How To Store Potatoes

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Many  homesteading skills are best learned through experience. And that I say from, well, experience. Most any of the tasks that we so desperately desire to take on as homesteaders require a sense of adventure - of focus - of determination to make it work. It was the same situation this past August, when I dug 75 pounds of potatoes out of the garden bed (that had since been trampled in the … [Read more...]

Chicken Feet: Why you need them in your diet and how to prepare them!

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Chicken feet. The feets of the chicken. Boys and girls, that's what we're talking about today. Now, don’t go gettin’ all grossed out. Y’all are familiar with our ideals for our farm. Nothing gets wasted. And why on Earth Americans wasted these wonderful morsels is beyond me. We’ll eat fast food but we won’t simmer chicken feet for stock? Fu-get-about-it. Why You Should Be Eating … [Read more...]

Back To Basics: Kefir

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Many of you have been with me here on this beautiful blog journey for many years now. Many of you have stumbled with me through the beginnings of our way of eating and our way of life. Seeing your names come through the comments is like enjoying a cup of coffee with an old friend. That being said, many of you are new here as well. And many of you have no clue about many of the things that have … [Read more...]

2015 Farm Goals.

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I'll pretend like I didn't spend the better part of two hours writing out a deliciously goal-filled post before my WordPress crashed and took with it every last word. I'll also pretend like I didn't cry out to the heavens in a form of protest after said crash happened. After all, there is far bigger stuff in the world to worry about, right? Right? RIGHT? Sorry. I may still be a little high … [Read more...]

Our 2015 Heirloom Vegetable Varieties (and my favorite suppliers of heirloom seeds!)

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My husband and I have been talking a lot about the story behind our food lately. When we sit down for breakfast, it's more than just bacon and eggs on our plate. It's the smell of the pig pen on a hot July day. It's Wallace and Chester escaping to our neighbor's orchard. It's the routine of gathering eggs from the nesting boxes each day before the eggs freeze. It's the scent of fresh hay being … [Read more...]

Butchering A Pig: Video from our harvest

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My head must be thick as a rock. Almost three months later, I realized that I have yet to post some super-awesome footage that I shot when the Farmstead Meatsmith came to visit our farm and taught us how to butcher pigs. Dang it. All this time I've been holding out on you! Not because I don't love you. But because I'm a brain-fart. Unfortunately, in that three months of brain-fart time, … [Read more...]

Christmas as a minimalist.

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My friend Rachel is a minimalist.  Every time I read one of her posts, I'm inspired to do the same. (Let's just pretend like my junky bathroom closet doesn't exist. And let's forget about the slew of old wrapping paper, gigantic travel bags, loner socks, and need-to-be-retired work boots that are shoved under our bed. Oh, and let's also not open up my pantry. Ever. Ok?) Though, in … [Read more...]

Sizzling Steak with Vinegar and Tomato Dressing

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I can't move. Nope. Can't do it. I'm currently sitting in my favorite chair, legs up on the footstool, lounging deeply back into the soft cushion. I've still got my apron on from cooking tonight's supper, but since I can't move, it doesn't look like I'll be transitioning into my sweatpants anytime soon. Do you ever have those meals that leave you so utterly satisfied you just think you might … [Read more...]

Why Homegrown Food Tastes Better.

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I was recently asked, 'Shaye... why do you do it? Why do you slave over the stove... over the garden bed... over the animal poop... over the piles of dirty dishes? Why, why, why?' Great question, ye who shall not be named. (Don't worry. It wasn't Voldemort that asked me.) Anyway, I thought for about 1.29 seconds and then POP - I had the answer. The food. The FOOD. THE FOOD! Good … [Read more...]

Homemade Headcheese

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As I scrambled to stuff the preserved bags of green peppers behind the pig head in the freezer, and thus caused a cascade of frozen goods to fall from the shelf, I knew it was time. Time for headcheese, baby. When we butchered our two pigs back in October, I didn't have the time or energy for headcheese - so the two pig heads were quickly wrapped up in a thick layer of plastic wrap before being … [Read more...]