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Breaking Commercial Food Dependency

Break Commercial Food Dependency
One of my goals in homesteading is to reduce the amount of commercially produced foods used in our home.  Nearly anything you can buy at the grocery store can be made at home often with the tools and equipment you already have.  It can be less expensive and always tastes better – but it takes a [...]

Cooking Great Food From Scratch

Cooking
With the holidays just around the corner, we are entering baking season.  Most of us have memories of mothers and grandmothers baking cookies and pies and other wonderful treats on chilly fall and winter days; or big family dinners with steaming bowls and platters crowded on the table.  Despite th [...]

Something’s Brewin’ – How to make Hard Cider

Hard Cider
Fall means many things in Vermont; from the amazingly beautiful foliage, to Harvest and Hunter moons lighting up the night, to farm stands stacked with pumpkins and winter squash, to crisp evenings around the fire pit. One of my favorite parts of Fall in Vermont is Apple Season, because along with A [...]

Sourdough Bread – By Bread Alone…

Sourdough Bread
One of my goals is to reduce the amount of processed and mass produced foods my family eats. I’ve been setting things up on our little homestead with that in mind. And to a lesser degree, we’re producing the ingredients at home as well.  You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to make much of the [...]

Foraging: Harvesting Wild Edibles

Foraging: Harvesting Edibles
Knowing where and how to forage is a skill that I feel all Homesteaders need.  It’s also something that varies from location to location. There is some risk to foraging, especially for novices, as many safe and nutritious plants have toxic look-alikes. Since I’m a novice, I’m going to concent [...]

Managing Bees – The Queen and her Court-Part 2

Managing Your Bees
I am amazed every time I watch my bees. They are simply fascinating. In true HRH fashion, I’ve named my queens – after the queens of Bohemia, of course. Queen Beatrice reigns over my first hive; the others are Queen Adelaide, Queen Caroline and Queen Eleanor. In this post, I’m going to discus [...]

Getting Started With Bees – The Queen and her Court – Part 1

Getting Started With Bees
Did you know that honey doesn't spoil?  It is literally good forever.  Honey was found in Egyptian tombs and after 3000 years, it’s still edible.  Honey is Nature’s most amazing sweetener.  Unlike sap used to make syrup, and cane used to make sugar, the honey of bees requires no processing [...]

Eggs! Eggs! Eggs!

Homestead eggs
In my mind, the #1 benefit of having poultry on our homestead is fresh eggs. They are a wonderful food; small, self-contained, nutritional treasures. An average chicken egg is 50g, containing 6g of protein, and about 78 calories. In a 2000 calorie/day diet this represents 12% of the daily recommende [...]

Diversify your flock with ducks!

Diversify your flock with ducks!
Last spring, my husband thought it would be fun to add ducks to our homestead; remember, diversifying isn’t just for stock portfolios. He did some research to make sure that we could provide the right environment for them and found that it was going to be easier than expected. Backyard Chickens.co [...]