Growing up with homesteaders, I never thought of myself as one until recently.
The stages of a homesteader and how we go from obsessive interest to peaceful stability.
A goal of trying not to eat fast food fries turns into making them at home.
Learn to can your own homemade soups and always have a hot, hearty meal waiting in your pantry.
Winter is our time to kick back and rest up from a busy growing season.
There's nothing wrong with a little pampering now and again, so why not use your own garden harvest to make yourself look and feel better?
Making soap is fun and rewarding. A great rainy-day project!
We have spent many days working outside from dawn to dusk while others our age are golfing, playing cards, and taking life easy. For us, there is immense fulfillment in growing our food.
Baking rolls is easy and fun. And they taste better than anything you will find in the store!
I was fortunate to be among the last of the generations that benefited from the skills taught in home economics classes in public school. Will it make a comeback?
A visit to an old barn that brings back memories and reveals many treasures.
An old-fashioned date nut bread recipe.
Spring is planting season. As everything around us greens up, so does our garden as we slowly get our plants in.
What says summer’s here more than a slice of mouth-wateringly good sweet/tart rhubarb pie? Try this easy recipe, you’ll be glad you did!
They say timing is everything ... they say location, location, location too. We say, we need more rain, fewer weeds, longer days, and a stronger back so we can get the homestead to look the way we want it to look.
Just because you live on a homestead and work hard doesn't mean you can overlook your calorie intake. Believe me, it can get out of control very quickly! Noticing subtle changes in how you feel and how you look in the mirror can keep you on track!
We converted a 1947 disabled water well house into a usable potting shed.
Making granola in the slow cooker is easy and it tastes great.
We have endless varieties of cereal to choose from, some good and some not so good, but for years, I've just made my own healthy, economical granola.
Grandma and Grandpa had a spring piped into the house, with the help of a neighbor we have resorted to other means.
Tips to help you get started working at home.
We winterized the house and hoped for the best, but we didn’t want to leave.
Perhaps bee stings aren't the best thing on which to try out home remedies. Life in the country has its risks, but common sense usually wins the day.
Rhubarb pie, rhubarb jam and rhubarb muffins are all on the menu in our kitchen at this time of year. What better way to eat locally and get Vitamin C then by picking and eating your own rhubarb!
An abnormal fear of accidentally poisoning people from home canning mistakes has kept me from trying to preserve my garden and farmers' market goodies. This season, I've decided to overcome my fears and test the waters.
Seed catalogs and garden plans are the first steps to an abundant harvest.
After gathering lots of old windows to build a greenhouse, life happened. We decided a mini version would be perfect this year!
The first year of our hobby farm continued.
This is my journey of moving to the country and becoming a stay-at-home mom and hobby farmer. I was raising three small boys so why not add some animals to the mix.
Spring is the most precarious time of year for gardeners; we put our small seedlings out into the elements and hope for the best
In times of plenty or want, a homemade gift given with love warms the heart of the recipient. This Christmas, an easy-to-make, yet unusual “gift-in-a-jar” will find its way to our family and friends.
We go into how a hobbyist can actually make her own olive oil with a modicum of patience and the right equipment.
The author gets basic instruction from another country gal who is adept at an old timey craft called needle felting.
I have recently undertaken the task to see if I can make everything I typically purchase from the store from scratch and have it taste as good as or better.
These hamburger buns will replace your storebought ones.
Follow along with Lori Havens' tutorial, and learn how to make delicious, low-sugar jam using agar agar instead of commercial pectin!
How we managed to travel across the country twice only to realize that we left something incredibly important behind.
We make relish and pickles, why not mustard?
Reminiscing about winter and the times when Santa would visit.
For my inaugural blog post for Capper's Farmer, I'd like to take a few minutes to explain myself. Trust me, I need to.
Beat winter's chill with this delicious, made-from-scratch chai tea!
Our writer visits a local premier olive oil producer to see if they can offer tips on making homemade olive oil.
The author shares her favorite recipe for the delicious treat known as Indian Tacos.
Let me introduce myself in this, my first blog, for the Capper's Farmer family.
The seeds of my journey toward self-sufficiency were planted years ago when I visited Grandma and Grandpa on the farm.
The arrival of fall means time to sow our garlic crop on our urban homestead.
There may be free fruit in your own neighborhood - just keep your eyes open.
Butternuts are plentiful in our neighborhood. This year we stole a few from the squirrels for ourselves!
100-year-old Scarlet Runner Bean seeds from Grandpa will be part of our garden this year. It's almost seed-starting time for gardeners!
Pick up a copy of Walden (from the library, of course!) for a bit of frugal inspiration this week.
Some easy advice on starting seeds for beginners or any gardener!
Three years ago we went from two cars to one. Being a one-car family has challenges but it's worth it.
What better destination than farm and wine country!
A chance buy at a church rummage sale has turned into our gardening bible.
Canning jam is an easy way to get your feet wet if you are a beginning canner. They are practically foolproof and don't take long or require any experience. Best of all, they taste delicious!
Lori Havens brings us along as she bakes bread using fresh-ground Einkorn Wheat, an ancient grain.
Roasted peppers taste great all winter and are easy to make.
We plant winter rye as fall comes to an end to help add "green manure" to our garden.
Delicious and beautiful beet relish - tastes sweet, spicy and tart!
I canned apple pie filling using the apples from our 'urban foraging' expeditions.
Donna Rae creates and tests two styles of handmade dishcloths.
Baking bread is not difficult, just time consuming, and very rewarding!
Our experiment at the local community garden was a great success last year - we just renewed our plot for 2014.
It's time to remember that 'frugal' is not a dirty word. Doing things for ourselves feels good and makes us less dependent on big companies to have a full life.
We got our peas in over the weekend. Peas are easy and rewarding to grow - plant yours today!
Growing a delicious salad on your own front or back porch is easy. Once you've tried your own homegrown salad you'll never want any other!
Basil is easy to grow even in small spaces. You can use your harvest to make this easy, delicious pesto!
When space is at a premium, creating a multi-use structure is a must.
People ask me how I can eat something I've raised. I'll try to explain it here.
Building berms around trees and shrubs is important for water-wise watering. Mulching is mandatory for water retention and helps keep weeds down. Manure berms are especially functional.