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.
Making soap is fun and rewarding. A great rainy-day project!
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?
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!
Reading about housekeeping a century ago makes me grateful that I live now!
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?
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.
A smokehouse for the homestead.
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.
This apron is one like my grammy used to wear. It is simple and easy for a beginner, but advanced sewers like it, too, because they can finish it in two shakes of a lamb's tail!
A visit to an old barn that brings back memories and reveals many treasures.
Spring is planting season. As everything around us greens up, so does our garden as we slowly get our plants in.
An old-fashioned date nut bread recipe.
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!
For those living on large tracts of land such as farms and ranches, the threat of intruders carries more danger than for those in urban environments. These common forms of home protection offer the best way to secure your property.
Making granola in the slow cooker is easy and it tastes great.
Grandma and Grandpa had a spring piped into the house, with the help of a neighbor we have resorted to other means.
We may run a big farm in the country, but our urban homestead friends sure do know how to grow it.
It's time to bring back line-drying clothes. Save money, help the environment!
Did you know that homemade marshmallows are really easy? They're also super-yummy, you can make them different flavors, and they melt like magic in your hot cocoa. Perfect for the holidays!
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.
Tips to help you get started working at home.
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!
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.
We winterized the house and hoped for the best, but we didn’t want to leave.
Homemade ice cream is always a hit with family and friends on holidays or any other day!
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.
Using re-purposed stones, see how we built our pit.
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.
Join Farm on the Hill's Lori Havens as she shares some inexpensive ideas for decorating your autumn table with the simple beauty of nature!
Restoring a porch glider.
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.
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.
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.
How to take the stress out of gift giving.
The author gets basic instruction from another country gal who is adept at an old timey craft called needle felting.
These hamburger buns will replace your storebought ones.
We go into how a hobbyist can actually make her own olive oil with a modicum of patience and the right equipment.
Inspired by a Danish friend, I give you step-by-step instructions to make authentic Danish sourdough rye bread.
Rock your homemade pizza with sauce made from fresh garden tomatoes.
There's no shortage of synthetic mosquito repellents on the market intended to keep those vampire-like pests away. But I've been successful making my own from natural ingredients.
Spring is the most precarious time of year for gardeners; we put our small seedlings out into the elements and hope for the best
Pumpkin puree from the pressure cooker is moist and delicious.
How we managed to travel across the country twice only to realize that we left something incredibly important behind.
Follow along with Lori Havens' tutorial, and learn how to make delicious, low-sugar jam using agar agar instead of commercial pectin!
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!
You can make unique hot pads for yourself or for presents with little or no cost.
I've learned to do so many things on the farm this year, I couldn't wait to share with everybody for Christmas. From soap to pickles, everything was homemade!
The author shares her favorite recipe for the delicious treat known as Indian Tacos.
Our writer visits a local premier olive oil producer to see if they can offer tips on making homemade olive oil.
Homemade foodie gifts have always been a hit with my family over the holidays. This year, I tried something a little different - homemade hot drink mixes.
Reminiscing about winter and the times when Santa would visit.
We make relish and pickles, why not mustard?
We enjoy taking the opportunity to rest and relax when it is too cold outside to garden.
We have zucchini coming out our ears! These delicious muffins help use some up.
Let me introduce myself in this, my first blog, for the Capper's Farmer family.
There may be free fruit in your own neighborhood - just keep your eyes open.
The arrival of fall means time to sow our garlic crop on our urban homestead.
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!
Three years ago we went from two cars to one. Being a one-car family has challenges but it's worth it.
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!
What better destination than farm and wine country!
This time of year brings the drumbeat of commercialism, but we try to resist buying things we don't really need.
Butternuts are plentiful in our neighborhood. This year we stole a few from the squirrels for ourselves!
While everything around us changes constantly, memories remain constant. A 'Memory Jar' for 2015 will help you remember the good times.
A chance buy at a church rummage sale has turned into our gardening bible.
December is usually a quiet time for gardeners, but we're still finding a little bit of fresh food out in the side yard.
Pick up a copy of Walden (from the library, of course!) for a bit of frugal inspiration this week.
Canning ketchup is easy and tastes a whole lot better than store-bought!
Some easy advice on starting seeds for beginners or any gardener!
The seeds of my journey toward self-sufficiency were planted years ago when I visited Grandma and Grandpa on the farm.
Lori Havens brings us along as she bakes bread using fresh-ground Einkorn Wheat, an ancient grain.
Donna Rae creates and tests two styles of handmade dishcloths.
Roasted peppers taste great all winter and are easy to make.
I canned apple pie filling using the apples from our 'urban foraging' expeditions.
We plant winter rye as fall comes to an end to help add "green manure" to our garden.
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.
Our experiment at the local community garden was a great success last year - we just renewed our plot for 2014.
You never know where life is going to take you, so it’s a good idea to be ready for anything. My family once had a different life, but circumstances changed, there was a period of flux, then we came out better than ever.
Our pumpkin harvest was small this year, due to the plague of squash bugs.
Delicious and beautiful beet relish - tastes sweet, spicy and tart!
We love baking from scratch, especially when we can use ingredients we harvest ourselves, like in this blueberry muffin recipe.
"Bluebarb" wine is delicious and well worth the effort!
We got our peas in over the weekend. Peas are easy and rewarding to grow - plant yours today!
Seeking out abandoned apple trees is worth the effort. With a little time and energy, you can harvest many pounds of free fruit!
Basil is easy to grow even in small spaces. You can use your harvest to make this easy, delicious pesto!
Those seeds inside of your pumpkins are delicious - don't throw them away!
Tomatillo salsa is unusual but delicious and easy to make. Tomatillos are easy to grow, too!
It's tomato picking time on our homestead. What better way to preserve the harvest than canned salsa?
Baking bread is not difficult, just time consuming, and very rewarding!
Found fruit scavenged from 'our' urban apple tree and our backyard quince made a delicious Thanksgiving pie.
What tastes better than homegrown? Homegrown and FREE! There may be free food lurking in your own backyard if you take the time to look.
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!
I tried growing mustard with the idea of harvesting the seeds to make my own mustard. I wouldn't say it was a great success, but it was still fun!
An old-fashioned ginger cookie recipe inspired a tasty new version!
Rewebbing lawn chairs is a fun winter project.
Canning relish is very simple. You get to use up excess zucchini and the taste can't be beat!
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.