Off Grid

The struggles and freedom of life without electricity.


How-to’s for beginners, and lots of good tips on raising food to sustain your family.

Canning Recipes

Canning Recipes to help you put up all your favorite foods!


Food storage, emergency preparedness, survival skills, and more.

Natural Remedies

Herbal recipes, essential oils, and old-fashioned remedies for supporting your family's health naturally.

Home » Archive by Category

Articles in The Homestead Life

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 …

2016 Homestead Goals

December 28, 2015 – 12:59 pm
2016 Homestead Goals

With only a few more days until the new year, I’ve been making a mental list of all of the things I wish to accomplish in 2016. As always, my goals are a bit ambitious. …

I Don’t Think You Realize

December 8, 2015 – 1:42 pm

I’ve been thinking lately about just how blessed we are. Particularly, just how blessed I am to have you all along with us on our journey for the last 8 years.
And it occurred to me …

Busy Summer Days. Gardening and More.

July 3, 2015 – 10:25 am
onion and carrots

It’s the time of year when I don’t get around to posting much on the blog. Too much to do outside! (Not to mention I’m now writing full time for The Prepper Project!)

I’m kinda disappointed …

My Interview With Tammy Trayer

March 27, 2015 – 1:45 pm

I recently had the privilege of being interviewed by Tammy Trayer of Trayer Wilderness on her Mountain Woman Radio Show. We had a great time talking about life as homesteaders, what it’s like living off …


February 27, 2015 – 5:52 pm

It’s not so bad being stuck at home. There are so many beautiful things to enjoy!

A Vegetarian Homestead?

February 4, 2015 – 8:37 am
garden produce

Could there actually be benefits to running a vegetarian homestead? This couple believes there are many. Maybe even for non-vegetarians.

Homesteading When You’re Flat Broke

December 10, 2014 – 1:33 pm
Homesteading When You're Flat Broke

I know all about trying to homestead on a very limited budget. Let me share with you the FOUR things you need to get started homesteading without spending a penny! You might be surprised.

Feeling Stuck

November 15, 2014 – 5:21 pm

This life- it ain’t easy. Sometimes you feel like you aren’t getting anywhere, like you’re stuck no matter how hard you try to free yourself.

Solar Panels. Elderberries. Sugar Beets. Huckleberries. And More.

August 14, 2014 – 10:59 am

Summer days are busier than ever. So many fun new things to learn and do. Here’s what we’ve been up to lately…

A Walk To The Creek

June 16, 2014 – 7:48 am

When the days are extremely hot, and the house is like an oven, it’s nice to have a cool place to go for a much needed reprieve.

No Time To Be Bored

May 13, 2014 – 8:02 am
Elias 5-5-14

Here’s an update on a few of the recent happenings around the homestead.

Rain Barrels and Burn Barrels

March 27, 2014 – 8:14 am
burn barrel

We’ll be putting these rain barrels on the corners of the house to catch most of our wash water. The burn barrel is just what we needed to burn prunings and diseased wood.

Not Enough Wood

January 29, 2014 – 7:09 am
Wood Pile

“Before we ever started heating our home with wood, I didn’t realize that you can’t just go out into the forest, cut up a tree, and bring it in for the fire. I knew nothing of the curing process. It stinks to look out into the yard and see a big pile of split logs just sitting there, knowing you can’t use them for another year.”

Join My Affiliate Program!

January 20, 2014 – 10:11 am
DVD Case

Help me spread the word about At Home Canning For Beginners and Beyond, and earn 30% commission on all sales you generate!

Purging and Refreshing For the New Year, Plus my Top 20 Goals for 2014

December 31, 2013 – 11:04 am

I’ve been super busy getting ready for the new year! Here’s what I’ve been up to, and what my plans for 2014 are.