Remodeling our Outdoor Kitchen

Take a tour of our off-grid homestead's outdoor kitchen remodel | Homestead Honey

Our outdoor kitchen got a bit of a facelift recently, and we’ve been really pleased with its improved functionality and comfort. For the past two years, the outdoor kitchen looked like this: The tarp did a great job protecting us from light rain, but the space was not big enough to both prepare meals and dine. As […] Read More

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Hatching Ducklings with a Broody Hen

Baby ducklings have their first swim lessons | Homestead Honey

We absolutely love our two Cayuga ducks – they are consistent layers, great foragers, and always entertaining to watch. They came to us last year as 6 week old ducklings, and have thrived as free rangers (even swimming in our homestead pond). This year, when we wanted to add a few more ducks to our flock, […] Read More

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In the Garden :: August

Marigolds bring color to an edible landscape in front of our tiny house and water catchment system | Homestead Honey

Every August I get the distinct sense that I’ve been running a five month garden sprint, and should have paced myself for a marathon instead!  It’s so easy to have grand visions in March; after all, we’ve been cooped up for months indoors, and the promise of copious amounts of fresh produce is just so […] Read More

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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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