Oil Pulling For Whiter Teeth And A Cleaner Mouth

March 22, 2017

Oil pulling is basically using oil as a mouthwash. Our oil of choice is coconut oil since it has antibacterial properties and it tastes nice.

The process is simple. Just put about a 1/2 tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth first thing in the morning. Then, swish it around and pull it through your teeth as much as possible for 10 minutes or so, trying to touch every spot in your mouth.  When you are finished, spit it in the garbage (not in the sink).  It’s also important to mention that you do not swallow it or gargle with it as it is full of bacteria.…


Identifying and Tapping Your First Maple Tree

Homestead Bootcamp
March 21, 2017

Sap season has started here in Northern Wisconsin. We have tapped 105 trees this year, and as of today, we have collected a total of 445 gallons. This will result in approximately 11 gallons of syrup.

In the video, I will show you how to get started by identifying and tapping your first maple tree.

We make syrup strictly for the use of our family and friends. We don’t have a commercial operation, but we do try to mke as much as possible because our crew uses quite a bit over the course of a year.…


DIY All Natural Extracts

March 15, 2017

I have been on a breakfast shake kick lately and have been using a lot of mint in the shakes. It doesn’t take very long to strip a small mint plant of all its leaves, though. I needed a way to make my mint last longer, so I decided to pick all of the leaves and make mint extract with them. This way, I can use a bit of the extract in my shakes and make the leaves last a lot longer!…


Amish Cough Syrup

Homestead Bootcamp
March 14, 2017

Our family has been fighting some germs over the past couple of weeks, and the coughing was getting to be a little much. It was time we brought out the big guns – Amish cough syrup.

I came across this recipe online about a year ago on The Milk Mans Wife blog. The tincture on the blog is referred to as Snake Juice.

The recipe calls for lemons, onions, honey, peppermint schnapps, and blackberry brandy.…


100% Whole Wheat Pizza Dough Recipe

March 8, 2017

One of my all-time favorite foods is pizza. Since I am the one who cooks all of the food in my house, I decided that every Friday is pizza day. I like to have total control over what goes on my pizza because it makes it easier to please everyone who will be sharing it. I can put onions and mushrooms on my half and leave them off for those who want the boring half. One thing I NEVER do is make a plain cheese pizza.…


Bottling Hard Apple Cider from a Mr. Beer Kit

Homestead Bootcamp
March 7, 2017

We have moved on to the next step of making hard apple cider with our Mr. Beer kit.

This time we are on the bottling step. First, we sanitized our bottles and added a little sugar to aid in the carbonation. We could have left the sugar out and went with a flat cider, but we don’t particularly like the taste of hard cider in general so that didn’t seem like the route we wanted to go.…


Shorten Your Year and Get More Done

March 2, 2017

My husband knows how much I love planning, growing, and getting more done, so for Christmas he got me a productivity book called, The 12 Week Year. He also bought it because he was interested in it but didn’t want to read it himself.

I am an avid reader when it comes to fiction, but I struggle with making time to read nonfiction. So it took me longer than I would have liked to get through the book even though it is under 200 pages long.…