The stages of a homesteader and how we go from obsessive interest to peaceful stability.
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.
Growing up with homesteaders, I never thought of myself as one until recently.
We converted a 1947 disabled water well house into a usable potting shed.
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!
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.
Grandma and Grandpa had a spring piped into the house, with the help of a neighbor we have resorted to other means.
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!
Spring is the most precarious time of year for gardeners; we put our small seedlings out into the elements and hope for the best
We make relish and pickles, why not mustard?
We have zucchini coming out our ears! These delicious muffins help use some up.
How we managed to travel across the country twice only to realize that we left something incredibly important behind.
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!
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!
Making soap is fun and rewarding. A great rainy-day project!
Butternuts are plentiful in our neighborhood. This year we stole a few from the squirrels for ourselves!
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?
Winter is our time to kick back and rest up from a busy growing season.
Pick up a copy of Walden (from the library, of course!) for a bit of frugal inspiration this week.
A chance buy at a church rummage sale has turned into our gardening bible.
Some easy advice on starting seeds for beginners or any gardener!
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!
The seeds of my journey toward self-sufficiency were planted years ago when I visited Grandma and Grandpa on the farm.
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.
Roasted peppers taste great all winter and are easy to make.
Delicious and beautiful beet relish - tastes sweet, spicy and tart!
We got our peas in over the weekend. Peas are easy and rewarding to grow - plant yours today!
Basil is easy to grow even in small spaces. You can use your harvest to make this easy, delicious pesto!
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.
Baking bread is not difficult, just time consuming, and very rewarding!
Baking rolls is easy and fun. And they taste better than anything you will find in the store!
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.
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!
Our experiment at the local community garden was a great success last year - we just renewed our plot for 2014.
Donna Rae creates and tests two styles of handmade dishcloths.
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!
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.
It's tomato picking time on our homestead. What better way to preserve the harvest than canned salsa?
When space is at a premium, creating a multi-use structure is a must.
Making granola in the slow cooker is easy and it tastes great.
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.
Let me introduce myself in this, my first blog, for the Capper's Farmer family.