Category: homesteading

There’s a lot that my partner Sarah and I have found to do on about 2 acres in southern Indiana.

the smell of apples fills the house

Two crock pots simmer away through the night. Since I’m the one who gets up every two or three hours while Sarah lies curled in sweet oblivion, I’m the stirrer. Apple butter in the final stages. Yesterday, a morning taken for apple picking in Kentucky – a natural orchard in a nature preserve, with low, gnarled trees, varieties of all...

Low Carb Recipe: “Almost White Castle” Breakfast Burger

When I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes I started using the cooking skills I had developed to create lower carb meals. There’s no reason low carb, reduced calorie food can’t be filling and fun. Here’s one that my son is crazy about, too. Makes 1 serving of approx. 474 Calories and 38g carbs Ingredients 2 oz square “White Castle”...

Monarch in the meadow.

Meadow Visitor Shows Why it’s So Good to Plant Native Wildflowers

A few years ago, Sarah and I decided that we didn’t need an entire acre of front lawn to mow. So we prepared a small meadow, a rectangle of roughly 50×120′, by clearing and rolling in seeds for Indiana native flowers and grasses we purchased from a supplier we researched online, American Meadows. Every year we watch the colors emerge,...

Ripening Blackberries Make Wild Magic on the Homestead

Six years ago this month, we closed the contract on our house and moved to our newly mortgaged homestead of about two acres of field and forest. Sarah quickly discovered thorny blackberry bushes growing on a rise behind the house. What a treat they’ve been. This year, they’ve sprung up on the sides of the drainage ditch in our easement...

I Made a Throwback Typewriter Table from Recycled Pallets

I always wanted a typewriter table, but I never could find the right kind. So I made one. Out of pallet wood and 2x4s. Design is from The Pallet Book: DIY Projects for the Home, Garden, and Homestead by Chris Peterson. It’s not quite finished, but it’s all assembled and some sanding done. I love the rough “pioneer” look and...

Using Retro Wax Paper over Plastic Bags Makes a Home More Eco-Friendly

Here at the homestead we’re always wondering how to cut down on waste. We have a compost pile, and our egg-laying chickens eat a lot of leftovers. But lately my mind has been on plastic waste. Especially with news articles coming out about plastic in the human digestive system, beads of plastic in the ocean food chain, giant rafts of...

r.i.p. Sasha: my encounter with a great horned owl

We had a homestead emergency when a Great Horned Owl got into the chicken run.  The three older chickens like to roost outside, right under the roof of deer netting, and the owl looks like it made a hole in one corner. It killed one of them, poor Sasha. I think her death was quick because Sasha’s head was right...