Learn to can your own homemade soups and always have a hot, hearty meal waiting in your pantry.
Growing up with homesteaders, I never thought of myself as one until recently.
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.
A visit to an old barn that brings back memories and reveals many treasures.
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!
We converted a 1947 disabled water well house into a usable potting shed.
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!
We make relish and pickles, why not mustard?
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.
The arrival of fall means time to sow our garlic crop on our urban homestead.
There may be free fruit in your own neighborhood - just keep your eyes open.
Winter is our time to kick back and rest up from a busy growing season.
Butternuts are plentiful in our neighborhood. This year we stole a few from the squirrels for ourselves!
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!
Pick up a copy of Walden (from the library, of course!) for a bit of frugal inspiration this week.
Some easy advice on starting seeds for beginners or any gardener!
Three years ago we went from two cars to one. Being a one-car family has challenges but it's worth it.
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?
What better destination than farm and wine country!
Roasted peppers taste great all winter and are easy to make.
We plant winter rye as fall comes to an end to help add "green manure" to our garden.
Delicious and beautiful beet relish - tastes sweet, spicy and tart!
I canned apple pie filling using the apples from our 'urban foraging' expeditions.
Donna Rae creates and tests two styles of handmade dishcloths.
Baking bread is not difficult, just time consuming, and very rewarding!
Our experiment at the local community garden was a great success last year - we just renewed our plot for 2014.
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.
Baking rolls is easy and fun. And they taste better than anything you will find in the store!
We got our peas in over the weekend. Peas are easy and rewarding to grow - plant yours today!
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.
Let me introduce myself in this, my first blog, for the Capper's Farmer family.