Any fiber geek loves their natural dyes, but have you ever thought you might be helping the planet with them? Learn how to reduce food waste with these vegetable dyes made right from your compost bin. No special materials, no expensive ingredients – just rummage around your kitchen to make these natural dyes. Plus, read our review of Natural Color by Sasha Duerr and be inspired to make even more vegetable dyes!
Do you like the idea of making cheese at home but are a bit intimidated to start? Try making this easy homemade maple yogurt cheese from the the yogurt you make this week. It will even work with store bought yogurt! Continue reading “Easy Homemade Cheese: Maple Yogurt Cheese”
If 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.
Need some suggestions for quick Paleo snacks? With five kids in this house, we need healthy snacks all day long! Here’s my go-to list of Paleo snacks, including a new favorite – Paleo pizzelle cookies!
Christmas 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”
For 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”
I 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”
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!
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”
Sourdough is a great way to serve up a healthy breakfast. Everyone loves pancakes. Sourdough pancakes are, therefore, the perfect combination. Continue reading “Nut Free Blueberry Sourdough Crunch Pancakes”