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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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Dealing with the Stress of Winter Preparations

By Amber | Oct 5, 2014 | 6 Comments
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As winter fast approaches, the list of preparation chores seems to grow instead of get shorter. I am a list maker so I love to mark things off, I even use an electronic list! But it is also my favorite time of the year so I love being outdoors. I don’t know about you, but I often feel as overwhelmed this time of year with winter preparations as I do with the spring planting. When I get like this, I forget to enjoy where I am and what I am doing.

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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

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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