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When Life Gets You Down, Give “Dirt Therapy” a try

  It’s been kind of a rough week here on the Homestead. We are unfortunately mourning the loss of a family member who we were all very close to. So, instead of succumbing to the sadness, my husband told me I needed “dirt therapy”. I have heard the term before, even just recently from a… Continue reading When Life Gets You Down, Give “Dirt Therapy” a try

canning, cooking, garlic, harvesting, homemade, homesteading, leftover turkey ideas, meat chickens, planting, soap making

Rainy Day Pursuits

We have all been there.  We have big plans for the weekend, and have spent the entire week looking forward to it.  Early in the week, we see a few raindrops for Saturday in the forecast, but we are still hopeful. The chance of rain percentage goes from 30 to 90, and by Friday they… Continue reading Rainy Day Pursuits

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Our Amazing Bees

After you have grown all of your own veggies, and after you have mastered raising chickens, your next challenge will almost certainly be beekeeping.  Maybe it's the homesteading magazines that push us toward this very zen pursuit.  Maybe it's the endless internet articles about the bees decline.  Or maybe we just love honey.  Whatever the… Continue reading Our Amazing Bees

canning, cooking, corn, farming, gardening, harvesting, homemade, homesteading

Harvest Season, “it’s not what you have to do, it’s what you get to do”

  This blog has been a long time coming. I have been wanting to get a new blog out for our loyal, as well as new, followers, but our fellow homesteaders will agree that finding the time between August and October is nearly impossible because……It’s Harvest Season! My husband recently shared a post with me… Continue reading Harvest Season, “it’s not what you have to do, it’s what you get to do”

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Raising Your Own Thanksgiving Dinner

its almost that time again

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When we decided to raise our own turkeys it seemed like something we should have been doing already.  Thoughts of a huge Thanksgiving dinner complete with our own bird ran through our minds.  We had several years of knowledge with other types of poultry,  so we dove right in.  Once we started our research, we found that we would need to order our turkeys fairly early and that a local farm store would be a better option than mail order.  Mail order required a 6 bird minimum and shipping was very expensive.  Because room is at a premium on our homestead we opted for the farm store, their price per bird was less, and they only had a 4 bird minimum, perfect for our needs. We also chose broad breasted whites, due to the fact that they had the best feed conversion (2:1), and grew the quickest.  Now that the…

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