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How to Make Crackers at Home

How to Make Crackers at Home

Homemade crackers are a delicious alternative to store-bought, and can be made in a pinch with just a few ingredients. With experimentation and creativity, you can make a snack you and your family will love. Here we share a basic method for making wheat crackers […]

How to Start Seeds Indoors – Part 4: When to Plant

How to Start Seeds Indoors – Part 4: When to Plant

Excited to start vegetable seeds indoors to get a head start on your garden? Great! But don’t plant everything at once. Each vegetable variety grows at a different rate, and has a different suggested planting time based on the date when you’ll transplant it to […]

How to Make Quick Berry Jam

How to Make Quick Berry Jam

Quick jam, also sometimes called refrigerator jam, is basically an easy to make jam that can be made in small batches. Quick jam can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a few weeks, or in the freezer for a few months. Because it […]

How to Start Seeds Indoors – Part 3: Planting & Caring for your Seedlings

How to Start Seeds Indoors – Part 3: Planting & Caring for your Seedlings

You’ve got all of your seed starting supplies, and you have decided what seeds you want to start inside, so now it’s time to plant your seeds. In some ways, planting seeds is as easy as soil + water + light, but there are some […]

How to Boil Sap to make Maple Syrup

How to Boil Sap to make Maple Syrup

This article is the third in a series on backyard sugaring in partnership with the Vermont Evaporator Company. We appreciate their partnership in helping us to test out the process and share with our readers! You’ve tapped your trees, and in your sugar woods is […]

How to Start Seeds Indoors: Part 2 – Choosing which Veggies to Start Inside

How to Start Seeds Indoors: Part 2 – Choosing which Veggies to Start Inside

Starting seeds indoors is an outstanding way to decrease the costs of home vegable gardening, and to get a jump start on the season. With just a few supplies to get you started, you can grow your own vegetables from seed for just a fraction […]

How to Tap a Maple Tree for Syrup

How to Tap a Maple Tree for Syrup

This post was contributed by Kate Whelley McCabe from Vermont Evaporator Company, our partner in a series of articles on backyard sugaring for February 2020. You’ve decided! You’re going to make maple syrup on the homestead for the first time this year. You’ve identified your […]

How to Build a Removable Interior Storm Window

How to Build a Removable Interior Storm Window

Add these simple instructions for building a removable interior storm window (or “window insert”) to your energy efficiency checklist this winter! One of the best things you can do to improve the efficiency of your home and save costs on heating is to improve the […]

Book Review: Fire Cider!

Book Review: Fire Cider!

We were excited to receive a review copy of the new Fire Cider! book from Storey Publishing so that we could share the excitement with you! The timing couldn’t be more perfect for the release of Rosemary Gladstar’s new book Fire Cider: 101 Zesty Recipes […]

How to Stay Organized on the Modern Homestead

How to Stay Organized on the Modern Homestead

Modern homesteading often means wearing multiple hats. Like most families, we have regular household chores to do, a job or two outside of the home, and responsibilities of caring for children. But homesteaders (even just part-time ones like us) also have things on their to-do […]