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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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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.

Read More

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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Five Poultry Diseases Commonly Encountered by Backyard Chicken Keepers

By Rhonda Crank | Aug 11, 2018 | 0 Comments
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  I suppose for any homesteader or farmer, illness in our flocks and herds causes us the most self-doubt relating to our knowledge and skills. There are five poultry diseases commonly encountered by backyard chicken keepers which I’d like to share with you. Sadly, many vets don’t treat diseases in poultry. Poultry is viewed as…

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How To Sew A 19th Century Style Sunbonnet- No Pattern Needed

By Amber | Aug 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

Back in the day, the women didn’t wear 50 SPF sunscreen in the garden, they wore sunbonnets. Now you can make your own 19th-century sunbonnet without a pattern. Just follow our easy step-by-step instructions. 

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Low Carb Homemade Biscuits- Just Like Grandma Used To Make

By Amber | Jul 24, 2018 | 0 Comments
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Whether you’re eating a low carb diet to lose weight or get healthy, one thing we all miss is our bread. Let’s face it, carbs taste goooooooood. So why does eating healthy mean giving up our favorite foods? It doesn’t my good friend. Here is my low carb homemade biscuit recipe, just like grandma used…

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5 Of The Best Recipes For Homemade Biscuits + Bonus Gluten-Free Recipe

By Amber | Jul 24, 2018 | 0 Comments
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Nothing says country living like the smell of fresh homemade biscuits in the oven. Waking up at Granny’s house meant the smell of hot homemade biscuits, homegrown bacon, and heavenly dripped coffee. Even after all these years, these smells transport me back in time to a young girl crawling from beneath handmade quilts and skipping to the kitchen to find love and breakfast. Who knew then how precious those days would become.

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7 Tips For Preparing The Fall Garden + Seed Giveaway

By Amber | Jul 20, 2018 | 3 Comments
7 Tips To Prepare Your Fall Garden Plus FREE SEED GIVEAWAY

Summer draws it’s final breaths. You can feel the earth and all her creatures heave a sigh of relief as the heat is dissipating and crisp, cool mornings arrive. The change of temperature turns my gardener thoughts to the fall garden. The onslaught of harvest and preserving is over. Time for some deep breaths while we start new seeds and do the fall garden preparation.

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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.

Read More

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.

Read More