The Everything Cast Iron Guide: How to Buy, Clean, Use, Restore and Season Cast Iron Pans

In my modern kitchen, on my modern stove sits a piece of equipment that connects me to the generations of cooks that came before me. It’s something that people have used for hundreds of years to make nourishing food for their families, and I love carrying on this tradition. If you don’t have a cast iron pan in your kitchen right now, I ask you: why in the world not?! …

10 Creative Protein Sources for Chickens to Help You Save Money on Chicken Feed

Don’t be fooled, “creative” is just a code word for weird. We’re about to dive into some really odd stuff here. It might make your stomach crawl, but your chickens will love it! Plus, these ideas really can help you save money on chicken feed. We wanted our meat birds and egg-layers to be of the highest quality, raised in the best conditions, living healthy and …

Homestead Gifts: Handmade Holiday Evergreen Kissing Ball

I love a gift straight from the heart- and this Kissing Ball is just that. I grew up on a Christmas tree farm; the trees were planted when I was about four years old, and for many years- from middle school to college, every holiday season I stood out in the cold Wisconsin weather and sold Christmas trees to happy families. They’d bring their dogs, they’d have …

Raspberry Maple Butter Sauce… for Pancakes, Waffles, and Ice cream!

(paleo-friendly, vegetarian, grain-free, gluten-free) Maple butter sauce is pretty much what it sounds like… maple syrup and butter married together to form something greater than themselves. Smooth, sweet, buttery warm maple syrup. And adding a touch of raspberry makes it near impossible to not eat by the spoonful! We make our own maple syrup every year, by the way. It’s a lot of work, but …

Honey & Vanilla Bean Roasted Melon Seeds

Yup, melon seeds. The gloppy, stringy mess that you scoop out with a spoon and throw away. We’re gunna eat it! Part of our journey into homesteading has been to increase our respect for where our food comes from. To utilize every part of the plant or animal and practice a no-waste lifestyle. Well, as little waste as possible anyways… This recipe is a prime …