When I first became interested in prepping and homesteading, I read everything I could find on the subject of food storage. There is so much information out there on this subject. I became overwhelmed before I even got started. I am not a big fan of the food storage lists you see all over the internet because every family’s needs and situation are so different. Over time, I have developed a common sense approach to food storage that makes sense for our family.
Oh my Goodness, ya’ll! Look what we got in the mail! There’s nothing more exciting than welcoming baby chicks to the homestead! I am just in love! We were so pleased and very pleasantly surprised at how well these baby chicks did after two days in the mail. They are perfect! Every one of them is happy, healthy and adorable! We highly recommend McMurray Hatchery if you are considering ordering chicks through the mail. This was our first time ordering chicks through the mail and I would do it again in a second. Continue reading to learn what breeds we got and how we are caring for them.
Thyme is an essential culinary and medicinal herb in my household. There are many different varieties including lemon thyme as well as dwarf and creeping varieties.
The Victorio Hand Operated Grain Mill: Review
If you have never made a loaf of bread with freshly ground flour, you are truly missing out! Not only do freshly ground flours taste amazing, but they retain more of their nutrients. Also, you can store whole grains much longer than flours. Having your own grain mill gives you the advantage of using different grains or even beans to make flours, which is perfect if you have allergies or gluten intolerance. The Victorio Hand Operated Grain Mill is an affordable way to get started with grinding your own flour. We love ours, and use it regularly for grinding grains, like wheat and oats, to make delicious homemade bread. We keep it clamped to the counter in our kitchen so that it is always ready to go. It does take some effort to grind the grains by hand, but I prefer to do it this way since no electricity is required. You can also purchase an electric motor for the Victorio Grain Mill, if you want to save yourself some time by being able to multitask and do other things while the grain is grinding.
Pet health emergencies always seem to occur at the worst possible time! Usually, in the middle of the night, or over the weekend, when your only option is a very expensive trip to the emergency animal hospital. If you live in a very rural area, your only option may be to wait until the vet opens in town. Being prepared to handle your pet’s health emergencies at home could save your pet’s life, save you some money, and save your pet some needless pain and suffering! Continue reading “Pet Health Emergencies: Are You Prepared to Handle Them At Home?”
You may be wondering why we chose to homestead in Tennessee, instead of here in Florida, where we’ve lived most of our lives. Let’s talk about our top considerations when choosing land for our homestead.
One of our top considerations when choosing land for our homestead, like many wannabe homesteaders, was cost. Here in SW Florida, the cost of living is sky high. And so is the cost of land! We would have had to save for many more years just to come up with enough money for a down payment on land in Florida, and even then we probably only would have been able to get a quarter acre or so, and our mortgage payments would have been huge, requiring us both to work off the property full time. In Tennessee, we were able to buy almost 6 acres, with a very low down payment, and very low monthly mortgage payments. One of us may have to work off the property at first, but our goal of being able to support ourselves mostly from the homestead will be much more achievable.