Filed under Our Eye Openers

The 1 Year Mark – The Year in Review and 2013 Goals

Well, we’ve officially been “experimenting” with homesteading for one year. ONE. WHOLE. YEAR. {wow} We had incredible set backs this year: an unexpected move and an even more unexpected injury to our youngest child. Along with that, I’ve gone back to work. So as I sat down to contemplate what we accomplished this year, I … Continue reading

Our “Off-the-Grid” Homestead Experiment

Our “Off-the-Grid” Homestead Experiment

If you’ve been a part of the homesteading scene for very long, you learn that there are “categories” among us: small homesteaders, large homesteaders, rural and urban homesteaders, homesteaders that live off-the-grid, and those that don’t. And if you’ve been around here for very long, you know that we don’t live off-the-grid right now, and … Continue reading

My Guest Post Over at Centsable Girls…

My Guest Post Over at Centsable Girls…

Today I’m with Kristen over at Centsable Girls blogging on From Processed Food and Public School to Homesteading and Homeschooling. Kristen and her husband were students at a small college where my husband and I were on faculty. We really loved them. So much so, we did their marriage counseling.  HA! They now live in … Continue reading

Eek! We’ve Received a Blogger Award!

Eek! We’ve Received a Blogger Award!

Well, well, well…could you imagine my surprise when I logged on to the blog after a one week hiatus because of Easter to find this little gem?!? Becky over at Clover and Thyme awarded us with this kind gesture!! Garsh. We’re honored. Becky recently blogged about her DIY Garden Light Hut and inspired us to … Continue reading

Grocery Budget: The “Before”

Grocery Budget: The “Before”

It’s me again…Shelby. As promised, one of the things I’m going to focus on is exactly what this “Homestead Experiment” is going to cost us. And any scientist knows (no, I’m not one), any experiment must have at least one hypothesis to work from. Our hypothesis: Homesteading will have a positive impact on our grocery … Continue reading

What is Homesteading…Exactly?

What is Homesteading…Exactly?

The definition of homesteading is a little fuzzy. At least it is to us. We’ve been reading a lot trying to come up with a definition. Mostly so we can decide what this experiment means for us. Wikipedia says, “Broadly defined, homesteading is a lifestyle of simple self-sufficiency. The term self-sufficiency is usually applied to … Continue reading

The Experiment

The Experiment

Hi, I’m JulieAnn. And I’m getting ready to conduct an experiment. Actually my whole family is. For one year we’re going to try our hand at Homesteading. We don’t entirely know what that means. But that’s what we’re setting out to learn. We’re ordering magazines. And checking books out of the library. We’re pouring over … Continue reading