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Wakey, Wakey…Hibernation is Over!

Wakey, Wakey…Hibernation is Over!

Well, let’s just say suburban homesteading in the winter is…well, it isn’t, actually. Doesn’t seem like there’s much to do during the winter if you’re not living off the grid, or raising animals, or building chicken coops, or whatever real homesteaders do in the winter *wink*wink*. Actually that’s not entirely true. Because we live in … Continue reading

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

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

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

Raised Garden Beds…a Grocery Expense?

Raised Garden Beds…a Grocery Expense?

Think: Mr. Roark, “Fantasy Island”, and, most importantly, Tattoo’s “De plane! De plane!” They’re here! They’re here. Jim from Triple Braided Farm Products delivered two beautiful raised garden beds this afternoon. Yes, it’s a bit cold outside to start planting…There’s snow on the ground, after all. But we are stoked to have them. As Julie mentioned, we … 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

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