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Top 10 Homesteading Things To Buy with Your Tax Refund

By Amber | Jan 30, 2018 | 1 Comment
Top 10 Homesteading Things To Buy With Your Tax Refund

If you long for a simplistic lifestyle and want to turn from the commercialism society offers, there is no better time to start. Now is your chance to start your homesteading dream and here are our top 10 things you should buy with your tax refund. 

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Top 10 Homesteading Resolutions To Make For The New Year

By Amber | Dec 28, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Top 10 Homesteading Resolutions to Make for The New Year Are you tired of a full schedule that is void of substance?  Do you want more Freedom, Independence and a Self-Sufficient lifestyle? Does Homesteading appeal to you? If you answered yes to any of these questions then it’s time to start your journey and make…

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10 + Ways To Use Wood Ash On The Homestead

By Amber | Dec 17, 2017 | 39 Comments
10+ Ways To Use Wood Ash On The Homestead

  The byproduct of staying nice and toasty has many uses on your homestead, and who doesn’t love multi-functional? From helping your garden grow to cleaning your teeth, you will be amazed at all the ways you can use wood ash.

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7 Decorating Ideas For An Old Fashioned Christmas

By Amber | Dec 5, 2017 | 1 Comment
7 Decorating Ideas For An Old Fashioned Christmas

Reminiscing of holidays past and traditions that have been passed down. Moving away from commercialism and returning to the ways of old for a more meaningful holiday season. Embrace an Old Fashioned Christmas with these 7 decorating ideas. 

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The History Behind 9 of Your Favorite Christmas Traditions

By Amber | Nov 29, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Christmas traditions keep the ghosts of Christmas’ past alive. We all have memories of a favorite Christmas or Christmas tradition. When a new family begins, each person brings their own favorite traditions to the home and a new set Christmas traditions is formed. My favorite of our Christmas traditions is hard to pick, but I…

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Shop Homestead Local This Holiday Season

By Amber | Nov 17, 2016 | 0 Comments
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2016 Guide to Homestead Shops For ALL Your Gift Giving Needs Can you remember your favorite Christmas gift ever? I bet it was something handmade, wasn’t it? In our modern day, hand crafted items aren’t considered mainstream, but I’m for supporting local, homestead, small shops, especially during the holiday season. In our economic and socially…

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Winterizing Your Homestead

By Amber | Nov 11, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Has this year shot by or is it just me? Winter’s north breeze will soon be blowing across all of our homesteads. Winterizing your homestead will save you time and money in the long run. You know the old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” and “If you fail to…

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Do You Know The Meanings of These Old Sayings?

By Amber | Nov 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Growing up in the deep south, I understood my grandparents when they used old sayings. Papa would say, “I’m gonna hope him do that tomorrow.” We all knew he meant he was going to help the person tomorrow. Granny would say, “I’ve got a pawn of cornbread in the oven.” We knew a small pan of cornbread was cooking.

We all use old sayings from our heritage and culture without giving any thought to the truth behind them or their origins. Yet, sometimes I hear something and I think to myself, “I wonder how that old saying got started….” Do you ever wonder this? Just for fun, let’s take a look into the hourglass of time and discover the true meanings of some of these familiar old sayings.

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Cleaning Creosote From Your Stove Pipes Like a Pro

By Amber | Nov 1, 2016 | 2 Comments
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Cleaning creosote from the pipes of your wood burning stove or your fireplace chimney could mean the difference between life and death. At the least, it could save your home and all your belongings.

At our house, this is a job for my own personal chimney sweep, my husband. He likes me to know what he’s doing and why, but I usually wind up in the way so I just pass him tools and empty buckets! When we understand the importance of cleaning creosote from our pipes, we can even make better decisions on which pipes to install and choose a more efficient wood stove.

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How We Chop Wood To Save Time And Energy

By Amber | Oct 10, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Is there anything as warm and inviting as a fire in the wood stove or fireplace? The smell of hickory or oak smoke in the air…how thankful I am for such fond memories. Even today, when I smell the smoke from the fire I feel warmth in my soul, not just on my cold body.

Who hasn’t stood in front of the fire roasting the front of yourself then turning to warm the backside? Did you play chicken in front of the heater to see who could stand there the longest?

Granny had a wood cook stove she used during the winter. They also had a fireplace or wood heater all my growing up years. This meant someone had to chop wood. Thankfully, it wasn’t considered a job for a girl!

My Papa said, “When you chop wood it’ll warm you twice. Once when you split it and once when you burn it.”

You’ll think we’re weird when I tell you we both enjoy chopping wood. My husband would say it’s relaxing and provides great exercise.

We (I use this term loosely of course) put our heads together to share some tips we’ve learned over the years on how to chop wood to save time and energy.

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20 Amazing DIY Gifts You Can Make- All for Under $1.00!

By Amber | Dec 12, 2018 | 0 Comments
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  20 Amazing DIY Gifts- All for under $1.00!

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Everything You Need To Know About Poinsettia Plant Care

By Rhonda Crank | Dec 1, 2018 | 0 Comments
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With a Little Poinsettia Plant Care, You Can Keep Your Plant Alive and Growing for Years The poinsettia plant has come to represent the holiday season in much of the world. Until recently, I didn’t even think of keeping one after it “died.” Then I learned poinsettia plant care can mean years of growth and…

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Homemade Stuffing- With Ingredients You Can Get From The Dollar Tree

By Amber | Nov 17, 2018 | 2 Comments
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  This recipe for homemade stuffing is so delicious and full of savory flavor, you will never buy store-bought again. Doesn’t matter if you call it stuffing or dressing, the taste should be amazing and homemade. 

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4 Farm-Tastic DIY Halloween Decorating Ideas

By Amber | Oct 23, 2018 | 4 Comments
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Fall is my favorite time of year and the kids always liked to decorate for Halloween. Coming from a frugal family, decorations were made using things we had around the house. Thankfully, we have the Dollar Tree these days where we can make Farm-Tastic Halloween Decorations for just a couple of dollars. Here are 4…

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How To Care For A Christmas Cactus- and keep it alive for years to come

By Rhonda Crank | Oct 17, 2018 | 1 Comment
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Like my grandmother, I have a hard time keeping any houseplant alive. Outdoors we can grow almost anything but bring it past the threshold and an untimely death is in its future. My husband tells every new plant I bring home, “I’m sorry she’s brought you here to die.” However, Granny knew Christmas Cactus care…

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What Do Pigs Eat? Pigs 101 For The Beginner

By Amber | Sep 25, 2018 | 0 Comments
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  If you are new to homesteading or a veteran but new to raising pigs, then this information is for you. In this article, What Do Pigs Eat? Pigs 101 For The Beginner, we’ll discuss what do pigs eat and the basics of raising pigs to answer all of your pig questions. 

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The BEST Tips For Growing, Harvesting & Storing Winter Squash

By Amber | Sep 2, 2018 | 0 Comments
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Winter squash is a part of the same family as summer squash, melons, and cucumbers are known as the gourd family. To me, winter squash is the easiest to grow, harvest and store. There are several varieties to choose from and they are all nutritious and delicious.

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2 Main Cover Crops For the Garden- and why you should plant this green fertilizer

By Rhonda Crank | Sep 1, 2018 | 0 Comments
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The list of benefits to cover crops for the gardens is extensive. Choosing a cover crop to accomplish a specific goal for their zone is where most people run into trouble. Let’s look at the two main cover crops and see if we can’t clear up some of the questions you may have.

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The BEST Tips & Tricks to Drying & Storing Firewood

By Amber | Aug 18, 2018 | 4 Comments
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When J was a little boy, many moons ago. He and his siblings were bringing firewood in without gloves and his little fingers were frostbitten. Even now, he has to be careful in the cold because his fingers will hurt badly if not kept warm.

Winter is fast approaching here in the panhandle of Idaho. The pass and upper elevation have already seen snow. I hope you’ve gotten all your wood stacked and dried.

If you’ve used wood as your heating or cooking source for any length of time, then you know the key to heat production is in properly drying and storing firewood.

We’ve want to share what we’ve learned with you over the years about drying and storing firewood.

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Choosing the Best Trees for Firewood

By Rhonda Crank | Aug 15, 2018 | 0 Comments
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If you’re going to put out the energy and time to cut, split, and properly store firewood, you want to know you’re being as efficient as possible. No use wasting valuable time when there might be an easier way, right? The question is, how do you know which are the best trees for firewood.

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