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Is it cheating to give in and use store-bought root beer extract?
Growing food in your front yard may seem like a strange idea, but it's worked out very well for us!
The quest continues for the perfect root beer flavor.
Root Beer is one of the greatest refreshments on a hot muggy day and home made is all that much better.
A personal essay about owning land.
My thoughts on tiny homes and school bus conversions.
Another dream on my to-do list.
A fruitful workday on our homestead and we discover native azaleas!
A super busy spring has us fighting to find time to work on our homestead. This blog entry takes you through the chaos!
We begin our new old-fashioned life.
As we explore ways of making our life simpler, we also shouldn't leave out making our meals simpler!
Who doesn’t love granola in some form or another? This winter I went in search of a perfect farmhouse granola to offer my guests.
Here's the story of how we started our work on our land. The steps we went through and leading up to where we are today.
An essay about the process of arriving at an understanding that modern life is too fast paced, and that communication with one's spouse is critical as a couple comes to the realization that over many years of life and raising a family, the homesteading lifestyle is what you've always really wanted.
An easy to follow recipe for delicious granola.
Pretzels are fun to make. They take a little time, but they taste delicious!
Winter may seem long and cold, but if we remember what it was like to be a child in winter, we can recapture some of that joy.
Paneer cheese is simple to make and versatile in a multitude of dishes.
A progressive dinner party can beat winter boredom and help you get to know your neighbors better!
Leftover eggnog can transform Sunday brunch into a delicious treat!
We're still picking a few fresh vegetables from the community garden, and loving it!
If you sew a lot or did in the past, you probably have all kinds of left-over material stashed somewhere. I was excited to find a use for part of mine, making fast and super easy hot pads for Christmas gifts.
This year, take a moment and make up a Christmas ornament or two for your loved ones. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just made with love.
For when you can't decide if you want a pumpkin pie or an apple pie!
Collard greens are delicious and make a great addition to your late summer garden.
12 herbs to have in your pasture to promote excellent health and nutrition for your poultry.
It seems like this year was a bumper apple crop for most. If you are looking for a delicious way to use up a few extra apples, try this Bundt cake recipe.
We got our first frost of the year. Things are winding down on our urban homestead.
Pumpkins are my favorite plant in the garden. They grow quickly, look cool, and taste great!
Growing horseradish is easy and doesn't require much space. Within a couple of years you'll have enough to share with your neighbors!
It doesn't matter if you live in the country or in a big city, you can homestead anywhere.
A little downtime once in a while is a good thing.
Use up your cucumbers with this easy and delicious pickle recipe.
Use up some of your extra summer squash with this easy refrigerator pickle recipe.
And save money with these easy recipes for mayonnaise and barbecue sauce.
Carrots aren't too hard to grow, but they do require care and attention.
When ready to make tortillas, heat cast iron griddle or pan to medium/medium-high heat.
Since there's only a small likelihood that I will ever be able to catch up to their expertise in my lifetime it seemed that I needed some mechanical assistance.
We're coming up short on rhubarb this year. Anyone have some extra?
Easy recipes to create a personalized scrub.
June gardening is all about weeding. Don’t let those pesky weeds get out ahead of you this year!
Muesli is easy to make and delicious. And healthy!
Fresh lettuce marks our first harvest of the year. Hopefully the start to a successful gardening season!
Why we have chosen the Dexter to be our family cow.
We moved into our new house three weeks ago, and our new homestead is starting to take shape.
Homemade sauerkraut is very easy to make and good for you!
Chives used to be in most everyone's backyard herb plot. They're easy to grow and delicious!
Growing greens is easy and doesn't require a lot of space. Fresh lettuce is delicious!
Peas are easy-peasy to grow and taste great. No need for fertilizer, just sun, space, water and perhaps a fence.
We can never quite finish our loaves of homemade and artisan breads, so toasting those leftovers into croutons turns any salad into a gourmet treat.
What to do with your seedlings once they have popped up.
Starting seeds is easy. If you've never done it there is no reason to be intimidated. Here's a basic tutorial.
An introduction of my family and life to Capper's Farmer readers.
This fermented milk drink is very easy to make and so healthy for you!
For a first attempt at baking this iconic Irish recipe, I think it came out all right.
You were asked what you would do with another hour on your childhood home and your answers were heartfelt.
Four years ago I sold my car and I haven't looked back since!
If you have candy that needs to be used, here's one way to do it!
Crackers are fun to make and taste great!
Grandma always used hankies. I use some I inherited from her to keep the tradition alive!
Are you building your homestead and following a dream? Do you wonder if you can make money from a homestead? I have some tips to help you answer that question.
Jim and I are moving to a house with a large kitchen in a friendly neighborhood. Come on over and have a visit!
Nothing stays the same in this world, and just as the small bookstore and the family hardware business, it is my opinion that the traditional funeral home may also be on the way out.
We love casseroles in the winter - they warm us up and fill us up! This one uses homemade tomatillo salsa from the canning cellar.
What if there were a few changes you could make to your home that would save you a large amount of money each month? To get started, here are five ways to conserve energy without inconveniencing your lifestyle.
In the wake of the housing crisis, more people are investing money in their homes when buying a new one is not an option. Here are some of the best ways to save money on your home projects.
Rewebbing lawn chairs is a fun winter project.
A smokehouse for the homestead.
Those seeds inside of your pumpkins are delicious - don't throw them away!
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!
We enjoy taking the opportunity to rest and relax when it is too cold outside to garden.
While everything around us changes constantly, memories remain constant. A 'Memory Jar' for 2015 will help you remember the good times.
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!
An old-fashioned ginger cookie recipe inspired a tasty new version!
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.
How to take the stress out of gift giving.
"Bluebarb" wine is delicious and well worth the effort!
You can make unique hot pads for yourself or for presents with little or no cost.
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!
December is usually a quiet time for gardeners, but we're still finding a little bit of fresh food out in the side yard.
Using re-purposed stones, see how we built our pit.
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.
Reading about housekeeping a century ago makes me grateful that I live now!
Found fruit scavenged from 'our' urban apple tree and our backyard quince made a delicious Thanksgiving pie.
This time of year brings the drumbeat of commercialism, but we try to resist buying things we don't really need.
Inspired by a Danish friend, I give you step-by-step instructions to make authentic Danish sourdough rye bread.
Pumpkin puree from the pressure cooker is moist and delicious.
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!
Tomatillo salsa is unusual but delicious and easy to make. Tomatillos are easy to grow, too!
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.
We may run a big farm in the country, but our urban homestead friends sure do know how to grow it.
Restoring a porch glider.
We love baking from scratch, especially when we can use ingredients we harvest ourselves, like in this blueberry muffin recipe.
Seeking out abandoned apple trees is worth the effort. With a little time and energy, you can harvest many pounds of free fruit!
Rock your homemade pizza with sauce made from fresh garden tomatoes.
It's time to bring back line-drying clothes. Save money, help the environment!
Canning relish is very simple. You get to use up excess zucchini and the taste can't be beat!
Our pumpkin harvest was small this year, due to the plague of squash bugs.
Canning ketchup is easy and tastes a whole lot better than store-bought!
It's tomato picking time on our homestead. What better way to preserve the harvest than canned salsa?
We have zucchini coming out our ears! These delicious muffins help use some up.
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.
Homemade ice cream is always a hit with family and friends on holidays or any other day!
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!
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.
Basil is easy to grow even in small spaces. You can use your harvest to make this easy, delicious pesto!
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!
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.
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!
These hamburger buns will replace your storebought ones.
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!
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!
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.
Spring is the most precarious time of year for gardeners; we put our small seedlings out into the elements and hope for the best
Spring is planting season. As everything around us greens up, so does our garden as we slowly get our plants in.
The stages of a homesteader and how we go from obsessive interest to peaceful stability.
The author gets basic instruction from another country gal who is adept at an old timey craft called needle felting.
Follow along with Lori Havens' tutorial, and learn how to make delicious, low-sugar jam using agar agar instead of commercial pectin!
Making soap is fun and rewarding. A great rainy-day project!
A chance buy at a church rummage sale has turned into our gardening bible.
Making granola in the slow cooker is easy and it tastes great.
The author shares her favorite recipe for the delicious treat known as Indian Tacos.
We got our peas in over the weekend. Peas are easy and rewarding to grow - plant yours today!
After gathering lots of old windows to build a greenhouse, life happened. We decided a mini version would be perfect this year!
What better destination than farm and wine country!
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.
We go into how a hobbyist can actually make her own olive oil with a modicum of patience and the right equipment.
People ask me how I can eat something I've raised. I'll try to explain it here.
Our writer visits a local premier olive oil producer to see if they can offer tips on making homemade olive oil.
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?
Lori Havens brings us along as she bakes bread using fresh-ground Einkorn Wheat, an ancient grain.
Three years ago we went from two cars to one. Being a one-car family has challenges but it's worth it.
Some easy advice on starting seeds for beginners or any gardener!
We converted a 1947 disabled water well house into a usable potting shed.
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?
Pick up a copy of Walden (from the library, of course!) for a bit of frugal inspiration this week.
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.
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!
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 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.
Our experiment at the local community garden was a great success last year - we just renewed our plot for 2014.
Beat winter's chill with this delicious, made-from-scratch chai tea!
A goal of trying not to eat fast food fries turns into making them at home.
Baking bread is not difficult, just time consuming, and very rewarding!
When space is at a premium, creating a multi-use structure is a must.
Butternuts are plentiful in our neighborhood. This year we stole a few from the squirrels for ourselves!
Let me introduce myself in this, my first blog, for the Capper's Farmer family.
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!
An old-fashioned date nut bread recipe.
Seed catalogs and garden plans are the first steps to an abundant harvest.
Winter is our time to kick back and rest up from a busy growing season.
We make relish and pickles, why not mustard?
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 canned apple pie filling using the apples from our 'urban foraging' expeditions.
We winterized the house and hoped for the best, but we didn’t want to leave.
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.
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.
There may be free fruit in your own neighborhood - just keep your eyes open.
The first year of our hobby farm continued.
Delicious and beautiful beet relish - tastes sweet, spicy and tart!
Reminiscing about winter and the times when Santa would visit.
We plant winter rye as fall comes to an end to help add "green manure" to our garden.
Dreaming Big
A visit to an old barn that brings back memories and reveals many treasures.
The arrival of fall means time to sow our garlic crop on our urban homestead.
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.
Roasted peppers taste great all winter and are easy to make.
How we managed to travel across the country twice only to realize that we left something incredibly important behind.
The seeds of my journey toward self-sufficiency were planted years ago when I visited Grandma and Grandpa on the farm.
Donna Rae creates and tests two styles of handmade dishcloths.
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.
Growing up with homesteaders, I never thought of myself as one until recently.
Learn to can your own homemade soups and always have a hot, hearty meal waiting in your pantry.
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.

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