The Recipe Box

Peach Salsa

Peach Salsa

Summer time and the living is yummy.   Gardens are overflowing and stomachs are full with
Simple Steel Cut Oatmeal

Simple Steel Cut Oatmeal

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

Blackberry Jam

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

Growing Food

COMBAT BUGS: NEEM!

COMBAT BUGS: NEEM!

One of the main problems every gardener has to
BUCKET BRIGADE: COMPOST TEA

BUCKET BRIGADE: COMPOST TEA

Before the onslaught of summer – heat and
COMPOST HAPPENS

COMPOST HAPPENS

Organic matter is known as the “soul of a

Barnyard

Caring for Chickens in Hot Weather

Caring for Chickens in Hot Weather

Meet Parcha (means “passion flower or fruit”) a new addition to the homestead
Chicken Butt!

Chicken Butt!

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

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

Aloe Vera Facial Mask

Did you know there’s a plant that easy to grow and is beneficial for skin and hair –
Homestead Herbal: Calendula Salve

Homestead Herbal: Calendula Salve

A simple, traditional healing balm or ointment with healing and anti-inflammatory powers.  A
Homestead Herbal: Calendula Oil

Homestead Herbal: Calendula Oil

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

Energy & Transportation

KEEPING WARM

KEEPING WARM

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

HOMEMADE SOLAR OVEN

It's summer and that means dusting off the solar ovens. No need to heat up the house hotter than
LOW IMPACT KITCHEN: MORTAR & PESTLE

LOW IMPACT KITCHEN: MORTAR & PESTLE

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

Waste & Water

STRAW BALES

STRAW BALES

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

SELF WATERING POTS

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

COMPOST HAPPENS

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

Living Simply

SABBATH = TIME OUT!

SABBATH = TIME OUT!

“Mindfulness is a certain way of paying attention that is healing, that is restorative, that is
THIS IS THE WAY WE WASH OUR CLOTHES

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
HOMESTEAD HELPER: STRETCH

HOMESTEAD HELPER: STRETCH

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

DIY Projects

DIY Solution: Fruit Fly Trap

DIY Solution: Fruit Fly Trap

Come summer, doors and windows are thrown wide open, fermented goodies sit on the kitchen counter,
DIY Pallet Planter Fence

DIY Pallet Planter Fence

Being thrifty homesteaders, we are always on the look out for clever and creative ways to re-use
Homestead Crafts: Canning Lid Flower

Homestead Crafts: Canning Lid Flower

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