How Do You Define a Homestead?


When most people think about homesteading, the image that comes to mind is probably an old-fashioned farm. The kind with a million cows and a fireplace with a handful of people who get up before the sun and work all day in mud and manure before eating a huge meal and going to bed at night. And there's nothing at all wrong with that. But is that really the only definition of a homestead? I found a list on Pioneer Settler that has a whopping 121 Skills for the Modern Homesteader, and when I ... [ Read More ]

How to Blow Out Eggs

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I absolutely love Easter. To me, Easter always signals the beginning of Spring, although Spring actually has technically already started, and makes me remember fondly all those years when my older brother and I would decorate eggs and eat entirely too much chocolate to sit still at church service. While I enjoy hard boiled eggs and the traditional dying method as much as anyone, my favorite way to decorate eggs is to blow the yoke out first, and then decorate. Not only do you have these ... [ Read More ]

Is Learning How to Work a Skill?


I came across a fabulous article earlier this week posted on Mother Earth News titled "How to Work: The Most Important Self-Reliance Skill Ever" and wanted to share it with you. The article itself is fantastic and outlines some worth ethics and skills that all homesteaders really ought to have, as well as some tips and tricks. But, it got me to thinking. Is learning how to work a skill? And if it is, what does that say about our society? I feel like now, more than ever, hard work and good ... [ Read More ]

7 Seasoning Mixes to Make At Home


I clearly remember the first time that I made my own taco seasoning. I had some friends over for a fun evening of movies and I had intended to make this yummy taco dip in the crock pot. A few hours in, I slipped into the kitchen to put the crock pot ingredients together and discovered I had forgotten to purchase a taco seasoning packet. Disaster! Ok, well not really. Fortunately I remembered that my mother used to make her own taco seasoning and dug the recipe out of a cookbook she had given ... [ Read More ]

Irish Soda Bread


St. Patty's day is tomorrow, so to celebrate I thought I'd include a yummy recipe for Irish Soda Bread! I found this recipe online, but it's not only pretty easy but one of my favorite simple bread recipes. It is beyond yummy when made with stew or Welsh Rarebit!! ... [ Read More ]

Tips for an Old-Fashioned Family Night


Technology can be incredibly useful and entertaining, but it's easy to become over-reliant on it. When was the last time your family sat down for a good old-fashioned family dinner and evening of entertainment that didn't involve a screen? Taking time to let your family reconnect is important, and that means stepping away from technology and having a good old-fashioned family night! Here are some tips for making the most out of your family evening together and for getting your whole family on ... [ Read More ]

The Dreaded Leftovers: Tips for Using What You Have

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You'd be amazed at how much food gets thrown away in America every day simply because people don't know how to use leftovers. One of our members recently posted a link that was all about using leftovers, and I couldn't help but think what a great topic! So, I thought today I'd pass along some of my tips to avoid throwing away food. Plan a leftover night - This is my No.1 secret to not having leftovers. When you're planning out your weekly meals, set aside one night that is just for ... [ Read More ]

Daylight Saving Time

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Unless you live in Arizona or Hawaii, then you're probably still feeling the effects of Daylight Saving Time (DST), which officially started at 2 a.m. on Sunday and pushed all clocks in the United States forward an hour. As I was groggily crawling out of bed this morning I couldn't help but think: Why on Earth do we use Daylight Saving Time? What started it all? So, being a curious sort of person I looked it up and was rather surprised. When I was a kid, someone told me that Daylight Saving ... [ Read More ]

Planting Zones


 March is finally here, which means that if you haven't already got your gardening together, it's a great time to start! It's sometimes hard to think about spring and growing things when you're still shoveling snow outside, but believe me--you'll thank yourself later! Whether you live in the South, where the cold months are likely nearing their end, or in the North, where you've still got a few months to go, it's good to have an idea of when to get your garden going, and that's what the map ... [ Read More ]