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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Spring is the most precarious time of year for gardeners; we put our small seedlings out into the elements and hope for the best
How we managed to travel across the country twice only to realize that we left something incredibly important behind.
Pumpkin puree from the pressure cooker is moist and delicious.
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.
Grandma always used hankies. I use some I inherited from her to keep the tradition alive!
Winter is our time to kick back and rest up from a busy growing season.
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.
Making soap is fun and rewarding. A great rainy-day project!
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!
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?
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.
Jim and I are moving to a house with a large kitchen in a friendly neighborhood. Come on over and have a visit!
Crackers are fun to make and taste great!
If you have candy that needs to be used, here's one way to do it!
Four years ago I sold my car and I haven't looked back since!
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.
Peas are easy-peasy to grow and taste great. No need for fertilizer, just sun, space, water and perhaps a fence.
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!
Baking rolls is easy and fun. And they taste better than anything you will find in the store!
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!
For a first attempt at baking this iconic Irish recipe, I think it came out all right.
An introduction of my family and life to Capper's Farmer readers.
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.