About Jessica Lane

I am a non-traditional homesteader. What is a non-traditional homesteader? I'd like to think we are the people who don't fit the mold. I am a busy mom on a small bit of property with not a lot of financial resources, but I am figuring out how to live the life I want. A homesteader's life.

Zesty Meyer Lemon Linguine with Asparagus

Meyer lemon makes this dish zesty without being sour, despite not having cream. It's quick and easy for those busy nights where you're short on time.

My dear friend Angi from SchneiderPeeps sent me a box full of beautiful of Meyer lemons for Christmas. Obviously we had to make some lemonade (don’t worry, I’m sharing that recipe as well), and there will be sweets, but my daughter and I really wanted to use lemons in a savory dinner. I had made this recipe with regular lemons and cream, but with the sweetness of Meyer lemons that you don’t get in regular lemons, I wanted to try it omitting the cream. So my daughter and I donned our aprons and headed to the kitchen on a mission.

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Lemon Linguine with Zesty Asparagus

Mouthwatering lemon linguine will be a hit in your household, I’m sure. Meyer lemons makes this dish zesty without being sour, despite not having cream. It’s quick and easy for those busy nights where you’re short on time. If you want the play-by-play for this recipe, you can see it here. Don’t forget to yum this recipe! Yum … Read More

Hearty Cheesy Broccoli Rice Bake

We love this classic and comforting broccoli rice and cheese casserole for easy weeknight meals. Freezer-friendly and reheats well for leftovers.

I’m starting this recipe with a confession. I am not known for my astounding cooking abilities. I can grow it, I can preserve it, but I tend to be a disaster in the kitchen. Why am I sharing this? Why am I letting you know that I’m real? Because that way you know you can handle any recipe I share here on The 104 Homestead. This broccoli rice casserole is a perfect example.

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Drying Herbs Quickly with a Dehydrator

You can simply bring herbs indoors and hang them as bundles from hooks, but it's easier and faster to dry herbs with a dehydrator.

Summer is winding down and before you know it all the glorious fresh herbs we’ve been taking advantage of will no longer be available. It’s time to talk about how to dry herbs. You can simply bring them indoors and hang them as bundles from hooks (I like doing this with lavender). You can also make racks/screens like these ones. When you need to preserve a lot at a time, it’s easiest to dry herbs with a dehydrator.

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Your Guide to Canning Crispy Dill Pickles

There are a lot of dill pickle recipe ideas online, but there is something they all lack. The secret to crispy pickles. A single surprise ingredient.

I love dill pickle spears. I prefer spears over coins because they stay crisper. Yes, late at night I sneak to the kitchen to eat them right out of the jar. Shhh, don’t tell my children. There are a lot of dill pickle recipe ideas online, but there is something they all lack. The secret to a crispy pickle. Leaves. Plant leaves.

Specifically, I am referring to grape leaves. Grape leaves contain tannins that inhibit a naturally occurring enzyme in cucumbers that cause them to soften. Other types of leaves (such as oak and cherry) work, but may cause a bitter taste in your pickles.

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How to Prepare for Winter on a Homestead

While everyone has their own list of fall chores, homesteaders in particular have an insane amount to get done before winter arrives.

It’s that time of year! The harvest is almost over, the first freeze isn’t far off, and we’re just weeks away from snow. While everyone has their own list of fall chores, homesteaders in particular have an insane amount to get done before the snow starts flying.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed and aren’t sure where to start, here are the tasks that you’ll want to check off the list first.

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