A delicious bowl of tasty yogurt loaded with fresh fruits, crunchy granola, and a dash of cinnamon. You're gonna love this healthy breakfast banana split!Healthy Breakfast Banana Split can be read in full at New Life On A Homestead | Homesteading Bl…
    - 46 days ago 14 Apr 17, 9:31am -
  • Homestead Journal: Spring is Here!
    I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything. We’ve been working like CRAZY on the homestead getting ready for spring. Over the winter we had a lot of trees cleared to make room for growing more food, so we’ve been prepping these areas…
    - 67 days ago 23 Mar 17, 7:30pm -
  • Old Fashioned From Scratch Pancakes. Delish.
    I love this from scratch pancakes recipe because it's quick, easy, and uses simple ingredients that I always have in my pantry. Thick, fluffy, and perfect every time. Old Fashioned From Scratch Pancakes. Delish. can be read in full at New Life On A…
    - 98 days ago 21 Feb 17, 8:12am -
  • Homestead Journal: Awesome Neighbors, Getting Work Done
    Homestead Journal: Awesome Neighbors, Getting Work Done can be read in full at New Life On A Homestead | Homesteading Blog- Be sure to check it out!
    - 98 days ago 20 Feb 17, 8:58pm -

Granny Miller

  • Retiring Granny Miller Again
    Readers, I’ll be retiring GRANNY MILLER once again on April 11 to give my full undivided attention to building a new home. You can follow me on Instagram if you like. If there’s an article you want to print or save from this website consider this…
    - 55 days ago 4 Apr 17, 11:59pm -
  • Burning Rubbish & Trash
    4.3.2017 Lately we’ve had plenty of typical early spring wet weather. So now is a really good time to pick up around the farm and burn rubbish, trash and anything that’s not going to make the move to the new homestead. The manure spreader is goin…
    - 56 days ago 3 Apr 17, 7:49pm -
  • Building Site For New Homestead
    4.1.2017 Here is the building site for the new house. This site is mostly clear from trees and brush. It was chosen for the natural slope to the north.The natural slope will result in less earth moving for a foundation with a north facing walkout bas…
    - 58 days ago 1 Apr 17, 7:46pm -
  • I Give Up! Let’s Build
    3.31.2017 Some time last week my husband and I gave up looking a real estate. Even though I think building costs are insanely high, we decided to build a modular home. Here’s the preliminary exterior elevations. Imagine different siding and roof. I…
    - 59 days ago 31 Mar 17, 12:50pm -
  • Let’s Just Buy A House And Get This Over With!
    3.27.2017 Last week my husband and I went to look a couple of houses that are for sale. Both had significant acreage. One held more possibilities than the other for our new old folks homestead. We were ready to make an offer on the nicer place until…
    - 63 days ago 27 Mar 17, 12:46pm -
  • Prices To Build
    3.19.2017 Bids and prices at starting to come in. The numbers are crazy. $25,000 – $30,000 for a foundation. Driveway & septic $10,000 – and that’s using our own gravel and material here on the farm. $30,000 for a well and geothermal system. $1…
    - 71 days ago 19 Mar 17, 12:42pm -
  • Geothermal Heating
    3.15.2017 Geothermal heating and cooling is what’s on my mind today. Geothermal heating and cooling works by using the constant temperature of earth which is about 50˚- 60˚. It’s a more expensive HVAC system to install, but will potentially sav…
    - 75 days ago 15 Mar 17, 12:40pm -
  • Living In A Camper?
    3.14.2017 Our real estate agent has confidence that our home with 10 acres will sell quickly. I hope that it does. A problem that may be lurking right around the corner is that my husband and I could be “homeless” between the time that the farmho…
    - 76 days ago 14 Mar 17, 12:36pm -
  • No Extra Chimney
    3.13.2017 Today the excavator will be contacted regarding building a new driveway (which is really a road). I’ll also contact the Amish builder I met with and let him know I’ve changed my mind about bringing my cookstove. I don’t want to waste…
    - 77 days ago 13 Mar 17, 12:34pm -
  • Modular Floor Plan
    3.12.2017 Because estimates for the construction of a home are being collected, I’d be a fool not to also get estimates for a modular home. The floor plan below is for a modular home. It comes in at around 1800 sq. ft. and is constructed with 2 lar…
    - 78 days ago 12 Mar 17, 12:31pm -

Down to Earth

  • How to save money in your home
    So far we've changed our mindset, or are working on it, we're tracking our spending, or starting to, and before we write up a budget, let's look at ways to save money. The obvious things are selling what you no longer need, making sure you don't wast…
    - 4 days ago 26 May 17, 4:52am -
  • Track your spending
    Carrying on from my previous post... I think the first step in making long-lasting changes in how to deal with money is to first work out what your values are and to adjust your thinking to make sense of it. Generally, when you're living this way, yo…
    - 6 days ago 23 May 17, 5:55pm -
  • Living on a limited income
    When we settled down here after years of working for a living, I wanted to leave commercialism behind and embrace a simpler, quiet life. I wanted to know peace and joy, connect with the land we live on, and develop a calm demeanour that would carry m…
    - 8 days ago 21 May 17, 6:02pm -
  • Weekend reading
     Yes, these two photos are related. That hole next to the elder seedling is Gracie's latest masterpiece. We're enjoying a spot of rain here. The gardens are soaked, the tanks are full and the only problem is us gardeners can't get out into the gard…
    - 11 days ago 19 May 17, 4:09am -
  • Catching up on our news
    Thank you all so much for the love sent in the last post.  It's quite humbling to read it.  😊  I am going to devote some time to getting back to my core topics.  They won't come thick and fast like in the past but they will be here. I hope to…
    - 12 days ago 17 May 17, 5:24pm -
  • Celebrating 10 years of basic tasks and repeating patterns
    Happy Mother's Day to all the mums and grandmas who will read this message. I hope you have a beautiful day with your families.  xxAs well as being Mother's Day, today is a celebration day for me for an entirely different reason.  Today marks the t…
    - 16 days ago 13 May 17, 5:54pm -
  • Mother's Day gift cards from my sponsors
    I just noticed my sponsor EcoYarns has a Mother's Day Special you may be interested in. In the nterest of fair play, I've included information from Biome and Odgers and McClelland as well.♒︎  💝 ♒︎This is from Salihan at EcoYarns: This…
    - 17 days ago 12 May 17, 11:08am -
  • This past week at home
    It's been a pretty busy week and on the weekend all beds were full here at the Hetzel house. Cups of tea were made, grandchildren were running around and simple home cooking was enjoyed but I was out of action for most of it.  On Friday night my nos…
    - 21 days ago 8 May 17, 5:46pm -
  • Weekend reading
    Tricia has been here a few days now and we've been having a really lovely time. We're driving over to the next town today to look at fabric for her new quilt. She's making one for her granddaughter, Alana. We're hoping to get up to see Sarndra, Alex…
    - 31 days ago 28 Apr 17, 7:02pm -
  • The fox returns and life continues
    Who would have thought that toast would unite us as it did in my last post. I loved reading your comments because they made me feel like I was spending time with some wonderful people. Thanks for sharing your toast ideas. I'll try some of them. It wa…
    - 36 days ago 23 Apr 17, 6:10pm -

Common Sense Homesteading

  • 12 Best Tips for Keeping Your House Cool without AC
    12 Best Tips for Keeping Your House Cool With or Without AC Summertime may bring many wonderful things but the extreme heat is not one of them. For many using air conditioning is not affordable nor available. Here are some tips for keeping your house…
    - 3 days ago 27 May 17, 10:00am -
  • What’s good for sunburn? Check out the Best Home Remedies for Sunburn
    These easy to use home remedies for sunburn will help bring relief from sunburn pain and speed healing from your face to your toes. Remember, sunburns are burns – so always be gentle to sunburned skin. If blisters appear, keep them clean and watch…
    - 3 days ago 26 May 17, 4:50pm -
  • Prairie Pin Pouch Handmade Clothespin Bag – Made for Heavy Use
    The Return of the Classic Clothespin Bag The Prairie Pin Pouch is a modern rendition of a classic clothespin bag. I found these handmade laundry helpers in a somewhat unusual fashion. Some friends were visiting from out of town one afternoon when th…
    - 5 days ago 24 May 17, 6:46pm -
  • Deer Fly Control and Deterrent Tips to Keep Biting Flies Away
    We're kicking off deer fly and mosquito season around here, so I thought I'd take a minute to share some tips for deer fly control to help you keep biting flies away. (See Natural Mosquito Repellents That Work and Natural Tick Control for more on tho…
    - 5 days ago 24 May 17, 4:31pm -
  • Red Clover – Nitrogen Fixer and Gentle Tonic – Weekly Weeder #4
    Welcome to the Weekly Weeder series. This week's weed is Red clover, Trifolium pratense. (Trifolium means “three leaves”.) Native to Europe, red clover was introduced to North America as a fodder crop. It has now naturalized throughout the Americ…
    - 9 days ago 20 May 17, 3:08pm -
  • Vegetable Dehydrating – How to Dry Vegetables for Storage
    Vegetable dehydrating is an easy way to store vegetables for long term use. During harvest season, my dehydrators live on my kitchen counter. Herbs, greens, fruits, veggies – everything get dried and neatly tucked away for use year round. This post…
    - 10 days ago 19 May 17, 1:45pm -
  • Homemade Hummingbird Food Recipe and the Best Hummingbird Feeder
    This time of year the bird food section of stores includes packets of pre-mixed bright red nectar and hummingbird nectar powder mix for hummingbirds. If you like to feed hummingbirds, save yourself some money and skip the red food dye, and mix up th…
    - 11 days ago 18 May 17, 7:13pm -
  • Honey-Sweetened Lemonade – An Easy Homemade Lemonade Recipe
    My friend, Julie, was visiting this past weekend and brought some gigantic lemons with her, so we decided to experiment with some lemon recipes, including honey-sweetened lemonade, and some honey-lemon ice cubes that are great for iced tea or lemonad…
    - 14 days ago 15 May 17, 2:23pm -
  • Top 10 Edible Flowers Plus Over 60 More Flowers You Can Eat
    Edible flowers such as roses can be used fresh or dried. Whether you're nibbling edible petals or cooking up buds, flowers you can eat add fun to any table. They are eye catching, nutritious and delicious. Some restaurants use edible flowers in plac…
    - 16 days ago 13 May 17, 8:54pm -
  • Nuclear Radiation Exposure – Dealing with Radiation Risks
    If you suspect you have been exposed to a significant amount of radiation, please contact a healthcare professional. This post focuses on potential low dose nuclear radiation exposure. Many people have concerns about the Fukushima reactors and the nu…
    - 16 days ago 13 May 17, 11:22am -

Homestead Basics

The Wannabe Homesteader

  • Blackberry Foraging in the Florida Heat
    This video is over 3 years old but it was deleted when my blog was accidentally deleted. I’m just now getting around to adding it back. It was a fun video to shoot and we had a great time making it. I was pregnant with Anna at the time but it was s…
    - 83 days ago 8 Mar 17, 3:19am -
  • How to Create a Two-Week Meal Plan in 5 Easy Steps
    A large part of my life is spent in the procurement and preparation of food. I’ve always wanted to say that. 😀 But seriously, if you think about it this has been the case for most of us since the dawn of time (unless you’re filthy rich and hav…
    - 91 days ago 27 Feb 17, 8:33pm -
  • My All-Time Favorite Recipes From Around the Web
    I do A LOT of cooking but strangely I don’t create all too many recipes from scratch on my own. I do, however, have a few tried-and-true recipes I found on the internet that I love. Today I’m sharing those with you. I’ve made these recipes mult…
    - 97 days ago 21 Feb 17, 11:32pm -
  • Getting Started with Low Sugar, Small Batch Canning
    I have no idea why I like canning so much. It’s stressful, takes a boat load of planning, I don’t garden, and I’m trying to limit my consumption of sugar anyway. But alas like a moth to a flame, I’m attracted. It’s stressful because I’m n…
    - 19 Jan 17, 3:00pm -
  • How to Find Produce to Can Without Gardening
    It’s January 2017 so first things first- Happy New Year to you! It’s a new year and I’m already thinking about canning; I do not want to miss any veggie and fruit seasons this year. I’ve become a bit obsessed with canning even though I’ve o…
    - 16 Jan 17, 11:22pm -
  • Opps! My Blog Was Deleted
    The last three years of my blog’s content was deleted. Three years worth of articles, photos, design changes, and comments- gone. I was having a lot of buggy issues with the blog and WordPress so I asked Brian to help me fix it. He followed the adv…
    - 4 Sep 16, 11:37pm -
  • What Our After Dinner Walks Look Like
    My husband has had the same car for the last 10 years; it’s a 1996 Toyota Corolla. He’s a mechanic so it’s well maintained and the thing just keeps. on. driving. He refuses to sell it (something about gas mileage) and is determined to drive it…
    - 29 Aug 16, 1:38am -
  • Picking Muscadine Grapes
    It’s August and I have the canning bug. I’ve wanted to can for a long time but considering my old kitchen had a useable counter space of about 30 inches (yep, 30 inches) I literally had no where TO can. Well, those days are gone and I now have a…
    - 22 Aug 16, 1:12am -
  • How to Make Fireflies in a Bottle
    I’ve been collecting wine bottles for the past 3 years with plans to turn them into a wine bottle lamp. I’m by no means a crafty person, but the fact that 3 empty bottles survived a move AND my massive KonMari clean out shows my dedication to thi…
    - 24 Dec 15, 2:27am -
  • Why We Gave Away Our Chickens and Rabbits
    As of September 2015, we are completely animal-less. We listed our last remaining chickens and meat rabbits on Craigslist for free to the first person who would come get them. The Reason? This guy… I have no way of knowing if it was in fact a guy o…
    - 16 Dec 15, 2:35am -

Homestead Revival

  • Pie Safe Love!
    On my last post I showed you MOST of the dining area... but not all of it. There was one wall that was in progress. Since moving in 3 months ago, I moved several different pieces of furniture from around the house into that spot trying to find just t…
    - 16 Aug 15, 2:04am -
  • No Pantry? No Problem.
    So I created one...BTW... as you scroll through the photos you need to know that editing them takes a ton of time. So in keeping with simplifying my life, I'm using my iPhone, making only a few minor adjustments so you can see what is in the photo (l…
    - 27 Jul 15, 1:41am -
  • A New Homestead Journey
    I did not expect to find myself on this path.Just a little over a year ago, I was a SAHM living in a big farmhouse and homeschooling. My husband had full time employment and we were planning a wedding for our oldest daughter.  On the negative side,…
    - 11 Jul 15, 4:21pm -
  • Understanding Companion Planting
    From bacteria in yogurt making to the Amazon anywhere something grows there is an ecosystem. As homesteaders our goal is to cultivate the perfect ecosystem for plants and repelling the pests that would destroy it. Companion planting is more than not…
    - 5 Dec 14, 8:00am -
  • Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook!
    There are so many wonderful ways to communicate and we want to start giving you more opportunities to connect with us! Connect with us on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter! Homestead Revival is more than a blog, it is a community of like minded people…
    - 3 Dec 14, 8:00am -
  • Square Foot Gardening vs. French Intensive
    While there are many alternative methods we will discuss in future posts like straw bale gardening, today we are focusing on the main ones, Square Foot Gardening and the French Intensive Method. Each system is a tool that gives something to your gard…
    - 1 Dec 14, 8:00am -
  • Plan To Eat... Black Friday SALE!
    Now is the time to renew your Plan To Eat subscription or take advantage of their annual half price sale and kick the tires so-to-speak. If you tried it before and haven't seen the new lights and bells that make it even better, be sure to check it ou…
    - 28 Nov 14, 9:00am -
  • It's Thursday....
    Happy Thanksgiving!
    - 27 Nov 14, 8:00am -
  • A Couple Things I'm Thankful For
    This year has been a year of firsts, so I wanted to take the time for the small things I'm thankful for. 
    - 24 Nov 14, 7:28pm -
  • It's Sunday...
    "For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. Let us therefore celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth."- 1 Corinthians 5: 7-8
    - 23 Nov 14, 8:00am -