Planting and Growing Potatoes in the Home Garden:

Are you looking to grow potatoes in your home garden?  Not sure where to start, or what variety to pick?  First check out our post on Choosing a Potato Variety to Grow in the Home Garden. If you have a bag of potatoes that you purchased from the supermarket or a local farm stand that

Quick and Easy Lemon-Lime Iced Dandelion Tea

Wait!  Before you mow down those dandelions that your have growing in your back yard, check out our quick and easy recipe for a sweet and tangy dandelion tea.  It’s lightly sweet, has a touch of citrus, and a delicate dandelion flavor.  It’s all of the goodness of spring and early summer wrapped up in

How to Make a Dandelion Vinegar Infusion

I’m a huge fan of vinegars and infused vinegars, I love the tangy-acidic zest and the subtle notes that the herbs and aromatics impart.  For this recipe I use apple cider vinegar.  If you don’t have apple cider vinegar you can use white vinegar, or any other type of vinegar that you have in your

Harvesting and Preserving Dandelions – Roots, Leaves, and Flowers

To most people dandelions are a common weed and they don’t give them much thought.  To others, they are the bane of their existence and there’s little that they wouldn’t do to get rid of them from their yard.  I’m here to show you that dandelions are so much more than just a nuisance weed!

Choosing a Potato Variety to Grow in the Home Garden

Choosing a potato variety to grow in the Home Garden doesn’t need to be a difficult or daunting task.  I don’t think I’ve ever met a potato that I didn’t like. Boiled, fried, baked, mashed, as a side dish, even as the main course, they all work for me.  Potatoes are versatile, easy to cook,

How to make fresh homemade pasta

Making Homemade Pasta doesn’t need to be difficult or intimidating. Have you ever eaten or made fresh homemade pasta?  I can tell you from personal experience that it’s absolutely delicious.  It 100%, hands down beats any boxed and dried grocery store pasta.  It’s fresh, delicious tasting, has a silky delicate texture, and is also inexpensive

Gardening with Ladybugs

A few weeks ago, I brought home some potted herbs from the grocery store, rosemary, cilantro, and sorrel.  The late winter blues had set in, I was cooped up in the house recovery from a recent surgery, the herbs that I had overwintered were leggy and anemic looking from low levels of light. I desperately

Hatching Shipped Eggs

Do you have chickens?  What breeds?  Have you made the plunge and started hatching your own eggs yet?  Here’s the thing about chickens… they become a bit addictive!  OK, I’m going to level with you.  They are more than just a little bit addictive. We’ve had chickens for years; in fact, I grew up with

Our Favorite Pound Cake

I love pound cake.  I’m talking rich, moist, buttery, use up 8 eggs of pure awesomeness.  The type of cake that keeps getting better and better when left out on the counter.  Pick it up and grab a slice for breakfast, afternoon snack, nighttime snack, or call it a meal, it’s that type of pound


It’s easy to get swept up in the pictorial image of homesteading life.  Green pastures, newly hatched fluffy chicks, a bountiful garden and orchard, bouncy goat kids, and spectacular sunsets.  Unfortunately, where there is life there is death, and sadly this weekend we were reminded of this. A few weeks ago we ushered three wobbly