We’re Expanding

We aren’t able to have much of what we want where we live.  No chickens, ducks, sheep, goats or pigs are allowed in our little farming community.  Seems strange, that a town of 1300 surrounded by corn and soybean fields, we aren’t allowed a few chickens.  Yet this is our realty, which makes it difficult to expand ourContinue reading “We’re Expanding”

Searching for Home

Hubby and I are in search of our homestead and recently found several acres of land.  For a matter-of-fact, we have looked at the property 3 different times now.  It is overgrown with new trees, berry bushes and grass, so is in need of clearing.  There is power along the road that could easily be run onto the property, but doesn’t haveContinue reading “Searching for Home”

A Crazy Plan

A couple of weeks ago I wrote Planning a New Plan.  We had spent 1 1/2 years trying to come up with the perfect homestead plan, but weren’t making any measurable progress in getting there.  The time had come to re-evaluate and create a new plan and that’s what we have done. Now, some mayContinue reading “A Crazy Plan”

There is Snow on the Ground

But it’s spring in our house. I ordered and received our seeds a few weeks ago and we were ready to get our seedlings started.  Lili, hubby and I carefully planted tomato, tomatillo and pepper seeds in their little pots and under the lights they went. Last year was our first attempt at starting our own seedlingsContinue reading “There is Snow on the Ground”

February Monthly Challenge

I made it thru the January challenge and would have to call it a success.  We saved  money, we ate healthy and found some great new recipes that I will most certainly be using again. One of the things I really enjoyed about the challenge was how much less I actually had to cook.  A pot of soupContinue reading “February Monthly Challenge”

Planning A New Plan?

For the last 18 months, we have been in planning mode.  Planning a change of job for hubby; planning the sell of our house; planning the purchase of property; planning our move to the country; planning for animals;  planning for outbuildings;  planning . . . . planning . . . . planning . . . . The problemContinue reading “Planning A New Plan?”

Trading the Past for the Future

We have been making a lot of changes to help us reach our homesteading goal. But sometimes, old habits die-hard. We’ve lived the American Dream most of our lives. Work hard, make money, buy lots of things, take nice vacations . . . .  Like I said, it’s the American Dream.  But somewhere along theContinue reading “Trading the Past for the Future”

Mr. Fix-It

Part of the homesteading lifestyle, is the desire to do things ourselves. Instead of buying all our food at the grocery store, we want to grow our own produce, raise our own meat, and provide ourselves with dairy products. Instead of heating our home with gas or electric, we want to use wood that comesContinue reading “Mr. Fix-It”