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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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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 | 5 Comments

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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5 Ways To Use The Pumpkin and Seeds From Your Jack-O-Lantern

By Amber | Oct 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins! Pumpkin spice, pumpkin pie, and pumpkins with scary faces!

You’ve grown or picked out the perfect pumpkin. You’ve carved the perfect decal on your fall decoration but what do you do with the pulp and seeds you remove? I’ve got a few suggestions for you.

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Vegetables For Weight Loss

By Amber | Jul 7, 2017 | 0 Comments
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  We all know veggies are good for us, but nutritional values make some of them better vegetables for weight loss. Not that you need to lose weight, but we can all use a little help getting or staying in shape, right? I’ve picked some vegetables to grow for weight loss to help inspire you.…

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Home Remedies To Treat Bug Bites and Stings

By Amber | Jun 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

It’s the time of year for creepy crawly critters to be out biting and stinging. Our body’s response to the bites and stings can range from itching and stinging to burning or pain. 5 years ago, I received my first ever red wasp sting and was stunned at the pain it caused. I was thankful for reliable home remedies to treat bug bites and stings.

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What is Parvo In My Dog? Can I Catch It?

By Amber | May 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

One of the first questions people ask is, “Can humans get parvo?” Let’s dive into the scary world of parvo to find the answers to this and many of your other questions.

We’ve only experienced parvo once on the farm and that was enough to last a lifetime. We had taken in a dog belonging to a relative. She had been kept in poor conditions and, unknown to us, was carrying parvo.

Fortunately, the dogs we had were healthy and able to survive but it was touch and go. Parvo is a heartbreaking disease and has many strains among living creatures, even humans.

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Can Parasites Be What’s Wrong With Me?

By Amber | Apr 11, 2017 | 6 Comments

There was nothing we could put our finger on as initiating the symptoms. I told him he wasn’t getting any younger and maybe his age was starting to catch up with him.

As someone who tries to follow what most people would call a gut feeling (he would call it the subconscious wisdom of his mind), he would not take my first advice and said, “No it’s not age, but it will come to me here shortly.”

A day later he came into the living room and announced, “It just came to me! I know what’s wrong with my body. I have parasites.”

I was shocked to learn about 50% of the human population has some kind of parasite in their body. Parasites don’t discriminate between male or female, young or old.

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Raising Happy, Healthy Heritage Breeds of Pigs

By Amber | Mar 26, 2017 | 0 Comments
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One of my earliest childhood memories is of slopping the pigs with Papa. He made everything fun and loved teaching us about caring for the land and animals. The smoke house is gone now but for years after he passed the smell of smoking meat wafted from the walls and ground of the smokehouse.

We recently talked about the best heritage breeds of pigs for your homestead. Now, let’s look at raising the breed you’ve chosen. Heritage breeds of pigs don’t require special housing or constant watching over. We’ve found they require less time and attention than any other livestock we’ve had.

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Best Heritage Breeds of Pigs For The Homestead

By Amber | Mar 9, 2017 | 0 Comments
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I can’t tell you what breeds of pigs my grandfather raised, it wasn’t something I even thought of until we decided we wanted to raise them ourselves. Sadly, he was no longer in this world for me to talk to about it. Some of my earliest memories are of him teaching me to slop the…

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Brooding Your Mail Order Chicks

By Amber | Feb 14, 2017 | 1 Comment
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Caring for your mail order chicks is very different from setting your own hens. But it doesn’t have to be intimidating. I once read, “It’s important to distinguish between the ideal and the good enough reality of doing things.” Of course there’s an ideal way to do things, usually involving more money than most of us want to spend. The old-timers would often put their chicks by the wood stove in a galvanized tub to warm them. So as my grandfather would say, “There’s as many ways of gettin’ a farm job done as there’s farmers….”

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What’s The Difference In Types of Salt?

By Amber | Jan 26, 2017 | 0 Comments
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I seem to be getting this question a lot lately, “What is the difference in the types of salt?”

In the media filled world we live in, it can be hard to find a true answer to this question. One source will say refined table salt is fine as long as you don’t over indulge. Another will point to research and history revealing the health benefits of real salt.

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Raising Heritage Breed Chocolate Turkeys

By Amber | Jan 20, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Our goal is to help preserve as many of the endangered heritage breeds as we can. This is just one reason we chose Chocolate Turkeys. Raising turkeys is more challenging than raising any other poultry. Because we focus on raising endangered heritage breed livestock, we went to The Livestock Conservancy’s website to research heritage turkey breeds.

We raise heritage breed chickens, so adding heritage breed turkeys seemed the natural thing to do. We didn’t choose Chocolate Turkeys because they’re made of chocolate, which would be a good reason indeed. Our reasons were more personal.

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