Journal

Categories:  Homesteader  //  Homemaker

Holiday Stained Glass Windows with RuthAnn

Stained glass windows date back to the 7th century. With the earliest known reference dating
from 675 AD when workmen were imported from France to Britain to Glaze the windows of a
monastery…

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Returning to Nature

Homesteading and growing food is not the easy way out of this life, i would say it is the hard way as there’s nothing convenient about it. It’s a lifestyle, a life change not a trend or hobby. Well, that’s my opinion any way…

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The Farmers Who Don’t Know Anything

This is the story of our last two years on our tiny farm. The story of two people with two kids who knew nothing about raising livestock or growing food. But instead of spending years thinking about how to do the thing, we just dove in…for better or worse…

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Awakino Station

Awakino Station is a child’s dream. There is the river to splash in, tussock covered hills to explore, animals to raise and a bustling kitchen with a baking tin full of something yummy to eat…

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Quick-Rise Weeknight Pizza Dough

Like many in this homesteading space, this has been a completely unexpected journey for our family.
Even 10 years ago I would have laughed at the thought of getting up to milk a cow each morning and
canning endless amounts of tomatoes…

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Wild Mushroom Risotto by The Hopewell Homestead

I am a Hopesteader. I haven’t always tried to look for the silver lining in most any situation. It’s a skill that has encouraged me to spur on and learn and read and do and gain experience by turning knowledge into wisdom…

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Homestead Loss

We didn’t lose Druzy (pictured)-but lost her twins.

I just wanted to share how sad I felt that day. Our first goat, Druzy, had her babies sometime in the night, on Super Bowl Sunday-five days earlier than we thought-and they were both dead. Perfectly formed. Beautiful. Twins….

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Raw Milk Cheese

The absolute best part of this cheese recipe-there’s no stove work involved, at all! So they’ll be no sweating over the stove, or heating up the homestead during these hot summer months, with this recipe!

Chèvre is my go to cheese! I milk the goats, go inside and filter it right into a jar, and start the cheese from that very point! The doe’s body temperature is just perfect for starting the cheese on your countertop. And it doesn’t get much easier than that!…

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Dark Chocolate Ice Cream

Last year, I was a homestead mama on a mission! I decided that if I have all this gloriously thick, rich cream it deserved the best ice cream recipes to honor its true value. Vanilla ice cream was pretty easy to master, though there are some tricks to getting it perfect…

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Pigs as Regenerative Gardeners

Last year, my husband got in touch with a large, local, area food bank
that was paying to dispose of fresh produce once it was no longer suitable for human consumption…

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Dealing with Expectations

Dear mamas.
This is Sarah from @sarah.akti
I do not live in a perfect house.
I do not have perfect kids.
I do not have a perfect garden.
I am not a perfect mum.
I am not a perfect homesteader…

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Saturday Morning Pancakes

After a busy daycare week for our toddler, and the hectic joys of infant co-parenting + farming, weekend mornings are eagerly anticipated family time; the weekend promise of adventures great and small is so refreshing…

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Simple Wheat Bread Recipe

Simple Wheat Bread Recipe

This is a great, simple recipe that can be quickly thrown together multiple times a week for the perfect, from-scratch, whole wheat bread recipe. It’s a half wheat, half white flour recipe with a slightly nutty flavor, a hint of sweetness from the honey, and the perfect texture. I love that this recipe is so versatile that it can be sliced as an addition to a cozy soup dinner or hold perfectly for spread and sandwiches. I make this recipe multiple times a week in our home. If you’re on the hunt for the perfect recipe to jump into making bread at home, you’ve come to the right place.

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Our Homesteading “Why”

Greetings! I’m Mandy Vander Kolk, a joyfully married mother of three, suburban homesteader, and sourdough enthusiast! From very early on, I have had a great love for the natural world.

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Two-Loaf Artisan Sourdough Bread

Soon after I began my sourdough journey a few years ago, it quickly became very clear that one loaf was never enough for our family! Between my husband and I and our three children, we can easily devour an entire loaf in one sitting….

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Mountain Lion Hunting Montana

Hi homestead mamas! As mountain lion hunting is a large piece of our homesteading life, I thought I would share a few words on the topic.

Mountain lion hunting is primarily done for conservation…

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The Giving Pie

This recipe is nothing exciting, there I’ve said it. But I’ve got a lot on my heart and fruit I’m hoping to share will you; it may fill you in ways no dinner can…

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The Journey to Homesteading

Farming? No thanks.

This was my mindset for the first 26 years of my life, did I love animals? Yes of course, did this mean I could foresee myself saving all their poop in order to fertilize a garden?… uh no. You see I had always loved convenience, I mean I didn’t even know how to really cook a meal, why would I when I could just buy it premade and tasting great.

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Designing a Potager Garden

Designing a Potager Garden: A curated garden design for flowers, herbs, and vegetables.

Spring is amongst us, and it is about the time people are itching to get their hands in the dirt, creating
and cultivating the earth.

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It’s Your Backyard…Use It!

Living in an urban or suburban setting may seem like the least likely place to start a homestead. When most people (even me) think of the word, term or action it looks like acres of land, a plethora of animals and gardens as far as the eyes can see…

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