The Lost Art of Old-Fashioned Conversations


Modern day life is insanely busy, hectic and distracting. There are a million things to do every day: there are social media posts to Like, tweets to send, friends to text back and emails to be read (and subsequently erased). Today we are arguably more connected to the people around us than ever, but I can't help but notice that conversations just aren't the same. In fact, it seems like no one has time for a good old-fashioned conversation. You know, the kind where people actually look at ... [ Read More ]

20 Reasons to Can Food at Home

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I am pretty much convinced that when it comes to canning, there are really only two kinds of people in the world: People who love canning, and people who have never really tried it. I don't currently have the space or means to do much canning, but the benefits from putting up your own canned goods just go on and on. I think there is just something fantastic about knowing that you're not only being self-sufficient, prepared, frugal and also healthy. In fact, there are dozens of reasons why ... [ Read More ]

10 Homesteading Misconceptions


Homesteading has been around for centuries in one form or another. As all of you know, it is hard work and certainly isn't for everyone. In fact, homesteading looks a little different to different people and in this modern day and age has changed considerably from what it once was. So, for today's article I turned to some city friends of mine and asked them what, exactly, they thought homesteading was. Their answers were absolutely shocking, and the more people I asked the more I realized ... [ Read More ]

Ideas for Giving Kids an Old Fashioned Summer


As many you probably know, I grew up in the country and I have many fond memories of summers spent almost entirely outside with my older brother. We made forts and caught tadpoles and explored ever corner of my parent's 40 acres. We'd spend the entire day playing in the woods, tromping through the fields, eating wild apples or gooseberries or blackberries (depending on the season) and taming the barn cats (some of which I am fairly certain were actually wildcats). My brother and I only ... [ Read More ]

Disposing Spoiled Canned Goods Safely

Best Tips for Storing Home Canning Jars

While canning food is delicious and a great way to preserve excess food that you grow or purchase throughout the year, there are always some risks with home preparation. One of the biggest concerns of canners everywhere is botulism, a deadly bacteria that can grow on spoiled foods. While there are several methods for identifying spoiled canned goods, a lot of times, it is readily apparent that something is not right. Regardless of why it happened, the most important thing is to ensure that ... [ Read More ]

Identifying Spoiled Canned Food

Canning Mistakes You Might be Making and What to Do about Them

Canning can be an incredibly rewarding process that is not only good for your budget but also pretty tasty. There's just nothing like opening a can of strawberry jam in the dead of winter and reliving some of that summer goodness yet again. But, canning is a very precise process and if done incorrectly, it can lead to all kinds of complications and illnesses including botulism. While it sounds pretty scary, there are a few things you can do to keep yourself and your family safe. Aside from ... [ Read More ]

10 Menu Planning Tricks


Whether you live 50 miles from the nearest grocery store, or just around the corner, planning meals ahead of time is a fantastic way to save time and money. It might be a little old-fashioned, but you'll be amazed by how much easier it can make the week out to be! Here are some of my tips for making menu-planning a success: Check weather - Check the forecast when you're making your menu. Is it soup weather? Do you need to avoid using the oven? Check schedules - If the kids have a ... [ Read More ]

Pat-in-the-pan Pie Crust Recipe

Perfectly Flaky Pie Crust

When I was growing up, the were two desserts that we nearly always had in the house: chocolate chip cookies and cherry pie. My father absolutely loves cherry pie, although I personally was always more of a pumpkin pie fan myself. So, needless to say, I have made a lot of pie crusts in my lifetime. While traditional crusts are delicious and yummy, sometimes you just don't have time to roll it out and mess with pie crusts. (Especially when I had that tiny apartment in college!) So, needless to ... [ Read More ]

Tips for Taking a Homestead Vacation


Everyone needs a vacation sometimes, but whether you have a small homestead or a large farm, finding the funds and means to leave for any amount of time can be quite the hassle. After all, someone has to take care of the animals, and those veggies won't pick themselves! So, what is a homesteadder to do? Well, here are some tips for how to take that much-needed vacation without letting your homestead fall apart while you're gone. Find a farm sitter If you only concern is finding someone to ... [ Read More ]