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Gardening with Chickens by Lisa Steele: Book Review

Gardening with Chickens by Lisa Steele should be your go-to reference for making your chickens work in your garden, and making your garden work for your chickens! When we got our first flock of egg-layers several years ago, I knew three things: I wanted to raise them as naturally as possible, I wanted them to […]

The Homestead Monthly Dec Jan

Homestead Monthly: December + January {natural beauty, fame, and fresh eggs}

Overall we had a lovely start to the winter season with unseasonably warm temperatures, which means the chickens got to free range for a while longer, and we were harvesting kale, chard, parsley and celery from the garden for a record amount of time! The holidays were filled with family and good food, and we […]

Apple Chicken Salad Feature

Sweet Apple Chicken Salad Recipe

Do you ever notice how certain dishes always taste better when somebody else makes them? Chicken salad was one of those things for me. That is, until I really thought about what it was that I liked about other peoples’ chicken salads, and set out to finally nail down the perfect recipe. What I came up […]


How to Decide when to Cull a Chicken {The Story of Little Henny}

Little Henny was one of our original chickens, she was on the homestead for three years with us. The name “Henny” is because we had five Buff Orpingtons who I couldn’t tell apart at first, so they were all called “Hennys.” As they got older and developed personalities they got additional descriptors… Little Henny was the smallest […]


The Importance of Good Skincare: First Do No Harm

**SAFE SKINCARE QUICK LINKS** Shop Beautycounter —> here. Join my Safe Skincare Facebook group —> here. ♥♥♥ Confession: I’m getting older and my skin is changing. There. I said it. We put a lot of thought and care into the food we grow on the homestead, and what we put in our bodies. It is […]


Milkweed Pod Santa Ornaments {Handmade Gift}

My parents planted a Christmas tree farm when I was just a young girl, so I grew up learning to make holiday decorations to sell for extra spending money at the tree farm. As a 16-year-old, I was a Christmas craft extraordinaire! And also a really big geek, but that’s a story for a different day. Evergreen Kissing Balls, […]


Spiced Canned Apple Slices Sweetened with Honey {Canning Recipe}

Did you ever discover something new that totally changed your world, and you can’t believe you went all this time never knowing about it? And then you feel silly because the thing you didn’t know existed and that changed your life was a jar of essentially homemade canned apple pie filling? No? Just me then… […]


Autumn Gratitude

During a season where the work needed to deal with harvesting can be overwhelming, it’s easy to forget gratitude for the abundance. Today after letting the chickens out for the day, I wandered over to the shiitake mushroom logs we started in the spring and discovered two new mushrooms had popped up. I squealed in delight […]


Apple, Onion & Sage Pulled Pork {slow cooker recipe}

This is autumn in a crockpot. You know how I know that? Because it’s autumn… and I went right outside and harvested the sage from my herb garden. We picked the apples from our tree and the onions from our garden just a couple weeks ago! And because when I walked into the house and […]


Homestead Monthly: September 2016 {purple veggies, mushroom hunting, and canning}

Hi friends! This is where we take a look back at all that we’ve accomplished during the month, and reflect on the real-life ups and downs that come with “living close to the land.” We’re on the downhill slide towards winter and are busy wrapping up summer projects on the homestead. Here’s what happened in September: […]


Salted Honey Caramels

If there’s anything I’m a connoisseur of, it’s likely caramels. It’s my favorite flavor of anything and everything, anywhere. I will without a doubt always order the caramel-flavored whatever it is. A couple of years ago, I discovered that I could make caramel… and I got really good at it. I make the best salted caramel […]

Homestead Monthly August 2016

Homestead Monthly: August 2016 {heirloom veggies, abandoned chicks, and monarchs}

Tomato Dreamin’ You know what’s silly? Planting 60 tomato plants for 2 people. You may remember that last year we were completely blind-sided and devastated by tomato blight. Forty tomato plants and one pint of tomatoes harvested… it was a terrible sight. This year we were determined to beat the blight, so we tilled up […]

Fire Cider Ingredient Prep

How to Make Fire Cider (Recipe + How to Use)

It doesn’t happen often, but when I get the sniffles I turn into a big whiney baby. I’m useless. No pushing through and carrying on with the day here, nope. I’m in bed, on the couch, taking it easy- and almost always with a pile of used tissues on the floor… yes mom, I still […]

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Homemade Maple Cream Soda

For some reason I keep picturing a group of big burly men- wearing red flannel shirts and dark denim jeans held up by suspenders, and all sporting the type of beard that birds try to nest in… returning from a day filled with chopping wood in the dense and misty old-growth forrest, they sit around […]

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MEGA Tree Nursery Review: Online & Local, Evergreen, Orchard & Decidous

In this mega tree nursery review, I have full reviews for: Arbor Day Foundation Evergreen Plant Nursery Japanese Maples and Evergreens Albrecht’s Nursery Paint Creek Nursery Weston’s Antique Apples Burnt Ridge Nursery So, we ordered a lot of trees this spring… One of the things high on our to-do list was to plant a privacy […]

Fresh Eggs Stamp Substation Paperie Giveaway Feature

{Giveaway!!} “Fresh Eggs” Egg Carton & Label Stamp from Substation Paperie

Giveaway now closed- thanks for entering! The winner is Holly G. If you haven’t been oogling over Substation Paperie’s completely adorable, rustic and whimsical farming and homesteading-themed stamps, it must be because you’ve been too busy pulling weeds, baking fresh bread, or chasing chickens around… Lauren Elizabeth, owner of Substation Paperie makes the cutest designs for stamping egg […]