Homesteading Blog Posts

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams and more!

    This is one of the books that started that itch in my brain about making things from scratch. It has many recipes and beautiful photos of different artisanal foods (ice creams, syrups, even making cones!) If you enjoy the idea of artisa...
by Done it from Scratch on Dec 5, 2015

My first CSA box and what I did with it

  Fresh apples, oranges, and persimmons. This was my first time to try persimmons, they were not very sweet but had a berry like quality to them. The apples tasted very fresh and could have gone into a pie if only I didn’t eat them all fir...
by Done it from Scratch on Nov 17, 2015

Coupon: Save $3 on a case of Duraflame Fire Logs!

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by Bargnhtress on Nov 29, 2014

Predator Guard Scare Tape – Bird Repellent Tape

Predator Guard Scare Tape Great Idea! We have several fruit trees and a garden. We always have a problem with birds. One year they ate all our fruit. This tape deters them from landing without harming them. It reflects the … Continue reading &#...
by Bargnhtress on Nov 22, 2014

Purex Crystals Aromatherapy

Purex Crystals Aromatherapy NEW Purex® Crystals Aromatherapy is the latest Purex® Brand experience. The NEW Purex Crystals Aromatherapy scent infusions, and stimulate your life with peaceful bliss and boundless spirit with these soothing aromas! St...
by Bargnhtress on Nov 14, 2014

Stark Safe Cut Gloves

Stark Safe Cut Gloves   Great For Handling Barbed Wire! I have used these cutting onions and my husband has used these in his shop. These are great in case a knife slips or if you are handling a lot … Continue reading →...
by Bargnhtress on Nov 10, 2014

Smart Weigh Digital Pro TOP500 Pocket Scale

Smart Weigh 500 x 0.01g Digital Pro Pocket Scale Compact and Accurate Scale! I love this little scale!  This scale works great.  We use it to weigh small items we sell online.  I have also used it as a shipping … Continue reading →...
by Bargnhtress on Oct 27, 2014

Luxe Home Essentials Microfiber Kitchen Dish Towels

Microfiber Kitchen Dish Towels  Super Soft and Absorbent! I love these dish towels.  They are very soft.  They are a very bright white and look very simple and clean in your kitchen.  They hold up well even after several washings.  … Conti...
by Bargnhtress on Oct 23, 2014

Frank’s Backyard 12″ Three-Sided Stainless Steel Grill Brush

Frank’s Backyard 12″ Three-Sided Stainless Steel Grill Brush Tough Brush! This is a really strong and tough brush.  It easily scrapped off baked on grease and food from months ago.  We don’t clean the grill every time we grill because...
by Bargnhtress on Oct 11, 2014

Snuggle Scent Boosters™ Lavender Joy

I love these!  They smell wonderful and make your clothes smell fresh and clean.  They are very easy to use. No measuring, no mess, just pop one in your washer with each load! Snuggle Scent Booster™— Little Pac. Big Snifference™ … Conti...
by Bargnhtress on Oct 8, 2014

The Birds And The Bees And The Goats

  A quick biology refresher for everyone: We want milk from our goats; To get milk, we must get our does pregnant; To get our does pregnant, we must bring in a buck… Enter Jack.  Or Jack Attack.  Or Jacomo Fina Nay.  He goes by many nam...
by Controlled Jibe on Apr 12, 2014

The Week in Photos

We’ve been working non-stop around these parts.  Here are some photos of the homestead from the last week. *Email followers will have to view the post here to see photos*...
by Controlled Jibe on Apr 8, 2014

Live Your Life To Be Self-Sufficient,

Religion and politics. Now everyone knows that you should not discuss either with other people, whether they are friends, family or online friends. Dangerous territory. I have been watching for few months now, how "preppers" (people who are doing wha...
by Homesteading On The Internet on Apr 3, 2014

The Hope That Lives In Black Soil

  Today we broke ground.  I stood with shovel in hand, trying to make out the borders of the long forgotten garden beds, now just gentle hummocks, engulfed by Creeping Buttercup (Ranunculus repens).  I leaned my weight onto the spade and felt...
by Controlled Jibe on Mar 27, 2014

Let The Goat Rope Begin

  We didn’t want to rush in, so we waited almost a month.  And we wanted to start small, this being our first foray into mammalian livestock, so we bought Nigerian Dwarf goats (they actually prefer “Nigerian Little People Goats)R...
by Controlled Jibe on Mar 18, 2014

Feeling Like Home

Wow, we’ve transformed our new place into a bustling, productive mini-farm in three short weeks.  And what a crazy three weeks it has been!  Less than 48 hours after closing we brought in 7 ducks, quacking and cooing into our lives.  A week...
by Controlled Jibe on Mar 14, 2014

We’re Finally In

  We apologize for the lack of writing.  What can we say, we’ve been BUSY!  Our wonderful and amazing farmhouse and 40 acres was an estate sale.  For that reason, it had a few decades worth of legacy in the form of books, tools, trinket...
by Controlled Jibe on Feb 25, 2014

What If This Deal Falls Through?

We close on our new home tomorrow, and let me tell you how confident we are that the deal’s going to go down…We’ve paid in full for seven ducks and put a deposit down on three goats.  And not from the butcher shop. Kathleen, our cu...
by Controlled Jibe on Feb 13, 2014

Land Ho!

  In sailing terminology “Ready About” is the command given before the skipper turns and tacks the sailboat.  In the coming week, Mark and I are doing exactly that.  We’re preparing to turn this boat towards land, and towards...
by Controlled Jibe on Feb 8, 2014

The Homestead: Cross Your Fingers For Us

“We should check out this farm house on the outskirts of town.” “No way,” I said.  ”It’s 40 acres.  It’s way too big, and for that price the house has to be a total rat trap.  It’s not even worth our...
by Controlled Jibe on Jan 14, 2014
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