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December 26, 2020
first Christmas

A homesteader looks at the first Christmas

With so many of the holiday traditions we enjoy as a family closed or at limited capacity this year, I started to get a bit Scrooge-like […]
June 24, 2020

Remembering the Huckster Route

Long before Amazon delivery vans dotted the roads, the means for many to get their goods delivered was the huckster route. What was a huckster? When […]
January 2, 2020
chicken treats

Easy chicken treats to chase those winter blues!

Bleak, chilly days and less opportunity to forage can give farm animals the winter doldrums. The presence of hawks, combined with reduced foliage for cover, means […]
December 13, 2019
Christmas novel

Christmas in Yesteryear: a homesteading Christmas

Getting stranded overnight in the sleepy, snowy town of Silver Pines is not on city girl Lauren Henderson’s holiday wish list. But her brief stay proves […]
November 27, 2019
amish, pennsylvania dutch, dutchy

“Just Dutchy”: sayings of the Pennsylvania Dutch

Courtesy of my grandmother’s archives, enjoy a few of these Pennsylvania Dutch* sayings (those of you who speak German will recognize its sentence structure cropping up […]
July 29, 2019
keeping a rooster, just hens

Say “I do” to the Roo: ten reasons why I keep a rooster

Little did we know when we brought home our very first batch of chicks from the feed store that, among the supposed 12 pullets, were two […]
July 20, 2019

You Know You’re a Homesteader When…

Homesteading is a mindset shift as much as it is a way of life. And for all its noble goals of thrift, simplicity, independence, and back […]
April 14, 2019

A Penny Saved – one simple way to keep more of your money

“A penny saved is a penny earned” says the old proverb – being careful with your money is as valuable as having a supplemental income! Americans […]
March 21, 2019
homestead, journaling, gardening, chickens, goats

Keeping a Homesteading Journal

If you want to maximize your time and the use of your land, keeping a homesteading journal is a terrific tool in your belt.  Whether you […]