• Homesteading

    A Plan to Minimalize

    The key to getting a grip on mindless consumption is a good old fashioned PLAN. We can make a significant impact on our wallets, our earth and our peace of mind if we eliminated the things we buy because we didn’t plan better. From grabbing food that is unhealthy and unsustainable to running around at the last minute to find something we suddenly need because we forgot to get it when we were at the store earlier, we spend more time driving around and spending money that we want to. A plan starts with a calendar. Some people are going to like an electronic version and some will like paper,…

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    The Minimal Pantry

    We live in a 400 sq. home with minimal storage space and all the food we cook is from scratch…so over the last 10 years we have whittled down our pantry to the bare necessities to make pretty much everything we eat. We have learned which ingredients we simply cannot live without. By pairing down our pantry to the minimum needed we have realized how little you need to cook up very satisfying foods Fats: extra virgin olive oil. Yep that’s the only one. we sauté with it, bake with is and make amazing salad dressings. We do have butter in the fridge. but we are talking about the pantry…

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    18 Great Things I Did, Bought or Discovered this Year

    We have a little 2018 flashback for you all today, in the form of things we did or bought that we loved this year!  For the first time ever, we are also doing a joint post!!  So without further ado… From The Peach House: Happy Not Perfect App – I downloaded this about 6 weeks ago and really love it.  It helps me to start my day with positivism and calmness and usually helps to stop a bad day in its tracks (not always but it has helped me).  It contains a few exercises, such as moderating your breathing, journal your grievances, and listing things you are grateful for.  Every…

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    Why My Present Self is Thanking My Past Self

    This time of year, hey?  Running ourselves ragged, trying to get everything done (she says as her Christmas cards are not quite ready for the post office…) and always feeling behind the eight ball.  I get it and I am there with you!  But I want to tell you how a couple of things I did in the fall is helping me out SO MUCH right now. All of those tomatoes I froze.  I chose to forgo canning this year because our fall was nuts, and pulling out all of the canning gear was more than I could handle.  Instead, I cooked up tomatoes when I had a bunch (and…

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    3 Tips to Keeping Chickens in Winter

    Chickens are an important part of the Crow Homestead and keeping them happy in the winter takes a bit of work and planning.  The biggest factor for us is that we are located in a seriously cold place…typically in the winter we have several nights dip below -45 F!   Along with the brutal cold, we do not have any electricity….no solar, no nothin’.  This means we cannot use heat lights or heated water containers for our gals. Tip #1 Choose the right animals and the right breed The most important thing to successfully keeping any animal is to choose ones that are best suited to where you live. For…

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    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…