When Daddy’s Away…

When Daddy's Away... | The Elliott Homestead (.com)

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...]

Browned Chicken Thighs with Fingerling Potatoes and Cherry Tomatoes


I've been having so much fun creating recipes for my new cookbook is should be illegal. Ma'am, you're under arrest for finding far too much joy in that chicken thigh dish. Please step away from the spatula. On top of the food being downright delicious, it's been wonderful to harvest so much of it from our garden! We're at the real peek of produce right now - the garden is busting at the … [Read more...]

How To Butcher A Chicken


WARNING: PHOTOS OF BUTCHERING CHICKENS FOLLOW. KNIVES. BLOOD. DEATH. PROCEED WITH DISCRETION. The first of many harvests took place this weekend, as it was time to send our beloved (or rather, tolerated) meat chickens to the freezer. It's never a day I look forward to - taking the life of an animal brings me no joy. Well, scratch that. It does bring me joy in knowing that the Lord has … [Read more...]

Homemade Pesto Recipe (and Weck Canning Jar GIVEAWAY!)

Weck Canning Jar GIVEAWAY! | The Elliott Homestead (.com)

Pretend you're in a corn maze... except for corn, you're surrounded by basil. Yes. Basil. So actually, let's pretend you're in a basil maze. A maze of basil. Lost, wandering, gently pushing the basil from side to side as you navigate your direction. That, my friends, is what it's like to be in my garden right now. Never, in all my grand 'ol years have I seen such basil. At least in my … [Read more...]

Homestead Barn Hop #176

Homestead Barn Hop | The Elliott Homestead

Happy Monday, my friends! Let's link up new posts and see what everyone else has been up to on their homesteads! 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 … [Read more...]

I can’t do it all.

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I can't do it all. Surprising, I know. But still I get emails and messages from readers each day asking me 'How do you do it all?' Short answer: I don't. Each new phase of life that we've moved into has caused us to reassess, reevaluate, and reprioritize. And that's good. I'd even venture to say that's healthy. Here's a prime example: those who have followed me for years know that … [Read more...]

Homestead Barn Hop #175

Homestead Barn Hop | The Elliott Homestead

Wow! After having my third baby a few weeks ago, Mondays come even faster now! We have been screaming busy on the farm - putting up produce from the garden, maintaining animals that are getting ready for slaughter, and raising our rascals! It's the final push before Fall and we're feelin' the burn! What about you? What have you been up to on your homestead? SOME SIMPLE GUIDELINES: 1. Please … [Read more...]

Did I remember to put pants on?


Did I remember to put pants on? Seriously. Please tell me I'm wearing pants right now. Yes, my friends, this thought actually went through my head as I was driving the minivan full of rascals into town this past week. Amongst the chaos of sippy cups, car seats, school uniforms, backpacks, snacks, feedings, diapers, wipes, cell phones, lists, checks to deposit at the bank, and milk jars set for … [Read more...]

Pressure Canned Green Beans


Once upon a time, there was a woman who had a baby. Eight days later, she found herself in her kitchen. Barefoot. With an apron on. Though thankfully, no longer pregnant. She once again found herself hovering over a basket full of produce from the garden - tomatoes, onions, green beans, eggplant, and a variety of peppers - all begging to be preserved before their vitality left for the fall. As … [Read more...]

Loose Minerals for Dairy Cows


When one becomes a farmer, it's hard to imagine all of the breeding and pregnancy issues one is going to be dealing with. After all, 'the birds and bees' is what makes the cycle of life work on the farm - especially for a farm like ours. Sheep are bred each year for lambs that we will raise for meat, for example. The 'birds and the bees' have to do their thing in order for that to happen … [Read more...]