Urban Homestead

Growing food in your front yard may seem like a strange idea, but it's worked out very well for us!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Carrots aren't too hard to grow, but they do require care and attention.
We're coming up short on rhubarb this year. Anyone have some extra?
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!
We moved into our new house three weeks ago, and our new homestead is starting to take shape.
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.
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.
For a first attempt at baking this iconic Irish recipe, I think it came out all right.
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!
Jim and I are moving to a house with a large kitchen in a friendly neighborhood. Come on over and have a visit!
Those seeds inside of your pumpkins are delicious - don't throw them away!
While everything around us changes constantly, memories remain constant. A 'Memory Jar' for 2015 will help you remember the good times.
December is usually a quiet time for gardeners, but we're still finding a little bit of fresh food out in the side yard.
Found fruit scavenged from 'our' urban apple tree and our backyard quince made a delicious Thanksgiving pie.
Tomatillo salsa is unusual but delicious and easy to make. Tomatillos are easy to grow, too!
We may run a big farm in the country, but our urban homestead friends sure do know how to grow it.
Seeking out abandoned apple trees is worth the effort. With a little time and energy, you can harvest many pounds of free fruit!
It's time to bring back line-drying clothes. Save money, help the environment!
Our pumpkin harvest was small this year, due to the plague of squash bugs.
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.
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 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!
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?
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!
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!
Our experiment at the local community garden was a great success last year - we just renewed our plot for 2014.
Butternuts are plentiful in our neighborhood. This year we stole a few from the squirrels for ourselves!
Seed catalogs and garden plans are the first steps to an abundant harvest.
We make relish and pickles, why not mustard?
I canned apple pie filling using the apples from our 'urban foraging' expeditions.
There may be free fruit in your own neighborhood - just keep your eyes open.
Delicious and beautiful beet relish - tastes sweet, spicy and tart!
We plant winter rye as fall comes to an end to help add "green manure" to our garden.
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.
Roasted peppers taste great all winter and are easy to make.
The seeds of my journey toward self-sufficiency were planted years ago when I visited Grandma and Grandpa on the farm.

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