Tag: Homestead

Garden Planning

I am not sure why, but every year January flies by – probably the busyness of holidays and birthdays clustered together. It is nearing February, and I have yet to start my seeds. That is my main To-Do for this week. We hosted our…

Beef Bone Broth

The taste of warm broth from healthy bones is what people have savored over multiple generations. Stocks were sold in early restaurants, and weary travelers were often greeted with the comfort of a hot mug of bone tea. At Spengler Farms, we insist on…

When did you start?

We all have dreams and goals. Some are big – others are small. The hard work, dedication, and trust it takes to reach those goals is what makes them daunting. Maybe you are an accountant or secretary, sitting at your desk – dreaming of…

The Secrets to a Delicious Pasta Sauce

I just finished up canning all of my tomatoes for the season, and thought I would share my secrets, and a large batch canning recipe for a delicious, thick, packed with flavor spaghetti sauce. I make this sauce (and double it) every year and…

My Favorite Ways to Preserve Apples

“Autumn and Cinnamon go so perfectly together.” It is late September, which means… Apple Season! Every year I preserve a couple hundred pounds of apples. They also go into pies, crumbles, drinks, and little mouths. You know it is apple season when a walk…

10 Things You Can Do to Live More Sustainably (even in the city).

“Food security is not in the supermarket. It’s not in the government. It’s not at the emergency services division. True food security is the historical normalcy of packing it in during the abundant times, building that in-house larder, and resting easy knowing that our…

Homemade Butter – Two Ways

“I shouldn’t think even millionaires could eat anything nicer than new bread and real butter and honey for tea.” -Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle Butter has gained popularity, once again, as people understand the health benefits associated with whole foods and real fats. Butter,…

How to Fail Miserably.

“Ma sighed gently and said, “A whole year gone, Charles.” But Pa answered, cheerfully: “What’s a year amount to? We have all the time there is.” -Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House on the Prairie I began my homesteading journey in 2012. I had three little…

A Fall Garden and Deep Breaths for a Weary Momma

“However many years she lived, Mary always felt that ‘she should never forget that first morning when her garden began to grow’.” -Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden My husband tilled my fall garden for me yesterday. I view this act as a first…

Just Say No.

Have you ever grew tired of the concrete? The buildings? The busy-ness? The monotonous of commuting? Do you crave a deeper connection with those around you? There was a time in my recent past that I unknowingly took a break from my dedication to…

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