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…

Trend Forecast 2018- Houseplants

Have you been eyeing spring issues of your favorite home and garden magazines that are hitting shelves now? Every room looks crisp and meticulously decorated, farmhouse, shabby chic, Mediterranean, and boho, all perfectly styled. If you look closely every one includes a houseplant. Houseplants are trending big time, and it’s time you hopped on that…

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…

The Corpse Flower blooms!

My 9-5 (well 7-5) job is in a greenhouse. It can get hectic at times – like right now in April- but every once in a while I get to see something really new or exciting that I have never seen before and it makes the job really interesting and relieves some of the stress….

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…

Hello, and a little bit about me…

My name is Maureen, I am a wife to my husband David, a mother to three spirited little boys, and a dog mom to a sweet black and tan coonhound. I work full time outside the home as a plant buyer for a chain of retail garden centers in Ohio and I absolutely adore the…

Goodwill flipping For Profit

In October of 2017 I started flipping Goodwill and Estate Sale items for profit, I needed the extra money and I didn’t want to get a part time job away from the home, and since I already work over forty hours a week any more time away from my children wasn’t an option for me….