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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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