5 Ways to Stay Cool without Air Conditioning

5 ways to keep cool this summer, without air conditioning! | Homestead Honey

I remember the hot, humid summers of my Massachusetts childhood – lying on top of the covers, with a fan blowing directly on me as I tried to sleep.  We had one window unit air conditioner, but mostly we survived the heat with fans and fresh breezes. As an adult, I spent my summers either on […] Read More

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Laundry on our Off-Grid Homestead

The Homesteader Drying Rack, from Homestead-store.com | Homestead Honey

  After bathing, laundry is one of the more challenging aspects of living on our off-grid homestead.  Between having two kids, doing hard physical work (and sweating buckets in the summer time), and using cloth washrags for our milking routine, we generate a lot of laundry, typically between 3-4 loads per week. Because we do not have pressurized running […] Read More

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A Day on Acorn Hill Homestead

Ever wonder what homesteaders do all day? Take a tour of 15 Homestead Bloggers daily life | Homestead Honey

A few weeks ago, a group of blogger friends were discussing how hard it is to accurately convey the life of homesteader.  How do you describe the crazy blend of muddy boots, messy houses, amazing meals, gorgeous sunsets, homestead births and deaths, poop on everything you own, the struggle to balance making money at “real jobs” with […] Read More

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Three Lactofermented Pickle Recipes

Ingredients for a batch of spicy lactofermented pickles | Homestead Honey

Thanks to an abundance of rain, my pickling cucumbers are growing and producing like crazy, providing us with bowls of cucumbers each day.  Thankfully, I LOVE making lactofermented pickles, creating new recipes with each batch. This type of pickle is enjoyed fresh – no canning required – so the process is incredibly quick and easy, and the […] Read More

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In the Garden :: Late June

Beans climb a trellis, while cosmos blooms in the foreground | Homestead Honey

The Midwest has been hit with a number of severe thunderstorms over the past few weeks, making this year’s late June garden particularly challenging.  On the one hand, there is a LOT of lush growth, like this volunteer Butternut squash, for instance.  It conveniently grew out of a compost pile, so is slurping up nutrients […] Read More

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Growing, Harvesting, and Storing Garlic

The Ultimate Guide to growing, harvesting, and storing garlic | Homestead Honey

Garlic is one of my absolute favorite crops. Not only is it an incredible culinary and medicinal plant, but it’s also easy to grow, hardy, and stores well for many months.  When I have ample garden bed space, I like to grow enough garlic to supply my family’s kitchen and livestock needs for an entire […] Read More

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Homemade Black Walnut Liqueur Recipe

Homemade Black Walnut Liqueur Recipe | Homestead Honey

Our homestead is blessed with a number of black walnut trees, from which we make cutting boards for our Etsy shop, dye fibers, make syrup, make ink, and eat the mature nut meat.  Last year we added another black walnut product to our growing list – a black walnut liqueur (also known as nocino).  Made […] Read More

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A Homestead Outdoor Shower

Take a tour of our homestead outdoor shower - no running water required! | Homestead Honey

Although our little off-grid home feels fairly cushy these days with solar electricity and even internet connection, we still live in a “dry” cabin – our home has no running water. Rather, we have what I like to call “walking water,” meaning that we haul buckets of water from our water catchment/pond into the house, and […] Read More

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In the Garden :: Late May

MayGarden4

  One of the many fun parts of writing this blog is looking back at older posts for a visual journal of our life on the homestead. Exactly one year ago I published this garden update. It’s hugely encouraging for me to see that the garden has improved bit by bit, growing bigger and better each year. Since […] Read More

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Foraging with Kids

TIps for have a great experiences foraging for wild edibles with kids | Homestead Honey

It’s foraging season in NE Missouri.  On recent forest walks we have collected thistle, wood nettles, and the amazingly delicious mushroom, Chicken of the Woods.  We encourage our kids to participate in all aspects of foraging  – from learning the safe collection of wild edibles, to cooking, and of course, eating! Today, I welcome my friend Kathie Lapcevic, […] Read More

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Spring Homestead Reading List

Get inspired with these homestead reading picks from Homestead Honey

Spring is a tough time to get a lot of reading and book learning done, with all of the hands-on homesteading action that’s taking place. Still, I like to pick out a few books, read a few pages each night, and boost my homestead knowledge and inspiration. This winter/early spring I read a few great books that I […] Read More

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A Homestead Calf is Born

The first homestead calf born to our Family Milk Cow, Creme Brulee. | Homestead Honey

As if the arrival of bees and baby chicks last week was not exciting enough, Friday morning’s breakfast was interrupted by Brian’s announcement that there was a baby calf in the pasture! We had been excitedly preparing for Creme Brûlée’s labor, knowing that it would happen between the dates of April 26 and July 4.  Creme was […] Read More

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3 Reasons to Let your Broody Hen Hatch her Chicks

Let your broody hen hatch her own chicks and save you time and money! | Homestead Honey

On our homestead, as on many, the arrival of chicks marks the true beginning of spring. We adore their fluffy sweetness, they bring great excitement to the homestead, and most importantly, they increase our chicken numbers. In past years we expanded our flock by purchasing day-old chicks. However, with our solar electric system, the heat […] Read More

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Homestead Life :: Out the Front Door

garlic in the garden

{Out the Front Door: An occasional series featuring snapshots and snippets of homestead life, right out our front door.} Spring has officially sprung in NE Missouri. The grass is growing, the whippoorwills are calling, and the ticks are crawling. In the upper garden, overwintered garlic is coming up strong, and I’ve started a row each of fava beans, peas, and […] Read More

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Chai Tea Recipe and A Giveaway from Blue Lotus Chai

Start the morning with a cup of Chai tea with milk and honey! | Homestead Honey

By now it should be fairly obvious that I’m a little, shall we say obsessed, with my morning cup of chai tea. I first got hooked on chai when I was living on the coast of Kenya in 1995, studying Swahili language and culture.  Every morning, my host mother served a hot cup of chai to […] Read More

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