Homestead Blog Hop #183

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop! Lots of things going on this week, where do I begin?... Despite horrible weather across most of the US right now,...

Homestead Blog Hop #182

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop! Yesterday, it rained all day long. It rained into the night. Today is going to be a sopping mess. Weather like...

Homestead Blog Hop #181

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop! Welcome to April! I hope everyone had a blessed Easter. I'm working hard to improve a few aspect of my life. That...

Homestead Blog Hop #180

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop! I have to say, the time change is still screwing with me. I'm waking up late, staying up late, and just generally...

Day Out with Thomas: Big Adventures Tour

This year as we walked into the Florida Railroad Museum to ride on Thomas the Train, we attended for the first time as a family of 5. In fact, there...

Florida Edibles to Plant in September

September is the first month that we might see evening temperatures low enough to start herbs, greens, and lettuces. They are fast growing plants, so you could start them this month and transplant them a couple of weeks later. Strawberries may be available for...

Florida Edibles to Plant in August

Woohoo, Floridians can start gardening again! Welcome to August, the hottest month of the year, but we have gardening to keep us optimistic about fall. So, I think UF may have overlooked the fact that you can't transplant seedlings in August if you don't start the...

Florida Edibles to Plant in July

The planting recommendations from UF for July actually surprise me as I've been told to start tomato seeds on the 4th of July. Otherwise, you can see that there isn't much gardening happening in July. I'm not doing anything this month because of my schedule and the...

Discover Your “Naturehood”

We're lucky enough to live in the woods. It's a wonderful experience for both the adults and the kids. I find the atmosphere relaxing, plus the trees help keep our electric bill down. We can also forage a variety of wild edibles from our own backyard. For our kids,...

Florida Edibles to Plant in June

As you can see, there isn't much that can be planted in June. As a gardener originally from Ohio, this is the time of year that throws me off the most. While my friends up north are posting pictures of their newly started gardens, I'm harvesting what remains before...

Cast Iron Cornbread

I may live in the south, but I'm still a Yankee when it comes to cornbread. I like mine sweet and moist with lots of butter. While this recipe could be made in a 9" x 9" baking dish, it really is best in a 10.25" cast iron skillet. The skillet gives it that nice...

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 to know...

Florida Edibles to Plant in May

May is a big gardening month for Florida, but it's important to get an early start. This is the month when we start most of our summer garden. We're limited by what we can grow in the summer because of the heat and humidity. While the guide says that tomatoes,...

Florida Edibles to Plant in April

I know, it's the end of the month, and I'm just now posting about April edibles. It's been a very busy month for us. Good news is these plants are heat tolerant and can still be started now. We are already seeing highs in the high 80s, and will soon see temps in the...

Homestead Blog Hop #78

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop! Spring brings change and that's certainly been the case around here. Don't get me wrong, change can be a good thing. Scary, but usually good, even if we don't realize it at the time. The changes around here have been all good for the...

Homestead Blog Hop #77

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop! Don't worry, you're at the right place. We decided to change the look of the hop a little bit. I hope you like it. You'll notice a pinable image at the end of the hop. Feel free to pin it to your boards and  help us spread the love....

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