"Learn by doing."


Rhubarb Bread

I like to make quick breads for my family to eat with their meals. One of the most popular is banana bread. I also shred and freeze zucchini in the fall for making zucchini bread throughout the winter. I don’t like to feel trapped with making the same breads over

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No More Pink Eye – Calendula Tea Instead

Pink Eye can be a bit of a nuisance on a dairy farm.  What makes it even more annoying is that it’s zoonotic.  That simply means that it can be transferred between animals and humans.  Several years ago, I developed a severe case of pink eye and went to the

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DIY All Natural Extracts

I have been on a breakfast shake kick lately and have been using a lot of mint in the shakes. It doesn’t take very long to strip a small mint plant of all its leaves, though. I needed a way to make my mint last longer, so I decided to

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Homestead Bootcamp Nettles

Nettles…Not Just A Pesky Weed

If you’ve ever brushed up against a nettles plant you probably consider it a very memorable experience! Some people think they are allergic to nettles. That, however, is most likely incorrect. Unlike poison ivy, which has an oil that causes an allergic reaction in many people, nettles has tiny hair

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Two (or Three) Ingredient Homemade Laundry Detergent

I was given a recipe for home made laundry detergent several years ago that had both a powdered version and a liquid version. The liquid version took longer to make and more room to store, so in favor of speed and ease, I chose the powdered version. The original recipe

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Dehydrating: Drying Foods for Long Term Storage

When planning and planting your garden, consider how much produce you can use and how much you need. You don’t want to plant rows and rows of spinach only to have most of it go to waste because you can’t eat it fast enough and you find that you only

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Kale Chips

Kale chips are a healthy alternative to potato chips and a good way to get some extra greens into your diet. They add a nice salty crunch to a meal and are delicious! I know they get bad mouthed a lot, but we actually really enjoy them as snacks and

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Bleach That You Can Bathe In (If You Really Wanted To)

There is a lot of dirt around our homestead, so light colored clothes don’t usually stay clean for all that long. And I have never liked commercial bleach. It stinks. It can ruin clothes. And I have been known to spill and/or drop liquids from time to time. During the

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Granola Cereal Recipe

We don’t eat commercial cereal, and we try to stay away from processed foods. However, kids love cereal for breakfast, and it is a quick and easy way to start the day. So, my daughter makes homemade granola cereal. It is a delicious alternative to store bought cereal, and it

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Healthy Cough Syrup Recipe

In the winter (which lasts quite a while in Wisconsin), many people get hit with the winter colds or flu. We don’t very often get a cough that goes through our clan, but when it does, it can keep an entire household awake at night with just one person coughing

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