2021: A Year on the Homestead: Working on a Building

February 19, 2022 Like many farms and homesteads, we find that ours expands and changes little by little each year; we take baby steps toward our short-term and long-term goals. However, 2021 was a year of BIG changes for us. The first of which had been in the workings for over a year: we purchasedContinue reading “2021: A Year on the Homestead: Working on a Building”

2021: A Year on the Homestead, Garden Edition

January 14, 2022 If New Year’s resolutions have taught me anything, it’s to not set New Year’s resolutions. True, I set general goals for myself and re-evaluate my vision for the Homestead; but to me that is an ongoing process instead of something I dictate on January 1st. I always strive to do better andContinue reading “2021: A Year on the Homestead, Garden Edition”

No-Frills Chicken and Dumplings

When I think of comfort food, Chicken and Dumplings tops my list! While there are dozens of other variations available on the interwebs, this simple recipe will show you how to make a batch completely from scratch, with no can of cream-of-something-soup or store-bought broth. Enjoy this straightforward, homemade comfort food that will take youContinue reading “No-Frills Chicken and Dumplings”

Got scraps? Make vinegar!

November 22, 2021 Earlier this fall I found myself in possession of bushel upon bushel of apples. After I had peeled and cored, sliced and chopped more than I care to admit I had a revelation: “I wonder if I can make vinegar with these scraps?” I had been dropping the cores and peels intoContinue reading “Got scraps? Make vinegar!”

Ready… or Not?

Disclaimer: this is not a politically charged post nor is it some “tinfoil-hat-wearing” doomsday post. This post does however contain high doses of common sense blended with concern and lightly salted with sarcasm. Consider yourself warned. (Oh, and there may be an affiliate link from which I may receive a small commission at no extraContinue reading “Ready… or Not?”

Soured Milk Pizza Crust

When we first started our journey with raw milk (more about that later) I occassionally found myself with a small amount of milk left over that, well, just wasn’t super fresh anymore. Enter this wonderful, light and fluffy soured milk pizza crust! I actually made this recipe using soured heavy cream (not sour cream likeContinue reading “Soured Milk Pizza Crust”

A Long Hiatus and a New Obsession

This post contains an affiliate link from which we may receive compensation. It’s been way too long since I’ve taken the time to sit down and gather my thoughts enough to catch you up to date on the latest happenings on the Homestead. In short, it’s garden season. I’d be lying if I told youContinue reading “A Long Hiatus and a New Obsession”

In The Garden: 2020 In Review Pt. 5

In the final installment of this series we will focus on our garden harvest: what worked, what didn’t, how we preserved the harvest. If you haven’t read parts 1, 2, 3, & 4 you can check those posts out as well. This is likely the longest post we have created to date. There is soContinue reading “In The Garden: 2020 In Review Pt. 5”

In the garden: 2020 in review, part 3

Installment number three in this series finds us focusing on the early portion of our vegetable growing season (pre-harvest.) Much was to be learned as well as celebrated in our 2020 garden; join me as I recall the year’s successes and struggles. If you’ve missed the previous installments, start here at part 1 before continuingContinue reading “In the garden: 2020 in review, part 3”

In the garden: 2020 in review, part 2.

This is the second part in the series “In the garden: 2020 in review,” where I will document our successes and failures in our 2020 garden. The year’s experience was unique to any other year in many ways, join me as I share what we’ve learned. Today’s post is not nearly as dramatic as theContinue reading “In the garden: 2020 in review, part 2.”