What is ‘Modern Homesteading’, Anyway?

So we're finally back to writing and sharing our rural living journey. It's been a LOOOOOOONG time - the last time I posted anything new was over two years ago (July 1, 2014, to be exact). Yikes. We've been active on Facebook, but as for the blog, it's been terribly...

Summer Rural Living Celebration!

I thought it was about time for another giveaway for new or aspiring modern homesteaders!  This time we've got a bundle of books and resources that I've been sent the last couple of years.  Here's what's included in the bundle: Permaculture Fast Track - Learn to Live...

How to Care for a Refinished Cast Iron Sink

(Updated June 10, 2014 - originally published December 2012) Nothing says ‘country decor’ more than a vintage cast iron sink.  Except maybe a log cabin.  Or a big pick-up truck.  But nothing says ‘botulism’ or some other sort of nasty bacterial infection more than a...

Critters

Chicken Economics: The Cost of Keeping Chickens

Chicken Economics: The Cost of Keeping Chickens

Let's face it - raising chickens for your own fresh eggs is like a gateway drug to a full-fledged addiction to all things 'rural'. At least it seems that way, with practically every second magazine having anything to do with 'home' talking about backyard chickens in...

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Decor

How to Renovate a Heritage Log Cabin Interior – DIY Style

How to Renovate a Heritage Log Cabin Interior – DIY Style

Renovating an old, heritage log cabin, DIY style (and inexpensively), isn't really something I had on my bucket list.  Nor did I ever think I'd ever even live in one.  But in 2008 when I decided to pack up my son and finally leave the city to pursue my dreams of rural...

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Preparedness

Essential Oils on the Homestead

Essential Oils on the Homestead

"Mama, where's the peppermint oil?" My 9-year old son had eaten something that didn't agree with him and was looking for relief.  As is usual around here with all sorts of health maladies, we didn't reach for pharmaceuticals or the remedies most of us used growing up...

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