Surviving Winter with Livestock and no power

The grass is white with frost and clothes left out to dry on the line are soaked by sunrise. How did Fall slip from my grasp and winter creep down my throat? As the plants halt their growth and the animals begin to fluff with their winter coats I am struck with a sense of…

DIY Natural Deodorant

Our bodies are boycotting us, illness is rampant and I believe it is because of what we are putting in and on our bodies. Have you ever read the list of ingredients on something like chapstick or a granola bar? How many of those ingredients do you actually know in those extensive lists? Even the…

Affordable DIY Solar Stand

Going at least somewhat solar has been the goal since day one of purchasing the homestead. I will admit however, I was unbelievably intimidated and kind of dragging my feet on the whole ordeal. I am by no means an electrician and electricity has always had my utmost respect. Luckily Luke is very familiar with…

Additional Fiber Arts

All things soft, fluffy, and warm are in route to this homestead! My Ashford Rigid Heddle arrived over a week ago and I quickly assembled and warped it up with a merino blend. I dismantled a partially completed crotched scarf of handspun angora yarn that was to be a gift for my aunt. In a…

Building this Business

I am working on building the entire business which includes my fiber arts, vacation rental, and honey bees. Fall is a time to clean up and get organized around the homestead, the cold crisp mornings remind you that time is running short. And all those tasks need to be wrapped up before winter closes everything…

Goat’s milk Yogurt

There is something very refreshing about cold creamy homemade yogurt. Especially on a hot summer day, complement that with fresh raw honey in the comb and a tree-ripened peach; you’ll have yourself a spoon full of summer. I was told homemade yogurt is easy. So, of course, I immediately gave it a try and failed…

Type Whatcha Mama Gave Ya

August came in with a wave of heat. There is sweat on every bit of me as I work the land and do the everyday chores, yuck. That wasn’t me complaining, I promise! The goats are as happy as can be, just look at that smile on Reddington’s face. Yes, this heat has its benefits….

Laundry on the Homestead

One downside of having livestock, an off-grid homestead and a vacation rental is I have plenty of clothes and linens to be washed on a weekly basis. Going to the laundry mat to do 3-4 loads of laundry a weeks would certainly add up quickly especially at our local facility. So how do I keep…

Garden Fresh Zucchini Bread

One of my favorite quick breakfast items or snack is my mom’s homemade Zucchini bread. The garden is blessing me with more zucchini than I can handle so I am making and giving away loaves left and right! My mom snagged her infamous recipe from a cookbook called The Grace House which was a little…

Red Currant Jam

There are several red currant bushes on my property and over the last two years, I had researched uses for them to prevent the berries from rotting on the vine another season. Currants are a great treat for chickens but five chickens can only eat so many berries before they become bored with them and…