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Homesteading

Processing Furs at Home

There is more than one way to skin a cat and there’s more than one way to tan it’s hide too. Home tanning is not for the faint of heart. It takes patience, determination, and a hell of a lot of sweat equity, but it is well worth the time and effort. I am a […]

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Homesteading

Cutting Feed Costs For Livestock

Our homesteading journey is still in it’s infancy, going into our fourth year. We have put most of our efforts into our garden, wild crafting, food preservation techniques, and raising rabbits for meat. As complete and total novices to every aspect of this lifestyle, it has been well worth it to ease into the livestock […]

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Homesteading

Let’s Make Soap

Making soap at home isn’t nearly as difficult as I had originally thought. All you need is a few tools, ingredients and a few hours. When choosing tools and utensils for soap making be sure to use them for just this purpose. Also be mindful of what each is made of. You want to be […]

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Homesteading

Bacon Drippings for Soap

For as long as I can remember my family has always kept containers under the sink for bacon grease. Occasionally we’d cook with it, but most of the time it was just tossed into the garbage. I continued this practice until a couple of years ago. I had fallen down the YouTube rabbit hole while […]

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Homesteading

Dirty Opinion: An Argument for the Benefits of Using Animal Fats

I save fats from just about everything. I collect all of our bacon grease, fat from our bone broth batches, and the fat off our rabbits on butcher days. I then render them down to clean and purify them into tallow and lard. Most people are, at least familiar with the general idea of lard […]

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Herbalism Homesteading Wild Foods

Kid Friendly Herbal Preparations

The mention of medicinal herbs often conjures up a picture of a steaming cup of tea or a dropper full of essential oils. While both are worthy ways of using herbs, there are so many other ways to enjoy their benefits. When it comes to herbs and their abilities, much is still not understood. We […]

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Herbalism Homesteading Wild Foods

Elderflowers and their Many Uses

The majestic Elder has been held in high regard by many people’s for centuries as food and medicine. Most think of the berries but the flowers themselves have many benefits, and unlike the berries you don’t have to be so selective. The flowers can and have been used interchangeably. Elderflower pollen has natural yeast and […]

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Homesteading

Pests and Predators on the Homestead: An Unpopular Opinion

Pests and Predators come in all shapes and sizes, from the adorable rabbit to the lumbering bear. There is nothing so heartbreaking as to see the destruction left in their wake. Wether it’s the scattered feathers of devoured chickens or the partially eaten fruits of garden plants. A majority of folks I have come across […]

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Homesteading

Home Canning & Food preservation

We put money away into savings and retirement funds to ensure our future financial security. It is critical that we do the same with our food. Home canning has a long and rich history here in the United states. Going all the way back to 1884 when the Ball corporation started manufacturing glass jars for […]

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Homesteading Paganism

Hand Spinning:Useful and Magickal

Most people, nowadays, don’t really think about where all the clothes that they wear come from. However, there has been a kind of revolution in fiber arts recently. Knitting and crocheting have always been something that people did, mostly women of course. I even remember my great grandmother doing tatting, a form of crocheting with fine thread to create lace and doilies, while she would listen to the radio at night.