Aronia & Strawberry Gelatin Squares + How to Grow an Aronia Bush

Aronia Gelatin Squares plus How to Grow Aronia

I get excited about a lot of things in life- like my first batch of homemade lard soap turning out awesome, finding a new product to keep deer away from our apple trees, or discovering Aronia berries… and even better, discovering that I can grow them myself. I love when I can grow things myself! These berries are […]

The Best Way to Cook an Old Chicken (Hint: in an electric pressure cooker!)

Instant Pot Chicken 2

For many homesteaders and farmers, chickens are more than backyard pets- they are meat and eggs to feed the family, or possibly a source of income. The reality of farming is that if a chicken isn’t producing or earning her keep, then she’s got to go. They’re business, not something you name and let sit on your […]

5-Minute Spinach & Feta Eggs

5 Minute Spinach Feta Eggs FI

Spinach and Feta Eggs are my new obsession. We eat a lot of eggs on the homestead. Raising our own laying hens is so rewarding- they’re such characters, and the eggs that they produce are worlds above anything store-bought. There’s nothing like gathering an egg and cracking it – still warm- into the pan. This […]

Harvest Cobb Salad with Honey Dijon Dressing

Harvest Cobb Salad Feature

I made something incredible the other night. Out of vegetables! Even Karl liked this Cobb Salad (read: big huge bowl full of vegetables)… and he’s still working through his vegetable-haters rehabilitation program. He’s conquered salad greens, asparagus, kale, and even Brussels sprouts! This year we’re working on squash. He gets so sad whenever I try to feed him […]

Grain-Free Double Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbead Cookies Feature

You’d think “cookies” would be a pretty agreeable subject matter… not like religion, politics, or which direction the toilet paper roll should go. But growing up, Christmas cookies were a hotly debated holiday topic in my household, mostly because of my incredible loathing of one particular variety of Christmas cookie. A classic cookie that apparently […]

How to Make Vegetable Stock Powder

Vegetable Stock Feature

A great way to preserve the summer’s bounty is by turning into shelf-stable, ready-to-use vegetable stock powder! Also perfect for using up past-their-prime vegetables in the back of the fridge. This method doesn’t require a dehydrator and is simple and easy to do! Although you can make a larger quantity faster with a dehydrator —> I […]

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 […]

Beef & Kale Stroganoff

Beef and Kale Stroganoff

I just… really love kale. I know a lot of people don’t- they think that it’s old news, yesterday’s vegetable, yadda yadda. I whole-heartedly disagree. Kale is awesome and I put it in all the things. Not only because it tastes good, but because it is loaded with nutrients! Case in point: Beef & Kale Stroganoff. […]

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 […]

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 […]