Homestead Blog Hop #122

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop!   Now on to the hop... Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things...
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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...
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Homestead Blog Hop #121

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop! Well, the big news of the week is that we have brand new baby goats. Naturally, I didn't know her due...
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Homestead Blog Hop #120

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop! Ever just get so unbelievably frustrated with life that you look around you and say, "How did I get to this...
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Homestead Blog Hop #119

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop! We have a new host this week. Jessica from The Faithful Farmwife. Jess is a sweet homesteading wife and...
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My VBAC Story (Part 2)

Continued from My VBAC Story (Part 1) They scheduled for me to come back in on Tuesday and told me to be prepared to stay. Cowgirl was getting evicted one way or another. I was nervous and excited. I was still hopeful that I would go into labor over the weekend,...

Artichoke Pesto Paninis

I always enjoy the recipes I get from The Six O'Clock Scramble, and this panini is no exception. The Scramble is a meal planning service that provides a fully customizable menu and grocery list every week. The service is geared towards those of us who have a limited...

Surgery and Our Miracle Piglet

Well, I guess you could say my weekend started off with a bang. If you're just tuning in, I've been stressing over one of our piglets who has/had a hernia. I was able to tape him up Friday, but the tape had come loose by the time we fed Saturday morning, exposing a...

Farm Life and Field Medicine

In life, if you ever find yourself debating between becoming a farmer or a vet, become a vet.   Yesterday was certainly one for the record books. One of our piglets was born with an inguinal hernia, which means the ligament that separates the abdominal cavity...

The Homesteading Housewife’s Christmas Wish List

Every year, Hubby asks what I want for Christmas, and every year, I draw a blank. It's not that I don't have a wish list, but it's so unusual that I don't consider most of the items as Christmas gifts. I already have most of the gadgets that I need, and I know that...

Gooey Chocolate Chip Cookies

I can't tell you how important a good cookie recipe is to me. It's like my version of the "Little Black Dress." And I think the most illusive of those recipes is a good chocolate chip cookie. Naturally, there are about a dozen things that can go wrong when making...

Compassion for Syria

This is as close as I've ever gotten to Syria. It was taken in 2009 from an Israeli military post overlooking Israel's northern border with Syria. At the time, it was just a tourist stop as part of a larger tour of the Holy Land. There's a good chance it's back in use...

Our Newest Piglets

Two years ago, we made the decision to start breeding pigs. It started as an effort to be more self-sufficient. It didn't make sense to keep buying piglets from various sources every 6 months. First of all, we were always worried that we wouldn't be able to find...

Looking Back at Vermont

Growing up, some of my favorite memories were made on the New York/Vermont border in a little town called Rupert, VT. It was a town where the general store sold honey comb, the houses had toilets in the backyard and my grandpa's one room school house was still in use....

My Introduction to Thrive Market

I've been on a mission to eat healthier and more organically for the last several years, but it's often easier said than done. Quite simply, organic food and products can be expensive. I pick and choose which items I feel more comfortable buying organically, but most...

What Does Preparedness Mean to You?

If you've been following along, you know that September is National Preparedness Month. We're currently working through the steps for building a Family Emergency Plan and getting our families ready in the event of an emergency. A big part of that preparedness is...

The Healthy Living Fuss

By now, you've probably heard about this thing called The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle. It's this huge bundle of ebooks and online resources that claim to improve your health and change your life. With a value of over $1900 and a price tag starting at $29.97, it's...

Berry Almond Granola Bars

Being the mom of a boy, I'm learning that I can never have too many snacks on hand. This kid is only 5, and he is already eating me out of house and home. I'm afraid to see what the next 10 years will be like. Perhaps one of the most frustrating things about feeding...

Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

No-bake cookies, the quintessential staple of the school bake sale fundraiser. They are cheap to make and easy enough to enlist the help of the kids. When making these cookies, I realized it's probably been years since I've made or even eaten them. I don't know why...

Make a Plan: Getting Started

Preparedness is vital to homesteading. While we all have different reasons for homesteading, many of us strive to be independent and self-reliant. Part of that self-reliance is the ability to care for our families and animals when things go wrong. We can and...

Fruit Infused Water to Beat the Summer Heat

Water infused with fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs can be a great way to encourage water consumption and stay cool in the summer. Summertime is a critical time to ensure you're maintaining adequate water consumption. If you're working outside a lot tending animals...

Italian Pierogi

Pierogi are a semicircular Polish dumpling usually stuffed with potato filling, sauerkraut, ground meat, cheese or fruit.  The most common filling here in the States is mashed potatoes with cheese.  The dough is similar to pastry dough and is made with flour...

Eggs of a Different Color

Growing up, I always thought the egg color selection was limited to brown and white.  Even then, I was convinced that white eggs were the only ones worth eating.  I was convinced that brown eggs tasted "gross."  Now that I breed chickens, most of the...

6 Tips to Simplify Dinnertime

Even as a Work At Home Mom, dinnertime at our house is often a very chaotic time.  Hubby is getting home from work, Farmboy is running off his extra energy, and I'm trying to figure out what I can turn into some semblance of a meal.  If I'm not...

Duck Keeping for Beginners

I have been pleasantly surprised by how much I have enjoyed owning 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...

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