Blog Posts - Homesteading

Little Cabin in the Woods

   At the outer edges of my noisy world exists a little cabin in the woods. A place where my soul can go to rest and reconnect with Nature and all of its beautiful gifts.   Whenever I go there it’s as if my soul does a giant...

Homestead To Do List

I'm a list maker. If I don't write something down I will probably forget it, maybe not give it another thought for weeks or months. I'm that woman who makes a grocery list for the once-a-month shopping trip and leaves the list at home. It was 9* when...
by Robin's Outdoors on Apr 4, 2016

Old, Worn, Broken Down

Old, Worn, Broken Down “Everything I use is old, worn, broken down or ugly.” It’s draining. It’s discouraging. It whittles away at my self-worth. It makes my work take three times as long as it should and all too often I can d...
by Robin's Outdoors on Apr 2, 2016

Zucchini Squash

Grow a frugal, productive crop on your homestead—zucchini!
by Hunter Happenings on Mar 28, 2016


So on Friday, David and I had a wonderful, awful idea (to paraphrase from the Grinch?  Anyone?)… we took Evie to Southern States, which is having a special where you get 6 chicks for free if you buy a bag of chicken feed. Evie LOVED looking a...
by A Farmhouse Reborn on Mar 21, 2016

Homestead Design: Landscape Details

Lets talk homestead landscaping!A lot of times landscaping around a house is an afterthought but in planning our homestead I think it is important that we design the landscaping simultaneously with the house itself, so that they can evolve...
by Restoring the Roost on Mar 16, 2016

A Woodstove for the New House

I have a fireplace dilemma for the new house--I can't decide if I want to have an open traditional wood-burning fireplace or a wood stove. There's also the option of a wood stove insert for the fireplace--but I'm not a fan of the look of these. Alter...
by Restoring the Roost on Feb 16, 2016

Homemaking on the Homestead

Are you having trouble juggling the responsibilities of making a home and a homestead?
by Hunter Happenings on Feb 15, 2016

Homestead Design

There are so many things to consider when designing a homestead. It makes my head spin!Not only do we have to think of where all the gardens and animals will go, but things like the direction of various features towards the sun, water runoff and rete...
by Restoring the Roost on Feb 8, 2016

Welcome! Here's what you need to know about Smiling At Home!

There's a lot going on here at Smiling At Home. I have included everything you could possibly need to run a frugal, low carb homestead including recipes, tips, reviews and freebies too. Since there's so much great stuff here, I've organized it all wi...
by Smiling At Home on Feb 7, 2016

Homestead Planning Inspiration

I will admit I'm a little overwhelmed with the idea of designing and planning a homestead or mini farm from scratch. I know I want the design to be practical, sustainable, but also beautiful at the same time.I've been scrolling through lots of P...
by Restoring the Roost on Jan 28, 2016

Selecting and Starting Seeds

Learn how to grow healthy transplants for your garden!
by Hunter Happenings on Jan 25, 2016

Big News on the Homestead

Well, we did it. We made a decision to start the process of building our own farmhouse on 10 acres of land generously gifted to us (provided the appraisal goes well). **deep breath** I so SO wanted our next house to be a historic house that...
by Restoring the Roost on Jan 21, 2016

January Chickens

If you have chickens, you know that sometimes the winter season poses special challenges to tending for your flock. Dealing with very cold temperatures and fewer critters and greens on the ground for the birds to eat can become problematic at times.
by Restoring the Roost on Jan 11, 2016

Gathering Wood: What Memories are Made Of

I have many fond memories about growing up on a small homestead. One of those memories is about cutting wood for the winter with the family.
by Hunter Happenings on Jan 7, 2016

Wood-fired Cooking

the joy of cooking with a wood-fired stove.
by Hunter Happenings on Jan 4, 2016

The Proper Way to Sharpen Knives

Sharpening knives is not a difficult task, but it does require some time and patience.
by Hunter Happenings on Dec 12, 2015

Homemade Gifts from the Farm

I love homemade Christmas gifts--especially ones that are very practical and involve food :) It's not always easy to come up with a great homemade gift but below are some ideas that I think any homesteader would appreciate: 1. Functional (and beautif...
by Restoring the Roost on Dec 9, 2015

Winterizing Your Chickens

Anxious about how to care for your chickens over the winter? Lisa Steele of Fresh Eggs Daily shares helpful tips on caring for your flock during the cold months.
by Hunter Happenings on Nov 24, 2015

October Beans

One of the delights of the fall garden is the harvest of fall beans--many times--especially in Appalachian areas--called October beans.I ordered these October beans, an heirloom bean, from Sow True Seed. The hulls are a beautiful hot pinky striped an...
by Restoring the Roost on Oct 25, 2015

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