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How We Got Alpacas on the Homestead At the beginning of April 2018 our first livestock animals came to the farm. Three Huacaya alpacas. If you had asked me about alpacas a year prior my honest response would have been that I have never thought about it. They were not on my radar. That was until early this spring when the thought of fiber animals became highly appealing.

This Man Runs Two Marathons Daily For Alzheimer's Victims David Merpaw is the man that runs daily to raise $5,000 for the people living with Alzheimer's. He struggles to touch the 1,800 km target, starting from Hamilton city. Meaning that his daily life consists of two marathons per day.

Emergencies on the Homestead, Episode 1: Scalp Lacerations A "this is not a boo-boo, but a big ouchy" cry. This was one of those cries. I was inside about to put the finishing touches on dinner and I heard our oldest crying outside. Both boys were outside with Daddy playing in the garage.

Herbs vs. Essential Oils: Which are BEST? The pros and cons of using both essential oils and herbs is discussed in this article. I hope it answers your questions! And, FTC Disclosure: There are affiliate links scattered throughout. If you click through and make any kind of purchase, I may receive a very small commission at no extra cost to you.

Canning Concord Grape Jelly It's easy to can your own grape jelly, even if you don't have your own grapevine. You can use 2 quarts of store bought juice, your own juice, or a mix of both. I use a quart of my own, and a quart of store bought. For your own grapes: Add a half a cup of water to four pounds grapes, mash and simmer for a few minutes.

Fermenting Garden Veggies Fermented foods are a traditional way of preserving homestead bounty. Cheese, sauerkraut, yogurt, sourdough, beer, wine, and kimchi are all classic examples of fermented foods we still enjoy today.

21 Refreshing Redneck Recipes And Camping Food Ideas No one can deny that a good meal boosts morale. In survival you need a continuous boost of morale. You need it over and over again. The beauty of the survivor is that one can be strung along by good food and hope when all else fails. 21 Refreshing Redneck Recipes And Camping Food Ideas.

Low-Carbs Diets Shorten Your Life - Extended Study Says We know one way to lose some kilograms fastly is to cut out all manner of carbohydrates. This means bread, potatoes, and pasta become a no-no. But how is this linked with premature death? Nowadays diets highly recommend getting rid of any type of carbohydrates intake.

Homestead plans for next year When I start tiring of watering the garden each morning, I know I am at the end of August. I have a kitchen island filled with peaches, tomatoes, oregano and zucchini. I just filled the freezer with bags of raspberries, strawberries, apricots, peaches and rhubarb.

Seasons at the Farm: Year-Round Celebrations at the Elliott Homestead A grand labor of love over this past year has been cultivating a book that will be just that. Seasons At The Farm was written and photographed from within our home to make you feel as much of the party as ever.

My Vision for This Blog Since I have recently decided to revamp this blog, I thought I would tell you about my plans and goals. This is officially a homestead blog, so I will talk about gardening, decorating, homeschooling, and other related topics. On occasions I will talk about interesting places we visit, but it will not involve a tent.

9 Fall Garden Vegetables to Plant This Fall Bush beans are my favorite variety. I currently have some trellis beans that have a mind of their own and have clung on to every single thing they can find. My bush beans, surprisingly, didn't fare well this year. But, they're still my favorite. Less mess, they're pretty prolific, and blue lake cans up the best of all of the varieties.

Living Off The Grid: Top 10 Things We've Learned So Far There are a lot of different ways to live a life, and that includes how you do off-grid living. My husband still has a job in his chosen field. I take my kiddo out most days to the library, parks, museums, and to play with friends. We still find ourselves mindlessly browsing Facebook more than we ought to.

NASA has Discovered the Hottest Planet A searing-hot exoplanet was discovered by NASA stargazers, and its atmosphere contains vaporized iron and titanium. The planet's conditions can solely be witnessed in stars. It might be the most powerful stars of all of them even though it is not hotter than the sun.

Apricot Oat Bars My family enjoys these immensely, and they are 100% Frenchman approved. The Frenchman is rather picky about his desserts, and treats, so when he says they are "Gooo-oood", then I know it's a winner. You can use store bought apricot jam, home canned apricot jam or home canned apricots if you would like.

Doctor Sued For Removing The Wrong Kidney Dakota hospital witness a real horror movie scenario: the surgeon that removed a healthy kidney, bringing out a fatal disease into the patient. The shocking event burst into a chain of reactions. Dena Knapp sued Doctor Scott Baker for the error made in 2016, in Sioux Fall.

Introduction to Homesteading The first class in the series is free to the public and introduces the year's course schedule. Explore beginning aspects of homesteading and build self-sufficiency skills. Introduction to Homesteading - Free Introductory Class. Have you ever wanted to learn how to live sustainably off the land?

Summer Flowers: 10 Blooms to Make Your Garden Pop With Color Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Upload a photo / attachment to this comment :.

Easy Beef Goulash It's easy, it's delicious, and it's the perfect quick, weeknight meal after school has started and things get busy. If you've found yourself searching for an easy meal, you've certainly found it. I used to love when my mom made this as a child, and my picky kids enjoy it just as much today.

Caramel Apple Cider Float These Caramel Apple Cider Floats are a simple, yet delicious, blend of fresh apple cider, sparkling cider, and ice cream topped with whipped topping and caramel sauce for a delicious fall treat. Caramel is my jam. I mean, I could make the stuff every day and eat it accordingly since I figured out how to not ruin it.

Building the Perfect Go-Bag to Get You Home From the Office This is a great article about building that perfect get home bag and being ready to arrive when your family fears for the worst. Be prepared no matter where you are. Building the Perfect Go-Bag to Get You Home From the Office.

And Some Hops My happy little hops have produced some. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked. Comment. Name. Email. Website. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Hootenanny Homestead, 2018.

She Pulled What out of Her Rooster? Johnny Cash, our lead rooster, had an impacted crop. He had to be isolated from the flock so that he didn't eat. Johnny could only have water while we treated the impacted crop. This was my first experience with impacted crop, so I began researching to save my baby!

Proper Fence Post Depth to Build Strong Fences Fence post depth, size, and anchoring systems can make or break your fence line. Despite what some people believe, making a long-lasting fence is not always as simple as sinking a post in the ground and moving on to the next post. There are a few great tricks you should know before you start making holes with your post hole digger.

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