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Check Out Our Fall Building Project!

Check Out Our Fall Building Project!

At first glance this may look like a mowed patch in this field but look closer! See the stakes? To me - this is about to become a new barn.  I've seen the plans my son drew up, his idea of feeding cows in the dry without having to muck a barn, a sheltered milking...

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When Soap Goes Wrong….

When Soap Goes Wrong….

When soap goes wrong.... it can sometimes be a very good thing! Some of my best selling soaps came about because something went wrong!  When I first made Papaw's Shaving Soap, I was shocked when I added the Bentonite Clay!  Bentonite Clay gives you a close, smooth...

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New Calf on the Homestead!

New Calf on the Homestead!

We were wondering if Dixie was EVER going to drop her calf.  Although you can track when a cow goes into the pasture with a bull, you don't always know what day she got bred.  Usually it happens pretty quickly but Dixie must have played hard to get for almost a month!...

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Last Jewelweed Harvest

Last Jewelweed Harvest

We have rain predicted for the whole weekend with a drop of temperatures, so we took a trip down to the bottom of our mountain today to see if we could find any Jewelweed still in bloom.  I've made a lot of Jewelweed oil for soaps and salves but I needed to increase...

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Soap Sale Tomorrow and A Challenge for November!

Soap Sale Tomorrow and A Challenge for November!

My next soap sale starts tomorrow, October 1st at 8:00 a.m. EST  Everything will show out of stock until 8:00 am tomorrow morning. This is a limited release of about 300 bars of soap. This amount of soap tends to sell out in just a few hours. My fall soaps are ready...

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Roots & Seeds!

Roots & Seeds!

Are you gathering roots and seeds? Now's the time! We've been saving seeds from our garden; squash, loofa gourd, tomato, tomatillo, mullein, comfrey, and more! We can save seeds from our garden because we plant heirloom varieties.  Each year we have stronger and...

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Keko – My warrior!

Keko – My warrior!

We have a multitude of dogs on this farm.  Some protect our critters, some protect my family and myself and some do both.  However we have a few *ahem* older dogs who really need to retire...even if they don't think so! Adding a new working dog is a bit more...

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It’s SOAP time!

It’s SOAP time!

Soaps will be on sale again Tuesday September 8th at 8:00 am EST! They are just about ready! I made a little more than I planned - about 300 bars! Let's talk about what will be available and what won't! It's fall and I like to make soap that goes along with the...

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How to Water Glass Eggs!

How to Water Glass Eggs!

I did a post previously on freezing eggs.  But what if you don't have freezer space, or if your power goes out? Or a myriad of other reasons not to freeze your eggs?  Easy peasy! Water glass them! Water glassing eggs has been done since pioneer days.  It's easy,...

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Make This if Your Garden is Winding Down!

Make This if Your Garden is Winding Down!

The weather has turned a bit here in Tennessee.  The Summer Garden is winding down and it's time to start pulling spent plants and plants we just don't want anymore (can anyone say zucchini?) and begin planting for a fall garden. Think, greens, brassicas, lettuce.  We...

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How to Make a Jewelweed Tincture!

How to Make a Jewelweed Tincture!

Recently I talked about gathering Jewelweed....hopefully some of you were able to find this wonderful plant. Now...what do we do with it? Come with me as I work up the Jewelweed that we gathered! In this post I will cover making a tincture and soon we will talk about...

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Well I Never Thought We’d Have To Do THIS!

Well I Never Thought We’d Have To Do THIS!

You have to be prepared to handle emergencies on the homestead! Sometimes they involve people but often they involve animals.  Learn how to give shots, treat wounds, do an episiotomy for an animal struggling during birth, how to turn babies, pull babies, castrate,...

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