Homemade Sour Cream.

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Phew. What a day. Do you ever have those days? Those days when you sit down with aching feet, burning eyes, an uncompleted to-do list, and an unfolded pile of laundry the size of Mount Kilimanjaro? Good. I thought I was alone in this world. Glad to see I'm in good company here. Despite the aching feet, burning eyes, and giant list and laundry pile, here I am. Here to share. Here to write. … [Read more...]

The Great Milk Debate Part #2

The Great Milk Debate Part #2 | The Elliott Homestead

1. Why do you want a milk animal in the first place? DANELLE “Because milk of course! Just about every milk in the grocery store comes from animals raised in unnatural environments aka poop n’ stuff. On top of that, store bought milk is pasteurized aka heated until hot as lava. I wanted to provide milk for my family in it’s real form. Organic, grass-fed, & raw. I also wanted my animals … [Read more...]

Cow vs. Goat: The Great Milk Debate

The Great Milk Debate | The Elliott Homestead

I've tried to pretend, but I just can't anymore. Cows are better than goats. Before you goat people go on and hate me forever, I think it's important that you hear my side of the story. That's exactly what DaNelle from Weed 'em and Reap and I will be fighting, errr debating, to really decide once and for all what the perfect milk animal is. (Hint: it's of the bovine origin). And while it's all in … [Read more...]

Homestead Barn Hop #156

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Whew! Another busy week on the farm. What is it about Springtime that just really gets the ball rolling on all those projects around the house? I think I'll blame it on all of the fresh air. That, mixed with sunshine, makes a perfect combination of accomplishment. This week, we welcomed 20,000 new bees to the farm! They were hived yesterday and seem to be doing well. We also began working … [Read more...]

Safely Handling Raw Milk (and proper milking procedures for doing so)

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I get asked quite often about our choice to drink raw milk. In fact, not only do we drink it, but we've spent thousands of dollars and hours of energy acquiring it. Many wonder how we can feel safe drinking a product that is barely even sold for human consumption in a handful of states, illegal in many, and sold as 'for pet consumption only' in a dozen others. Is this product really that … [Read more...]

How To Plant A Fruit Tree

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Remember a few months ago when we began planning our homestead orchard? We'd carefully picked out the trees, each variety suited to our specific climate. I sat patiently... okay fine not so patiently... while I waited for the company's "East of the Cascades" shipping date of March 31st. Twittle thumbs. Twittle thumbs some more. Finally, on that windy and sunny April day, the fruit trees … [Read more...]

GIVEAWAY: Plastic-free Coffee Extravaganza!

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Want to spit on your hand and then shake mine? Or rather, would you rather cut your palm with a sharp knife (don't worry, I'll do the same) and then we can shake that way? You know - a pledge. A pact. A promise. Okay fine, I won't require any blood from you (yet... muah ha ha) but I would love you to pledge something for me. After all, we're only a week away from Earth Day. And this is as … [Read more...]

Homestead Barn Hop #155

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I can't believe how fast the weeks of Spring go! It's such a busy time for all of us on the farms and homesteads - planting gardens, caring for new animals, and planning all the new projects ahead! This past week, we've been preparing for the arrival of our sheep - making sure that new pasture is fenced off appropriately and that their 'house' is in working order. We're also busy preparing for … [Read more...]

Warm Berries & Farm Fresh Custard.

Berries & Fresh Custard | The Elliott Homestead

Remember that time, no so long ago, when you went out to your chicken coop? You lovingly gathered each egg in your apron pocket, noticed one of the eggs had been eaten by a hen, and made a mental note to keep an eye on said-egg-eater so you could cook her up for Sunday supper. You then made your way down to the cow stable, where you pulled up your faithful three-legged stool, washed off the … [Read more...]

The Nourished Kitchen. And Braised Short Ribs.

Braised Short Ribs with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Herbs

I've never done a book review on this post. Not because there aren't great cooks out there. Of course, there are many. But a few books in the world speak to my soul. There was the initial book that got my into natural living, another great book that inspired a traditional food diet, and of course - the ultimate life book. But on top of that, my top favorites are few and far between. And then - a … [Read more...]