How to Naturally Treat Bee Stings

Homestead Bootcamp
June 2, 2017

Honey bees only sting when they feel threatened because a bee sting means the death of the bee, and each bee can only sting once. When a honey bee stings, it leaves the stinger stuck in the skin.

The first thing to do when treating a bee sting is to remove the stinger to keep the venom to a minimum. Bee venom is acidic which can cause a severe allergy in some people. Many other insect stings, such as wasps, have an alkali venom, so you may be allergic to bee stings but not wasp stings.…


Freshly Ground Flour

December 21, 2016

A few years ago my husband bought me a Kitchenaid. I absolutely love it (and him)! Since then, we have bought a couple attachments for it that I have been very pleased with. Today I will share my experience with using the grain mill attachment.


Prior to purchasing the grain mill attachment I used my mother’s Champion grain mill. The flour that was made was a rather coarse whole wheat flour. I didn’t have a problem with it, but some might.…


Egg Shells for Chickens

I have recently started feeding my chickens egg shells. Why do I do this? Simple. Egg shells contain large amounts of calcium. Chicken need calcium for producing eggs. Egg shells=eggs. 🙂 This is what I do to feed the egg shells to my chickens.

After I use an egg I will rinse the eggs out thoroughly. I place them onto a drying rack with paper towel underneath.

Once the shells are dry I throw them into a bucket (that I only use for egg shells).…

December 14, 2016

Protecting the Orchard Using Soap

Winter weather has come to Wisconsin. Snow has fallen and the cold wind is blowing. It’s that time of year for me to do what I can to insure my orchard will be happy and healthy next spring. I think that the biggest “predators” for my apple and cherry trees are deer. I have heard it mentioned numerous times that Irish Spring soap is the best at keeping deer away. I’m going to share with you how I use the soap method to deter deer from eating my trees.…

December 5, 2016

From Mirror to Chalkboard

I really enjoy up-cycling items. I find that it can be scary when I take on a project I’ve never done before. But on the other hand it’s very rewarding and a great learning experience (especially if the project had some difficulties). 

The first project I took on was an old chair.


This poor chair was chewed on and smelled like mice had used it as a bathroom. Not very pleasant, but had potential. With help from my dad and my grandma, we were able to turn this chair into this chair….…

September 28, 2016

Dehydrated Apple Chips

We have been blessed with a large amount of apples at our new home. We have at least 10 honey crisp apple trees and 4 trees with baking apples. Not wanting any of our produce to go to waste we had to come up with ideas for preserving these apples (have to preserve because nobody can eat that many apples before they go bad). Some of the ideas we have are applesauce, canned apple pie filling, and dehydrated apple chips.…

September 7, 2016

Once You Eat That Frog, Everything Else Is Easy

Eat That Frog
August 16, 2016

In my effort to better myself, I try to listen to audiobooks that will help me grow (because I really don’t like reading books without a story line). My book for August was Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy. It was wonderful! I even made my husband listen to it before it was due back.

Here are the notes that I gathered from the book:

  1. Set the table
    Decide exactly what you want. Clarity is essential.

Homestead Journal

We moved!!! Yay! We finally bought my dream home.


My husband is such a wonderful man. He grew up in a ranch style house that was “simple”. There isn’t much guessing when it comes to most ranch style houses. He has just always been more of a cautious man and doesn’t really take many risks. While looking for a house to buy he really was leaning more towards a ranch style home. I, on the other hand, love old farmhouses.…

June 30, 2016

Hunting for “Treasure”

March 16, 2016

Spring has sprung early for us in Wisconsin this year, and everyone is started to spend more time outdoors after being pretty cooped up during the winter months. The weather is beautiful, there are no mosquitoes (yet), and the trees are still bare enough that we can see where we are going in the woods. I have found that this is the perfect time of year to do some geocaching!

Geocaching is a game played all over the world.…


Becoming a Millionaire One Penny at a Time

The Slight Edge
February 16, 2016

For the past 2 months I have had a habit tracker in my journal where I mark off things that I do or want to do on a regular basis, such as exercise, take my vitamins, read my Bible, etc. Through setting up these trackers I have discovered that the act of coloring in the boxes each day makes me want to do it again the following day.

Some days I feel like the small choice of deciding to work out is pointless and isn’t really making a difference.…