Getting Started with Meat Chickens

Getting Started with Meat Chickens - What you need to know about Housing, Equipment, Feed, Water, Bedding & safe handling of baby chicks for your homestead.

Nearly full grown Cornish Cross chickens out in their chicken tractor

Meat chickens are an ideal project for beginning homesteaders who want to raise high quality protein.  The housing requirements are modest, the project can be done in more favorable weather, and raising chickens for meat will give you confidence to then move into egg layers. Meat chickens can take as little as two months of your time. It’s a good opportunity to see how you like taking care of a non-pet animal. [Read more…]

Cheesy Broccoli Soup with a Surprise Ingredient

Cheesy Broccoli Soup with a Surprise Ingredient - This gluten free soup is loaded with veggies and bacon and one ingredient you may not expect.

I regularly whip together some version of homemade cream of vegetable soup, but when I put together this creamy, cheesy broccoli soup with a hint of bacon, my husband and the boys said it was one of the best I’ve ever made. Since I’m skipping gluten at the moment, I decided to raid the pantry for some dehydrated summer squash to use as an extra thickening agent. Eureka moment! It’s a great use for an abundant veggie, and adds a little more vegetable punch to the recipe, which is never a bad thing. [Read more…]

12+ Easy Homemaking Tips for the Busy Homesteader

12+ Homemaking tips and tricks to keep the clutter under control and make things a little tidier and easier to use. Save time and money, reuse and repurpose.

I am not a super awesome housekeeper.  Every so often I rehome rarely used items and do more thorough cleanings, but for the most part our home is unlikely to end up in a photoshoot for Better Homes and Gardens.  That said, I do use a number of homemaking tips and tricks to keep the clutter under control and make things a little tidier and easier to use.   A minute saved here and there; reusing, repurposing and extending the life of items so we don’t need to buy replacements so quickly – every little thing adds up to make a difference.  Plus – a new study has linked clutter with depression, so keeping things neater may help improve your mood! [Read more…]

Best Battery Chargers and Batteries – August’s Picks

Battery Chargers, Power Packs, Solar Chargers and Emergency Radios with Chargers, Rechargeable Batteries, Non-rechargeable Batteries, Battery Storage Units - Out Top Picks

When my husband and I were first married, there were many times when I went looking in the kitchen “stuff” drawer for the right battery, only to find out that we didn’t have the right size battery or the rechargeable batteries were completely dead.  Since then, we’ve gotten more organized.  We have dedicated battery storage, and battery chargers that can recharge nearly every type of battery – even alkaline (if you’re careful), specialty rechargeable batteries, and batteries that are mostly dead.  We have battery adapters that will let you use AA batteries in place of C and D batteries in a pinch.

For Christmas last year, my husband’s parents gave us a heavy duty storage case stocked with long life alkaline batteries.  (If you’re reading this, thank you grandma and grandpa!)  My husband, August, did a ton of research to find the best battery chargers and rechargeable batteries to keep in our emergency supplies (and for everyday use), so I asked him to put together a post sharing what he found out. [Read more…]

Best Herbs and Spices for Cold and Flu – Plus a Secret Weapon

Best Herbs and Spices for Cold and Flu - prevent colds and fight the flu with these natural remedies from your pantry and a "secret" weapon for your home.

The common cold and a strain of influenza A are doing some serious tail kicking this winter from what I’m seeing on the internet and social media.  Because of the ability of the flu virus to quickly mutate, this year’s flu vaccine may be ineffective on over half of viruses sampled by the CDC.  So far, knock on wood, we haven’t battled more than minor sniffles and sore throat, and I’ve made a habit of adding these herbs and spices for cold and flu fighting into our meals and herbal teas.  This post discusses how herbs, spices, traditional remedies and your kitchen sink can help boost your immune system and protect you from cold and flu. [Read more…]