• Holidays

    Christmas on the Crow Homestead

    We are all about starting new holiday traditions on the Crow Homestead.  I will admit Christmas has been a bit complicated for us because it sometimes can be about things we are not  fans of…… consumption and waste.  But instead of being all bah hum bug we are finding ways to celebrate this wonderful season that resonate with us. Traditions:  This year we are starting a new tradition that I heard about on the radio; I believe it comes from Finland.  On Christmas Eve everyone receives a book and after dinner everyone gets nice and cozy in their pajamas and cracks open their new book.  I love this idea and…

  • Food

    Winter Meal Plan

    The most difficult thing about cooking on a wood stove is heating that bad boy up, but in the winter we always have it hot and ready, so it is the easiest time of year to cook at the Crow Homestead! The oven can be used for slow roasting and baking or we crank it up for pizza…and with the bonus that it doesn’t make it too hot to sleep at night (summer cooking is tough!). We also love winter because our entire property becomes a freezer, due to the cold weather conditions here in northern Minnesota.  We can easily make double portions, freeze them and then have meals ready…

  • Gardening

    Gift ideas for gardeners

    I am horrendous at giving gifts and cannot possibly give you any direction on how to be a wonderful gift giver….that is my sisters area of expertise.  But what I’m very qualified to give you is recommendations on gifts a gardening enthusiast will LOVE!  So just for you I have gathered a variety of gift ideas any gardener will love, for any price point! Gifts up to $25 In the dead of winter what does every gardener escape to….Books!! Here are two ideas that truly rocked my gardening world! You can give either of these books to a veggie gardener with confidence. Beginner:  One of the very best books for…

  • Gardening

    5 things to do today to make Thanksgiving easier

    The stress of getting that Thanksgiving feast to the table is a REAL issue!    These 5 tried and true techniques will help you get everything done and hopefully still enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday.  This year Thanksgiving on the Crow Homestead will be pretty quiet…just  Mr. Crow and I, but that won’t stop us from doing it up right with ALL the trimmings! To get everything done on time requires a great deal of planning on my part.  Of course cooking the whole meal on a small wood stove creates it’s own unique challenges, but the following tips can help anyone whether your on or off-the-grid….or if your serving 2…

  • crow homestead,  Food,  Gardening,  homesteading,  Lindsay,  off-the-grid

    One Cut of Meat = Three Meals

    The Crow Homestead does not have electricity so keeping our food from spoiling can get pretty complicated.  It takes some planning and one of the main issues is ensuring meat is used quickly and very little is wasted.  Regardless if we get our meat from the grocery store, or from the woods we generally need to consume it within three days.  We have found a good plan that has us eating like kings while wasting very little, and I thought ….why not share this easy, efficient and satisfying plan with others?!?  Please remember when we buy meat we always buy it WITH bones… none of this boneless, skinless meat for…

  • crow homestead,  homesteading,  Lindsay

    Animals on the Crow Homestead

    We love our animals and they make our lives SO much more enjoyable!   Now…. Since we live off-the-grid and want to be as self sufficient as possible we expect everything to earn it’s keep.   Our Animals included! Here is the menagerie of beings that make up the Crow Homestead: DOGS Our Boris is the watchdog. He likes to stick by the house and never strays when he is out with us in the woods. He is big and strong, but he knows the chickens and ducks are off limits and almost always keeps the desire to chase them at bay. He is a rescue dog who was 9…

  • Gardening

    2018 Crow Homestead Hits and Misses

    2018 was an exciting growing season on the Crow Homestead!  We buckled down and started 100% of our own seeds, we live in one of the coldest places in the continental U.S. and we were able to start tomato and pepper seeds inside without electricity….this is like a mini miracle people!  We expanded the garden by adding four more 8 x 4 foot raised beds and built the fence. We also added to the orchard by planting pairs of apricot trees, chokecherries and Nanking cherry bushes.  Mr. Crow has been VERY busy!  As with everything we do, we had some failures and some successes.  But I do not view our…

  • 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…