Category: Artisanal Skills

Sustainable and self-sufficient skills like gardening, sewing, carpentry, canning, animal care, food preservation

Adventures in Breadmaking

Tips and tricks on why and how to get started with making your own sourdough bread from scratch.

Preserving your Fresh Herbs

Ways to preserve your garden fresh herbs for use all winter long!

Reflections on my Modern Homesteading Lifestyle

It’s a rainy summer day. I’m sitting on the sofa with my kids watching a movie while the piles of laundry cycle through the washer. The rose outside my window is gently swaying and releasing the sweetest scent. Perfect time to reflect on the…

Garbage Disposal Deodorizers

I didn’t grow up with a disposal, so having one as an adult means I am learning everything about them now. I honestly had no idea why someone would want one unless they were in a horror movie. They just didn’t seem that necessary….

Reducing Paper Trash

Our family has been tackling the plastic reducing with much frustration. Plastic is everywhere and in so many unnecessary places. Some stores that brag about their fresh and organic foods tend to have more plastic than others. Very frustrating! At least with paper, I…

Adventures in Cheesemaking

Mmmmm cheese. I LOVE cheese…all kinds – extra sharp cheddars, nutty bries, soft goat, slices of provolone, bleu, smoky, dilly, stinky, fruity, crumbly, moldy, give it all to me. There are so many amazing cheeses and so many different ways to enjoy them. I…

Storing Bread

I have always bought my bread from the store. Occasionally a loaf gets baked and eaten within an hour by my ravenous family but it was never a weekly event. I have never been much of a baker, but bread is something I am…

Pallet Recycle – Garden Crate

Pallets are a great source of weathered wood slats for rustic DIY projects. Thankfully, most pallets are free if you just ask (behind strip malls is a great place to check – but always ask, because some stores reuse their pallets). I will warn…

Chicken Toddlers

It’s been a couple weeks since we brought home our baby chicks and I wanted to give you an update and share what I have learned so far as a new “suburban chicken lady”. I would definitely call the chicks ‘toddlers’ now since they…

Everything Herbs: 101

Herbs don’t always get the attention they deserve. We forget to sprinkle fresh rosemary on our baked potato, put cilantro in our guacamole and basil is only eaten on restaurant-made margherita pizzas. How sad is that? That tiny little sprinkle of fresh herbs can…