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 […]

Mega orchard review FI

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 […]

Homestead Monthly Jun 2016

Homestead Monthly: June 2016 {garden boxes, blight-control, and babies}

Get Growing June was the month we officially got all of the gardens planted! We have three main garden areas this year, which is one more than the previous year, and two more than the year before that… somebody stop me! We (well, Karl actually) built two, 28-inch tall raised beds last month and we (well, […]

Tomato Basil Frittata FI

Tomato Basil Frittata

Did you know that almost every time I make this Tomato Basil Frittata (which is pretty often), Karl goes around saying “frIIiiTTtaTTa” in his best Italian accent (which is pretty bad). Must be the scent of fresh basil getting to his head. During the winter when we were eating only preserved eggs, this frittata was all […]

How to Freeze Lettuce

How to Freeze Lettuce

Freeze lettuce?! You might think that sounds crazy. I think it’s genius! Vibrant lettuce, grown organically, picked fresh that very day from your own garden is full of nutrients… preserve them! Of course, a couple of beautiful lettuce heads from the farmer’s market are also worthy candidates for freezing. This all started last year in May when I […]

The Homestead Monthly May 2016

Homestead Monthly: May 2016 {mushroom growing, bee swarms, and homestead loss}

Fungus Farming At the beginning of May, Karl and I took an all-day class about cultivating mushrooms, taught by a local mushroom grower and wild mushroom expert. We learned so much, and it immediately ignited a new fire in us… a fire to grow fungus! I actually can’t believe I never seriously considered this prior to learning about […]

Eliminate season pollen allergies naturally

Eliminate Seasonal Pollen Allergies Naturally

Seasonal pollen allergies are dreadful. There’s nothing worse than stepping outside on a gorgeous summer day and feeling your nose start to tickle and eyes turn itchy. You’ve got tissues shoved in every pocket, and you’re trying to finish your tasks as quickly as possible in order to retreat back inside as fast as you can. Wouldn’t it be […]

honey lard lip repair cream

Honey & Lard Lip Repair Cream

Yep, I’ve been slathering lard on my lips. And honey, naturally. Join me, won’t you? My lips need extra TLC all year round: in the below-freezing winter weather the dry air really takes a toll on them, and in the warm summer months I spend a lot of time outside in the wind and parching-sun, […]

Natural organic deer repellent fruit trees

Prevent Deer from Eating Fruit Trees {natural organic deer repellent}

I’m pretty excited about this. As I get older, I find that the things that excite me are not…. normal. Natural, organic deer repellent that actually works? Yep, gives me butterflies. I don’t want a tropical vacation, I want sheep. And please don’t buy me flowers, I want heirloom beans and tomato seeds instead. No manicures […]

Spring has Sprung on the Homestead

Spring has Sprung on the Homestead!

Spring is the best, isn’t it? At least in the cold north it is! The world goes from brown, cold, and dead to full of life, freshness, and movement! It almost seems like magic is happening before my eyes, and I cherish every second of it. Our first spring on the homestead was unique because we […]

honey sundae the best ice cream treat

Honey Sundae: The Best Ice Cream Treat

Leave it to a beekeeper to drizzle golden sweet honey on top of ice cream! Honey pretty much goes on everything though, so you can’t fault me. Meat? Yes- honey-glazed ham, honey bbq wings. Vegetables? Yes- honeyed carrots, honey dijon dressing on cobb salad. And now, ice cream. Our beekeeping club has a booth at […]

Mason bee

Guest Post: Everything You Need to Know About Orchard Mason Bees

When Liz Greene contacted me about writing a guest post, I was 1. So excited- my first guest post! And 2. So thankful- because it turns out I knew absolutely NOTHING about Mason Bees, and after learning about them, I can’t believe I haven’t been welcoming them to the homestead with open arms! Adding to […]