The Recipe Box

Peach Salsa

Summer time and the living is yummy.   Gardens are overflowing and stomachs are full with

Simple Steel Cut Oatmeal

In Southern California, we experience a gloomy weather pattern that results in cloudy, overcast skie

Blackberry Jam

We are blessed to have an abundance of blackberries this year.    I confess, I am hoa


Growing Food

COMBAT BUGS: NEEM!

One of the main problems every gardener has to co

BUCKET BRIGADE: COMPOST TEA

Before the onslaught of summer – heat and he

COMPOST HAPPENS

Organic matter is known as the “soul of a health


Barnyard

Caring for Chickens in Hot Weather

Meet Parcha (means “passion flower or fruit”) a new addition to the homestead menagerie.

Chicken Butt!

Guess what?   Far from being a silly rhyme-arific, for farming folks, there’s someth

DE Dusting

The last 5 winters have been a dry one for Southern California.  This winter we had a bit rain


Health & Beauty

Aloe Vera Facial Mask

Did you know there’s a plant that easy to grow and is beneficial for skin and hair – for

Homestead Herbal: Calendula Salve

A simple, traditional healing balm or ointment with healing and anti-inflammatory powers.  A mu

Homestead Herbal: Calendula Oil

From beauty to to first aid, calendulas are a must for any homestead.  Not only are they easy t


Energy & Transportation

KEEPING WARM

Modern homesteaders, what's your fave way/tip to keep your home warm?

HOMEMADE SOLAR OVEN

It's summer and that means dusting off the solar ovens. No need to heat up the house hotter than it

LOW IMPACT KITCHEN: MORTAR & PESTLE

We have a new low tech kitchen gadget at our unplugged kitchen here on the urban homestead - a Mexic


Waste & Water

STRAW BALES

I remember a lot of things about my early childhood on our 10 acres in Florida--jumping from hay bal

SELF WATERING POTS

For small city lots, growing in containers is an ideal and practical growing medium. Container gar

COMPOST HAPPENS

Organic matter is known as the “soul of a healthy soil.” Adding compost to your yard or garden s


Living Simply

SABBATH = TIME OUT!

“Mindfulness is a certain way of paying attention that is healing, that is restorative, that is re

THIS IS THE WAY WE WASH OUR CLOTHES

Have you ever watched period movies, or classic series and wondered: How on earth did they keep tho

HOMESTEAD HELPER: STRETCH

It's a known fact that it’s routine to stretch before exercising but what about “warming up” b


DIY Projects

DIY Solution: Fruit Fly Trap

Come summer, doors and windows are thrown wide open, fermented goodies sit on the kitchen counter, a

DIY Pallet Planter Fence

Being thrifty homesteaders, we are always on the look out for clever and creative ways to re-use thi

Homestead Crafts: Canning Lid Flower

For those of us who like to “Put Up” one can never have too many canning jars; however,&