Saving Spinach Seeds

Homestead Bootcamp
September 23, 2016

In this video, I am showing how to save spinach seeds. You might be asking, “Why not just buy new seeds every year?” There are several reasons to save seeds.

Save Money
I realize that seeds are very inexpensive, but if you buy a lot of them it starts to add up. Saving your seeds may not save you a noticeable amount of money, but for some families every little bit helps.

Know What Works
We live in a plant hardiness zone where a lot of crops don’t do well because of our short growing season and extreme cold in the winters.…

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How to Make Elderberry Juice

Homestead Bootcamp
September 15, 2016

The ditches near our homestead have an abundant supply of elderberries in the late summer, so we like to take advantage of nature’s bounty by making elderberry juice.

Elderberry juice is not a drink that you take for the taste. It is often sweetened to make it more palatable. My husband and I each put a tablespoon of unsweetened elderberry juice in our daily dose of kombucha (which is a fermented drink). The addition of elderberry to kombucha makes both a little more pleasant to drink.…

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Plumple Sauce

Along with all the many apple trees we have at our home we also have a plum tree that produced an abundant amount of plums. I turned some into jelly, canned some whole (probably won’t do that again), froze some, and made plum-applesauce (known in my house as plumple-sauce). I will share the recipe that I used to make our first batch. You will probably want to reduce the amount of water you use only because ours is a little runny.…

September 14, 2016
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Homestead Bootcamp Has Launched!

Homestead Bootcamp
September 8, 2016

We are excited to announce that we have launched our new YouTube channel called Homestead Bootcamp. It will feature videos of our family teaching you how to live off the land!

Our first video shows how to pick and preserve Puffball mushrooms which can be found in areas throughout the world. You could be missing out on delicious mushrooms growing right in your backyard!

We know that there may be some questions, so here are some answers to a few that you might have.…

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Homemade Coconut Oil Aftershave Lotion

I hate shaving my legs. It isn’t fun, takes time when I could be doing something else, and leaves my legs dried out. I know that if I did a quick shave in the shower every day it wouldn’t seem that bad…but I don’t. Let’s face it, there are some things that are just never going to happen. So instead of changing how and when I shave, I just decided to make some homemade lotion to use on my legs once they are smooth and hairless.…

August 26, 2016
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Kale Chips

Garden Journal
August 5, 2016

I keep a very small garden (especially compared to my mom and sister) and I love peppers, so a large portion of my garden is dedicated to different pepper plants. Since I also love to write things down in my journal, I draw out my garden map before planting and fill it in as I plant to remember what goes where. This year, I also decided to track when I maintain and harvest from my garden.…

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A Lifestyle of Health and Fitness

Bike
June 14, 2016

Most of us want to be healthy and fit, but not very many of us actually want to exercise or eat healthy foods. I fall into that category, as well. I try to eat healthy most of the time, but I love family campfires with s’mores, snacks at the many birthday parties for my kids, nieces, and nephews, cookies and chips while camping and fishing, and the occasional ice cream or root beer float to stay cool on those hot summer days.…

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Freezing Avocados

Freezing Avocado
June 1, 2016

We eat a lot of breakfast shakes using avocados as the base, but avocados are expensive! Every once in a while, there is an amazing sale on avocados where we locally shop. When they are almost one fourth of their normal price, I stock up!

Putting over 2 dozen avocados in the refrigerator along with our other food is not easy to do, and I want to make sure they don’t go bad before I get around to using them.…

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Family Time: Food, Fellowship and Fun

Family Time
May 20, 2016

Family has always been a very central point in my life. As a kid, I would often choose to stay home and hang out with my family rather than go out with friends. My best friends all through school were my little sister and my big brother. Almost all of the trouble I got into involved at least one sibling or cousin.

When it was time to move on to another phase of my life, my mom, aunt, and grandma were my “wedding-in-a-box.” They were my decorators, caterers, DJ, photographer, florist, tailor, and baker.…

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Nettles…Not Just A Pesky Weed

Stinging Nettle
May 13, 2016

Today, we have a guest post by our mother! She gives us the rundown on the stinging nettle plant, which is at its most potent right now in the spring. If you plan to harvest your own nettles, now is a great time to do it. Also, be sure to wear gloves!

If you’ve ever brushed up against a nettles plant you probably consider it a very memorable experience! Some people think they are allergic to nettles.…

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