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

Pin on PinterestShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on StumbleUponShare on RedditShare on Google+Email this to someone

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

Pin on PinterestShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on StumbleUponShare on RedditShare on Google+Email this to someone

Baking Without an Oven :: Woodstove Bakes

No oven? No problem! Wood stove bakes are a fun way to bake your favorite food without an oven. | Homestead Honey

Because we live in a tiny 350 square foot house, we have not found a way to fit an oven into our small kitchen. However, my husband and I both LOVE to bake. In the summertime, we harness the sun and bake in a Sun Oven. The rest of the year, we experiment with ways […] Read More

Pin on PinterestShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on StumbleUponShare on RedditShare on Google+Email this to someone

Waldorf Homeschooling on our Homestead

How we Waldorf Homeschool on our Homestead | Homestead Honey

I’m often asked about how we homeschool our two children, ages 4 and 7.  And while I’ve shared quite a bit about our homeschooling experience in past blog posts,  I haven’t given an update in quite a while. Last year we gathered every Friday with a few other families for a Waldorf-inspired mixed ages kindergarten […] Read More

Pin on PinterestShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on StumbleUponShare on RedditShare on Google+Email this to someone

Finding your Ideal Homestead Land

These simple questions will give you a crystal clear picture of YOUR ideal homestead land. | Homestead Honey

Finding a piece of land on which to create your ideal homestead is a rather subjective process. Aside from a few traits that I would consider non-negotiable – a water source and some southern exposure – I’d be hard pressed to give a list of “must haves.” After all, each family’s needs will be different, and your […] Read More

Pin on PinterestShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on StumbleUponShare on RedditShare on Google+Email this to someone

Tree Sap :: Nature’s Spring Tonic

Sap from many common trees is edible, and loaded with vitamins and minerals - a perfect, 100% natural spring tonic! | Homestead Honey

The first winter we lived in NE Missouri, I was treated to a beverage that I had neither heard of nor tasted before: tree sap. Our neighbors routinely tapped their black walnut trees, not to make syrup like we have done for the past two winters, but to drink the clear, slightly sweet sap as […] Read More

Pin on PinterestShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on StumbleUponShare on RedditShare on Google+Email this to someone

Welcome, March!

March?  Is it even possible?  I just returned from a much-needed trip to Oregon, to connect with good friends and to help a friend purge and organize her back patio and RV port. Turns out I’ve gotten very good over the years at minimizing and cleaning out stuff and it was fun to put those […] Read More

Pin on PinterestShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on StumbleUponShare on RedditShare on Google+Email this to someone

The Sugarmaker’s Companion :: Book Review

Review of The Sugarmaker's Companion by Michael Farrell | Homestead Honey

When we began making black walnut syrup last winter, we wished for a go-to guide to help us with the process. We knew from talking with local friends that black walnut sap was drinkable and very tasty; surely if we boiled it down we’d come up with an edible product! After a season’s worth of […] Read More

Pin on PinterestShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on StumbleUponShare on RedditShare on Google+Email this to someone

Long-term Storage and Care for Vegetable Ferments

The best ways to care for and store your homemade vegetable ferments | Homestead Honey

You’ve made your first big batch of sauerkraut, successfully turning many heads of cabbage into a delicious and nutritious food that you will enjoy for months. Now what? How should you store your ferment? What about half-finished jars? What is the best way to care for your sauerkraut to keep it tasting great and to avoid […] Read More

Pin on PinterestShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on StumbleUponShare on RedditShare on Google+Email this to someone

Herbal Body Care Giveaway with Aspen Herbals

Wild Rose Lip Tint from Aspen Herbals | on Homestead Honey

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a huge user of beauty and body products (shocking, right?!). But, when I find a product that smells and feels great, gives me a bit of an extra glow, AND is made of 100% natural ingredients, I really want to share the body care love! Aspen Herbals is a small company […] Read More

Pin on PinterestShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on StumbleUponShare on RedditShare on Google+Email this to someone

Tips and Tricks for Successful Fermentation

Tips and tricks for successful home fermentation | Homestead Honey

So, you’ve started your lactofermentation journey, perhaps making some naturally fermented pickles or sauerkraut. You’ve mastered the basics, but have some questions about how to make your ferments really successful.  Look no further! Here are a few time-tested tricks that result in amazingly tasty ferments. Our top three tips for successful fermentation: 1) Don’t be afraid to […] Read More

Pin on PinterestShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on StumbleUponShare on RedditShare on Google+Email this to someone

Welcome, February!

A snowy day on the homestead! | Homestead Honey

We got about 9 inches of snow yesterday, and I couldn’t think of a better way to welcome February!  We had a great time cross-country skiing and sledding down our pasture hill. We had an amazingly warm and sunny January, which led us to tap our black walnut trees extra early, and make some delicious syrup!  We’ve also […] Read More

Pin on PinterestShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on StumbleUponShare on RedditShare on Google+Email this to someone

Making Syrup in your Backyard

Making your own syrup from backyard trees is easy and fun. And did you know that maple isn't the only backyard tree that you can tap to make syrup? | Homestead Honey

Did you know that you can make syrup from trees growing in your own backyard?  It’s true!  You don’t need a lot of acreage and a sugarbush to tap trees and make delicious syrup. Our family tapped only 14 black walnut trees last winter, and made 5 Quarts of syrup – enough to last our […] Read More

Pin on PinterestShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on StumbleUponShare on RedditShare on Google+Email this to someone

Why Build a Tiny House?

Why build a tiny house? Some of the benefits of going tiny | Homestead Honey

  Tiny houses have emerged as an extremely popular alternative to modern “McMansions,” and as a way to create shelter that is affordable, sometimes portable, and eco-friendly. We have spent the last two years building our 350 square foot home.  And while I’ll be the first to tout the benefits of going tiny, I’ll also […] Read More

Pin on PinterestShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on StumbleUponShare on RedditShare on Google+Email this to someone

Installing a Homestead Solar Electric System

Installing a Solar Electric system on our tiny house | Homestead Honey

A few months ago, I wrote about the process of selecting a solar electric system for our tiny house.  We ordered our equipment from Backwoods Solar in late summer, and the installation was complete by early November, with my husband Brian doing all of the work himself.  Today, I welcome Brian to tell about the process of installing our homestead photovoltaic […] Read More

Pin on PinterestShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on StumbleUponShare on RedditShare on Google+Email this to someone