How to Make Beeswax and Lard Candles at Home

Wanting a more natural self-sustainable lifestyle? These easy homemade beeswax candles contain just two ingredients, come together in 30 minutes, and use natural resources. Perfect for being prepared or cutting out the chemicals. Read now to get your candle making on!

Every old-fashioned soul needs to know how to make candles at home. Is there anything more cheery than the flickering light of a candle? Or romantic... which makes my kids go eww.  Every homesteading soul wants to learn how to make homemade candles with beeswax and lard. Or, you will after reading Amy's post on how to make homemade beeswax and lard candles, come on, don't leave me hanging, you know you do. Putting to use all of the items on our homestead is being a good steward and using … [Read more...]

Podcast #53 7 Time Saving Tips when Cooking From Scratch

hese 7 time saving tips when cooking from scratch are what I use to keep our kitchen free from processed food, without feeling like all I do is cook. Read now to get real food on the table when you're pressed for time.

These 7 time saving tips when cooking from scratch are what I use to keep our kitchen free from as much processed food as possible, without being chained to the stove or feeling like all I do is cook. If you need help getting real food on the table without a ton of extra time, then this my friend is the episode for you. I post new episodes on Friday mornings. You can subscribe via RSS and receive every episode for free.  or subscribe via Itunes Reader Question: How do you make … [Read more...]

How to Salt Cure Ham Old-Fashioned Preserving

Tired of store bought meat? Learn how to salt cure a ham with old-fashioned preserving skills.

How to salt cure ham at home has been on my homesteading bucket list for a few years now. Being able to preserve food with old-fashioned techniques, like salt curing pork, is a skill I find as fascinating as I do yummy. Bring me the bacon! And ham! When Lee from Tennessee Homestead offered to teach me and you how to salt cure a ham I got all kinds of excited. Lee, teach away! Salt curing ham is an age-old tradition on our homestead.  We use a dry rub cure to make the best-tasting hams … [Read more...]

How to Make Homemade Mozzarella in 30 Minutes

Ever wanted to make homemade cheese but don't want to wait for months for it to age? Learn how to make homemade mozzarella in minutes with this easy step by step tutorial.

Ever wanted to learn how to make homemade mozzarella? Score! Me, too. Learning how to make my own from scratch food instead of relying on the grocery store is a huge plus for me and homemade mozzarella in less than 30 minutes, oh my goodness. Not to mention, it's an easy introduction to cheese making. But I've never made it, so I asked my friend Maria to walk us through making homemade mozzarella. Because homesteading folks love to share their knowledge and teach others. Maria- I love, … [Read more...]

Podcast #52 7 Foods to Never Purchase from the Store

Tired of rising grocery prices? These are 7 foods we grow enough of to never purchase from the store. Learn how to begin growing your own groceries! Love the free resource guide.

Would you love never having to buy food from the grocery store again? Or at the very least cut back your grocery bill... like in half? I don't know about you, but every time I pay for groceries I swear they've raised the prices again. I end up spending more and more for less and less in my cart. We do our best to purchase organic, grass-fed, pasture raised, non-GMO foods. But let's be honest, sometimes that can be pretty expensive. I believe it's worth the expense when we can afford it, but … [Read more...]

5 Tips to Raising Livestock for Food

Concerned about our modern food system and the growing cost? Here's 5 tips to what it really takes to raise your own livestock and if it's for you. Read now if you've ever wanted to raise your own food.

Most homesteaders want to begin raising livestock at some point on their homesteading journey. It seems every time I go to the grocery store prices have increased yet again and when listening to the news, there's another outbreak of something in connection to our food. There's a peace of mind and sense of accomplishment when I raise it myself. I know exactly how the animal was cared for, what it ate, and more importantly, what it didn't eat. It's no wonder more and more folks are turning … [Read more...]

8 Tips to Live Like the Pioneers

Ever wanted to live like the Little House books? Here are 8 tips to live like the pioneers and Pa Ingalls from The Little House books. The basic skills are something everyone should know, but fewer people do. Read now to make sure you know these!

One of the reasons I wanted to live like the pioneers was due to Pa Ingalls and The Little House books. He cared for his family and had an adventurous spirit. The Little House on the Prairie® is probably in part responsible for almost all of us modern homesteaders. The idea of being able to live off the land, being self-sufficient, and returning to simpler ways and times holds a certain nostalgia for most. Truth of the matter is this homesteading and pioneering today is hard work. People … [Read more...]

Podcast #51 How to Grow Fruit Trees

Learn how to grow fruit trees. If you ever wanted to grow your own food you'll need these tips to avoid costly mistakes. Learn which varieties you need and how to know which kind is right for your area.

Want to grow your own fruit trees? Today we talk about how to grow fruit trees, how to avoid costly  mistakes with fruit trees, and how to know which fruits are right for your area and when to plant where you live. I post new episodes on Friday mornings. You can subscribe via RSS and receive every episode for free.  or subscribe via Itunes It's party time on the podcast this week as I've got two special co-hosts. Angie is a homesteader from Texas with an awesome tool to help you … [Read more...]

8 Ways to Live Like Little House on the Prairie

Did you ever feel like you were born a century too late? Learn how to use these simple 8 ways to live like Little House on the Prairie today.

Laura Ingalls Wilder was my best friend growing up and I always wanted to live like they did on Little House on the Prairie®. My mother read every night to me from the Little House on the Prairie® books and when I was older, I read through them on my own. We watched the television show and much of my play time was spent pretending I was with Laura running wild in the big woods or through the "prairie" grass of our back pasture. As you may have guessed, my love didn't die as I grew into an … [Read more...]

7 DIY Ways to Compost at Home

7 DIY ways to compost at home. Get your garden soil in the best shape with these easy ways to begin composting at home.

Here's 7 DIY ways to compost at home. Learning how to compost at home is high on the list of home gardeners. Ever heard the term black gold? It's usually in reference to compost and to a gardener, it's as valuable as gold. There are some basic rules to compost, but like most things, everyone has their own twist and advice. The beauty of all things pioneering today and homesteading is suiting it to meet your unique situation, wants, and needs. Composting is the breaking down of natural … [Read more...]