Tag: Small Farming

Blending Homemaking, Homesteading & A Simple Life

Blending Homemaking, Homesteading & A Simple Life

  We love the idea of blending homemaking, homesteading and a simple life.  But is it really possible?  What does it mean to live that kind of life?   What is Homemaking?   Dictionary.com defines this word as ‘the establishment or management of a home;…

Ask Yourself ‘Why?’

Ask Yourself ‘Why?’

  Through the Self Reliance Challenge 2019, you will have a wonderful opportunity to discover just how many options are available on ‘how’ to live a more self-reliant life. All of the participants are not only well versed in self-reliance, but you will also be…

The Road to a Simple Life – Part Two

The Road to a Simple Life – Part Two

I know this is a lot of information to take in, but please don’t give up just yet. Any dream worth having is worth working towards. A dream can quickly become a passion, and a passion is just an end goal that is more than…

The Road to a Simple Life – Part One

The Road to a Simple Life – Part One

    (Or to homesteading, self-reliant, self-sufficiency or any other word or phrase you choose to use.)   A Rose by Any Other Name It doesn’t matter if you consider yourself a homesteader, self-sufficient, self-reliant or ‘living off the land’ – your main goal is…

First You Make a Roux…

First You Make a Roux…

  Talk to 10 Cajuns, and you are going to get 12 different recipes for Gumbo. “Back in Maman’s day…” “Why you adding file, Cher?” “Ah, now you talkin’. Go ahead. Add some squirrel to dat pot.” But most agree you start with some type…

Sweet as…well…Sugar!

Sweet as…well…Sugar!

  I love to bake sweets. There is nothing that satisfies better than a cookie, warm from the oven. Most of my recipes call for granulated sugar. But recently, I came across a recipe that also called for Turbinados Sugar. This was used for sprinkling…

‘Proof’ Yourself Against Winter

‘Proof’ Yourself Against Winter

  Right now, we are all enamored with fall. The cool crisp air; the beauty of the leaves; the glory of the days. But before long winter will be upon us. We have a tendency to think of it as the period of ‘Doldrums’. But…

Survival…even when ‘The Big One’ hasn’t hit…

Survival…even when ‘The Big One’ hasn’t hit…

  Survival. Everywhere you look, you see ideas, suggestions and ‘must have’ things you need to buy in case ‘the Big One hits’. Unfortunately, for many of us, the Big One is already here – through job loss, health issues, or economic strains, such as…

The Gift

The Gift

  Farm life can be tough, even on the ‘easiest’ days. There are times I take one look at my list of things to do and groan. I look longingly at the couch and the latest book I am reading. It would be so much…

Unexpected Kindness

Unexpected Kindness

  “Acts of kindness, whether given or received, has been proven to have positive therapeutic effects on a person’s medical and mental health.” – Beth R. Porter, LCSW     The First Time I first saw her in the produce section – she was passing…

The Song of my People

The Song of my People

    I am not so sure if this go ‘round I purchased chickens, or provided training facilities to some sort of Gallus gallus domesticus Choir.   Music at Sunrise Each morning, you can find me at daybreak tending to my flock. I give them…

Group ‘Hug’!

Group ‘Hug’!

  Any aspect of farming you undertake always begins with some form of education. Often, it is through books or websites. Sometimes you have a mentor, family member or neighbor who are on hand to help out. I love having all of these in my…