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

RIP Little Seedlings

RIP Little Seedlings

It’s a sad day. We’re feeling mournful over here. Maybe you should add in a dash of aggravated too. Half of our seedlings died on us. So did our celery. {sigh} We went into this expecting failures. We didn’t expect to take those failures so personally! We will not be conquered! We’re replanting and trying … 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

Homestead Rookie Mistakes

Homestead Rookie Mistakes

Hi, folks. Shelby here.  No, this is not a “grocery spending update.” That will be for another time. Nope. This is me coming clean about the rookie mistakes we’ve made thus far. The great news? It hasn’t hurt us, yet! Hey! It is an experiment, after all. Would it really be fair if we read … Continue reading

Use Everything

Use Everything

One of the mantras of homesteaders is “Use Everything.” Making the most of every single thing is part of the homesteading mindset. It’s NOT a part of the normal American family’s mindset. This includes using reusable cans and jars like I do for my yogurt and peanut butter.    Or like saving all of the … Continue reading

We’ve Got Compost!

We’ve Got Compost!

We’ve been looking at all these grandiose composters at Lowe’s. We’ve been looking at grandiose building plans online. And looked. And looked. And looked. But not doing anything about it. Then one day hubs was grabbing lunch at a fast food sandwich place near his office and noticed they were selling pickle buckets for $2 … Continue reading

Homemade Peanut Butter

Homemade Peanut Butter

We are like all typical American families: we consume peanut butter like it is going out of style. And since part of this journey is a quest toward consuming more real food, your typical jar of peanut butter on the typical grocery store shelf is full of unknown weird ingredients. Not something we’re looking to … Continue reading

Growing Potatoes in a Laundry Basket

Growing Potatoes in a Laundry Basket

Some more planting took place this week. Have you ever heard of planting potatoes in a laundry basket? Hehe…neither did we. Until we started reading all kinds of gardening blogs and saw people saying they were having a lot of success with this method. We figured, “Hey – we’ve got a laundry basket. And potatoes … Continue reading