Sometimes Christmas can come and go in a rushed blur of noise and flurry of activity. Here are three ways to help the time pass at an even pace, enjoy special time with family and friends and make Christmas more meaningful. Continue reading “3 Ways to Make Christmas More Meaningful”
Made from upcycled materials and items you have on hand already, create these simple mason jar lanterns with your family. You can craft them to celebrate the Martinmas festival. Or, give them as gifts or use them for holiday celebrations – the possibilities are endless! Continue reading “Mason Jar Lanterns”
If you’re a homemade applesauce fan, you have got to try this naturally caramel flavored applesauce for a tasty twist on a classic snack. Watch for the special ingredient that makes this applesauce taste like a caramel apple! This recipe is safe for canning so that you can enjoy it all year round!
Are you struggling to reconnect with your family? Wondering how to improve the family dinner hour and establish some good habits? Here are five ways to begin tonight! Continue reading “5 Ways to Improve the Family Dinner Hour”
The Do It Yourself Homestead is your homesteading manual. Do you lie awake at night, wondering how to make your family more self-sufficient in an uncertain world? Are you fearful and wondering how you are going to make it through to your homesteading dreams with your current finances? Are you wanting to gather your family together, as opposed to watching them drift apart, distracted by the siren call of the modern lifestyle? Are you wanting to feel more prepared for any eventuality so that you no longer experience fear when reading the newspaper? Are you wondering how to expand your homesteading efforts while still maintaining the rest of your life?
Maybe you’ve considered homesteading, but you’re stuck in an apartment, and don’t even know where to begin.
Never fear, The Do It Yourself Homestead is here!
Foraged foods, or those wildcrafted and harvested from nature have become very popular. Learning to harvest these free food and medicinal plants is a smart thing to do. For me, the beauty of edible flowers, wild herbs and nourishing plants was taught to me by my grandmothers. Join me for a collection of resources on foraged foods, including edible flowers! Continue reading “Edible Flowers: Things my Grandmas Taught me”
Preserve the sweet flavor of violets and try this simple recipe for violet gelatin. Use nourishing, healthy bone gelatin and fresh violets to throw together this flower food snack for after school or anytime. Plus, we have a wonderful round-up of other edible flowers and different ways to prepare them. Continue reading “Violet Gelatin and Other Flower Foods”
Are you wanting to make your Easter celebrations more meaningful? Here’s a simple, inexpensive tradition to adopt with your family to more keenly feel the joy of Easter morning on your homestead. Why does Maundy Thursday in the farmhouse matter? Continue reading “Maundy Thursday in the Farmhouse”
Today I’m sharing a tasty Easter tradition that comes to us from our Slavic friends, made even healthier with a little fermenting. Traditional Kulich is an Easter recipe I picked up when I lived in Russia. I’ve added sourdough and removed commercial yeast to make this kulich gut-friendly! Continue reading “Sourdough Kulich: An Easter Recipe”
What’s your favorite thing about The Little House on the Prairie books? Want to know mine? The Ingalls family themselves. Their adventures and trials and joys were all wonderful to read about but it was their family that I loved the most. Don’t we often think we’d like to try some pioneer living ourselves? There’s a way to do just that without even lifting a shovel or keeping a chicken. Can you guess what it might be? Continue reading “Pioneer Living with Family History”