Welcome to our little farm in Texas! Currently, our 9-acre homestead consists of a garden, a bunch of chickens, a persimmon tree, and a clothesline! But that’s progress, and there’s more to come.
This is where you’ll find a little bit of everything home-ish — kitchen, garden, chickens, natural health, and handcrafts. We are as natural as we can be, both indoors and out. For my idea of the ideal homestead life, start with my post A Perfect Day. And be sure to subscribe to my newsletter for occasional updates on new posts, giveaways, and other fun stuff!
How We Turned an Existing Shed into a Chicken Coop When we bought our first flock of chicks, we jumped in with both feet (and no chicken coop!). We considered many options for building a coop, but this little shed on our property just kept looking so useable, that we finally came up with a plan to convert it into a chicken coop.
One Chicken – Four Meals A whole chicken can be a dollar stretcher. With the shredded meat and jars of broth that result, the recipe possibilities are endless! I’m going to share what I like to do with a chicken from start to finish… I start by slow cooking the whole chicken overnight, on low, seasoned only with salt and pepper. First thing in the morning, I turn off the crock pot, let the chicken cool, and de-bone it. The bones go back in the crockpot with the juices, salt, pepper, a whole onion, 2-3 heads of crushed garlic, and celery. I let this simmer until afternoon. It smells SOOOOOO good.
DIY Compost Bin Compost is great for a number of reasons: it’s cheap and/or free; it’s pesticide free, which makes it safe for your family when used on vegetables; and it’s the best kind of fertilizer out there. If you’ve never made compost before, it’s easy. Simply start saving the following…
Managing Migraines I believe that migraines respond to different treatments for different people, so I do not claim to have a cure. However, I have found a few things that shorten the duration of the headache. My oldest daughter and I actually have different methods that work for us.
Home Birth I was fortunate to give birth to all five of my babies at home, and I’ve written a series of posts on this process. Don’t worry — it’s all family-friendly! To read my stories, start with this link.
Sewing Dresses In this post I share how a class of homeschool girls made 8 different dresses from the same pattern.
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