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Bye-Bye Bugbite

I formulated this bug bite relief salve from a number of powerful (& natural!) itch-fighting plants and oils. The first step is making a solar-infused oil for the base. I used: Broadleaf Plantain, Rose Petals, and Dandelion, in organic hemp oil – and let it infuse for 6 weeks, (shaking on a daily basis). Broadleaf Plantain fights inflammation, swelling, and …

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diy Natural Wood Finish

DIY natural wood sealer:

🐝1 part beeswax
🥥1 part coconut oil
🍋Few drops of lemon essential oil
➳Combine and melt in a saucepan
➳Apply to wood while melted or in a soft state

We applied this to our untreated planter bed, and it looks great!

We don’t use “treated” wood because the chemicals used to the treat the wood leech into the garden soil and the ground ☣️

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Cloth Napkins

Question: How many disposable napkins do you use each day? Paper towels? How many plastic packages do you throw away? How much money do you spend each month on disposable items? I’ve said it before and I’ll it again: Homesteading isn’t only about raising chickens & collecting farm fresh eggs. 🌻It’s about being sustainable, reducing our impact on the planet, …

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Chicken Dinner

Let’s talk about being sustainable, because it isn’t all about pretty blue eggs. It’s about making the decision NOT to buy unhealthy factory-farmed meats, and choosing to honor the happy & healthy birds raised at home. In a world SO painfully disconnected from where their food comes from, it’s important to reconnect and be gracious for the animal that gave …

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Free-Range

These Free-Range gals are happy, roaming their chunk of the Ozarks, eating whatever they forage underneath the leaves, seemingly without a care in the world. I wish it were that peaceful all of the time. Like, I REALLY really wish it could be. But the not-so-glamorous side to free-range chickens is when you’re painfully reminded of Mother Nature’s foodchain. Chickens …

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Breadmaking

There’s more to homesteading than raising a small army of dinosaur-descendants and collecting pretty little eggs – though that’s arguably one of my favorite parts. Being sustainable is huge, reconnecting with and supporting local businesses & artisans is paramount, and I’ve always felt that cooking can do both of those things better than almost anything else. Plus, cooking your own …

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Egg Cartons

Let’s talk about egg cartons. We go through a ton of them, right? So which do we pick? After doing a decent bit of research, I settled on using the slightly unpopular option of plastic egg cartons. I chose this for one main reason: I can quickly & easily disinfect the cartons that I collect and reuse. To disinfect plastic …

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Icelandic Chickens

This is Dottie & Maude, our Icelandic hens, or “Icies”.Technically, Icelandic Chickens are a landrace and not a true breed, so they come in all different color/feather/comb combinations. They’re relatively rare in the USA, though there are a few breeders dedicated to preserving the Icelandic stock. Which is great because Icelandic Chickens are unique & they’re a perfect homestead breed. …

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Soup stock

Carrot & potato peels, onion heads, parsely stems, celery butts, tomato stems, dried out garlic cloves – Most people throw out their vegetable scraps, but these are like gold in our house. These “scraps” all get tossed into a gallon-sized freezer bag until the bag is full, then it goes into a large stockpot filled with water, some salt & …

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Storing Farm Fresh Eggs

Did you know that freshly laid eggs will stay fresh out on the counter for up to a month?  This is because eggs naturally contain a protective cuticle, called the “Bloom”, which is a layer on the outside of the shell that prevents bacteria and oxygen from passing through the porous shell. As long as that layer doesn’t get washed …

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