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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…
    - 38 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…
    - 42 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…
    - 81 days ago 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…
    - 82 days ago 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…
    - 85 days ago 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…
    - 89 days ago 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…
    - 97 days ago 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…
    - 97 days ago 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…
    - 100 days ago 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,…
    - 100 days ago 18 Nov 16, 9:04pm -

Are We Crazy, Or What?

  • EP034 - Interview With Connie Gibson
    Connie Gibson from C&J Farms. We talk about sourcing local food, running a family farm and a family owned business. Show Notes: post EP034 - Interview With Connie Gibson appeared first on Self Reliant School.
    - 2 days ago 25 Feb 17, 1:46am -
  • Interview With Connie Gibson - Self Reliant Living #034
    Today we have a really, really special guest because she's actually local. She's not like next-door local but she's in Texas. Her name is Connie Gibson and like I always do with all of my guests, I read their bio. She is from C & J Farms. It's a fami…
    - 4 days ago 22 Feb 17, 11:58pm -
  • How To Make Pumpkin Puree In The Instant Pot
    Did you know you can cook an entire pumpkin in the Instant Pot? It’s not the first food that comes to mind when you think of a pressure cooker, but maybe that will change. There are a lot of different ways to cook pumpkin to obtain the wonderful pu…
    - 7 days ago 19 Feb 17, 5:21am -
  • EP033 - Interview With Vicky Lashenko
    We talk all about raising "natural kids" and creating a second stream of income. Show Notes: post EP033 - Interview With Vicky Lashenko appeared first on Self Reliant School.
    - 9 days ago 18 Feb 17, 2:01am -
  • Interview With Vicky Lashenko - Self Reliant Living #033
    Jennifer: Today, I have a very special guest. Her name is Vicky Lashenko and I'm gonna go ahead and read her bio. Then we're just gonna jump in and get started. Podcast: Play in new window | Download She is a wife and mama of two boys. We're kind of…
    - 10 days ago 16 Feb 17, 8:08pm -
  • How To Make Spaghetti Squash In The Instant Pot
    Do you grow spaghetti squash in your garden? If you’ve never tried growing it I highly recommend you grab yourself some seeds and give it a spot in your garden for your next growing season. Not only is it easy to grow, but it’s also versatile and…
    - 15 days ago 12 Feb 17, 1:02am -
  • EP032 - Interview With Jenise Fryatt
    This week I'm interviewing Jenise Fryatt from The Sustainable Living Podcast. Show Notes: post EP032 - Interview With Jenise Fryatt appeared first on Self Reliant School.
    - 15 days ago 12 Feb 17, 12:49am -
  • Interview With Jenise Fryatt - Self Reliant Living #032
    Jennifer: Today, we have a great guest. Her name is Jenise Fryatt. She is the co-host of The Sustainable Living Podcast. As you know, I always like to read the bios of my guests so I do not get anything wrong. Jenise is a co-host with Marianne West o…
    - 17 days ago 9 Feb 17, 5:13am -
  • EP031 - How To Make A Sourdough Starter
    I make a sourdough starter and then talk about how to feed it and what you can expect from this natural yeast goodness. Show Notes: post EP031 - How To Make A Sourdough Starter appeared first on Self Reliant School…
    - 22 days ago 4 Feb 17, 11:10pm -
  • How To Make A Sourdough Starter - Self Reliant Living #031
    What is sourdough bread? A dough that is leavened with natural yeast. You can go to and watch Episode 5 - Flour and Yeast In Bread for more information. Podcast: Play in new window | Download What is a sourdough starter? A sour…
    - 25 days ago 2 Feb 17, 4:13am -

Patriot Rising

  • 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…
    - 40 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…
    - 40 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…
    - 41 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…
    - 41 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…
    - 41 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…
    - 74 days ago 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…
    - 74 days ago 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 -
  • How to Make Easy Herbal Oils, Salves, and Syrups

    How to Make Easy Herbal Oils, Salves, and Syrups

    How to Make Easy Herbal Oils, Salves, and Syrups   How to Make Infused Herbal Oils Herbal oils are convenient and easy to use. These are made by extracting ground-up herbs with organic olive oil. You can apply this herb-laden oil directly to your sk…
    - 13 Nov 16, 2:09am -

Rural Revolution

  • newDon't let your guard down
    Here's my WND column for this weekend entitled "Preparedness: Now more than ever."
    - 4 hours ago 26 Feb 17, 1:11pm -
  • Hope springs eternal
    We traded a steer for a pig with a neighbor last December, and we've been thoroughly enjoying the change from beef. Here Don is slicing a ham for sandwiches.He had a very attentive audience. We don't feed Lydia off the table, so to speak, but she k…
    - 2 days ago 25 Feb 17, 1:27am -
  • Making a liar of me
    Well, after my optimistic hope that spring was on the way, thanks to the presence of robins, the weather took a 180o turn and began another snow dump.The photos just don't do justice to how hard it was snowing.It's wet snow and may not last long, but…
    - 5 days ago 21 Feb 17, 4:32pm -
  • What do the robins know?
    Yesterday Don and I started to take Lydia for her usual afternoon walk along the road, when suddenly he stopped and said, "Let's take her in the pasture."When the cows are not in the pasture, we can just unleash Lydia and let her run loose to sniff,…
    - 6 days ago 20 Feb 17, 1:10pm -
  • Mouth-foaming vitriol
    Here's my WND column for this weekend entitled "Note to left: Your mouth-foaming vitriol is not attractive" (I didn't name it).
    - 7 days ago 20 Feb 17, 12:02am -
  • Friday roundup
    I honestly meant to put this post up yesterday (Friday) but it turned into a surprisingly busy day, so sorry about that.Friday Roundups (regardless of what day they're posted) are so we can all check in on what steps we've taken, big or small, to in…
    - 7 days ago 19 Feb 17, 12:23pm -
  • Nice surprises
    One of the pleasant side-effects of my ongoing purging efforts in the house is finding books we own but had forgotten about. Such is the case with this thin anonymous black album.Turns out to be a book called "Young Bess," about Queen Elizabeth I's…
    - 10 days ago 16 Feb 17, 10:28pm -
  • Sleeping beauty
    In contrast to my poor friend in Maine who is blitzed with snow, our weather has been moderating of late.For about a week, we had the frustrating conditions of just-above-freezing days and below-freezing nights. What this meant was snow would melt j…
    - 11 days ago 15 Feb 17, 5:47pm -
  • Valentine schmaltz
    Until Younger Daughter mentioned the occasion, I had completely forgotten this is Valentine's Day -- which gives you some idea of how we celebrate it. I thought this would be a suitable occasion to reprint a (slightly updated) blog post on the subje…
    - 12 days ago 14 Feb 17, 7:52pm -
  • And you think YOUR winter is bad...
    I've had moments of griping about the snow we've had this winter, but a friend in Maine just put me to shame. Here are some photos of the latest snow dump they've had "with another foot expected tomorrow."I guess I'll stop complaining about our weat…
    - 12 days ago 14 Feb 17, 3:10pm -

New Life on a Homestead

  • 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…
    - 5 days ago 21 Feb 17, 8:12am -
  • Homestead Journal: Awesome Neighbors, Getting Work Done
    Sometimes my husband and I daydream about buying a huge plot of land out in the middle of the woods far away from any signs of civilization. It’s a romantic vision. Peace. Quiet. Privacy. Freedom.Sure, ...Homestead Journal: Awesome Neighbors, Get…
    - 6 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…
    - 15 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!
    - 16 days ago 10 Feb 17, 1:11pm -
  • Homestead Journal: Clearing Out
    January 30th, 2017We’ve been so busy outside these past couple weeks. The weather has ranged from cloudy and freezing to sunny, spring-like mid-60’s. One of our major goals this year is to clean up the ...Homestead Journal: Clearing Out can be…
    - 19 days ago 7 Feb 17, 3:42pm -
  • Raising Pheasants For Meat on the Homestead. Is it worth it?
    Here's our experience raising pheasants on the homestead. Are they worth raising for meat? You decide. Raising Pheasants For Meat on the Homestead. Is it worth it? can be read in full at New Life On A Homestead | Homesteading Blog- Be sure to check…
    - 19 days ago 7 Feb 17, 2:35pm -
  • Homestead Journal: We’re Snowed In.
    We've been snowed in for going on five days now...Homestead Journal: We’re Snowed In. can be read in full at New Life On A Homestead | Homesteading Blog- Be sure to check it out!
    - 46 days ago 12 Jan 17, 12:08am -
  • Today I did something crazy. I cancelled our internet.
     It’s the beginning of a new year, and I’m ready for some long overdue changes.Today, I gathered up my nerve, dialed my internet service provider, and summoned the words I’d been meditating on for months ...Today I did something crazy. I ca…
    - 54 days ago 3 Jan 17, 1:34pm -

Granny Miller

  • How To Test Seeds For Germination Rate
    Germination rate is the term used to describe the percentage of seed from a particular plant species that will emerge when given the right conditions. The germination rate is important information to know ahead of time and helps the home gardener or…
    - 2 days ago 24 Feb 17, 11:00am -
  • “A Year of Snow, A Year of Plenty”
    It’s a good old weather proverb. And it’s a truism founded upon practical agrarian experience that has been passed down through many generations of farmers and gardeners. I thought you might be interested in knowing a few of the reasons behind th…
    - 9 days ago 17 Feb 17, 8:00am -
  • Plyban Cheesecloth
    I make a lot of homemade Greek yogurt. I don’t know if you know it or not but Greek yogurt is simply regular yogurt which has been drained with cheese cloth to make it thicker. In fact if you drain yogurt overnight you’ll end up with yogurt chees…
    - 11 days ago 15 Feb 17, 8:00am -
  • How To Plant Asparagus
    Asparagus is a springtime perennial vegetable and is a favorite for many home gardeners. The stalks of asparagus grow upward from the roots or crowns in mid-spring, and by mid-summer asparagus will produce light, wispy ferns that stay on the plant un…
    - 14 days ago 12 Feb 17, 11:00am -
  • Oven Temperature Testing
    Back in the old days great-grandma didn’t have a reliable temperature gauge on her oven. She wasn’t as dependent upon an exact oven temperature the way that today’s modern cooks and bakers are. Great-grandma was a wiz in the kitchen  and even…
    - 17 days ago 9 Feb 17, 8:00pm -
  • Candlemas Day Proverb
    “Half your wood and half your hay you must have on Candlemas Day.” The above is a bit of folk wisdom that’s spot-on. For traditional agrarian people, February 2nd, marks the mid-point of winter in terms of weather. Today is exactly the half-way…
    - 24 days ago 2 Feb 17, 8:00am -
  • Old -Time Pennsylvania German Homestead Superstitions
    Every once in a while I’ll run across a Pennsylvania folk belief that is taken as more than just a custom or superstition. The two that I hear most often are:   Keep a smelly Billy goat with your cows and they’ll never get sick.   Cure a scouri…
    - 25 days ago 1 Feb 17, 11:00am -
  • Forced Branches
    Every season I try to have a little bit of nature indoors. During the snowy winter months my favorite bits of the outside world are flowering branches that lie dormant. Forsythia, apple, peach and pussy willow are in my garden and orchard so those ar…
    - 26 days ago 31 Jan 17, 11:00am -
  • Pick The Best Day For Hatching Eggs
    I’m a great believer in agricultural traditions and folk wisdom. That’s because much of what I learned about homesteading was passed onto me by the two generations of garden farmers that came before me. Heeding their advice enabled much success a…
    - 28 days ago 29 Jan 17, 6:58am -
  • Spinach Pies
    Spinach pies are one of my favorite ways to use fresh spinach. In fact I never met a spinach pie that I didn’t like. With the usually cool wet spring we’re having here in the US this year, we may be looking at a bonanza spinach crop in home garde…
    - 35 days ago 22 Jan 17, 8:00am -

Down to Earth

  • Weekend reading
    She makes me smile and laugh, this dog of ours. She's little but she's strong and fast and she gets into mischief every single day. Hanno is putting in an electronic fence at the moment so we can let her out into the front garden as well as the back.…
    - 2 days ago 24 Feb 17, 10:18pm -
  • An old quilt
    Quite a few of you commented on how nice our blue quilt is (see previous post). I've blogged about this before but we must have a lot of new readers here, so let me explain the blue quilt again.  I bought the blue quilt at Ikea a few years ago when…
    - 5 days ago 21 Feb 17, 9:56pm -
  • Including the mistakes
    This time last year, Hanno and I set off on a three week book tour. We came home feeling happy and optimistic after having met hundreds of people around the country. We were also incredibly tired and it took a couple of weeks to get back to 'normal'.…
    - 7 days ago 19 Feb 17, 8:06am -
  • Weekend reading
    It's been a busy week full of simple home tasks, family, dogs and thoughts of changing seasons and what that means for me and my home. Nothing stays the same, that's for sure, and while I look forward to the weekend and next week, it has hit me that…
    - 9 days ago 17 Feb 17, 4:59am -
  • A slow busy week ahead
    It was 42C on the verandah here yesterday but I believe it was much hotter out west. I'm very grateful we have an air-conditioned house. Last night was one of the few nights since we've lived here that we let the air-conditioner run all night. Yester…
    - 14 days ago 12 Feb 17, 10:24pm -
  • Weekend reading
    I'm really looking forward to the end of summer so I can get back into baking and doing housework without sweating or needing to sit down afterwards.  Boy oh boy, has this been a hot summer.Hello to everyone who comes by, I'll see you again next…
    - 17 days ago 10 Feb 17, 12:44am -
  • Buttermilk chicken and fruit cordial
    Here's another recipe that is good to eat in summer or winter. It is started the night before and marinated overnight, the preparation and cooking the following day takes about 30 minutes. You can do a plain version using only salt and pepper or a mi…
    - 19 days ago 7 Feb 17, 6:18am -
  • The warm embrace of self-reliance
    I'm not one who takes frequent holidays. In the last ten years, I've had two holidays and both of them were working holidays (book tours). I'm a home body and prefer to be in my home, working at living the life I want. We always make sure we take day…
    - 21 days ago 5 Feb 17, 4:56am -
  • Weekend reading
    I'm taking a few days away from the computer to get my head back to where I want it to be.  I'll be sewing, knitting, cooking and spending mornings on the verandah. Gracie is overdue for some training and I'll bath, brush and clip her too.  Look af…
    - 24 days ago 2 Feb 17, 11:04pm -
  • How to connect with like-minded folk
    We've been updating the forum over the past few weeks. There are some new moderators and many excellent threads aimed at teaching our members new skills, and the social side of the forum helps us connect with like-minded folk via with regular chat an…
    - 26 days ago 31 Jan 17, 5:50pm -

Common Sense Homesteading

  • Ear Mites in Cats – Easy Treatment, Plus Common Questions
    Ear mites in cats are quite common for cats that spend time outside. Since most of our kitties adopted us after living outside or in a barn, they still want outside time. They are also working cats, patrolling the garden and orchards for rodents. The…
    - 3 days ago 23 Feb 17, 10:22pm -
  • 5+ Terrific Tomato Trellis Ideas for Easier Picking and Cleaner Tomatoes
    Tired of wimpy tomato cages? In this post, I'll be sharing my tomato trellis system, as well as several other tomato trellis ideas from my homesteading blogger friends. We have trellises that are wind resistant, tall, short, funky and budget friendly…
    - 5 days ago 21 Feb 17, 7:39pm -
  • 15 Home Remedies for Seasonal Allergies and Hay Fever Symptoms
    Want relief from seasonal allergies without relying on pharmaceuticals? This post provides home remedies for seasonal allergies, including herbs and supplements that help with seasonal allergies, simple tips to help with hay fever symptoms, food that…
    - 9 days ago 17 Feb 17, 8:04pm -
  • The Sugarmaker’s Companion – Beyond Maple Syrup
    The Sugarmaker's Companion: An Integrated Approach to Producing Syrup from Maple, Birch, and Walnut Trees by Michael Farrell focuses on the business of syrup and sugar making. If you want to tap maples or other trees for profit, this book is a worth…
    - 11 days ago 15 Feb 17, 11:46pm -
  • 7 Best Chicken Tips for First Time Chicken Owners
    Chickens are all the rage these days, and while I'm usually not big fan of “trends,” I happen to think this is a good one! There is a lot of chicken raising information out there and it can definitely be overwhelming at first. While I don't clai…
    - 12 days ago 14 Feb 17, 4:17pm -
  • A Homesteading Love Story – Part Two – Pursuing the Dream
    The Engagement After graduation, I job hunted for several months from Madison, but came up empty handed. August suggested that I move in with him at his parent's place (with their blessing – they had a big house). Now I know that some people will b…
    - 13 days ago 14 Feb 17, 3:00am -
  • Love is About Patience, Humor and Shared Dreams
    What is Love About? If we were to believe Hollywood and fairy tales, love is about some woman with long flowing hair being swept off her feet by her Prince Charming. Lately the Hollywood version seems to often skip spiritual love altogether, simply f…
    - 13 days ago 14 Feb 17, 2:00am -
  • Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less) – Living Big in Small Spaces
    Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less) by Angela England is a homesteading guide written with the enthusiasm of a beginner and the experience of several years of homesteading with limited space. It's a great pep talk for those new to the idea of…
    - 13 days ago 13 Feb 17, 4:45pm -
  • Easy Homemade Mounds Bars and Almond Joy Bars
    I used to enjoy mounds and almond joy bars years ago, but either they're making them sweeter and more bland, or my taste buds have changed (or both). Enter this easy recipe set for homemade mounds bars and almond joy bars. You get the rich, full tast…
    - 15 days ago 11 Feb 17, 11:18pm -
  • Internet Security – 12 Steps to Avoid Computer Viruses and Identity Theft
    Internet security has become a growing concern as more and more of our information is shared online.  I know this isn't typical homesteading content, but computers have become an everyday part of most people's lives. You lock your doors to secure y…
    - 15 days ago 11 Feb 17, 10:16pm -

Homestead Basics

The Wannabe Homesteader

  • 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…
    - 5 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…
    - 38 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…
    - 41 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 -
  • Giant Homeschool Book Haul for 1st Grade
    We are starting our first grade homeschool here at the Wannabe Homestead and we’ve got a ton of new books. We’re following the Classical Model of Education BUT you don’t have to follow the Classical model to enjoy these books- I think they’d…
    - 1 Dec 15, 2:38am -
  • Our Classical First Grade Curriculum
    So far, my daughter and I have been taking homeschooling nice and slow but now that she is six, I’m ramping learning up by adding more subjects.  We’re following the Classical model of education which I believe to be the most clear-cut and time-…
    - 27 Jul 15, 2:41am -

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 -