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...]

The Nourished Kitchen. And Braised Shortribs.

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...]

Family Physician Kit GIVEAWAY!

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Sometimes, teaming up with other bloggers can produce really cool opportunities. This month, I'm super excited to offer a doTERRA Family Physician Kit along with some of my most favorite bloggers! Since I began with doTERRA oils a few months ago, I've been super impressed with the exceptional quality. Seriously. These oils are amazing. And this giveaway is no exception. Because we're giving … [Read more...]

How To Make Clarified Butter (Ghee)

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It's not a secret. I don't pretend to hide it. I'm unashamed. And I wear the badge with honor. I, Shaye Elliott, am a lover of butter. In fact, it's a huge part of the reason why I peel myself from my cozy bed at 5:15 a.m. each morning and walk down to the barn, milk pail in hand. As I *squirt, squirt, squirt* each valuable drop of that delicious, fatty raw milk into my bucket, my mind wanders … [Read more...]

“EWW! YOU EAT WHAT?!”

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Through my years of natural eating, I've come to terms with that fact that many, alright most, people don't eat like me. And don't care to. And that's fine. I'm not here to push, prod, guilt-trip, or manipulate anyone into thinking butter is better than margarine and we should all be consuming lots of sourdough products. Which *cough cough* we should. (Sorry, couldn't help … [Read more...]

What to feed a ‘pastured pig’?

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There are lots of hungry critters right now on the homestead. Each morning, after milking, a beautiful cow named Sally is fed (she's not impressed by having to wait for her hay). Then seventeen baby chicks are fed and watered. And a turkey. Then fifteen hens. Then two young rascals, G-love and The Hobbit. Then a hungry husband. Then a hungry me (Oh hi! don't worry about me, just the pregnant Mama … [Read more...]