“Homesteading is a lifestyle of self-sufficiency. It is characterized by subsistence agriculture, home preservation of foodstuffs, and it may or may not also involve the small-scale production of textiles, clothing, and craft work for the household use. Homesteading is not defined by where someone lives, such as the city or the country, but by the lifestyle choices they make.”
We bought our current property a little over three years ago and knew we wanted to do a little more than just gardening. We also wanted some fruit trees and keep chickens and bees. I guess we could be called the lazy homesteaders because we have no desire to have any other livestock. And that is okay.
My kids love dying Easter Eggs, but with a little one, I don’t like using those chemical dyes or food colorings that stain clothes. We prefer to dye using natural dyes. They still have the power to stain (I highly recommend “junk” clothes), but the stains don’t set as badly and there is no fear of the littlest one drinking any.
Many non-traditional homesteaders turn to keeping quail when they discover they can’t keep other forms of poultry. Some homesteaders choose to add quail even if they already have other poultry on their homesteads. Why? Because quail offer many benefits to the small-scale farmer and the exchange of time and money for these benefits is great. There are several varieties of quail available, but Coturnix Quail are one of the most popular choices.
These old-fashioned rolled oat cookies are excellent for gift giving. You can gift them as drop cookies, or roll them out, cut them with cookie cutters and make sandwiches out of them. I frosted today’s cookies with a cream cheese frosting that includes Wilton Candy Melts to give it a caramel apple flavor.
Dry shampoo is all the rage right now. It not only helps you get out the door looking fab, but it’s good for you as well. Traditional shampoos are really harsh on hair. So what’s a girl (or guy) to do? Use dry shampoo to lengthen out the time between “regular” shampooing!
I got an email from a friend of mine who was worried about her hens. She was concerned that they looked disheveled and had stopped laying. I asked her to investigate further, but with 18 month old chickens in the fall, I was hedging my bets that her birds had stopped laying for the most prevalent reason laying hens stop laying.
You go through nine (actually ten) months of pregnancy thinking that delivery is the end of the abuse for your body. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it’s not. If you decide to breastfeed, you’ve got the discomfort of learning to nurse your baby. If you choose not to breastfeed, you’ve got to go through the painful process of suppressing lactation.
I’m not going to talk about cloth diapering today. I’m sure you’re checking the post title and image thinking “But that’s the title of the post!” Well, cloth diapering has been talked about to death online. In fact, if you are considering cloth diapering, I’m sure you are sufficiently overwhelmed already.