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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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A Homestead Woodstove Warming Shelf

Building a homestead woodstove warming shelf | Homestead Honey

For years we have relied on a woodstove to heat our home. After several years of using a functional, but not great woodstove in our Oregon rental cabin, in 2006 we invested in a Jotul woodstove (I believe it’s an older version of this model). Not only did our Jotul burn wood more efficiently, but its top […] Read More

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Welcome, January!

This is my morning ritual: a cup of Blue Lotus Chai's Traditional Masala Chai with raw cow milk and local honey. Just about perfect! What's your

Happy New Year!  What a sunny, COLD week we’ve had.  It’s so delightful to finally feel the sun upon my face after a very grey December.  Cliché as it may sound, I do feel reset and ready to tackle what comes in 2015!  I am a bit of a sucker for the “One Word Intentions” of the […] Read More

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Top Living Off the Grid and Homesteading Posts of 2014

Top Homesteading and Off-Grid Living posts of 2014

2014 has been an amazing year here on Homestead Honey. As I finish my third year of blogging, I am so grateful to have such an incredibly supportive readership, and want to say THANK YOU for joining us on our living off the grid homesteading journey. I look forward to creating informative and inspirational blog content, eBooks, and eCourses for you in the coming year. Read More

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Celebrating your Homestead Accomplishments

Celebrate your Homestead Accomplishments | Homestead Honey

Did you began 2014 with a long list of homesteading projects to do, or homestead dreams that you wanted to turn into reality? I sure did: Yes, this is a very long list of projects and infrastructure, because really, that is where our newish homestead is at right now. But beyond just being a list […] Read More

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Can I Afford to Buy a Homestead Cow?

Can I afford to buy a cow? A look at the expenses and savings of purchasing your first cow. | Homestead Honey

Can I afford to buy a cow? You know my answer to that question, as we just recently welcomed Creme Brulee to our homestead.  But since I like getting real about money on the homestead, I think it’s important to publicly talk about the financial side of this really big investment.  And yes, a cow […] Read More

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Welcoming our Homestead Cow

Welcoming our new Homestead Cow | Homestead Honey

It’s hard to express the excitement we feel at finally welcoming our new Homestead Cow, Creme Brulée.  Having a dairy animal once again feels so right, so perfect for our little homestead, and yet it’s been a long path to find the right cow, to create infrastructure for a cow, and to invest in a cow. […] Read More

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Overcoming Homestead Setbacks

Overcoming Homestead Setbacks | Homestead Honey

Blogging about real life on a homestead can be an interesting challenge.  On the one hand, I don’t want to use this blog as a platform for whining when things go wrong, as it’s my vision to inspire and uplift others on their homesteading path. But to not share the challenges of homesteading seems unfair and […] Read More

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