This week’s thrift report

This thrift report will actually cover the best of the best for the past three weeks that I have been painfully absent from telling you about my finds. Unfortunately this is the time of year that work ramps up and my drive to do anything else goes way down. I have had to cut my…

Rhubarb Season is upon us

The beginning of spring brings with it many fabulous things, but one of the best is the start of rhubarb season. One is either firmly for or against rhubarb, I have never met anyone on the fence about it. My husband for example is repulsed by rhubarb, even with the addition of his hands-down favorite…

The New Container Garden

Vertical Herb Gardens are the new container garden. Jump on the “green living” train and build your own “edible arrangement”. It’s no secret to anyone I know that I love my job. It is the perfect balance of analytical and creative for me. Sometimes the creative aspect takes a back seat for long periods and…

When you know spring has sprung.

  Yesterday my husband and I took a walk around the garden to see what was coming up. The weather in our area has been very rainy lately so we still haven’t been able to work the ground enough to plant our broccoli and other early spring greens. We are hopeful that that can take…

This week’s thrift report

  I took a vacation day Thursday, and boy oh boy it was fantastic. Not only did I sleep in (yay, the boys cooperated!!!) but also I did a ton of thrifting. A TON! And it was good thrifting. I hit some hot finds. Here are a few highlights. I found this beautiful strand of…

Seed Starting for your Homestead

The easiest (and cheapest) way to the garden of your dreams is by starting seeds. This is the first year that I have saved seeds- a topic for another time- and replanted them the next year. Currently in the greenhouse I have ten varieties of heirloom tomatoes, with varieties like Brandywine, Striped German and Cherokee…

Venison Jerky Making- for Beginners

I recently tried my hand at making venison jerky for the first time. This is actually my first time making ANY jerky so my learning curve was steep on this project. I had a few venison roasts that were taking up space in my freezer so I set them out to defrost. A quick Pinterest…

Maple Syruping on the Urban Homestead

About two years ago it hit me- that sick feeling (it may have been the morning sickness) in your gut when you realize your family is expanding and following that your bills will be expanding too. I decided that we would be cutting our spending immediately and the easiest place to do that would be…

Thrift Early and Often

The Importance of Thrifting Early and Often   When you are thrifting for profit it is important to thrift early and often. I work outside of the home over forty hours a week already so sometimes going often is not a possibility for me. So when I do go on the weekends I hit multiple…

Pasta Making 101

Pasta Making 101 2 cups flour ½ cup water 1 egg Eating fresh, homemade pasta is one of my family’s favorite indulgences, thick, silky noodles with that little bit of bite to them- perfect for sopping up tomato sauce lovingly canned from the Jersey Giant tomatoes grown in our own garden. As far as being…