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.…

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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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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.…

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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.…

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Brewing Hard Apple Cider Using a Mr. Beer Kit

Homestead Bootcamp
February 28, 2017

You saw us making homemade apple cider last fall (check it out here if you didn’t). The apple cider is really delicious, but we decided to see what else we can do with it.

When my daughter was out and about shopping a few weeks ago, she came across a Mr. Beer Hard Cider Home Brewing Kit and decided to buy it. We figured we’d give it a shot with what was in the box, and if it turns out maybe we’ll try it with some of our homemade apple cider.…

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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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Making Goat Milk Farmer’s Cheese

Homestead Bootcamp
February 21, 2017

During the milking season, we quite often have an abundance of goat milk. We do drink the milk, but we also make a lot of cheese with it. I usually save up the milk and then spend a day making several batches of cheese which are frozen for later.

The type of cheese that I make is a mozzarella style farmer’s cheese. It is quick and easy to make and yet still produces a delicious end product that we use on everything!…

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2 Ingredient Homemade Laundry Detergent (or 3 if you really want)

February 16, 2017

I was given a recipe for home made laundry detergent several years ago that had both a powdered version and a liquid version. The liquid version took longer to make and more room to store, so in favor of speed and ease, I chose the powdered version.

The original recipe called for Borax, Super Washing Soda and Fels-Naptha soap. However, I found the Fels-Naptha undesirable because it seemed to put a coating on my clothes and my washing machine.…

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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.

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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.…

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

December 14, 2016
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