Transplanting Mint - Jon and I had discussed we wanted to plant a few herbs this year. We both thought oregano, basil, cilantro, and parsley to start off small with the basics. But I also wanted mint. Jon… More
Quick and Easy Blackberry Cobbler - Yesterday when we did our daily walk-about we were welcomed with blackberries ready to be picked! How wonderful! Neither of us have ever seen blackberries so big before. We are a little proud of ourselves.… More
Making Blackberry Jam - We were pleasantly surprised this year by the size and amount of blackberries we picked from our 2 blackberry canes that we planted last year. I made a couple of blackberry cobblers with some of the harvest.… More
Putting Up Food on the Homestead - The Importance of Preservation I grew up learning the value of preserving food for the winter and hard times. Our family grew a big garden each year and canned or froze the extra for later.… More
How To Make Chicken Broth - What super-food can you make for pennies, maybe even for free? Chicken broth is healthy, very simple to make, and supports your immune system. And did I say it’s inexpensive? Whenever I make chicken for… More
Bare Root Raspberries 7 Month Progress - We had planted 2 raspberry vines last year, but they never grew and died. They were a part of the shipment that got lost, came late, and were planted late. So back in February on a trip… More
It’s NOT the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! - No, it’s NOT the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! However, we did officially have a “pumpkin harvest”….barely. Last year we only planted mini pumpkins. They started out great, but the stink bugs destroyed them literally over… More
New Pepper and Tomato Beds - As we continue to add things we want to grow, and wanting more of the things we already grow in our garden, space is becoming a big issue. We fenced off a corner of the… More
How to Make Crab Apple Jelly - Step by step guide to making crab apple jelly.
Easy Double Crochet Adult Beanie - Since my first crochet scarf, there has been a lull in my crocheting. Summer and fall are so full and busy with gardening, harvesting, canning, and so forth that I just didn’t get back to… More
Making Crab Apple Juice for Pectin - There are several varieties of crab apples. Most people do not use the ornamental crab apples because they are so small and tedious to use, but since we had them we thought we would not… More
Food, Inc Documentary - Yesterday evening Jon and I watched the Food, Inc documentary on Netflix. Food, Inc. Documentary We were already aware of much of the horror unveiled in the film, yet still were shocked at times. This kind of thing… More
How to Make Deviled Eggs Southern Style - I have always loved deviled eggs. It is one those items I expect to be at every family holiday or church covered dish meal. If you are are raising your own chickens now, you may… More
Clearing Land the Hard Way - Back in January our son rented us a bulldozer to clear an area of the land. As exciting as it was to finally feel like we were making some progress we quickly realized this job was… More
Why You Should Choose Grass Fed Beef - A year ago, we started buying our beef from a local farm/dealer, Grassfed Greensboro, that we could buy direct from. Over the last year, we have been very pleased with our switch to grass fed beef. We… More
DIY Chicken Coop from Pallets - DIY: How to build a bigger chicken coop still keeping it simple using pallets.
Raising Backyard Chickens for Eggs. Part 1 – Getting Baby Chicks - Raising backyard chickens to gather your own healthy eggs is rewarding and rather easy. As long as you have a few basics taken care of, the chickens will do the rest. You don’t need to… More
Beginner’s Guide to Essential Oils - Are you wondering what all the hype is about these hippie oils? Do you have questions but don’t know who to ask? Are you wanting to take control of your own health but don’t know… More
Oils of the Bible - Essential oils are known to be some of the oldest and most powerful substances on earth. The Bible contains over 200 references to oils, incense, ointments, and other aromatics. They were used for the healing… More
Bertha Our Broody Hen with Her New Baby Chicks - There has been so much going on that we have been giving many updates these days. Things are all good, but there has jut not been any time to “blog” about what we have been… More
DIY: Building a Bigger Better Chicken Run - We are just weeks (maybe a month) away from our move to our “new to us” farmhouse. We have been quite busy and we have failed miserably at keeping the progress updates flowing. We took a… More
Our 1940 Farmhouse – Upstairs Bedroom Makeover - The upstairs of our 1940’s farmhouse has not seen many (if any) updates to it. The upstairs has three small bedrooms. Two bedrooms are rectangular and have closets that are built into the attic space.… More
Nigerian Dwarf Goats Kidding Process - Although we have had 3 Nigerian Dwarf does for a couple of years now, this year was our first experience with kidding goats. In the early morning hours of February 22nd, we welcomed our first newborn… More
Mint to Repel Insects and Rodents Around the Chicken Coop - Mint is one of my favorite scents and plants. It has such a crisp, clean, fresh aroma. We have a nice mint patch growing at our old house. Mint self propagates rapidly. This is a… More
8 Things to Know Before Owning a Buck Goat - Before buying a buck goat there are a few things you should know.
How to Make an Egg Gathering Apron from a Pillowcase - Tutorial on how to make a gathering apron from a pillowcase to carry all of those farm fresh eggs!