Are you ready for backyard farming? Here’s a great resource for that! Continue reading “Are You Ready for Backyard Farming?”
Ready to start homesteading but don’t know where to begin? Are you a city kid like me and have to learn all your homesteading skills from scratch? I am genuinely excited to share these homesteading titles with you as you begin your journey towards self-sufficiency. Books are among my greatest, most effective homestead mentors. Even after homesteading for a number of years, I’m still collecting great books. Continue reading “Homesteading Books: Beginning Basics”
Have you been thinking of getting goats because you want fresh, clean milk? Concerned about all the commercial products and conventional handling practices many goat resources recommend? Never fear! There’s a way to get natural goat milk and more. From manure to meat, there are some wonderful publications that can teach you to care for your herd in healthy ways; including Deborah Niemann’s Raising Goats Naturally (reviewed here for your reading pleasure). Continue reading “Natural Goat Milk and More!”
Need some inspiration in the kitchen from a guy who truly loves his real foods? Are you wanting to learn more about the process of meal creation and how all the products you have can be used right down to the last leaf and bone? Are you an open-flame enthusiast who would like to expand your repertoire of campfire foods from foil pouches to full course meals? Then This is Camino – the weirdest and coolest cookbook ever – just might be for you. Continue reading “This is Camino – the Weirdest and Coolest Cookbook Ever”
Are you interested in learning to make cheese? Are you trying to keep your homemade cheeses as healthy as possible but aren’t sure where to start? If you’re trying to use non-industrial methods in your home kitchen, and especially if you’re interested in using raw ingredients, regular cheese making books, as fine as they are, might leave you with unanswered questions. Let The Art of Natural Cheesemaking lend you a hand.
If you’re on the fence about bee keeping, pick up Honeybee, by Marina Marchese. This short read is a delightful combination of quality prose and useful bee information. Disclaimer: it may tip your over the fence in favor of the bees. Just sayin’.
Continue reading “Book Review Honeybee by Marina Marchese”
Raised bed garden, lasagna garden, year round garden and whatever your zone, these tips for “later spring” gardens will work for you. Simply adjust up or down as many weeks as you need to account for your last frost date for your area. I’m in zone five, so if you’re in zone ten, you’ll need to do quite a bit of adjusting, fyi. I’m also including my review of The Organic Canner, by Daisy Luther, in this post because this book helped inspire me to make more concrete growing plans in the garden this year. I know I want to make some of her recipes and put them up, so I’m figuring out what and how much to plant. Continue reading “Raised Bed Garden: What to do in Later Spring”
Did you know maple trees make syrup? Crazy, right? Did you know you can learn to tap your own maple trees to make syrup? Let me share with you what I’ve learned and why I’m NOT tapping my own maple trees (at least, for now). For those who are tougher nuts than I, make sure you read to the end because we’re helping to host a super fabulous maple syrup supplies giveaway, including items for the children on your homestead. Continue reading “Maple Trees Make Syrup”
It’s not only Christmas time that you and I stand in need of simple, wholesome ideas for filling gift baskets to present to friends and family. All year long there are occasions where just the right combination of homemade flavors will take an ordinary day and turn it into an occasion. I had the pleasure of reviewing Kathie Lapcevic’s book Gift it From Scratch recently and I had to pass on some of what I learned to all of you. Continue reading “Gift Baskets: Review of Gift it From Scratch”
Want yeast free bread and other grain-based breadstuffs? Want to know how to naturally leaven your yeast free breads with sourdough culture so that they’ll still rise and be healthy and wholesome? I think I’ve read every natural leavening book on the market and Beyond the Basics with Natural Yeast, by Melissa Richardson, is without peer. (Unless, of course, you’re talking about her first book The Art of Baking with Natural Yeast.) Here’s the scoop on Melissa’s new book – Christmas is coming, and all… Continue reading “Want Yeast Free Bread?”