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Categories:  Homesteader  //  Homemaker

Homesteading for Health

When I was in my early twenties, I began to feel unwell. Having grown up eating the standard American diet, this was no surprise. My menstrual cramps were unbearably painful
and I got colds like I was a magnet for them. Sinus infections and antibiotics were a part of my annual routine….

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New Year, New Goals

The New Year has arrived and for me that means it’s time to buckle down and solidify the goals that I have for our Homestead for the year, as well as the upcoming growing Season.

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Small Things Still Have Big Meanings

I remember when we really started getting into our homestead journey. Ken was starting to outgrow his little garden and I was ready to take on more animals besides chickens. But when I envisioned our homestead growing, I saw acres filled with cows and goats, chickens roaming free, a big barn on the hill, you know…a farm…

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Livestock Guardian Dogs

Just a week ago my dog, Leela, gave birth to an adorable litter of puppies. It’s been an exciting and exhausting experience as first-time breeders. Since canines are occupying a lot of my thought-space right now I thought that this month I would share about the importance of livestock guardians…

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Christmas Crepes

Ever since the first Christmas I can remember, these Crepe’s have been part of our Christmas morning. My mom would make them every year…

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The Slow Season

The bushels of produce that cluttered the kitchen floor are now neatly tucked into a rainbow of jars on the pantry shelves. Days spent weeding and harvesting will now be spent indoors by the woodstove and in the kitchen enjoying the meals we worked so hard for over the growing season…

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Adaptogen Hot Chocolate Concentrate

The holiday season is upon us, and I am a big fan of warm beverages. You can probably guess that I love squeezing herbs into every nook and cranny of my life, so of course I would want to add them to my hot chocolate too! This recipe is basically a concentrated chocolate syrup that is added to your choice of milk or milk alternative to make hot chocolate…

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A little back story for y’all…

My husband, Oresti, and I met in Greece. He’s from Albania but had moved to Greece in the late 90s after his communist country opened up. I traveled to Greece from the US to work as an aupair. We met at church. That’s the very short story of that! Anyway, when we got married in Greece, we talked about one day living on a little farm with chickens and sheep and a milk cow….

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Permission to get Messy

Permission to get messy.. My boys are often messy, dirty and even downright filthy!!

But there are times when they know they’re going to get extra dirty and they’ll come and ask for permission to do something that isn’t in their normal play…

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Irish Acres Homestead

It was March, 2020. I was 7 months pregnant standing at the window of my beautiful suburban home and a deep knowing swept over me. It was time. My husband Joe and I had talked for years about becoming more sustainable, growing our own food and raising animals…

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Squirrel: Forgotten Tablefare

When most people think of squirrel hunting, they think of a pastime reminiscent of the south and days long gone. However, squirrel hunting isn’t a thing of the past…

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Cider Pairings

When we first started selling cider in 2002, almost no-one even knew what it was. When Americans heard the word “cider” they thought brown unfiltered juice in a plastic jug. A lot has changed in the past 2 decades– cider now regularly makes national media…

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Work Life Balance

It’s ironic in a way, to be writing a guest blog post for Homestead Mamas in the homestretch of harvest while I’m absolutely not manifesting any type of work-life balance what-so-ever. I’m writing to you while multitasking on cider production on what is probably my 40 straight 10 hour day of work. But it will be winter soon and things will ease up and over the past 20 years I’ve gotten used to the fact that folks are going to be thinking about apples, and ciders, and the people that grow and make them in the fall– when the apples are ripe!…

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Misconceptions of the Homestead

My motivation to start homesteading sprouted many years before I spent any amount of time on social media.I’d never even spent much time on a farm! Oh, how I was so naive. I loved the idea of becoming self sustainable and growing/producing my own food. At the time I mostly wanted a garden and laying hens. I thought both would be romantic and magical…

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Homestead from Scratch

Hey homestead mamas! I am so excited to be here with you all and to get to share a glimpse into our homestead and family life.

I’m Stephanie, Registered Nurse turned SAHM. Wife to Andrew of 13 years. We have a unique and fun story that I love to share. We met on a blind date, we weren’t each others date. 3 weeks later we were engaged. 2 months after that we were married. I was 19 he was 22. People thought we were crazy to be getting married so young and so quick but we couldn’t deny that we knew we were supposed to be together…

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The Best You Can Do

Do the best you can with what you have. If there was ever a life mantra I try to live by, that would be it. My husband, Joey, and I live on a small cul-de-sac with our three daughters about 20 minutes from the city…

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