DIY

Razor’s Edge Extreme Knife Sharpening

It only took me about 40 years to learn how to really sharpen a knife.  I mean really sharp... as…

2 months ago

Are you a Wanna Bee? Build a Solitary-bee House

What is it about bees or beekeeping that is so scary?  If honesty prevailed, many would say that they are…

3 months ago

Getting Greasy: A Beginner’s Guide to Infusing Oils

Ready to get your hands dirty this winter? Infusing oils is a constructive and joyful activity that adds a bit…

3 months ago

Baking Bread from Home Milled Flour

For some baking bread is an art, for some a hobby, while for others it is a daily routine. Bread…

4 months ago

Homemade Cheese in an Ultra-pasteurized World

In an era where all things labeled "do-it-yourself" or "DIY" are gaining popularity, making cheese at home is having a…

5 months ago

Making Small-batch Maple Syrup on the Homestead

When my kids were little, someone gave me a recipe for maple-flavored syrup.  I remember them telling me that it…

6 months ago

DIY Winter Skincare

Winter is upon us and while we may be glad to get some time out of the midsummer sun, winter…

6 months ago

Herbal Medicines for Fall and Winter

By now you have probably harvested and preserved your summer produce for the winter but have you considered what to…

7 months ago

Preparing the Homestead for Winter, Part One: The Buildings

Winter is a lot like death and taxes… it’s one of the few constants in life.  Here on our property in…

8 months ago

Grow Beyond Your Zone: Easy Hügelkultur Beds for Citrus, Olives, and More

My husband loves olives, so it was no surprise to me that he did not leave empty-handed when he saw…

8 months ago

Decorating with Mother Nature

The holidays are almost here and one of my favorite things to do is use what nature provides to decorate…

8 months ago

Secrets to Turning a Rent-to-Own Storage Building into a House, Part One

In ten years on my homestead, I have built many buildings from scratch, including living spaces, some better than others.…

8 months ago