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 DirectionsContinue reading “Low Carb Recipe: “Almost White Castle” Breakfast Burger”

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 yearContinue reading “Meadow Visitor Shows Why it’s So Good to Plant Native Wildflowers”

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 theContinue reading “Ripening Blackberries Make Wild Magic on the Homestead”

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 loveContinue reading “I Made a Throwback Typewriter Table from Recycled Pallets”

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 oceanContinue reading “Using Retro Wax Paper over Plastic Bags Makes a Home More Eco-Friendly”

Encounter with a Great Horned Owl

We had a homestead emergency recently 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 wasContinue reading “Encounter with a Great Horned Owl”

Article Preview: How to Build a PVC Hoop House that Actually Works

On the internet or in various guides you’ll find plans on how to make a PVC pipe hoop house, a type of greenhouse you can supposedly build on the cheap using the kind of plastic pipe you can buy in bulk at any home store. Having built this plan, I can state unequivocally: You getContinue reading “Article Preview: How to Build a PVC Hoop House that Actually Works”