The Complete Guide to Preserving and Using Preserved Blueberries

Complete Guide to Blueberries

If necessity is the mother of invention, a trunk-load of blueberries is the mother of this blog post. We were fortunate enough to be invited to pick til our heart’s content at a local blueberry orchard. Located on tree-lined rolling hills in the countryside, on a perfect dewy morning- we picked over 70 pounds of […]

Chocolate-Dipped Mint Leaves… or, Chocolate After Dinner Mints Au Naturel

Chocolate Dipped Mint Leaves

(gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, grain-free, healthy, vegetarian)  When we moved onto our homestead last year, I knew that one of the things high on my garden priorities list was to establish a mint patch. People are usually quick to warn you about mint: not to plant it in a garden or flower bed, because it will […]

Raising Chickens & Honey Bees Together

Raising Chickens and Honey Bees Together

Do chickens and honey bees get along? Can you raise them close together? The short answer is, well… yes. I remember last spring when we received our first-ever batch of baby chicks and a couple boxes of bees all in less than a month’s time. I wondered and hoped that I wouldn’t find a band […]

Homestead Monthly: June 2015

June homestead photo feature

Turkey Hatching Fail Our egg-hatching track record is dismal. We made our first attempt to incubate eggs: 11 turkey and 1 duck. It turns out that turkey eggs are notoriously hard to hatch and the babies are very fragile during the first couple weeks of their life. I had never seen anything actively hatch before, […]