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 […]

The Importance of Good Skincare: First Do No Harm

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**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 […]

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

Mega orchard review FI

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 […]

Eliminate Seasonal Pollen Allergies Naturally

Eliminate season 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 […]

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

Mason bee

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 […]

The BEST Way to Freeze Eggs!

The Best Way to Freeze Eggs FI

Farm fresh eggs: it’s either feast or famine around here! During the long days of summer I’ve got baskets full of eggs and I’m piling them on the kitchen table, the washing machine, and any other flat surface I can find. A good problem to have, I know… And then the days get shorter and […]

How to Find the Highest Quality Raw Honey Advice from a Beekeeper

How to find the highest quality raw honey

Beekeeping, it ain’t easy. Between Karl and I, we’ve been stung over 30 times in the past 2 years keeping bees (haha, most of those are Karl). Now, that includes taking on some bold projects for a couple of newbies, like catching swarms and removing a huge colony from the neighbor’s house. I’m not sure […]

How to Roast Any Whole Squash, Including a No-Cut Method!

How to Roast a Squash Feature

There are only a few things that Karl won’t eat- and much to my disappointment, one of those is things is winter squash. He acts like I’m offending him at even the mention of putting some on his plate. It’s become kind of a joke around the homestead now- where if he asks what’s for dinner […]

What Do I Do with All These Cherry Tomatoes?!

Cherry tomatoes feature

I do it every year. I have all these varieties of cherry tomatoes that I love, just love and have to plant. “Well, I only really need one of each plant, but I’d better make it two so that I can give some away to friends and family. If I want two plants, I’d better […]

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 […]