All Purpose Flaky Pie Crust

All Purpose Flaky Pie Crust

The perfect pie needs a perfect crust. One that is both beautiful and delicious in all of its flaky glory. Yes, flaky. If you are a person, flaky is not good. But if you are a pie crust, you are exactly who you should be. And all other pie crusts will envy you. Now, making […]

The Beauty of Sustainability

The Beauty of Sustainability

“There is nothing better for a man than to eat and drink and find enjoyment in his hard work…” – Ecclesiastes 2:24 It was almost dark and we were still outside tossing large hunks of the rotten Mountain Ash tree that my husband finally cut down for me. It laid the foundation for the final […]

How to Treat Ear Mites in Rabbits {Naturally}

How to Treat Ear Mites in Rabbits {Naturally}

I remember the moment I realized I had become a rabbit farmer. It was last spring. Or, rather, a very warm day in late winter when I decided to drag all of my cages out of the chicken coop entry way where I’d been housing my meat rabbits during the cold months. I shook out […]

Garlic Stuffed Pork Rib Roast

Garlic Stuffed Pork Rib Roast

If I’ve learned anything over the years of feeding, growing, and harvesting the variety of animals that we raise to feed the family, it’s that I have a much greater respect for the food we eat. When you’ve put in the work all on your own, start to finish, the desire grows inside of you […]

Home Canned Beef Stew

Home Canned Beef Stew

There’s a wintry mix covering our little homestead, the kids have the first snowman of the year standing in the yard, and I have warm homemade beef stew settling in jars on the counter top. But around here, “beef” comes in many forms…most often by way of deer or bear. So technically I have “venison/bear […]

Backyard Farmers: You Make a Difference!

Backyard Farmers: You Make a Difference!

This is for my fellow backyard farmers. Whether you have an apartment balcony, 1/2 an acre, or a handful of land to call your own. For those who do it yourself. Make it yourself. Grow it yourself. Anything…everything…something. No matter how little or how much you’re currently growing, raising, or making- you make a difference! […]

How to Make Dry Cured Bacon

How to Make Dry Cured Bacon

Bacon. Few words get as much of a reaction as bacon. It’s a universal language that we all speak. And it’ll cure what ails you. Having a rough day? Forget the wine. Here, have some bacon. Don’t know what to make for supper? Who needs supper? Let’s just have bacon. Pondering what makes the world […]

Hearty Homestead Breakfast Casserole

Hearty Homestead Breakfast Casserole

I’m a casserole-type of gal. What can I say? I’m from Minnesota. We love our casseroles…probably because we spend 9 months out of the year trying to stay warm and what better way to warm up than a nice, hot, deep dish casserole? And we like them not only for supper, but breakfast and lunch […]

Perfect Roast Turkey

Perfect Roast Turkey

There are few animals over whose skin I will fight for at a meal. Turkey is one of them. In fact, I’m pretty sure it’s the only one. Crispy, heavenly, basted to perfection. Are you nodding your head right now? You know what I’m talking about. If not, you haven’t had a good turkey. One […]

How to Make & Freeze Homemade Hash Browns

How to Make & Freeze Homemade Hash Browns

You say po-tay-to…I say po-tah-to… {Wait, does anyone actually say po-tah-to?} What I actually say is: potatoes are awesome. I’ve probably mentioned it more than once, but in my garden, there are two vital crops that play a prominent role in feeding my family year-round: tomatoes and potatoes. Hundreds of pounds of each are harvested […]