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Seed Potatoes and How To Plant Potatoes In A Raised Bed

March 25, 2015 – 8:14 am

New to planting potatoes? Here’s a step by step tutorial on how to plant potatoes in a raised bed. PLUS… what’s a seed potato? The answers you need!

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Living with Grandpa and Alzheimer’s

July 7, 2016 – 10:29 pm

Recovery from Pneumonia

When he first came home from the hospital back in April, my grandpa was fighting pneumonia and required a lot of around the clock care. Too weak to walk or even breathe without help, he stayed on oxygen and needed somebody to do pretty much everything for him. Many nurses and therapists were in and out of the home on a daily basis, and there were several exercises, treatments, and medications that he required throughout the day. He needed help drinking, standing, walking, using the bathroom, etc.

I’ve been so blessed to be able to care for him through the healing process, and am excited to report that my grandpa, whom I affectionately named Dada when I was a baby, is back to his strong self again. It has been amazing to watch him improve so quickly. He is now able to sleep in his own bedroom upstairs, is off the breathing machine, doesn’t need any more Nebulizer treatments, has been discharged from the nurses and therapists, and is up and about on his own.

At first glance, it would seem that he no longer needs anybody to stay with him. I do wish that was the case. Unfortunately, the continuing progression of Alzheimer’s has made it unsafe for him to live alone. The biggest concerns, I think, are that he will get lost or hurt, or will be in serious need of help and won’t be able to call for it. But we also know that he needs interaction and stimulation on a daily basis in order to slow down the loss of cognitive abilities.

Our Days Together

As his full-time caregiver, I am responsible for making sure he is eating well, taking his meds, getting some exercise and stimulation, monitoring his condition… basically keeping him healthy and happy.

My days are different now that I live with Dada, but we are equally as happy and continue to keep busy. Monday through Friday the children and I keep Dada company and take care of things around the house, then Friday night we go home for a little break. Somebody else in the family takes over for the weekend until Sunday night when the children and I return. We’re always glad in the evenings when Jerry, my husband, gets off of work and joins us for dinner. He stays with us until the kids are tucked in bed, then he goes home to feed and water the animals and get the chores done before hitting the sack himself. We have come to treasure the weekends when we can spend a couple of full days together as a family.

The children have probably been the biggest asset to Dada’s mental health. They keep him laughing, playing, and engaged.

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Hot Ash Stove Review and Giveaway!

June 28, 2016 – 8:15 am
Hot Ash Stove Review

Looking for a portable, wood burning stove? Check out my field review of the Hot Ash Stove and see if it might be exactly what you need! Great for camping, off grid cooking, and emergency preparedness.

The Pie Cherry Tree

June 7, 2016 – 9:02 pm
Montmorency Cherries

Harvesting cherries from our Montmorency Cherry Tree. These tart little fruits are perfect for canning or making yummy desserts!

Condensed Tomato Soup Canning Recipe

June 3, 2016 – 9:29 am
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A simple and delicious condensed tomato soup canning recipe made from fresh ingredients.

Edible Landscaping: Nanking Cherry Bushes

June 2, 2016 – 7:47 am
Edible Landscaping: Nanking Cherry Bushes

Nanking Cherry Bushes make a beautiful ornamental shrub or hedge, and are loaded with little edible cherries delicious straight off the bush.

How To Peel Chicken Feet, and Prepare Them To Cook

May 26, 2016 – 2:26 pm
How To Prepare Chicken Feet For Cooking | www.newlifeonahomestead.com

Chicken feet make an excellent addition to soup stock, and are full of rich, nutritious gelatin. If you can get over the yuck factor, they’re totally worth learning how to use!

Saying Goodbye To My Dear Friend

May 24, 2016 – 9:13 am

This past weekend we said our final goodbyes to my beloved friend and mentor, Ms. Addy. Those of you who have followed me from the beginning know that this blog was conceived eight years ago …

Bread Machine Braided Challah Recipe Tutorial

May 19, 2016 – 8:36 am
Braided Challah Bread Machine Recipe

I can honestly say that to date I have never tasted bread better than this homemade challah recipe I’m going to share with you. I’ve been making this bread for several years now, and it …

Big Changes for Us.

April 26, 2016 – 6:55 am

Hi guys,
I wanted to give a quick update since it has been a while since I’ve posted anything on my blog.
Earlier this month my grandfather was released from the hospital after two weeks of battling …

How To Avoid Getting Dry Hands in the Garden

March 18, 2016 – 9:05 am
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Two surefire ways to get dry hands in the garden, and tips on how to avoid suffering from cracked, splitting fingertips.

Milky Spore for Natural Japanese Beetle and June Bug Control

March 14, 2016 – 7:23 am
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Japanese Beetles and June Bugs destroying your garden? Here’s a safe and organic way to kill them naturally!

How To Plant Peas and Carrots in a Raised Bed (Video)

March 10, 2016 – 6:47 am
How to Plant Peas and Carrots in a Raised Bed

This video cracked me up. The kids and I show you how we plant peas and carrots in our raised garden beds. Enjoy!

How To Use A Percolator To Brew Coffee

March 9, 2016 – 6:57 pm
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Learn how to brew a fresh cup of coffee without the need for electricity.

Light and Fluffy Bread Machine Yeast Rolls

March 8, 2016 – 12:11 pm
Light and Fluffy Bread Machine Yeast Rolls

These yeast rolls are so soft and yummy. With the help of a bread machine, they’re a sinch to throw together!

Juicy Herb Roasted Whole Chicken in Two Hours

March 7, 2016 – 9:50 am
Herb Roasted Chicken

This roasted whole chicken recipe takes just minutes to throw together and pop into the oven. Bake for 2 hours and you’ve got a delicious meal!

4 Tried & True Natural Remedies For Pinkeye

March 6, 2016 – 5:00 am
4 Tried and True Natural Remedies for Pinkeye

Here are my four favorite tried and true natural remedies to clear up pinkeye fast! Safe for children and adults.

January on the Homestead

January 23, 2016 – 6:37 am
January on the Homestead

I woke up this morning at about 7:30am, and went into the kitchen to find all four kids sitting at the table helping themselves to a bowl of homemade granola. They were trying to be …