Homemade Soft Pretzels

Pretzels are fun to make. They take a little time, but they taste delicious!

Enjoying the Season

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.

Eggnog Waffles

Leftover eggnog can transform Sunday brunch into a delicious treat!

The Midwinter Garden

We're still picking a few fresh vegetables from the community garden, and loving it!

Our Homespun Christmas Tree

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.

Apple Bundt Cake

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.

Chocolate Beet Cake

No one will ever suspect that this cake has a "secret ingredient"!

A Killing Frost

We got our first frost of the year. Things are winding down on our urban homestead.

Pumpkin Harvest Time

Pumpkins are my favorite plant in the garden. They grow quickly, look cool, and taste great!

Harvesting Horseradish

Growing horseradish is easy and doesn't require much space. Within a couple of years you'll have enough to share with your neighbors!

Berry Picking Then and Now

I don’t have any idea how many berries I picked on those August days, but I do remember it was hot out there!

Grow Your Own Carrots

Carrots aren't too hard to grow, but they do require care and attention.

Easy Canned Rhubarb Jam

If you or one of your neighbors has extra rhubarb this year, give this recipe a try. It’s easy and delicious!

Our Little Free Library

Little Free Library book exchanges are a way to share a love of reading with your neighbors. Find one or start one today!

Battling Squash Bugs

Squash bugs are a formidable enemy, but they can be controlled without using pesticides.

Spreading Around the Risk

Having four gardens means that there’s always something to do in at least one of them.

Weeds and Wine

June gardening is all about weeding. Don’t let those pesky weeds get out ahead of you this year!

First Harvest of the Year

Fresh lettuce marks our first harvest of the year. Hopefully the start to a successful gardening season!

Growing Backyard Chives

Chives used to be in most everyone's backyard herb plot. They're easy to grow and delicious!

Time to Plant Peas

Peas are easy-peasy to grow and taste great. No need for fertilizer, just sun, space, water and perhaps a fence.

Seed Starting Time

Starting seeds is easy. If you've never done it there is no reason to be intimidated. Here's a basic tutorial.

Where the Coffee is Always On

Jim and I are moving to a house with a large kitchen in a friendly neighborhood. Come on over and have a visit!

Mexican Tomatillo Casserole

We love casseroles in the winter - they warm us up and fill us up! This one uses homemade tomatillo salsa from the canning cellar.

Making Unpaper Towels

Give up paper towels and substitute homemade "un-paper" towels instead!

Roasting Pumpkin Seeds

Those seeds inside of your pumpkins are delicious - don't throw them away!

Our January Vacation

We enjoy taking the opportunity to rest and relax when it is too cold outside to garden.

The Memory Jar

While everything around us changes constantly, memories remain constant. A 'Memory Jar' for 2015 will help you remember the good times.

The Early Winter Garden

December is usually a quiet time for gardeners, but we're still finding a little bit of fresh food out in the side yard.

Apple Quince Pie

Found fruit scavenged from 'our' urban apple tree and our backyard quince made a delicious Thanksgiving pie.

To Want But Little

This time of year brings the drumbeat of commercialism, but we try to resist buying things we don't really need.

A Time to Every Purpose

The change of seasons has me reflecting on the words of Ecclesiastes this week.

Canned Tomatillo Salsa

Tomatillo salsa is unusual but delicious and easy to make. Tomatillos are easy to grow, too!

Homemade Blueberry Muffins

We love baking from scratch, especially when we can use ingredients we harvest ourselves, like in this blueberry muffin recipe.

Urban Fruit Foraging

Seeking out abandoned apple trees is worth the effort. With a little time and energy, you can harvest many pounds of free fruit!

Drying Time

It's time to bring back line-drying clothes. Save money, help the environment!

Easy Canned Zucchini Relish

Canning relish is very simple. You get to use up excess zucchini and the taste can't be beat!

Pumpkin Harvest Time

Our pumpkin harvest was small this year, due to the plague of squash bugs.

Can Your Own Ketchup

Canning ketchup is easy and tastes a whole lot better than store-bought!

Canning Salsa

It's tomato picking time on our homestead. What better way to preserve the harvest than canned salsa?

Homemade Ice Cream Cake

A memory of longing for an ice cream cake as a child pushed me to finally try to make one, with much success!

Backyard Foraging

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.

Harvesting Mustard Seeds

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!

Simple Pesto Recipe

Basil is easy to grow even in small spaces. You can use your harvest to make this easy, delicious pesto!

DIY Hummus

Hummus is a tasty and healthy treat. At this time of year it's great in a sandwich with garden-fresh tomatoes!

Cucumber Beetles vs. Erin

Homemade pickles and relish are staples around our house, but growing cucumbers can be a real challenge.

DIY Nontoxic Weed Killer

We try to use the least harmful solution to get ride of garden pests and weeds. This easy-to-make weed killer really works!

Simple Celebrations

Summer is the time for outdoor celebrations and family gatherings. The simplest ones can be the most fun!

Grow Your Own Gourmet Salad Greens

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!

How to Can Rhubarb Jam

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!

All Good Things Rhubarb Including Rhubarb Muffins

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!

Old-Fashioned Rhubarb Pie

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!

Planting Seeds of Hope

Spring is the most precarious time of year for gardeners; we put our small seedlings out into the elements and hope for the best

Crunch Time at the Homestead

Spring is planting season. As everything around us greens up, so does our garden as we slowly get our plants in.

Slow-Cooker Granola

Making granola in the slow cooker is easy and it tastes great.

Time to Put the Peas In

We got our peas in over the weekend. Peas are easy and rewarding to grow - plant yours today!

Our One Car Family

Three years ago we went from two cars to one. Being a one-car family has challenges but it's worth it.

Gardeners Start Your Engines

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!

Make Your Own Towel Topper

Simple instructions for two versions of a sewn towel topper - an easy afternoon sewing project.

Cover Crops

We plant winter rye as fall comes to an end to help add "green manure" to our garden.

Fall Planting - Garlic

The arrival of fall means time to sow our garlic crop on our urban homestead.

Grandma and Grandpa's Farm

The seeds of my journey toward self-sufficiency were planted years ago when I visited Grandma and Grandpa on the farm.