8 Ways to Become a Producer Instead of a Consumer

8 Ways to Become a Producer Instead of a Consumer

The overarching theme of the 21st century has become consumption. For every product we purchase, there is packaging to throw away. We use disposable plates, cups, cutlery, and straws because our hectic lives have deemed it too difficult to wash dishes. Even $1000...
How to Care for a Sick Piglet

How to Care for a Sick Piglet

Pigs tend to be very hardy animals; however, they aren’t completely immune to all ailments, especially as babies. Baby pigs, or piglets, are much more susceptible to disease and injury than mature pigs. So how do we prevent illness in piglets and how do we care...
Raising Ducks for Eggs

Raising Ducks for Eggs

Ducks are growing in popularity as the latest additions to backyard homesteads; however, there is still some apprehension when it comes to eating duck eggs. For those who have dared to venture outside of their comfort zones, many have found they prefer the rich flavor...
3 Strategies to Avoid Food Insecurity

3 Strategies to Avoid Food Insecurity

We’re approaching the anniversary of Hurricane Irma, which makes me think more about what I should be doing to be more prepared for a hurricane. August and September are the most volatile months of hurricane season. ​​This is typically when we see more...
Why We Homestead

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?...
Why Every Rural Homestead Should Have a Pig

Why Every Rural Homestead Should Have a Pig

I’ll admit, I had my reservations about raising pigs. Being a country girl from rural Ohio, I’ve grown up around hog farms. My uncle was a hog farmer for most of my life. My brother even raised a couple hogs for 4-H one year. The only things I really cared...
This Week in Photos – Jan. 22, 2016

This Week in Photos – Jan. 22, 2016

Last weekend, we celebrated Cowgirl’s first birthday. Our normal tradition is to have a Cookie Monster cake for the first birthday, but Hubby thought it would be cute to use pink icing. I ended up just doing Cookie Monster cupcakes because we didn’t really...
This Week in Photos – Jan. 15, 2016

This Week in Photos – Jan. 15, 2016

Sadly, this week started with laying our Australian Shepherd, Woody, to rest. We buried him on the back side of the garden with the two horses, two goats, rabbit and cat we’ve lost in our 8 1/2 years here. I’d always wanted to plant a memory garden here,...
This Week in Photos – Jan. 8, 2016

This Week in Photos – Jan. 8, 2016

First of all, let me say that everything that has happened this week has been overshadowed by the death of my dog, Woody. Losing him has just been such a huge shock for all of us. He was 9 years old and obviously getting older and slower, but we had no idea he had a...
This Week in Photos – Jan. 1, 2016

This Week in Photos – Jan. 1, 2016

This will be a bit of a short update since I posted one earlier this week. The kids are still discovering all of the toys they got for Christmas. One of my favorite finds were these vintage Little People toys I found on eBay. We already had the barn and house, but...