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The Homestead Dog | Meet Delilah

I’ve always wanted a livestock guardian dog, but it also needed to be an incredible family dog that could be with us at all times. Unheard of, right? Everything I have read has continuously said LGDs must remain with the herd at all times. I thought a livestock guardian was outside of our near future, because honestly, we only live…

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He Grew Up Today…

He grew up today…. He pulled on his boots and walked right through my front door. He grew up today… He rarely says “mama” anymore—it’s mostly just “mom”. Unless he’s sick, sad, or really wants something. He grew up today… Maybe not in terms of years, or of adulthood. But today when he stepped through that front door all on…

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The Grief of Infertility

What you’re about to read are raw emotions from a night of pain, grief, tears, and heartache. These are some of the emotions that a woman struggling with infertility goes through. These are the thoughts she thinks. This is the grief she knows regularly. How do I know? Because that woman, is me… It’s  a constant grief. It doesn’t matter…

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Our Holistic Remedies Cabinet | Essential Oils and Herbs

I often say the very beginning of our homesteading journey happened when I began diving more and more into herbal remedies. Herbs have always been my passion along this journey, and more recently, I’ve added essential oils (EOs). While herbs will always be my first go-to, because they are in their most natural form, EOs are a close second, or…

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What is a Homestead and Homesteader? | And the unnecessary title wars

I was sitting with my grandmother a few weeks back, and because of the simple fact that we own small livestock, she is always asking how the chickens are…any new rabbit babies…how about the bear, is he back? I always chuckle, because it seems to be the first thing she brings up when I walk through the door. She’ll proceed…

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Homemade Chicken Tacos and Tortillas

As we continue our homestead journey, I find more and more that I’m able to dabble with different ingredients to create beautiful new meals for my family. This past week, I decided, very off the whim, to make some chicken tacos completely from scratch. In the below video, you’ll see the very quick process, and below that, you’ll find the…

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How To Properly Use and Season Cast Iron

I believe my mom cooked more with cast iron than my grandma ever did. At least, in my lifetime. Growing up, I didn’t really understand that cast iron needed tender, loving care. It’s like a living and breathing extension of your kitchen. One that I now thoroughly enjoy as an adult in my very own kitchen. But keeping cast iron…

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Rabbit Care Basics for the Beginner

So you want to start your homestead rabbit journey, and you’re not sure where to begin. What do they eat? How much do they eat? What happens if they get sick? How do they live? While these things can all be elaborated on extensively, I’ll try to sum it up for you in a condensed version. When you’re done here—or…

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Artisan Sourdough Bread and Starter

One of my favorite things to indulge in is bread. Though I can’t indulge often—because large amounts of gluten simply don’t agree with me—I have found that Sourdough bread is less harsh on my body. Because of the fermented yeasty goodness, sourdough can be a great bread alternative for those with gluten sensitive digestive systems. Not only that, it’s simply…

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Canning Peaches With Raw Honey

Canning is hard work, people—let me tell you. I do a little canning each year, but nothing like what my great Aunt used to do. When I think of a garden and canning, I automatically remember Summertime at Great Aunt Vergie’s house. That woman, she could can. Between her and my Great Uncle Al (who was married to my Great…

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Facing the Reality of Homestead Confiscation

Every morning I have the same routine. I wake up, pack my husband’s lunch, sometimes I’ll put on some coffee. I wash the dishes from the night before or from that morning. Some mornings if it’s super early, I’ll lay back down in bed and rest with my thoughts before the day begins. Other days, I jump right in head…

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Why Does My Hen Have a Bare Back? And how to prevent it

It’s something that a lot of new and experienced chicken keepers experience every now and then. Chickens with bare backs. Why are they missing feathers on their backs? What can I do to fix it? It’s a pretty simple fix, actually. Though, to be honest, we’ve only dealt with it once ourselves. The only time my hens have had bare…

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Quail on our Homestead | Not a complete fail, or success

My sister keeps reminding me that I haven’t really said much about our quail since we’ve added them to the homestead. And if we’re being honest, it’s because I still haven’t made up my mind about them. Everything on this homestead, in my opinion, should be a sufficient source of something or another. And ultimately, I have to take time…

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What I’ve Learned From Marrying Young

This past weekend I photographed a wedding for a fella we used to attend church with. It was absolutely gorgeous, and I think I had just as much fun watching everyone else have fun. Between the impactful ceremony and the fun dancing at the reception, these guys and gals did it up right. But one thing I loved most during…

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I Am a Strong & Independent Woman Homesteader | And that’s ok….

Growing up, I wasn’t necessarily the daintiest of girls. I enjoyed making mud pies, trying to save earth worms from the summer storms pounding the concrete patio, and most of all, I loved walking through the fields welcoming new baby calves at Grandma and Granddad’s house. I would rather play in the dirt and be rough and rowdy with dad…

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A Study of Job | When God Doesn’t Answer Prayers

It is the biggest lie in Christianity today. It’s the lie that if we’re good enough, humble enough, and kind enough, that good things will come our way all the days of our life. It’s the lie that if we live our lives completely devoted to God through religious law, we will never have to feel heartache, we will never…

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The Sloggers Apron | My New Favorite Homestead Tool

Let me first start by saying, I am not an apron kind of girl. Even in the kitchen, I only wear an apron when I know the job is going to be extra messy. I’ve never been that “girly girl”—I was a tom-boy my entire life. But, I do have my elegant moments. So needless to say, when Sloggers recently…

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