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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

6 Tips to Avoid Food Storage Mistakes

Food storage mistakes can be costly and unnecessary. Read these 6 tips to avoid food storage mistakes and get your food storage organized.

Use these 6 tips to avoid food storage mistakes in week 2 of our Spring Cleaning challenge. Want to know one of the costliest mistakes in food storage?  American's throw out more than $165 billion dollars in food every year. In one year. That amount is staggering. And I'm willing to bet if you and I were honest, we've thrown out more food than we'd like to admit. One of the things I love most about the pioneering today mindset is doing more with less, being wise stewards with what we have, … [Read more...]

When and How to Plant Fruit Trees

Eager to start gardening but still in winter? These 9 fruits are planted in winter and will provide you with a harvest for years to come. Tips on where to get your stock, how to plant it, even if you don't have any land or a yard! Read this to get your fruit plants in.

Late winter and early spring are the time to plant fruit trees and bushes. While I love my veggie garden, there is a beauty in only having to plant something once and being able to harvest if for years to come. Can I get a holler? No, sheesh, this is exciting stuff, okay, at least a high five. Having a fruit source on your homestead is a great step towards self-sufficiency and lowering your grocery bill. Plus, there is nothing and I mean nothing, like fresh ripe fruit straight off the vine... … [Read more...]

How to Make Yogurt at Home

Want an easy and healthy yogurt with more live cultures than the store? This old-fashioned homemade yogurt only uses 2 ingredients, no yogurt maker required, and no straining method for thick creamy yogurt. Best part, it's less than half of the cost of store bought yogurt with more live cultures! Read now and never purchase store bought yogurt again.

Does anyone else get a little bit excited twirl around the kitchen and do a double fist pump when they learn how to make something from scratch at home instead of purchasing it from the store? Whew, glad it's not just me. I spun around and may have knocked over a dish or two when I learned how to make yogurt at home without a yogurt maker or any new appliance. Because really, I hate appliances that only serve one purpose. I'm a multi-tasking girl and expect just about everything in my house to … [Read more...]

Podcast #48 How to Make Bone Broth and 5 Ways to Preserve It

Learn how to make bone broth and stock. A great way to stretch your food budget dollars and provide additional nutrients for your family. Love the 5 different ways to preserve the bone broth at home. I never thought of doing the number 2 and 3. Great ideas to use up the carcass and bones you'd normally just toss. Read this now for tips and ways to make your bone broth go even further.

Anyone else feel late to the bone broth parade? Up until a year ago I had no idea the awesomeness of bone broth. I simply new it was a good way to get more money from your meat purchases and a more frugal way to make broth at home. Then I started reading up and discovered bone broth supports good gut health among other parts of our bodies. I'm sure you've all seen the commercial by now how a big portion of our immune system is linked to the health of our gut. No? Let's just say if the folks … [Read more...]

How to Prune Blueberries for a Larger Harvest

Want a larger harvest of blueberries? Learn how to prune blueberry plants for a larger harvest. Great step by step tutorial, plus love her tips for what to add to the soil. If you want to put in blueberries or already have them, you need to read this tutorial now.

How to Prune Blueberries It seems so contradictory to cut off branches in order to get more fruit, but that's exactly what we need to do with our fruit trees, especially blueberry plants. Pruning blueberries is slightly different than pruning fruit trees, though some of the principals remain the same. I can't help but think of this verse every time I prune any of our plants. I'm always amazed at how gardening brings to mind so many of the scriptures. He cuts off every branch in me that … [Read more...]