Homestead Blog Hop #188

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop! And the rain continues... We're going on our second week of almost non-stop rain. And not just rain, but...

Restaurant-Style Buffalo Chicken Wings

There are few things I like more than good buffalo chicken wings.  I love to order wings when I eat out, but they have gotten very expensive. So I...

Homestead Blog Hop #187

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop! It's not even hurricane season, and here we are facing our first tropical depression. After a long drought, I...

Homestead Blog Hop #186

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop! It feels good to be a homeschooling mom this week. Our homeschool co-op is officially over for the summer. Spring...

Homestead Blog Hop #185

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop! Ah May, the month when Florida starts out with lovely temperate weather and ends feeling like we've been sucked...

Beginner’s Guide to Growing Tomatoes

Growing tomatoes has probably been one of my greatest challenges since moving to Florida. When I lived in Ohio, I enjoyed bumper crops of tomatoes. I had more tomatoes than I knew what to do with. I was canning salsa, spaghetti sauce, whole tomatoes, you name it. I...

Low-Maintenance No-Till Gardening

Are you tired of traditional gardening methods that leave you and your garden burnt out? Do you feel like growing your own food is like fighting a losing battle against your environment? What if I told you that you can increase your garden yield, reduce weeds, and...

Beginner’s Guide to Raising Ducks

I have been pleasantly surprised by how much I've enjoyed raising ducks. My experience with ducks was extremely limited growing up. I had one neighbor who kept them, but they weren't very friendly and he kept them locked in a horse stall their entire lives. They were...

Heart-Shaped Bird Seed Ornaments

Valentine's Day is coming up, and the song birds in our life could use a little love too. These hanging bird seed ornaments are a really cute way to decorate outside, while also benefiting our feathered friends. The mix is very sticky, so I recommending using a couple...

Day Out with Thomas: The Friendship Tour 2017

It's that time of year again; Thomas the Train will be pulling into The Florida Railroad Museum in Parrish, Florida. For two weekends, March 11-12 & 17-19, kids and their families can join Thomas and his friends for a full day of activities, games, stories, and...

Why We Homestead

We all have different reasons for why we homestead. They are what make our journeys unique. They are also what bring us together. It is those reasons that make homesteaders stand out, and what make homesteading such a rewarding experience.  So, what is homesteading?...

Florida Edibles to Plant in February

February is a big month for planting in Florida. While there is still a slight chance for freezing temperatures, most vegetables need to be started this month if they are to produce before the summer heat and humidity kills them. I'm still starting lettuce seeds even...

Florida Edibles to Plant in January

January is the beginning of our warm planting season. Most of these plants will not survive Florida's summer temperatures, so they need to be started early if they are to have enough time to produce before they start to die back. In some cases, the plants will survive...

Florida Edibles to Plant in December

December is an exciting time to garden in Florida if you can find the time with all of the holiday hubbub happening. Don't let the graphic fool you, you can still start collards, kale, lettuce, broccoli, and cabbage from seed. You can start onion seeds, but I just buy...

Learning Through Conversation

When someone makes the decision to homeschool, you can pretty well assume they aren't striving for typical learning methods. For some reason, at some point in time, they've decided to go against the grain and take responsibility for their children's learning. The...

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