How to Prepare Garlic for Long Term Storage

How to Prepare Garlic for Long Term Storage

“Life is not complex. We are complex. Life is simple, and the simple thing is the right thing.” -Oscar Wilde In a world that is so fast-paced, so aggressive, so offended all the time, so self-absorbed, it can be hard to know…just where does one fit in? Where should your opinions lie? In which direction […]

Homemade Mint Extract

Homemade Mint Extract

I always feel a little extra trashy when I drag a big old bottle of the world’s cheapest vodka up to the register at the liquor store. There’s this urge to explain myself. “It’s not what you think! I’m not trash, I promise! It’s for extracts. Yes, extracts. No, I don’t actually drink this stuff…honest.” […]

Processing Broiler Chickens: Butcher Day Checklist

Processing Broiler Chickens: Butcher Day Checklist

Were it not for lists, I would surely die a slow death of walking in circles. It’s amazing how you can get up in the morning, determined to tackle all of those tasks you remembered as you tried to fall asleep the night before. It was alllllll there in your mental checklist: Get that turkey […]

How to Make a Sheepskin Rug

How to Make a Sheepskin Rug

Winter time is project time around these here parts. Our winters are long. Cold. Dark. And did I mention…long? As of right now, despite spring’s arrival on the calendar, we’re still under several feet of snow and seeing below-zero temperatures. But that’s life in my part of the world. And so deal with it we […]

How to Build a Keyhole Raised Garden Bed

How to Build a Keyhole Raised Garden Bed

I am endlessly intrigued by interesting and unique ways of approaching the ordinary. Especially when it comes to gardening. You probably know that about me by now. When I was introduced to hugelkultur, my personal perspective on food production was changed forever. It was no longer as simple as sticking a seed into the ground, […]

Traditional Homestead Quick Tip: Homemade Organic Brown Sugar in 3 Minutes or Less!

Traditional Homestead Quick Tip: Homemade Organic Brown Sugar in 3 Minutes or Less!

There’s nothing worse than being in the middle of a baking project and suddenly realizing you’re missing an ingredient or two. That is when one must get creative and either find a substitute or make your own. I find myself in this predicament more often than not since I try to rely mostly on food […]

How-To: Hugelkultur Raised Garden Bed Start-to-Finish

How-To: Hugelkultur Raised Garden Bed Start-to-Finish

***Please see my more recent article on hugelkultur, with a start-to-finish slideshow of the 2015 hugelkultur garden***   Welcome to a new How-To Monday: Hugelkultur! Every once in a while, my  husband gets a little chainsaw-happy. You see, in my neck of the woods, we have an endless supply {or, rather, infestation} of what we […]

How-To Monday: Successfully Ventilate the Cold Climate Chicken Coop

How-To Monday: Successfully Ventilate the Cold Climate Chicken Coop

Being that we’re in the heart of winter, it’s likely you’ve come across an article or two pertaining to protecting your flock against the elements or at least on how to keep them comfortable. On my own blog I’ve discussed winter chicken keeping and the best breeds for cold weather climates, and I’m back at […]

DIY Pallet Duck House {& Pallet Dangers}

DIY Pallet Duck House {& Pallet Dangers}

Pallets are all the rage, aren’t they? In a wide movement of self-sufficiency (and thanks to Pinterest!), pallets have become a hot number, and for good reason. Why? Because you can make a billion things with them! Just type “pallets” into a search at Pinterest and you will be greeted with countless possibilities for every […]