Hey Donkey – What’s Going On?
Andy Samberg on SNL imitating Mark Walberg talking to animals has been one of my favorite sketches for a long time. It's just so silly, you can't help but laugh. From time-to-time, when I'm around my farm animals I, too, like to have little conversations with them;...
Goals for our homestead
When we first started this homestead, we really didn't know what all we wanted to do after we got here. We knew we wanted animals and a garden to sustain us for the most part. Knowing that we'd probably not be 100% sustainable, but that we could provide a lot of our...
Fecal Float Tests
The glamorous life of homesteading...following your goats around and collecting poop, then taking said poop and smashing it around and filling with a solution so you can look at it under a microscope. That should make everyone want to homestead right? If you have...
How hard are goats to raise?
So you think you want goats for your homestead huh? I'm sure you've heard all the horror stories and all the advice on why you wouldn't want goats. Things like, they eat EVERYTHING, they are hard to handle, high maintenance, and that there is no fence that will...read more
Recipe – Country Salsa
The temperature is getting hot down here in Texas, Y'all know what that means? Summer, tomatoes, and salsa that's hotter than the Texas summer heat! Our tomato plants have been giving us an abundance lately so what else would you do than make salsa? We didn't have a...read more
Milling Your Own Fresh Flour
Who doesn't love an amazing fresh, warm, loaf of bread straight from the oven? As we set out learning more and more about nutrition, we have realized how much convenience has made us unhealthy in many ways, but food especially. Prior to the 1900 most bread baked in...read more
Review – Azure Standard
Groceries. It's a hot topic with a lot of people, especially families. How do we afford to eat the way we want with growing grocery prices? Our diet goals It's been a long and slow change as far as how we eat. 14 years ago when we had two kids, versus now with six....read more
Our Homesteading Journey
Every journey has a beginning, middle, and of course an end. We're still writing the middle part of our journey and learning so much along the way. At the time of writing this post, we'll have been on our property for two years. But where did this journey start? Queue...read more
Homesteading Failures Cost Lives
That's a pretty dramatic statement isn't it? Let me put it this way, sometimes we have really good success in this homesteading life and sometimes we have losses and the losses end up being the life of an animal we're raising here on the homestead. The successes are...read more
Hand Mixed Fermented Chicken Feed: Our Process
Why bother to make your own feed? Many times you hear the question, "Which feed is best for chickens?". Most of the time the answer is pre-made, perfectly formulated, and mass produced feed that you find in your local feed stores (organic or non-organic). While that...read more
Learning to milk goats
It's true what they say. Chickens ARE the gateway (drug) animal to homesteading! After almost a year of learning about and raising chickens, we felt like we were ready for the big(ger) leagues. While a family milk cow is certainly a goal for us, we wanted to work our...read more
We needed a break, y’all
You might have noticed the blog (and videos) have been on a hiatus. The last blog post was from March of 2017! And the last video was nearly 9 months (from this posting) ago! They say don't put all your eggs in one basket. Ooops. A lot of factors went into this break....read more