How to Forage for Morel Mushrooms

Some of my best memories as a kid are going mushroom hunting with my Dad or a friend who knew more about foraging for food than I did. As a result, I have always loved mushrooms when added to my favorite recipes. Pizza, pasta, salads, deep fried, filled with yummy goodness, … [Read more...]

How to Figure Out Your Plant Hardiness Zone

If you've been learning how to plan a garden, you may be feeling overwhelmed. Planning a garden for the first time can be a daunting task and most people don't realize just how much work it actually can be. There is a lot of information that you need to gather before you even … [Read more...]

Homemade Diaper Rash Cream

When my Emma was an infant she had GERD something fierce. It still bothers her occasionally to this day, but back then it was an everyday, all day fight for us. Needless to say, we had issues with her getting a diaper rash if we didn't immediately get her dirty diaper changed and … [Read more...]

Safe Home Canning – Is it Safe to Can Rice?

Not too long ago, I found myself in a discussion with a good friend of mine about home canned foods. Where I tend to stick to the regulations for the most part, she was a wild canner who canned anything and everything solely for the purpose of canning it. For the most part, I let … [Read more...]

How to Make Homemade Mozzarella Cheese

Does your family love mozzarella cheese? Mine does and we go through so much of it each month. At an average of $3.50 per pound, it can get incredibly expensive very quickly. I had been wanting to learn how to make homemade mozzarella cheese for years, but had always been afraid … [Read more...]

9 Reasons To Become a Homesteading Family

My entire life I have dreamed of more. Not more as in "more stuff" or "more money," but more to life. I don't know about you, but I get seriously worn out by amount of technology, political correctness and other "requirements" that we are "required" to do on a daily basis. I've … [Read more...]

What is Greywater (and Why Should You Use It?)

Have you ever heard the term greywater? A lot of people haven't, but I'm going to let you in on a little secret. Greywater is costing you hundreds each year. How? Greywater is household waste water. In other words, it is the clean water that you send down the drain while you're … [Read more...]

Cloth Pads?? Why I Started Using Cloth Pads (and Why You Should Give Up Disposables Too!)

Okay ladies, let's talk. Yes, we're going to talk about *that* subject. No! Not THAT one...the OTHER one. Get your mind outta the gutters! Recently, I made the switch from disposable to cloth pads. I know. That was more TMI about me than you ever needed to know, but this year … [Read more...]

Raising Backyard Chickens!

One of the things that we hope to put into place this year is really getting started on living a much simpler life. Eventually, we want a full homestead, but neither my Tom or I are silly enough to think that's just going to happen overnight. What IS happening this year though? … [Read more...]

How to Preserve Eggs for Longterm Storage

  Last week or so, I happened upon a local woman selling fresh, organic eggs for a great price. $2.00/dozen and since I pay $1.79/dzn normally? I jumped on it and brought home a few dozen. Once I got home, I was thrilled! They're big, beautiful, brown eggs! These eggs are … [Read more...]