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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…
    - 96 days ago 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…
    - 100 days ago 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?

  • 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.
    - 2 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…
    - 5 days ago 20 Apr 17, 3:51pm -
  • EP040 - 7 Things You Should Know About Sugar
    Sugar is bad for weight and cavities, but what else do you need to know about it? Show Notes: post EP040 - 7 Things You Should Know About Sugar appeared first on Self Reliant School.
    - 10 days ago 15 Apr 17, 5:14pm -
  • 7 Things You Should Know About Sugar #SRSLive 040
    You’ve heard that you should avoid sugar if you’re trying to lose weight, and I’m sure you remember learning in school that too much sugar causes cavities. Remember those plaque disclosing tablets? And of course too much of anything is bad for…
    - 12 days ago 12 Apr 17, 10:10pm -
  • EP039 - Interview With Amy Landers
    At, Amy and her husband Colby help families grow beautiful, bountiful gardens together. Show Notes: post EP039 - Interview With Amy Landers appeared first on Self Reliant School.
    - 16 days ago 8 Apr 17, 11:16pm -
  • Interview With Amy Landers #SRSLive 039
    Jennifer: Our guest is Amy Landers from Gardens That Matter. I'm just going to read her bio really quick here. Amy Landers is a nature nerd, gardener, educator, and mom of three boys. Right. Three boys, I know what that's like. She recently published…
    - 19 days ago 6 Apr 17, 3:38pm -
  • EP038 - Interview With Constance Smith
    Constance Smith from Cosmopolitan Cornbread talks about their homestead in northern Alabama. Show Notes: post EP038 - Interview With Constance Smith appeared first on Self Reliant School.
    - 24 days ago 1 Apr 17, 2:09am -
  • Interview with Constance Smith #SRSLive 038
    Jennifer: Welcome to the Self-Reliant Living Show. Today we have a wonderful guest. Her name is Constance Smith, and she has been married for a long time, and she has three children that are grown now, but she homeschooled them. Her husband was in th…
    - 26 days ago 30 Mar 17, 3:14pm -
  • How To Make Your Own Soda Syrup
    Soda, Cola, Pop, seltzer, call them what you will, soft drinks are everywhere. They are sold by fast food chains, movie theaters, supermarkets, and even in vending machines at your office. But store-bought sodas are often both unhealthy and expensive…
    - 30 days ago 26 Mar 17, 4:59am -
  • EP037 - Interview With Zachary Bauer
    Zachary Bauer from An American Homestead talks about living off grid. Show Notes: post EP037 - Interview With Zachary Bauer appeared first on Self Reliant School.
    - 31 days ago 24 Mar 17, 7:19pm -

Patriot Rising

  • newTomatoes 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…
    - 4 hours 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…
    - 97 days ago 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…
    - 97 days ago 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…
    - 98 days ago 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…
    - 98 days ago 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…
    - 98 days ago 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 -
  • How to Store Onions

    How to Store Onions

    How to Store Onions Catch a Deal, Grow Your Own My wife loves to catch a good deal, especially on food at the local farmer’s market. She loves to fill her cloth shopping bags until they won’t hold any more! Sometimes we get tons of one specific v…
    - 15 Nov 16, 12:57am -

Rural Revolution

  • How to live "green"
    Here's my WND column for this weekend entitled "Want to live 'green'? Grow some watermelons."Some people celebrate "Earth Day." We celebrate "Live your regular life day."
    - 2 days ago 22 Apr 17, 9:52pm -
  • Egg overload
    Now that the chickens are no longer trapped in their coop by deep snow, they're happy as clams exploring the barn and scratching in the compost pile. Suddenly we're finding eggs. Lots and lots of eggs.Yesterday in the chicken coop, I happened to gl…
    - 3 days ago 22 Apr 17, 1:09am -
  • Building a better mousetrap
    It's spring, which means mice in the house. We've been setting traps and getting rid of them before they can explode in population.Younger Daughter found herself hosting a family of half-grown rodents in her bedroom. Oddly enough, they had apparent…
    - 6 days ago 19 Apr 17, 2:53pm -
  • Building a bee yard
    Yesterday -- a rare sunny day -- I mixed up some sugar syrup and went out to check the bees.I thought I had put up a blog post earlier about our new bee yard, but I guess I hadn't; so here's a bit of catching up.A few weeks ago, we knew we had to get…
    - 7 days ago 17 Apr 17, 8:07pm -
  • He is risen!
    Happy Resurrection Day, everyone!Here's my WND column for this weekend entitled "Keep Your Eyes on the Prize."So what's the significance of an empty tomb? Consider these words:At the age of 64, after studying world religions, Sir Lionel Luckhoo beca…
    - 8 days ago 17 Apr 17, 5:25pm -
  • Friday roundup
    Goodness, I have been utterly scatterbrained this week. It's been busy, yes, but that's no excuse for the absolute blog silence. Apologies to all my loyal readers!So here it is – Thursday – time for our "Friday" Roundup. These, as you recall,…
    - 11 days ago 14 Apr 17, 10:21am -
  • January in April
    Sorry for the blog silence lately -- it's just been a very busy week! So until I can put up something more coherent and/or interesting, take a look at what we woke up to this morning: January in April. Great big honkin' flakes of snow.It's not goin…
    - 15 days ago 10 Apr 17, 3:35pm -
  • Starting seeds
    As usual this time of year, the siren call of the garden is practically shouting in my ear. The only way to answer it, of course, is to look indoors. It's late to start seeds in the house, but I finally got my rear in gear and got some planted.By t…
    - 19 days ago 6 Apr 17, 3:00pm -
  • Tattler canning lids is having a flash sale
    UPDATE: See note at bottom of post from Loren Stieg, Tattler's president.If anyone is interested in trying Tattler reusable canning lids, they're currently having a flash sale:According to the info they sent:3 Day Sale! Starting Monday April 3rd - We…
    - 19 days ago 6 Apr 17, 1:10am -
  • Medical preparedness
    Last week, in response to a Friday Roundup photo in which I was organizing our medical supplies, I received the following comment from reader Prepared Grammy:I’m weak in the area of medical preps. I have the usual first aid stuff. I would even say…
    - 23 days ago 1 Apr 17, 9:02pm -

New Life on a Homestead

  • new10 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…
    - 9 hours 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…
    - 9 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…
    - 11 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…
    - 32 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…
    - 63 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!
    - 63 days ago 20 Feb 17, 8:58pm -
  • 12 Ways To Save Money Eating Out. How My Family of Six Can Eat Out for $20.
    12 tips to help you save money eating out at restaurants, and real life examples of how my family of six saves BIG!12 Ways To Save Money Eating Out. How My Family of Six Can Eat Out for $20. can be read in full at New Life On A Homestead | Homestead…
    - 73 days ago 11 Feb 17, 12:00pm -
  • How To Start Seeds Indoors- The Easiest Way
    A step-by-step guide on the easiest way to start seeds indoors for strong, healthy garden plants!How To Start Seeds Indoors- The Easiest Way can be read in full at New Life On A Homestead | Homesteading Blog- Be sure to check it out!
    - 74 days ago 10 Feb 17, 1:11pm -

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…
    - 20 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…
    - 21 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…
    - 23 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…
    - 25 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…
    - 29 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…
    - 37 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…
    - 41 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…
    - 42 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…
    - 43 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…
    - 44 days ago 12 Mar 17, 12:31pm -

Down to Earth

  • 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…
    - 2 days ago 23 Apr 17, 6:10pm -
  • Toast for breakfast, lunch and tea
    “When the girl returned, some hours later, she carried a tray, with a cup of fragrant tea steaming on it; and a plate piled up with very hot buttered toast, cut thick, very brown on both sides, with the butter running through the holes in great gol…
    - 6 days ago 19 Apr 17, 6:16pm -
  • A new vegetable garden
    Dear readers, if you wish to leave a comment, and I would like to hear from you, just click on the text bubble in the Share section below this post. That will take you to the comments.  ~~ ❤️~~Nothing makes as much sense to me as growing food in…
    - 7 days ago 17 Apr 17, 7:01pm -
  • Home making
    Dear readers, if you wish to leave a comment, and I would like to hear from you, just click on the text bubble in the Share section below this post. That will take you to the comments sections.  ~~ ❤️~~When we moved into this house back in 1997,…
    - 12 days ago 13 Apr 17, 6:13pm -
  • Garden maintenance - pruning
    I am not an expert pruner by any means but I do know a few of the basics and they're enough to keep our garden in good shape most of the time.  Hanno and I have just pruned the elderberry tree, it's got borers in it but we want to keep it going unti…
    - 15 days ago 9 Apr 17, 11:52pm -
  • Weekend reading
    I made this meal during the week - satay chicken with herb rice and pickled cucumbers.  Above is the portion I made up for Sunny to eat at home.This is now an occasional list of links to a wide variety of material that I've read recently and think y…
    - 18 days ago 6 Apr 17, 6:41pm -
  • Quick vegetable soups
    A few ladies asked for my recipe for tomato soup. It's one of my quick soups and being so easy to prepare it's a very handy recipe to have on hand to use for a wide range of vegetables.  The one recipe will help you prepare a lot of different soups.…
    - 21 days ago 4 Apr 17, 6:09pm -
  • It's like heaven
    I wish you could see my home. It's like heaven here now.  After the cyclone, we had a couple of days of high humidity and rain and now, well now, my friends, it is a paradise.  I was sitting outside with Hanno earlier, it was coolish at around 20C…
    - 23 days ago 2 Apr 17, 7:16am -
  • So much rain!
    Can you see the horizontal tree trunk in the background? That's the dead tree that came down in the storm. There's a kookaburra sitting on the chicken run fence enjoying the rain and waiting for an unsuspecting lizard or snake to scamper by. After 2…
    - 25 days ago 30 Mar 17, 11:11pm -
  • The ever-changing template
    Hello readers. I'm changing the template again. I've tried tweaking it but there's no way I can fix the problems some readers are having on phones and tablets. I've reported the issues to the template creator but have had little response, and none a…
    - 26 days ago 30 Mar 17, 4:30am -

Common Sense Homesteading

  • We Don’t Celebrate Earth Day – Here’s What We Do Instead
    My family doesn't celebrate Earth Day, but we do our best to be good stewards every day.  Small changes add up over time. I want to empower you to improve your health, and concentrate on those things you can impact directly – your family, friends…
    - 3 days ago 22 Apr 17, 4:54pm -
  • Growing Carrots – Quick Guide, Step by Step Instructions and Carrot Q&A
    Some folks don't bother growing carrots in the home garden because they're so readily available at the store, but once you've tried a homegrown carrot, you'll be hooked. Like many homegrown vegetables, garden fresh carrots tend to be sweeter and more…
    - 3 days ago 21 Apr 17, 7:31pm -
  • The Greenhouse and Hoophouse Grower’s Handbook – Change the Way You Grow
    The Greenhouse and Hoophouse Grower's Handbook: Organic Vegetable Production Using Protected Culture by Andrew Mefferd is a call to action for organic growers to extend  the production season of their local produce. The best way for market gardeners…
    - 5 days ago 20 Apr 17, 3:17am -
  • Why Do Onions Make You Cry? Plus 5 Tips to Keep You Tear Free
    Why do onions make you cry, and what can you do about it? My brother told me about the simple trick he uses to process large batches of eye-burning onions without shedding a tear. In case you don't have the “trick” item on hand, I have other op…
    - 7 days ago 18 Apr 17, 5:57pm -
  • The Best Ways to Get Rid of Mice in Your House and Garage
    If you build it, mice will come. Sooner or later, you'll probably need to get rid of mice or rats. Fall is prime time for an increase in mice in your house, as they look for winter protection, but mice and rats can move in at any time. While small,…
    - 13 days ago 11 Apr 17, 7:53pm -
  • Stop Birds Hitting Windows – 5 Tips to Keep Our Feather Friends Safe
    This spring (maybe because of the crazy weather),  I've had two robins take to flying into the windows (mainly the kitchen windows). Thankfully they haven't hurt themselves, but they are quite noisy and I didn't want them to keep at it until they di…
    - 14 days ago 11 Apr 17, 3:39pm -
  • 15 Home Remedies to Naturally Reduce Cholesterol
    Under the new guidelines issued by the American Medical Association, roughly 1/3 of all adults should consider taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs to control their cholesterol levels. Many healthcare practitioners feel that statin medications a…
    - 15 days ago 10 Apr 17, 5:00pm -
  • Common Chickweed – Herbal Remedy for Itchy and Inflamed Skin – Weekly Weeder #2
    Welcome to the Weekly Weeder, where we learn how to use common weeds from our yards and gardens. Today's featured weed is common chickweed, Stellaria media. Stellaria (Latin) means little star; media (Latin) means “in the midst of”. It is also k…
    - 18 days ago 7 Apr 17, 1:37pm -
  • How to Make Lilac Jelly – Yes, Lilacs are Edible as Well as Beautiful
    We had a bumper crop of lilacs this year. My neighbor commented that his trees were so full of blossoms that he couldn't see the leaves. My small tree was loaded, too, so it seemed like a good year to experiment with eating some of them. One of my cl…
    - 18 days ago 7 Apr 17, 1:24am -
  • Planting and Growing Peas – What You Need to Know
    Planting and growing peas may not be the most efficient use of space in your garden, but the flavor of home grown peas knocks the socks off most commercial peas. If you want more yield per square foot, grow snap peas so you can eat the pod and the pe…
    - 18 days ago 7 Apr 17, 12:47am -

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…
    - 48 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…
    - 56 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…
    - 62 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…
    - 96 days ago 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…
    - 98 days ago 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 -