Downsizing Our Stuff

We're in the midst of getting rid of a lifelong collection of stuff.

Front Yard Gardening

Growing food in your front yard may seem like a strange idea, but it's worked out very well for us!

Homemade Root Beer: Part One

Root Beer is one of the greatest refreshments on a hot muggy day and home made is all that much better.


A personal essay about owning land.

Pinto Beans and Cornbread

As we explore ways of making our life simpler, we also shouldn't leave out making our meals simpler!

Heavy Logs

Here's the story of how we started our work on our land. The steps we went through and leading up to where we are today.

We've Always Known

An essay about the process of arriving at an understanding that modern life is too fast paced, and that communication with one's spouse is critical as a couple comes to the realization that over many years of life and raising a family, the homesteading lifestyle is what you've always really wanted.

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!

Using Your Material Stash to Make Hot Pads

If you sew a lot or did in the past, you probably have all kinds of left-over material stashed somewhere. I was excited to find a use for part of mine, making fast and super easy hot pads for Christmas gifts.

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.

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!

Homesteading Anywhere

It doesn't matter if you live in the country or in a big city, you can homestead anywhere.

Grow Your Own Carrots

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

Homemade Flour Tortillas

When ready to make tortillas, heat cast iron griddle or pan to medium/medium-high heat.

A Homemade Tortilla Press

Since there's only a small likelihood that I will ever be able to catch up to their expertise in my lifetime it seemed that I needed some mechanical assistance.

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.

Homemade Croutons Save Bread Waste

We can never quite finish our loaves of homemade and artisan breads, so toasting those leftovers into croutons turns any salad into a gourmet treat.

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.

Nice To Meet Ya!

An introduction of my family and life to Capper's Farmer readers.

Can You Make Money From A Homestead?

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.

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.

5 Ways to Save Energy Without Inconvenience

What if there were a few changes you could make to your home that would save you a large amount of money each month? To get started, here are five ways to conserve energy without inconveniencing your lifestyle.

6 Best Ways to Save Money on Your Home Projects

In the wake of the housing crisis, more people are investing money in their homes when buying a new one is not an option. Here are some of the best ways to save money on your home projects.

Roasting Pumpkin Seeds

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

How to Make a Simple Apron Without a Pattern

This apron is one like my grammy used to wear. It is simple and easy for a beginner, but advanced sewers like it, too, because they can finish it in two shakes of a lamb's tail!

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.

Christmas Gifts From the Farm

I've learned to do so many things on the farm this year, I couldn't wait to share with everybody for Christmas. From soap to pickles, everything was homemade!

DIY Drink Gifts

Homemade foodie gifts have always been a hit with my family over the holidays. This year, I tried something a little different - homemade hot drink mixes.

Marshmallows For Your Cocoa

Did you know that homemade marshmallows are really easy? They're also super-yummy, you can make them different flavors, and they melt like magic in your hot cocoa. Perfect for the holidays!

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.

Moving to the Other Side of the Rainbow

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.

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.

Canned Tomatillo Salsa

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

Winter Protection: Best Forms of Home Security

For those living on large tracts of land such as farms and ranches, the threat of intruders carries more danger than for those in urban environments. These common forms of home protection offer the best way to secure your property.

Urban Farmstead Friends

We may run a big farm in the country, but our urban homestead friends sure do know how to grow it.

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!

Pizza Time

Rock your homemade pizza with sauce made from fresh garden tomatoes.

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?

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!

Mosquitoes Be Gone

There's no shortage of synthetic mosquito repellents on the market intended to keep those vampire-like pests away. But I've been successful making my own from natural ingredients.

Simple Pesto Recipe

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

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!

Berm Building and Mulching for Water Retention

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.

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!

Homemade Applesauce

I have recently undertaken the task to see if I can make everything I typically purchase from the store from scratch and have it taste as good as or better.

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.

Stages of a Homesteader

The stages of a homesteader and how we go from obsessive interest to peaceful stability.

Needle Felting Is a Great Craft

The author gets basic instruction from another country gal who is adept at an old timey craft called needle felting.

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!

From Stay-at-Home Mom to Hobby Farmer

This is my journey of moving to the country and becoming a stay-at-home mom and hobby farmer. I was raising three small boys so why not add some animals to the mix.

Backyard Olive Oil: Part Two

We go into how a hobbyist can actually make her own olive oil with a modicum of patience and the right equipment.

Homemade Olive Oil: Part One

Our writer visits a local premier olive oil producer to see if they can offer tips on making homemade olive oil.

Trying an Ancient Wheat

Lori Havens brings us along as she bakes bread using fresh-ground Einkorn Wheat, an ancient grain.

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.

Best in Home Ec

I was fortunate to be among the last of the generations that benefited from the skills taught in home economics classes in public school. Will it make a comeback?

Bee Stings and Home Remedies

Perhaps bee stings aren't the best thing on which to try out home remedies. Life in the country has its risks, but common sense usually wins the day.

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!

Grab Some Granola

We have endless varieties of cereal to choose from, some good and some not so good, but for years, I've just made my own healthy, economical granola.

Homemade Fries

A goal of trying not to eat fast food fries turns into making them at home.

The GreenBarn

When space is at a premium, creating a multi-use structure is a must.

Happy to Be Here

Let me introduce myself in this, my first blog, for the Capper's Farmer family.

Fat Farmers No More

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!

Homemade Christmas Gifts From the Farm

In times of plenty or want, a homemade gift given with love warms the heart of the recipient. This Christmas, an easy-to-make, yet unusual “gift-in-a-jar” will find its way to our family and friends.

Canned Apple Pie Filling

I canned apple pie filling using the apples from our 'urban foraging' expeditions.

Building Rome on the Range

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.

The Method to My Madness

For my inaugural blog post for Capper's Farmer, I'd like to take a few minutes to explain myself. Trust me, I need to.

Santa's Visit

Reminiscing about winter and the times when Santa would visit.

Cover Crops

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


Dreaming Big

An Old Barn

A visit to an old barn that brings back memories and reveals many treasures.

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.

Taking the Plunge into Water Bath Canning

An abnormal fear of accidentally poisoning people from home canning mistakes has kept me from trying to preserve my garden and farmers' market goodies. This season, I've decided to overcome my fears and test the waters.

We Are Homesteaders

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.