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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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Tips For Living A Life Of Self-Sufficiency

By Amber | Mar 25, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Quick, what are the first things to come to mind when you think of self-sufficiency? I asked my husband this question and his thoughts were the same as mine. We both thought of being off-grid, producing the majority of our food, and having a reliable water source. What were your first thoughts?

I was born into a self-sufficient, farming family. My grandparents were the single most influential people in my life. I realize now, I took so much for granted. I didn’t pay enough attention to what they wanted to teach me. I’m thankful to have learned most everything I know about self-sufficiency from them, but I have had to learn some things the hard way because of youth’s folly. Those are all precious memories to me, especially the older I get.

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Rediscovering Little House on The Prairie

By Amber | Jan 14, 2016 | 2 Comments
Rediscovering The Little House on The Prairie

Little House on The Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder has been a part of our family’s winter reading for many years now. This year, I rediscovered it with a fresh perspective.

Last October, I shared my yearly tradition of reading through The Little House on The Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. When my boys were tiny tikes we read through this series as part of a history/reading project. We all took turns reading aloud. The boys enjoyed taking things from the books to do as projects. We made some of the recipes, planted some of the things they talked about, and did some of the things the Ingalls family did, like reading by lamp light.

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Living on Purpose

By Amber | Dec 31, 2015 | 22 Comments
Living on Purpose in 2016

Do you remember watching the Jetsons? I do. The year 2062 doesn’t seem so far away now, less than 50 years, but I can remember thinking the year 2000 was in the way out future. Here we are entering 2016!

With all we faced in 2015, we are led more and more to live on purpose. This means to be aware of each moment, to seize each opportunity, and to make deliberate decisions that line up with our goals and lifestyle. The reality is this is easier said than done. Surprising, huh?

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Favorite Sayings of Old-Timey Weather Prediction

By Amber | Nov 26, 2015 | 17 Comments
Favorite Sayings of Old-Timey Weather Prediction

Old-Timey weather prediction often proves as reliable, if not more so, than today’s hit and miss predictions. Have you ever wondered how the old-timers predicted weather? Old-timey weather prediction was part science and part wise tales.

The weather plays an important role in the life of a homesteader. We find ourselves checking the weather forecast frequently. It helps us plan our days and save those inside chores for when it’s nasty outside. Some things just have to be done no matter what the weather, but knowing what’s ahead is a helpful tool. I enjoy reading reading about and utilizing old-timey weather prediction. Although they probably didn’t know or understand the real science behind them, they knew they worked. Knowledge and information handed down generation to generation became lost as we had weather forecasts on our televisions and radios. We even have whole channels dedicated solely to the weather.

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10 Gift Ideas For The Homesteader in Your Life

By Amber | Nov 12, 2015 | 6 Comments

Need help finding the perfect Christmas gift for the homesteader in your life? Then this is just the place you need to be. I’ll share the top 10 gift ideas for the homesteader in your life as chosen by The Farmer’s Lamp community.

In a recent poll of The Farmer’s Lamp community, we asked our Facebook fans and newsletter family to vote on which gifts they would like receive most. The gift list below is in the order you chose. I’ve included some photos, ideas and links for you. So let’s take a look at your top 10 gift ideas for the homesteader.

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A Happy Thanksgiving Without the Belly Ache

By Amber | Nov 5, 2015 | 3 Comments
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Can we enjoy all the trimming of Thanksgiving without experiencing the physical trauma of over eating? Yes, we can! Let’s talk about how to do that.

As the day fast approaches and the preparations are in full swing, I wanted to share a few tips to help the day be as full and rich as possible for you. As you know, we are a no processed, non-GMO, organic household and we’re having the traditional dinner with all the trimmings.

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Homesteading Tips For Success

By Amber | Aug 5, 2015 | 2 Comments

Do you dream of homesteading? Do you homestead in the city or in an urban setting? Is farming old hat for you? It doesn’t matter where you are on your homestead journey, we all start somewhere. This captivating journey is one we don’t complete until we leave this world! I offer these homesteading tips for your enjoyment and success.

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20 Homesteading Resources For Your Family

By Amber | Dec 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
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As more and more people are deciding to go against the norm in providing their families with food, reliable homesteading resources are becoming much sought after. Finding a resource that you can identify with and that offers the information you are seeking, is a treasure.  My goal for The Farmer’s Lamp is to be that…

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The Realities and Joys of Farmsteading

By Amber | Dec 2, 2014 | 2 Comments
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The realities and joys of farmsteading are often a bittersweet mix. If you are new to the farming lifestyle, then you may not have experienced much of this. If you have been farming for a while, then you are all too  familiar with these. So often people begin farming and quickly become overwhelmed by what…

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Ponds

By Amber | May 2, 2021 | 0 Comments
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May  Week 1 Lesson 3: Ponds Language Arts Preschool/Kindergarten  Help your child write a poem about ponds. Any style of poem is fine. Have them copy what you wrote or just choose words out of the poem for your child to write. Teach them the vocabulary words.  Printable>>>May Week 1 Vocabulary Grade School/High School  Write…

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Fencing

By Amber | May 2, 2021 | 0 Comments
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May Week 1 Lesson 2: Fencing  Language Arts Preschool/Kindergarten  Have your child practice writing FENCE multiple times in the shape of a fence. Let them draw some animals inside or glue pictures of animals inside the fence.  Printable Coloring Page>>>Dairy Cow and Fence Grade School/High School  Research the history of one of the types of…

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Buying Land

By Amber | May 2, 2021 | 0 Comments
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May Week 1 Lesson 1: Buying Land Computer Skills/Handwriting Preschool/Kindergarten  Talk with your child about internet searches for land. Prescreen some land for sale sites (see the Printables) and walk your child through the various parts of each site. Find some properties that interest your child, and have them write the address and any other…

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May Printables

By Amber | May 2, 2021 | 0 Comments
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May Free Printables Each month we will offer free printables for you to print for your children. You can do the lesson online or print the lessons and avoid seeing ads. We encourage you to share any coloring pictures or accomplished schoolwork/projects in the Mighty Networks private group or our MeWe Group In addition to the printable lessons,…

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Pollen & Pollination

By Amber | Apr 26, 2021 | 0 Comments
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April Week 4 Lesson 3: Pollen and Pollination  Science Preschool/Kindergarten  Discuss pollination. Show how pollination works using cheese puffs. Discuss the parts of flowers. If you can obtain a real flower, help your child identify the parts and look for pollen.  Resource It’s Pollination Time Song Project: How Pollination Works Put some chocolate candies (nectar)…

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Honey

By Amber | Apr 25, 2021 | 0 Comments
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April Week 4 Lesson 2: Honey Language Arts/Art Preschool/Kindergarten  Have your child write HONEY on a piece of paper and decorate it with pictures (drawn or cut out) of bees, hives, and flowers. Read Winnie-the-Pooh and the Honey Tree (or watch it). Grade School/High School  Using the word HONEY, make an acrostic poem. Put your…

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Beekeeping

By Amber | Apr 25, 2021 | 0 Comments
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April Week 4 Lesson 1: Beekeeping Language Arts Preschool/Kindergarten  Have your child practice writing the letters in BEEKEEPER. Try to find a beekeeping book in the children’s section at the library. Bees, Hives, Honey! Beekeeping for Children by Tim Rowe  The Magic Schoolbus Inside a Beehive by Joanna Cole may be available.  Grade School/High School …

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Dyeing Wool

By Amber | Apr 18, 2021 | 0 Comments
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April Week 3 Lesson 3: Dyeing Wool Science **Please remember to have dedicated pans for dyeing that you don’t use for food. Preschool/Kindergarten  Make some dyes with kitchen scraps such as onion skins. Help your child to notice if there is a difference between the starting color and the resulting dye.  Grade School/High School  Experiment…

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Spinning Wool

By Amber | Apr 18, 2021 | 0 Comments
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  April  Week 3 Lesson 2: Spinning Wheel Language Arts Preschool/Kindergarten  Have your child write the words DROP SPINDLE and SPINNING WHEEL. Help them learn the vocabulary words. >>> Printable April Week 3 Lesson 2 Vocabulary Grade School/High School  Learn the vocabulary words. Pretend you are back in the pioneer days and must spin your…

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Wool: Shearing and Processing

By Amber | Apr 18, 2021 | 0 Comments
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April Week 3 Lesson 1: Wool- Shearing and Processing Field Trip All ages  If there is a sheep farm or sheep dairy close by, see if you can visit when they are shearing. If you cannot visit one, here is a great video of shearing on the homestead: Homestead Sheep Shearing  Language Arts Preschool/Kindergarten  Watch…

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