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How We Chop Wood To Save Time And Energy

By Amber | Oct 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

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

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 | 16 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

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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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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