• Drinks,  homesteading

    Homemade Mead

      These two sisters have been known to share a libation from time to time, and we enjoy it even more when it is homemade. Dee loaned me a book from her always expanding library called “Wild Fermentation” by Sandor Ellix Katz. The first recipe we have explored is T’ej which is an Ethiopian Mead.  Mead is an alchohol made from honey.   The recipe piqued Mr. Crow’’s interest because  it required few ingredients, all of which we had on hand  that moment the mood struck him to start the process. We used honey, some strawberries (but any fresh fruit will work), basil (again, any herbs will work) and water.…

  • DIY,  Gardening,  homesteading

    How to Start Saving Seeds.

    I can’t wait for the day I don’t need to purchase anything in the spring for the garden.  In my fantasy we will produce enough compost to feed all of our beds, attract enough good insects to battle the bad pests, utilize companion planting to perfection and save ALL of our own seeds.  But we are far from that and I have only started dipping my toe into the world of seed saving!  If you have purchased “open pollinated” or ” heirloom” seed you can save the seeds in the fall and plant them again next year.  With open pollinated seeds you always get offspring that are the same as…

  • Gardening

    Fall Meal Plan

      I love a good meal plan!  It ensures we take advantage of what is in season, minimizes food waste and limits the number of trips to the grocery store.  Plus, having to figure out everyday around 4:oo P.M. what the heck we are going to eat never seems to end well for us. Fall is my absolute favorite season, as I take after my Nanny who had a deep love for meat and potatoes.  On the Crow Homestead, fall starts in September as small game season begins, root veggies are harvested and the the snow is flying.  (we had snow just this week!)  We start having fires inside and…

  • homesteading,  off-the-grid

    Why We Live Off The Grid

          When we tell people that we live off-the-grid, the first questions we always get are logistical… Do you have solar? (Nope) Do you have running water? (No, we have a well and carry it inside by hand) Do you have an outhouse? (NO, we have an indoor humanure toilet) Do you have propane refrigerator, stove and lights? (Negativo, we have a cookstove and candles) They stop for a little bit to take it in… and then they ask. Why? Why would you choose to live like that? That is a hard thing to answer…it was a multiyear process that took many twists and turns. Ultimately Mr. Crow…

  • Gardening

    Homestead Journaling

      Let’s just start this off with a confession, I have an obsession with journaling…..I blame the film The English Patient, I have dreamt about the journal from that flick…. with it’s leather cover, drawings and journal entries! I kept a consistent diary from ages 16-21, and I have annual notebooks from every year we have been living off-the-grid (2008-2018).  In those notebooks,  I make life plans, lists, notes from books I’m reading or programs I listen to, meal plans and list the goals I try to attain.  But the most treasured of all is my homestead journal, one that I have been keeping since 2008.  A homestead journal is…