Why We Homestead, Part One: A Conversation

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A quick note: Most of you know about my insanely handsome and wonderful husband, Stuart. He may not make an appearance on the blog as often as beard-loving-women would hope, but know he's always behind the scenes encouraging, advising, and working on the homestead. I've asked him to do a short series of posts with me answering the question: WHY. Why do we do what we do. Why have we … [Read more...]

Homemade Bacon (dry cured and air dried)

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Back in the day, people knew how to do cool things.  Well, I think they're cool. Well, really, I can't be the only one in the world that thinks it's exceptionally cool to cure pork belly and have it hanging in your kitchen. A few weeks ago, we butchered our pigs, and have been enjoying the fruit of our labors. And man, oh man, oh man, ohhh man, is it delicious. And just a … [Read more...]

Homestead Barn Hop #182

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  SOME SIMPLE GUIDELINES: 1. Please remember that the Homestead Barn Hop is meant to be a place to share homesteading related encouragement and inspiring ideas specifically related to homesteading. In an effort to keep our weekly round-up clutter free, links which are not specifically homestead related, and any promotions such as giveaways, contests, carnivals, etc, will be deleted in … [Read more...]

God still loves us.

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As I type these words, I am completely exhausted by this motherhood-business. I've spent the last 45 minutes trying to convince my 4 and (almost) 2 year old that bed really is where they need to be. They don't need mittens. They don't need more milk. They don't need another story. They don't need to have conversations with us about the shape of their poo (you think I'm making this up?). After … [Read more...]

Pork Rillette Recipe

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Pork. Porky, pork, pork. It's on my mind. And it's in my belly. And in my freezer. And in my refrigerator. And hanging in my kitchen.  After butchering the pigs last week, well, pork became the meat of choice here on the homestead. Thanks to the Farmstead Meatsmith, Brandon, who came to help us butcher the pigs, I was able to utilize a lot of the cuts that would otherwise be … [Read more...]

How To Butcher Pigs (At Home On The Farm)

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WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES OF ANIMAL BUTCHERING. YOU'VE BEEN WARNED. Truthfully, I thought it would be harder to say goodbye to our pastured pigs - Wallace and Chester. And as Brandon Sheard (aka: The Farmstead Meatsmith) (aka: Super Awesome Advocate for Home Butchery and Old School Preservation Methods) was sharpening his knives on my kitchen counter last Tuesday morning, I'll admit - I was … [Read more...]

10 Most Important Lessons Learned About Milking A Family Cow

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This month marks the year anniversary of something very great, my friends. Something so great that it's benefit to our homestead is truly immeasurable. That is, the year anniversary of owning our dairy cow, Sally Belle. Sally came to us last October from a wonderful family - and after the saga that we went through trying to get Kula pregnant, we were ready to welcome Sally with open … [Read more...]

Homestead Barn Hop #179

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This is a big week for us on the homestead. We're getting ready to host a seminar on butchering pigs! Wallace and Chester have been wonderful companions on the farm, but this week, they're getting ready to supply us with a freezer full of meat for the upcoming winter. It's not the easiest harvest we face this time of year - but we're very much looking forward to it! What about you? What's … [Read more...]

Essential Oils Aren’t God.

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I use a lot of essential oils. Like. A lot of them. And I love them. Let's just all remember that as we continue on in this post, shall we? As many of you know, I sell and promote doTERRA oils and am happy to do so. I love the company. I love the product. Did I mention I love oils yet? ... that being said... ...(you always know it's about to go down when someone says 'that being … [Read more...]

When Daddy’s Away…

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When Daddy's away, Mama takes a 20 minutes car ride into town for overpriced lattes all too often. And when Daddy's away, the eggs don't get collected for days on end because it's never the most pressing task at hand. When Daddy's away, Mama texts him "S.O.S." too many times in a 24 hour span. And when Daddy's away, Mama has to watch stand up comedians at night to break the deafening … [Read more...]