While there are many reasons being considered to determine why our bees have disappeared, one possibility is colony collapse disorder derived from systemic pesticides. The first generation aren’t necessarily impacted which makes it sometimes difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of a loss. While the hives were registered and pesticide applicators fulfilled the requirements, the damage was still possible. Bees aren’t aware of our man-made schedule for pesticide application and tend to be out and about whenever it best suits their needs.
We are giving away books, a journal, a coffee mug, and more! If you want to enter, all you have to do is fill out the entry form below. You can complete as many or as few of the tasks as you would like but the more that you enter the better your chances of winning will be! The giveaway will end on Friday, September 23 and the winner will be announced the following week.
There’s no doubt that a warm bowl of soup, served with a delicious slice of bread or dinner roll, can soothe a tired body. Here are a few of my all-time favorites for dinner rotation during the colder months.
Pears are relatively simple to work with and there are only a couple of things to keep in mind. First, you need to wait until they are ready. Peaking them too early results in very hard, difficult to work with produce. It takes some patience and there is a fine line between when they are ready and when they are over-ripe. If you are in a hurry and want to rush the process a bit, you can wrap your picked pears in newspapers and wait a day or two. It’s important to check them so they don’t over-ripen. The best type of pears for these preservation methods are either Bosc or Bartlett (we use Bartlett). Here are a few of my favorite ways to preserve the harvest.
It hardly seems possible that school time is upon us once again. Even as a homeschool mom, lunch time is busy and I find the days go much more smoothly if I’ve taken some time to plan ahead. When my kids were little, they loved having their own little lunch all ready to eat and now, as a busy family with teens who eat at a variety of different times, grab-n-go is essential. Here’s a round-up of some of my top picks from the web.
Sometimes things go just as you hoped they would. And sometimes they don’t. So is the way of my garden this year. Working within the restrains of mother nature, not enough hours of daylight and the never-ending to do list, I had to make a tough decision and cut my losses to concentrate on what’s…
No matter what your interest level in sports, it’s hard to miss the excitement of the Summer Olympics! Our family is learning more about swimming lately as a family friend is a swimmer and suddenly this event is of interest to us all. And there is always the connection to our very own American athletes. In fact, my brother let me know yesterday that someone his wife knows is competing. There are endless opportunities for learning and getting active! Whether you are a homeschooling family or looking to keep the kids entertained until school resumes; here are some tools to inspire learning and help you host your own Olympics at home!
There are many times I wish we could just sit down over a nice glass of lemonade and talk. I’d ask you how you’ve been, we’d catch up about the kids, the spouse, and what thoughts have been rattling around in our minds recently.
It’s late July in the Midwest and there are two things you can generally count on: the humidity is high and the sweet corn is ready! It’s hard to beat the taste of summer!
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.