Author: Homestead Lady

Grow Your Own Sunflowers with Russian Mammoth Sunflowers l Sunflower Seeds are great snacks for kids and wild birds l Homestead

Grow Sunflower Seeds with Russian Mammoths

Grow Your Own Sunflowers with Russian Mammoth Sunflowers l Sunflower Seeds are great snacks for kids and wild birds l HomesteadIf you want to grow your own sunflower seeds, or if you just enjoy a showpiece in the garden, give Russian Mammoth sunflower seeds a try this year.  We’ve had complete stranger stop their cars in the road to stop and stare at our Russian Mammoths!  And with so many seeds per head they’re worth the effort to grow.

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Elderberry Syrup 2 Ways l Use fresh elderberries, fresh ginger, dried spice or essential oils l Healthy Homestead Families l Homestead Lady.com

Elderberry Syrup Two Ways

Elderberry Syrup 2 Ways l Use fresh elderberries, fresh ginger, dried spice or essential oils l Healthy Homestead Families l Homestead Lady.com If you could ask a seasoned, homeschooling and homesteading mom of six for a little advice, what would it be?  Pull up a chair with my friend Rhonda from The Provident Homemaker as she shares one of her favorite foraging books, her 5 steps for keeping the family healthy and her special recipe for elderberry syrup. Continue reading “Elderberry Syrup Two Ways”

Christmas Tea Ring l A sweet bread recipe with fresh eggs, dried fruit and buttery goodness l Homesteadlady.com

Sweet Bread Recipe: Tea Ring

Christmas Tea Ring l A sweet bread recipe with fresh eggs, dried fruit and buttery goodness l Homesteadlady.comChristmas Breads are a favorite holiday fare in nearly every culture, and we love them all from stollen to panettone!  However, our favorite sweet bread recipe has got to be the classic tea ring.  Filled with wholesome ingredients like fresh eggs and dried fruits, this Christmas Tea Ring is a holiday classic! Continue reading “Sweet Bread Recipe: Tea Ring”

Healthy Gingerbread House l Handmade and wholesome recipe for gingerbread house l 2 ways to make it for the holidays l Homestead Lady.com

Homemade Healthy Gingerbread House 2 Ways

Healthy Gingerbread House l Handmade and wholesome recipe for gingerbread house l 2 ways to make it for the holidays l Homestead Lady.comFor a healthy twist on a homemade holiday favorite, here’s our version of a foodie’s Gingerbread House. If you get to the end of the instructions and decide you need something easier, don’t worry. We’ve included a busy-mom version that’s still healthy and fun. Continue reading “Homemade Healthy Gingerbread House 2 Ways”

Gingerbread Hasty Pudding l A Colonial Thanksgiving Recipe l Homestead Lady.com

Colonial Thanksgiving Recipe: Gingerbread Hasty Pudding

Gingerbread Hasty Pudding l A Colonial Thanksgiving Recipe l Homestead Lady.comI must admit I’m a sucker for historical, slow food and Colonial Thanksgiving recipes are super fun.  Give me an old “receipt” as they were called and a handful of wholesome ingredients and I’m a happy kitchen girl.  Here’s a family favorite for this time of year: Gingerbread Hasty Pudding. Continue reading “Colonial Thanksgiving Recipe: Gingerbread Hasty Pudding”

Gone Fishin’

Hello, all!  This is just a quick note to let you know that the site in on hold until the fall.  We’re moving (again!), unpacking, renovating our old farmhouse, gearing up for another homeschool year, visiting family out of state and creating online course material as well as writing three (yes, three!!) new books.  I’ll be back at the blog as soon as I can come September.

Feel free to contact me, if  you need any help, especially regarding any materials you’ve purchased for The Do It Yourself Homestead.  Even while I’m on a blogging break, you can still find our books in our shop.  Have a great summer!

Hand Washing Laundry l If your washing machine breaks or the power goes out, here's what to do with the laundry l Homestead Lady (.com)

When the Washing Machine Breaks: Hand Washing Clothes

Hand Washing Laundry l If your washing machine breaks or the power goes out, here's what to do with the laundry l Homestead Lady (.com)It was pretty much the worst Thanksgiving ever.  My boar gored my leg, the kids got lice for the first time, the sink wouldn’t stop leaking and the fireplace broke.  Like a cherry on top, the washing machine decided to follow suit.  Here’s how we survived hand washing clothes for three months. Continue reading “When the Washing Machine Breaks: Hand Washing Clothes”

Canned Meat: Making the Most of Your Homestead Chicken

Canned Meat Making the Most of Homestead Chicken l Feeding your hens right l Canning Tips l Homestead Lady (.com)Are you wondering how best to nourish your flock so they can, in turn, nourish you?  Have you raised up a nice batch of fryers and are ready to butcher them, but are wondering how you’re going to preserve all those birds?!  Never fear, canned meat is here!  Plus, a review of The Frugal Chicken’s Feeding Your Hens Right e-course. Continue reading “Canned Meat: Making the Most of Your Homestead Chicken”