Our Indoor Greenhouse

Homestead Bootcamp
May 17, 2017

Every spring I start my seeds growing in the house, so I don’t have to buy plants. I start my plants in my dining room on a folding table. The table has a heated blanket covered by a thick plastic sheet to keep the water off. The plants sit on top of the plastic sheet. I keep a small fan on the table to simulate wind which helps the plants acclimate better when I put them outside.…

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Dehydrating: Drying Foods for Long Term Storage

May 16, 2017

When planning and planting your garden, consider how much produce you can use and how much you need. You don’t want to plant rows and rows of spinach only to have most of it go to waste because you can’t eat it fast enough and you find that you only enjoy it fresh. Most produce can be frozen, canned, dehydrated or otherwise stored to be used throughout the winter months when nothing is growing. Due to a variety of reasons (some more practical than others), our clan has been slowly moving away from freezing and focusing instead on canning and drying.…

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Rhubarb Bread

Rhubarb
May 3, 2017

I like to make quick breads for my kids to eat with their breakfast. One of the most popular is banana bread. I also shred and freeze zucchini in the fall for making zucchini bread throughout the winter. I don’t like to feel trapped with making the same breads over and over, so I set out to find something new.

I was quick specific in my searching because my rhubarb is starting to come up, and I wanted to use up some frozen rhubarb from last season.…

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The Many Uses of Stinging Nettles

Stinging Nettles
April 26, 2017

Over the past couple of years, I have unintentionally grown a pretty nice little stinging nettle garden on the border of my rhubarb garden. The young nettles are starting to come up now, so it is time to start harvesting them when they are in their prime.

So, what do you do with stinging nettles?

In a previous post, we talked about the benefits of nettle tea, but there is so much more than you can do with nettles.…

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100% Whole Wheat Bread Recipe

April 5, 2017

I started making my own bread shortly after getting married almost 15 years ago. I started with store bought white flour and a bread machine. It was amazing! Later, I moved to store bought whole wheat flour. This was less than awesome. It just didn’t rise nice like it was supposed to. Even with wheat gluten added in, it was still basically a failure, so I stopped baking bread and just started buying 100% Whole Wheat bread from the store.…

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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.…

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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!…

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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.…

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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.…

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Bleach That You Can Bathe In (If You Really Wanted To)

Homemade Bleach
February 22, 2017

I have 3 kids, so light colored clothes don’t usually stay clean for all that long. And I have never liked or bought commercial bleach. It stinks. It can ruin clothes. And I have been known to spill and/or drop liquids from time to time, and spilled bleach is a bad idea.

Recently, my grandma complained that the kids white clothes looked a little grungy, so I decided to find a way to “bleach” their clothes without the bleach.…

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