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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

The Canning Sessions: Herbs

The Canning Sessions: Herbs

As the summer growing season is winding down, our minds are turning to the winter. We had canning and winter eating in mind when we planted our garden. Unfortunately, not everything worked out for us this summer. So we don’t have a lot to put up. We ate most of what actually grew. And it … Continue reading

The Canning Sessions: Pickles and Squash

The Canning Sessions: Pickles and Squash

It’s time for “puttin’ up” for the winter! (Did I pull that off? Is that the right word? he-he…) We’ve been doing small batch canning as much as possible this summer. Today was pickles and yellow squash. I used a Garlic Dill Pickle recipe from my fellow Ohio homesteader and blog friend Old World Garden … Continue reading

8 Steps To (Sub)Urban Homesteading

8 Steps To (Sub)Urban Homesteading

When we first began this Homestead Experiment, one of our biggest questions was how, exactly, were we going to accomplish this while living in a suburban environment – one where we have limitations like no bees, goats, chickens, turkeys, or pigs?? What else is involved in this homesteading thing? At times this summer it felt … Continue reading

Homemade Peanut Butter: Take 2

Homemade Peanut Butter: Take 2

Well last month I tried to make homemade peanut butter with less-than-stellar results. Remember this? It turned out far too thick. We couldn’t even use it for sandwiches because it tore up the bread. When I posted about it, many of you told me that I just didn’t allow it to blend long enough. I … 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

We’ve Arrived

We’ve Arrived

The thought finally occurred to me: We’ve arrived. We’re homesteaders. We enjoyed large slices of our homemade bread, spread with locally-sourced honey for breakfast today. I can’t tell you how immensely satisfying that was. Then I set about doing laundry with my homemade detergent. And made more because it was just about gone. And hung … Continue reading