Last night I spent some time getting organized for the week and realized it’s gonna be a crazy one! 🙂 We are all going in opposite directions and a specific dinner time we can all make it to just isn’t going to happen. So how does a mom still ensure some healthy meals for everyone…
Our nation has a long held tradition of celebrating the Fourth of July with all manner of pomp and circumstance – and for good reason! Whatever your political ideology, most of us can still agree that Independence Day is a special occasion. If you’re hosting an event on your homestead, be sure to check out this round up of ideas!
The only things I knew about hay when we started were that horses ate it and it made me sneeze like crazy (did I mention I was a city girl with lots of allergies?!) Over the years, I have had a love/hate relationship with hay. It is an exhilarating feeling to be caught up in the rush of getting everything done just in time and beating the weather. It never fails, you are always working against the deadlines Mother Nature imposes. And with hay, you do it several times per summer which means that as soon as the challenge is met, you are already thinking about the next round.
Although technically a vegetable, rhubarb is categorized as a fruit because it’s most often cooked as one in the United States. Rhubarb stalks are famous for their bright pink color, but they can also be light pink and even pale green. Spring harvest season generally lasts from April to June and you may be anxious to preserve what’s left of your harvest.
Recently the laying hens have kicked into overdrive and the surplus eggs in our fridge are causing a real lack of culinary inspiration. Although we love scrambled eggs there has to be a way to put a twist on the incredible edible egg. My quest for some new recipes did not disappoint and I’m excited to share some of these amazing meal ideas.
Life moves at the speed of sound most of the time but it’s important that we enjoy the fruits of our labor. Perhaps it’s a homemade dinner provided from your hard work or a relaxing evening walk with your significant other. Maybe it’s taking time to play a game with the kids while the dishes wait. I will likely never be as productive as I secretly hope to be or conquer this twenty acres of my corner of the world but that’s not really the point. I want be sure I’m not striving toward your future goals so intently I forget to count my blessings. It’s really sinking in that these years are precious and all too soon the kids will be out on their own. The quiet will become deafening and things that suddenly seemed so important will be insignificant. My world is here and now.
Getting started in cattle doesn’t need to feel overwhelming or impossible. There are a few key elements to consider and can even be done with a relatively small parcel of land. Taking time to consider a few key factors can go a long way to success.
On one hand, the homestead setting is a hot bed of potential illness but on the other hand, we are building up immunities. Somewhere there has to be a balance. Surprisingly, this is a topic not covered much in homesteading circles. Many articles are written about animal health and the various ailments that may befall our livestock but little is said about the human side. When one considers the ramifications of an illness or injury to someone who is self-sufficient on any level, homestead health and safety seem worthy of discussion.
Spring is in the air around here! The seed catalogs are dog-eared and we are planning to get very busy soon. Before we head out the door, tho, let’s check in and see what great deals we can find in March to keep the pantry stocked.
If bread making and grinding your own wheat is intriguing to you, here’s some valuable information to help break down the mystery. Starting the journey does not have to be complicated or require a lot of specialized equipment. A basic understanding of wheat, storage methods and the variety of recipes available will have you off and running in no time.
If you find yourself wondering some of these things, you’re not alone. Many products are derived from fruit and I’ve always been a little confused by the differences when I walk down the grocery store aisle. Let’s take a crash course in fruit preservation methods by defining the criteria of each product.
When it comes to being a savvy shopper, it’s important to take note of when retailers discount certain items. Check out these deals in February and see if your pantry could benefit from stocking up. February is National Canned Food Month and National Hot Breakfast Month. What a perfect time to delve into getting your pantry stocked!
The annual ebb and flow of homesteading life can feel a bit like playing a game – you keep going around the board (hopefully) making small gains as you move forward. It always helps to get a strategy together before you start to play for the win.
This young man standing in front of me, at the tender age of seventeen, has had some phenomenal influences in his life. He has been blessed to be surrounded by real men; grandfathers, uncles, cousins and the friends he wisely chooses. By far, the greatest teacher has been his father. Teaching a boy to become a man is a not for the faint of heart and I believe so much of it centers on helping boys focus their energy and instilling the value of labor.
Like many of you, I was eagerly anticipating the chance to start fresh and had several resolutions rolling around in my head. None of them were new: lose weight & get in shape, cook healthier meals, financial goals, homeschool objectives, and business plans. This list was all-inclusive of a life that still feels like it’s in free-fall on many days. Coupled with a serious lack of real motivation and a mind that can’t seem to stay focused, it felt really overwhelming.
When someone tells me that something I wrote was helpful or share their similar experience, I know this is the right thing for me. These shoes fit perfectly no matter what I’m doing and knowing that it resonates with someone is somehow comforting. The feeling that we aren’t alone, our experiences are not unique. Life is tricky; navigating it with an audience is a bit unnerving but at the end of the day we are all the same – doing the best we can for ourselves and our families.
The year is drawing to a close. Although I sometimes struggle to get inspired for the holidays, I don’t have any trouble finding enthusiasm for a new year. The anticipation of a proverbial clean slate never fails to strike a chord in me. But before the new year is rung in, there are a few things that need attention around here.