Journal

Categories:  Homesteader  //  Homemaker

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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Pickled Beet Vinaigrette

Can you believe I had never tasted a beet until I was in my mid-30s? Now, I’m obsessed.

My first exposure to my favorite salad addition was when I enjoyed brunch at my older friend Vickie’s house. She happened to be my OBGYN who delivered my daughter, and we reconnected as blogging friends after an illness forced her to retire…

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The Worst Part About Homesteading with Kids

I didn’t grow up on a farm.

I didn’t have any interest in growing food as a kid and honestly – until my second pregnancy at age 21 I never really even thought about what I was eating or where it came from.

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Find Those Moments…

Finding the time for my creative practice completely changed motherhood for me. After my first Olivia I dove straight into full time mothering, and slowly let my time for my artwork fade…

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The Organized Homestead with Staci from The From Scratch Homestead

Oh man I loved this conversation! I cannot wait to go back through and take some notes!

Staci is an amazing homestead mama of 7 in Wisconsin, getting SO much done! I had to have her on the podcast because during her takeover she amazed me with her organizational skills on the homestead, and getting so much done, all while schooling her kids, homemaking, and growing/raising much of their own food!

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Chinese Style Green Beans and Pork

When I am inundated with green beans from the garden, I like to throw this dish together and serve it with rice. It’s quick and one of the ways I can get my kids to eat more beans.

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A Beekeeping Mama’s Story

Hi Friends! I’m Angelina from @the_chinglish_farmer. I am a mama to two rambunctious little boys, a wife to a very patient man, a lady beekeeper to thousands of bees, a chemical free gardener, and about a thousand other titles as all homesteading mothers would understand…

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Nose to Tail Black & Blue Burgers

When you raise your own meat it is unavoidable to notice the amount of nutrient dense cuts that american culture tells you not to eat. They want you to believe it’s weird, taboo, a sign of lower class, and doesn’t taste good. When in reality industrialized agriculture and feed lots have started producing on such a scale that the organs are just too much work to do anything with and get cast aside as only fit for animals to eat….

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You’ve Got Grit Mama

I recently became a milk maid to my beautiful Jersey heifer Francine. And while the abundance of milk has been well worth it I would be remiss if I pushed aside all the feelings and perspective this new season has brought for me…

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Ranching with Children

When I first married my husband, and moved to his family ranch, I immediately jumped in and helped out as needed. I quickly learned that there’s no such thing as ‘too much help’ on a ranch. I found a job that needed doing, and I took it over. Extra hands are always needed during ranching, so I know my help is appreciated…

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3 Tips for Homeschooling on the Homestead

Brianna and Ryan Widen raise & homeschool their 3 kids on their working ranch in Washington State. The family raises nearly all their own food, have a Ranch Store open each weekend and ship their meats nationwide.

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