Maple-Sweetened Peanut Butter Balls Recipe

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Peanut butter covered in chocolate is one of life’s fine pleasures. And when that peanut butter is mixed with the earthy, smokey, sweet flavor of maple sugar, it’s pretty darn incredible. These maple peanut butter chocolate candies are actually modeled after one of my old favorite holiday treats, the glorious Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg (why are […]

Homestead Monthly: Feb + March {maple syrup, apple pruning, and homestead expansion}

Feb March Homestead Monthly

In the last week or so the weather has turned decent, and just like that it feels like we’re off to the races! I’m not sure which I like better, spring or fall- but I am definitely looking forward to this season of progress on the homestead! Fruit Tree Pruning and Maintenance We spent a lot […]

How to Package, Store, and Sell Honey, plus Creative & Inexpensive Honey Labels

How to package, store, and sell honey

We’re still pretty “new” as far as beekeeping goes. Newbies, if you will. See what I did there? Of course we’ve had ups and downs over the past few years, but overall I consider us successful beekeepers. The first year we didn’t take any honey from the bees, but the past two years we were able […]

{Giveaway!!) Beautycounter Giveaway and Safer Skincare Options

Beautycounter+ Giveaway

You guys, it’s been YEARS since I properly took care of my skin. I went from college student who didn’t know any better and used whatever was on sale and had colorful packaging, to a nature-loving, hippie-esque 30-something who was disappointed by most natural brands and eventually just stopped using skincare and makeup in general. And even […]

Smashed Sweet Potatoes with Garlic Butter

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I’ve always thought sweet potatoes were only okay- I’ve never been crazy about them… even the beautiful glowing purple ones we grow in our own garden. And Karl is simply just offended by sweet potatoes, maintaining that they are indeed “not a potato.” I had to start calling them Yams, just so that he would […]

A New Way to Preserve Fresh Basil (freezing method, and NOT in an ice cube tray!)

New way to preserve fresh basil

Basil: the quintessential smell of summer around here! If only there was a way to preserve it… Oh, but there is! And I’m not talking about basil-scented soap and basil hand lotion. I can’t quite decide if these products are a good way to get a basil fix, or completely weird?! While I agree that there […]

Gardening with Chickens by Lisa Steele: Book Review

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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 […]

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

The Homestead Monthly Dec Jan

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 […]

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

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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 […]