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85: 5 Common Mistakes When Choosing Egg Bird Breeds

85: 5 Common Mistakes When Choosing Egg Bird Breeds

I think we can all agree that chickens are great. And while some people get chickens simply because chickens are awesome, today I want to talk specifically about getting chickens for the purpose of laying eggs. There are several things to consider when choosing what […]

84: 10 Lessons You Can Learn in Times of Crisis

84: 10 Lessons You Can Learn in Times of Crisis

Although it’s never enjoyable to go through hard times or times of crisis, they hold many lessons for us to learn. The trick is to find something useful about the tough times and not waste the potential lessons. Today we’re talking about 10 lessons that […]

83: 9 ways to use technology to ward off isolation

83: 9 ways to use technology to ward off isolation

Life can toss many situations at us that will force us to be stuck at home. It could be a long term illness, the weather, the choice to stay home more in order to save money, or many other things. Today I’ll share 9 ways […]

82: Keeping a Pantry Journal Helps you Prepare for Emergencies

82: Keeping a Pantry Journal Helps you Prepare for Emergencies

I’ve always kept a freezer list/pantry list of what’s on hand here at the homestead. But what about keeping a pantry journal — a list of what we actually use? It was first suggested to me in my Grow a Year’s Worth of Food interview with […]

81: DIY your Pantry with Kris Bordessa

81: DIY your Pantry with Kris Bordessa

Have you ever walked through the grocery store and looked at all those pre-made items like mayo, ketchup, and sour cream? Have you ever wondered how you could DIY your pantry and start making those things yourself? I had the opportunity to talk with Kris […]

80: 5 Reasons Homesteaders Need to Be Brave

80: 5 Reasons Homesteaders Need to Be Brave

Homesteading is no place for cowards! Here are five reasons you will need to bring some courage with to the homestead—and if you’re already living the homesteading life, this list will help you realize you’re tougher than you maybe thought you were. (Don’t want to […]

How to Brine and Smoke a Chicken

How to Brine and Smoke a Chicken

One of our favorite ways to prepare a chicken is to smoke it, so I’d love to share with you the steps we use to brine and smoke a chicken for our dining enjoyment. Bonus: this recipe will also work for a turkey! (Don’t want […]

9 Lists You Need for Homestead Organization

9 Lists You Need for Homestead Organization

Organization is important on the homestead, and if you’re anything like me, it helps to write things down. Here are 9  lists I keep to help with my homestead organization  (Don’t want to read all the words? This blog post is also a podcast—just press […]

77: Because winter is hard (mental health for homesteaders)

77: Because winter is hard (mental health for homesteaders)

Winter is hard. It’s long. It’s dark and cold. I mean, at least where I live. Winter can be difficult as a homesteader, especially if you are north. There’s no dirt. There’s no grass. Everything is frozen. Nothing’s growing. And if you have animals, you’re […]

76: Starting Over on the Homestead

76: Starting Over on the Homestead

What happens when you need to make the decision to take a break from homesteading? What happens when you have to start over as a homesteader? Let’s look at some reasons you might consider starting over on the homestead, and why it might actually be […]