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Obstacles to Homesteading- and how to get around them

By Amber | Jan 17, 2019 | 1 Comment
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  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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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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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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Old Fashioned Farmers in a Modern Day

By Amber | Jul 13, 2018 | 4 Comments
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We are often asked why we call ourselves “New Old-Fashioned Farmers.” The answer of course is simple. We call ourselves this because we farm the way my grandparents taught me, like their parents taught them, at least in manner that is. Since we farm in a modern, tech filled world we have a some variances, but then every generation brings its own ideas, experiences, and talents to farming. Balance is the key to life.

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Homestead Household Tips From My Great-Grandmother

By Amber | Jul 12, 2018 | 83 Comments

When my great-grandmother, Ma Horton, died I was 13 and she was 85 years old. She left us with wonderful memories and many lessons for life. I have a rich farming heritage because of who they were and my grandparents teaching me all their parents taught them, but whether or not I remember it all is another story! 🙂

Some of Ma Horton’s wisdom has been handed down to us because her daughters wrote some of it down for those of us in the younger generations. These are a few of those tips that I use in my own home.

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Where Have All The Fireflies Gone? A forgotten pastime of our youth

By Amber | Jun 20, 2018 | 0 Comments
Where Have All The Fireflies Gone-a forgotten pastime of our youth.

Have you ever caught a firefly? I remember countless nights as a child, running through the fields with a mason jar trying to catch fireflies. Watching the jar filled with bugs with glowing bottoms for hours, then releasing them back into the fields only to start all over again. But where have all the fireflies…

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Back To Our Roots- The Modern Homesteader

By Amber | May 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

  Has something in your soul been calling you to get back to your roots? Do you have a strong desire to leave the fast-paced society and get your hands in the dirt? If so, you’re not alone. Thousands just like you are wanting to leave their 9-5 in search of a simpler life. To…

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DIY Hummingbird Food Recipe & Bonus Feeder Tip

By Amber | May 18, 2018 | 0 Comments
DIY Hummingbird Food Recipe & Bonus Feeder Tip to Keep Ants Away

  Hummingbirds have always fascinated me. Their ability to hover, their amazing speed, and how they appear to dance with the air. As long as I can remember, my grands and my ma had a red feeder hanging outside the window to attract hummingbirds. Little did we know back then that the red food dye…

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Top 5 Natural, Home Remedies for Colds

By Amber | Sep 28, 2014 | 16 Comments
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Home remedies for flu and the symptoms Well, it’s that time of year again. Flu and cold season is bearing down on us. We live as natural a life as is possible in this modern day. That means we avoid chemical medications.  These are our favorite home remedies for colds.     Of course, our…

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Organic, Non-GMO No Bake Cookie in Less Than 15 Minutes

By Amber | Sep 19, 2014 | 2 Comments
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I can say that we don’t eat many sweets at our house, but this no bake cookie is so good and easy to make. My husband calls it the “healthy cookie.” I don’t know about that exactly, but it is on the healthy side of sweets.  I think saying that just makes him feel better…

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Mama’s Cinnamon Bread

By Amber | Sep 8, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Cinnamon Bread has been a favorite in our family for years. When my boys were in their late teens, they asked me to write down some of their favorite recipes so they could make them on their own. So I started a cook book for them.  That has been nearly 12 years ago now and…

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Seed Saving Savvy

By Amber | Aug 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Saving your own seeds can be scary, especially to a farmer who hasn’t done this before, or for long. Even after all these years, I still hope I am doing it right and that they are viable. There are so many questions: “How…,”  “What can I…,” “What if…,”  all of these can be put to…

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Harvest Time Begins

By Amber | Jul 27, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Here on the farm, harvest is in full swing; just as I am sure it is with you.  We have had the wettest year here for at least the past 9 years. Instead of putting the soaker hoses out in May, we put them out in July and then have only used them once!  This…

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DIY All Purpose Cleaner and Stain Remover

By Amber | Jun 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Here on the farm, we make every effort to stay away from chemicals of any kind.  If you have followed our blog, you know about some of the products we use, but I was having difficulty finding an all purpose cleaner. After trying various “recipes” I had found online, I decided to try my hand…

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Asparagus, the Garden Wonder

By Amber | May 11, 2014 | 14 Comments

Asparagus is the most worry free perennial plant there is for the home gardener.  If you have bought some lately, then you know how expensive it is. We will be talking about bed preparation/selection, transplanting, harvesting, mulching, and propagating of the asparagus.  After the initial investment, you can propagate your own seed and increase your…

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Roxie’s Story

By Amber | Mar 2, 2014 | 0 Comments
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  Roxanne “Roxie” Sweetie Pie Crank Stop and Smell the Flowers This is kind of a different blog post for me, but I really wanted to share this story with you. Almost 3 months ago, my husband saw a sign at our farm supply store for blue pit bulls for sale. He had been looking…

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Oh No! It’s Pruning Time Again.

By Amber | Feb 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Well, late winter is here and that means it is time for my most hated chore. I don’t know what it is about the task of pruning that I hate, but I hate it like I hate thinning plants in the garden.

I find it really hard to cut a piece off of a tree or vine. I know that it is for the good of the plant and for my family, as it causes the plant to be able to make more and healthier fruit. So, having been honest about my detest for the job, the other problem is that it can be a confusing task.

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Getting Your Chickens Ready For Winter

By Amber | Dec 13, 2013 | 4 Comments
Chickens Ready For Winter

etting the chickens ready for winter is one of the most necessary preparations we make here on the farm. These preparations don’t have to be overwhelming. We’ll take a good look at the basic steps necessary in getting your chickens ready for winter.

Our chickens serve dual purposes, so taking care of them is a priority for us. Here in West Central Louisiana, we seldom have bitterly cold winters, but it does happen. We have to watch the signs and be prepared just in case.

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