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8 Things to Look for When Buying Homestead Property

By Amber | Apr 8, 2018 | 2 Comments

Are you ready to leave the rat-race and live off the land? If so, where would you start? Buying land can be overwhelming and it’s hard to consider all the aspects. Here are 8 things to look for when buying homestead property.  8 Things to Look for When Buying Homestead Property We lived by the…

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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
Top 10 Homesteading Resolutions To Make For Thew New Year

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 | 40 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

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

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 | 1 Comment

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

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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10 + Awesome DIY Fence Ideas

By Rhonda Crank | Jun 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

With the rising costs of fencing supplies, we’re always on the lookout for cheap DIY fences. Fences don’t have to be complex or expensive to do the jobs. We have often made fencing from what we can find lying around the homestead or pick up for cheap. If you’re a determined, creative person, you can…

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Building A Chicken Coop- Everything You’ll Need

By Rhonda Crank | May 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

So You Want to Build a Chicken Coop?  If you’re preparing to build your first coop, the question on your mind is probably something like, “What does a chicken coop need for chickens to thrive?” How to build a chicken coop and all the many features that can be built in or around them is…

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Low-Carb Potato Salad

By Amber | Mar 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

Low-Carb Potato Salad, Same Great Taste Without Potatoes Potato Salad is almost a required side dish at every BBQ, Potluck, or family gathering. However, it is loaded with carbs which aren’t great for those of us on low-carb diets. I was tired with being limited with my options at gatherings so I created this Low-Carb Potato…

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How To Incubate Eggs

By Amber | Mar 11, 2019 | 0 Comments
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If you’re looking to increase your flock by adding new chicks, you may want to know how to incubate eggs. Incubating your own eggs is a way to inexpensively increase your flock. I raise heritage breed poultry because we practice natural selection. We’ve found the chicks hatched and raised by their mom’s are better birds. However, some people prefer incubating their own and that’s just fine. Knowing how to incubate eggs properly is essential to those who choose to do it.

Many of those who raise heritage breeds choose to incubate eggs instead of setting a hen. The joy they receive from watching the chicks hatch is important to them, after all a hen will not let you get too close!

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Old Fashioned Homemade Cinnamon Rolls With Cream Cheese Icing

By Amber | Feb 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

Old Fashioned Homemade Cinnamon Rolls   Is there seriously any breakfast treat as delicious as old fashioned homemade cinnamon rolls right out of the oven?  NO. When I was a child, barely big enough to peer over the edge of the Hoosier cabinet, I remember wanting to help my mother roll out her Old Fashioned…

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Pros and Cons of Free Range Poultry

By Rhonda Crank | Feb 21, 2019 | 0 Comments
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Traditionally, there have been two schools of thought on the pros and cons of free-range poultry. The first is totally free-range freedom. This usually means an evening feeding of grain or other treat is used to lure the flock back to the coop for roosting. The other school of thought has been no free range…

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Two Old Fashioned Ways of Removing Skunk Odor-That WORK!

By Rhonda Crank | Feb 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

  It’s winter which means your local skunk families have moved in closer to food supplies. These include your chicken coop, sheds, and barn. With these stinky creatures so close, it’s only a matter of time before the family dog gets sprayed or worse yet, the person who startles them. You can skip the tomato…

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Why We Traded Urban Living For Little House on the Prairie

By Amber | Feb 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

  We grew up watching the Ingalls, but have you ever wondered what it would be like to live back then? We’ve been able to take the best parts from the Little House on the Prairie and incorporate them into our 21-century way of living. 

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Obstacles to Homesteading- and how to get around them

By Amber | Jan 17, 2019 | 1 Comment

  Here in the U.S., homesteading is on the rise. If you are thinking of making a change from your current lifestyle to a simpler life, you may face many homesteading obstacles. This is especially true of those who don’t have farming roots.

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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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