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    The Luxury of Boiled Eggs {Recipe}

    by  • January 29, 2015 • 1 Comment

    Before raising chickens, I would never have imagined myself longing for a boiled egg. I rarely made them, and when I did, they were often over cooked because I tend to wander and forget about timers. But now I give them my full attention from choosing the right egg to measuring the cooking time to...

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    Homestead Happenings #1: Seeds, Trees, & Braces

    by  • January 25, 2015 • 1 Comment

    I advise homesteaders to keep a journal. It’s a great practice because a record of daily homesteading activities is fun and useful to look back on. But I find myself not in the routine of writing daily now. “Do as I say, not as I do,” I suppose. I thought I’d try something different...

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    Homesteading Hair Care – Baking Soda & Vinegar Hair Rinses

    by  • January 23, 2015 • 0 Comments

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    Over the last couple years, we’ve slowly simplified our bath and body routines and made the switch from “all-natural” manufactured toiletries to homemade concoctions from food ingredients. I discovered that making our own is cheaper, requires very little effort, and works better than what I can buy. Plus there’s no wasted packaging or unnecessary chemicals! The...

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    5 Places To Find Last Minute Gifts AT HOME

    by  • December 23, 2014 • 1 Comment

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    We’re giving entirely handmade gifts this year, with the exception of a couple things on Lil’s list that can’t be made from scratch. (Pokemon cards don’t trade well if mom makes them.) Some of our gifts have been in the making for several months and they’ll be accessorized with items we will make from things we...

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    Kindling {Homestead Haiku}

    by  • December 7, 2014 • 1 Comment

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    There are so many big plans in the works that I’m finding it hard to write here. Instead, I’m spending a lot of time at the chopping block. Making kindling is my winter weeding, a meditative, productive exercise. Do you know the joy of splitting kindling?

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    Mushroom Gravy {Video Recipe}

    by  • November 25, 2014 • 0 Comments

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    This one time, on my birthday, at 8 in the morning, I made my mushroom gravy recipe in front of a video camera with Adrienne from XOXO Cooks. Here’s the result, featuring a cameo by Nightshade the cat: Gravy is serious business this time of year, though we make gravy year round. My method is...

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    Scenes from Pre-Thanksgiving

    by  • November 23, 2014 • 0 Comments

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        1. live turkey from a local farmer, the only way I could source a heritage breed a week before the normal turkey day 2. brining the turkey 3. jiggly gelatinous turkey foot stock 4. rolling homemade yeast rolls 5. Lil calculating dough ball weight 6. baked rolls 7. knife sharpening observed by...

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    Announcing the little farms

    by  • November 14, 2014 • 7 Comments

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    I’ve long been inspired by the permaculture movement. It just makes sense to invest time in longer-growing, diverse groups of plants because work in the present can benefit for years to come. When I read Mark Shepard’s Restoration Agriculture, I began to see perennial design as a potential humanity-saving system of agriculture and potential...

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    Care & Feeding of Sourdough Culture

    by  • October 28, 2014 • 0 Comments

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    Winter is a great time to add a new pet to the family. No, this isn’t another post about Annabel. And I’m not referring to the bee checking out this jar either. I’m talking a pet of the culinary variety – sourdough. Sourdough is a grain-based, aerobic, yeast and bacteria culture. The most vibrant...

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