Homestead Bootcamp

Saving Spinach Seeds

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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Homestead Bootcamp

How to Make Elderberry Juice

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.…

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Homestead Bootcamp

Homestead Bootcamp Has Launched!

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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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.…

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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.…

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Eat That Frog

Once You Eat That Frog, Everything Else Is Easy

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.
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Garden Journal

Kale Chips

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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Homestead Journal

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

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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.…

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Delicious Dump Cake

As you may already know, my family and I are moving this Friday (2 days)! We are so very excited and busy. I’ve been working on packing up our belongings while my husband must still go into work. Since most of the packing is done I figured I might as well work on cleaning out the freezer and cupboards next (just making it so we have fewer things to move). I found that we had a gallon size freezer bag of strawberries in the freezer and a chocolate cake mix in the cupboard.…

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