From the Farm Blog Hop… Saying Goodbye

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This is kind of a sad post to write. This is where I have to say that, after much deliberation, my fabulous co-hosts and I have decided to end this hop.

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We have had a lovely 2 years with this hop, but all good things must come to an end.

No, it’s not you, it’s US.

Each of the co-hosts started this as a way to get “out there” and really get to know other bloggers, have our content become known or just as a way to have fun. We’ve all grown from this and do not regret one single week.

But it’s time to move on. Each of us have other projects we need to be working on.

I–and this is the very first time I am saying it on this blog–am hard at work writing a young adult novel that has almost nothing to do with homesteading!

I will miss you. I will miss reading your posts! I will miss being inspired by each and every one of you!

I’m not disappearing completely, though. I regularly post on Instagram and I hope you have already “liked” me on Facebook!  You can also find me on Pintrest.

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Click here to follow the board and leave a comment to be added. We can’t wait to see what else you are coming up with! Thanks again for being here and we hope to see you often!!!

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The Homesteading Hippy

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 Stony Acres

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From the Farm Blog Hop… July 15

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Happy Friday! And happy From the Farm Blog Hop day!!!

Have you been enjoying your summer so far? We have!!! We’ve been trying to do something fun every day. And Preserving Season has begun in earnest!

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The kids spent a few nights with their Grannie–fun for them, quiet for me. My husband bought me a paddle board–fun for me, painful for my legs. We started freezing cherries–it’s going to be a light year, the farmers tell me; luckily I already froze a ton of strawberries, and I hope there are lots of blueberries, too, to make up for it. And we spent a good bit of yesterday at the art museum–because it was so hot in my house!

If you want to see what we’re up to on a day-by-day basis, be sure to follow me on Instagram and on Facebook!

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So… now that you know what we have been up to, it’s time for you to share what you have been doing! We want to see your ideas on how to garden, homestead, or any DIY tips and tricks. Here are last Week’s Top 3 Favorites, as chosen by YOU:



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From the Farm Blog Hop… July 8

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It’s Friday. But, to tell you the truth, I’m sad. It seems like this week has been one bombing, shooting, or miscarriage of justice after another… and I’m afraid that I just can’t stomach the whole perky, happy, blog hop day thing I usually do.

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I suppose I could talk about all the Bad Things that are happening. Maybe we could even argue about them… about who did what and why. About if they deserved it. Or if it could have been prevented or changed or if something else might not have been worse.

But I’m not up for either of those things.

I looked through my old Quotes of the Day for something to make me feel better. Quotes by smart people, just people, observant people… Quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King, Elie Wiesel, or  Niemöller… but they all seemed to be focusing on the unjustice, the bad thing, and why ignoring it, reacting to it, justifying it wouldn’t help. And they’re all right, of course.

Helpful, probably, but not hopeful.

Then I found this one from Anne Frank.

via Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

 

It is still Friday. And still time for another round of From The Farm and we would still love to see your ideas on how to garden, homestead, or any DIY tips and tricks. Last Week’s Top 3 Favorites, as chosen by YOU:



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From the Farm Blog Hop… July 1

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Hello! Happy Friday and happy From the Farm Blog Hop day! Wow! Can you guys believe that it July already? Are you enjoying your summer?

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We have been, without really too much planning, been having an excellent summer… the beach almost every day, we toured a replica of a Spanish Galleon, and visited an original urban homestead. Sure, it was the George Eastman House (the founder of Kodak, in case you’re not up on my local history!) and on a significantly grander scale than. you know, anything that I can come up with. But, he did have four dairy cows, a poultry house, and enough greenhouses and gardens to feed his entire household–which included some thirty to fifty people, most of which were the servants who were actually doing the gardening, but still… 😉

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Oh, and a baseball game. But that wasn’t my fault; we have company in town! But as far as baseball goes, it was a great game to be at… the home team won a tied game in “overtime.” The bases were loaded and there was a home run. (I know nothing about baseball, okay? Talk to me about Quidditch.)

Anyway… it’s time for another round of From The Farm where we love to see your ideas on how to garden, homestead, or any DIY tips and tricks. Last Week’s Top 3 Favorites, as chosen by YOU:



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From the Farm Blog Hop… June 24

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Hello! Happy Friday and happy From the Farm Blog Hop day! I am just now realizing that it has pretty much been a month since we’ve seen each other here! Did you miss me? I’ve missed you guys!!!

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I have been insanely busy these past few weeks. I helped chaperone the sixth grade field trip to Washington, DC. It was an amazing experience for the kids!

Then we went on to talent shows, and school picnics. The Pixie was the baby wildebeest in our school’s production of the Lion King and had her ballet recital. And then the Boy graduated from sixth grade… and our wonderful school–tears all around. Even though the Pixie will be back there next fall, many families graduated their youngest this week–and not everyone is going to the same high school next year.

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Consequently, I have done almost no blogging. And, to be honest, very little housekeeping! Cleaning the disaster that has become my house (how big to they have to be before dust bunnies actually take on lives of their own?) is next on my “to do” list today. Yuck.

But enough of that. Because it’s time for another round of From The Farm where we love to see your ideas on how to garden, homestead, or any DIY tips and tricks. Last Week’s Top 3 Favorites, as chosen by YOU:



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From the Farm Blog Hop… May 27

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Hello! Happy Friday and happy Memorial Day Weekend! I hope you all enjoy the festivities that summer brings, but I hope you also take the time to remember our fallen servicemen and -women.

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Before we get started, though, I want to share this week’s Quote of the Week. Approximately daily, I share of Quote of the Day on my Facebook page  and the most popular one becomes the Quote of the Week.

Since I was really lazy this week, I’m actually going to share an older Quote, one that I hope you find especially appropriate this weekend.

Quote of the Week / Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

And now it’s time for another round of From The Farm where we love to see your ideas on how to garden, homestead, or any DIY tips and tricks. Last Week’s Top 3 Favorites, as chosen by YOU:


			
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From the Farm Blog Hop… May 13

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Happy Friday! And happy Friday the 13th!

Welcome to another From the Farm Blog Hop! We are so happy that you could join us this week, and we can’t wait to see what you’ll be sharing with us!!! But before we do that, let me share the Quote of the Week. Approximately daily I post a quote on my Facebook page  and the most popular one becomes the Quote of the Week.

I’m really pleased that this quote by Beethoven became this week’s Quote. On Monday the Boy played in his All City Band Concert–with lots of very gifted young musicians from throughout the city. They played on a big, fancy stage and it was a wonderful experience for him! I shared this quote that evening… not that I heard any wrong notes–all the kids did an amazing job!!!

 

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Sourdough: A Guide to Everything you Need to Know

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Since I first started learning about health and nutrition, one of the first things I wanted to make was sourdough bread. I thought, if I only had my very own sourdough starter, I could make wholesome bread (and other things!) for my family.

But I was hesitant.

Sourdough: A guide to everything you need to know // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

To be honest, I tend to kill things. Not noisy things like children and pets who can complain loudly when I don’t take proper care of them… but quiet things. Like goldfish and houseplants and, I assumed, sourdough starters.

It took me a while (like almost five years) but I’m there now. Sort of.

Why Sourdough?

According to Nourishing Traditions:

All grains contain phytic acid (an organic acid in which phosphorus is bound) in the outer layer or bran. Untreated phytic acid can combine with calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and especially zinc in the intestinal tract and block their absorption. This is why a diet high in unfermented whole grains may lead to serious mineral deficiencies and bone loss.

In other words, the modern recommendation that everyone go around eating whole wheat everything is actually a really bad piece of advice that can lead to a whole bunch of problems. Of course, eating a lot of white flour isn’t really a good idea either.

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So… what is a person to do?

You simply have to do what your great-grandparents did: Prepare your grains before you eat them, either by sprouting them (basically turning them into little vegetables), soaking them (overnight in an acidic medium), or by souring them–by choosing a slow-rise recipe from a fermented starter.

To get us started (pun totally intended) I have rounded up a bunch of posts about sourdough from my friends over at the Homestead Bloggers Network, and some of my other favorite bloggers.

How to get Started

You need a starter. Each starter is unique and will have it’s own special yeasts and bacteria in it, resulting in its own unique flavor–ranging from the super-sour San Francisco sourdough bread, to those that are much more mild. Some starters have been handed down from generation to generation and are hundreds of years old!

(Ha! I’ll be lucky if I’ll be able to hand on my starter to myself of next month, never mind my grandkids!)

If you’re not fortunate enough to be gifted an heirloom starter, ask around–I’m betting you know someone who has one. And since the damn things multiply like crazy, she or he will probably be thrilled to share!

Sourdough Starter

This is Harry Potter. I got him from a friend.

And, yes, I named my sourdough starter. It wasn’t my idea; I got the idea from this book. And I agree, it is much harder–though hardly impossible–to kill something with a name that you view as a pet. Why Harry Potter? Well, why not? And besides, as we all know, Harry Potter is notoriously difficult to kill and even prone to resurrecting himself–I thought it might be helpful.

If you aren’t lucky enough to know someone with a starter, you can buy one.

This brand comes highly recommended:

You can also, literally start from scratch and catch your very own starter!

Starting a Sourdough Starter for Yourself fromThe Homesteading Hippy

Baking with Sourdough

How to Make Sourdough Bread–The Easy Way fromSchneider Peeps

Sourdough Bread Baking from a Beginner from Timber Creek Farm

Simple, Easy Sourdough Bread from Scratch from The Farmer’s Lamp

Easy Sourdough Yeast Bread for the Bread Machine from The Farmer’s Lamp

No Kneed Sourdough Bread from Grow Forage Cook Ferment

Sourdough–Quicker from Homesteading on Grace

sourdough // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

photo complements of Grow Forage Cook Ferment; used with permission

Troubleshooting: How to Keep Yourself from Messing Up and What to do if you Already Have

The Farmer’s Lamp Answers Your Sourdough Questions from this is a lovely podcast from (you guessed it!) The Farmer’s Lamp

6 Tips to Prevent “Sour” Sourdough from Traditional Cooking School by GNOWFGLINS

Resurrecting the Sourdough Barm from Homesteading on Grace

Beyond Bread

Sourdough Breakfast Pitas from The Homestead Lady

Starting with Sourdough: Breakfast Cake from Hobby Farms

Sugar Free Cookies for Breakfast from The Homestead Lady

Sourdough Pan…Cake from Homesteading on Grace

Traditional Sourdough Pancakes from Nourished Kitchen

Sourdough Crepes from Homesteading on Grace

Sourdough English Muffins from Traditional Cooking School by GNOWFGLINS

Sourdough Pizza Crust from The Homesteading Hippy

Sourdough Tortillas from Grow Forage Cook Ferment

Cheesy Garlic Sourdough Crackers from Common Sense Homesteading

Pizza Flavored Whole Wheat Sourdough Crackers from Common Sense Homesteading — These would make a fabulous substitute for, say, goldfish crackers, if you happen to have a kid who views the lack of goldfish crackers in her lunchbox as notoriously unfair and possible child abuse. Just sayin’. 😉

Sourdough Chocolate Cake with Coconut Cream Frosting from The Homesteading Hippy

Sourdough Brownies from Common Sense Homesteading

Sourdough Cookies from Common Sense Homesteading

More Resources

70+ Sourdough Recipes from Montana Homesteader

Simply Sourdough: The Ultimate Recipe Round Up from The 104 Homestead

Have you ever tried making sourdough bread? How did it work out for you?

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From the Farm Blog Hop… May 6

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Happy Friday!  I’ve been enjoying springtime and gardening and a lot of playgrounding this week. It’s been chilly, though. As much as I want to put away my woolly sweaters and bring out long, flowing skirts… we aren’t quite there yet!

Welcome to another From the Farm Blog Hop! We are so happy that you could join us this week, and we can’t wait to see what you’ll be sharing with us!!! But before we do that, let me share the Quote of the Week. Approximately daily I post a quote on my Facebook page  and the most popular one becomes the Quote of the Week. Be sure to check it out! 🙂

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What You Need to Know to Add Bees to Your Homestead

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What do you know about bee keeping?”

That is how my uncle greeted me the other day… and was the inspiration to writing this My Week on Wednesday post. Because the answer was, honestly, “nothing.”

I admit that bees are one of the animals that we have considered adding to our little homestead because–let’s face it–as city dwellers our livestock choices are pretty limited. Besides bees, we’ve considered rabbits and chickens; our neighbor requested ducks, but I’m not sure ducks are for me!

But bees… aside from the fact that they are pointy little critters, they might be an excellent choice.

So… I gathered up some posts from my friends over at the Homestead Bloggers Network and some of my other favorite bloggers, and this is what I found out.

Have you ever considered adding bees to your homestead? Learn why it might be a good choice for you, plus what you need to go to get started and other bee-friendly options if you ultimately decide bees aren't right for you.

Bee Inspired to Take Up Beekeeping

Okay. That was dorky, wasn’t it?

But, seriously, there are a lot of really good reasons to take up bee keeping.

Five Fun and Fascinating Facts About Honey Bees — Herbal Academy

Pick Up Beekeeping as a Hobby and the Bees Will Thank You — The Homesteading Hippy (written by KarenLynn of Lil’ Suburban Homestead)

The History of Beekeeping — Stone Axe Herbals

7 Things That Honeybees Give Us Other Than Honey — Stone Axe Herbals

Why Keeping Bees Might be the Best Thing you Ever Did for Your Garden — Pantry Paratus

3 Reasons for Homestead Honey Bees — Better Hens and Gardens

4 Reasons I Want Honey Bees (And Why You Should Consider Them Too!) — Fip Flop Barnyard

What you need to know to add bees to your homestead // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Bee Prepared

So you think, maybe, beekeeping is right for you. Here are some things you need to consider and what you know to get started.

Best Tips for Keeping Honey Bees — Timber Creek Farm

How to Prepare for Beekeeping — The Homestead Lady

Getting Started with Bees — The Coastal Homestead

Beekeeping for Beginners — Montana Homesteader

What to Know Before You Start Raising Bees — The Homesteading Hippy

7 Important Questions to Ask Before Getting Bees — Better Hens and Gardens

4 Tips for Beekeeping with Children — Hobby Farms (by Tessa of The Homestead Lady)

Beginning Beekeeping: Getting Started with Equipment — Farm Fit Living

What you need to know to add bees to your homestead // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Bee Even More Prepared

So… now you’ve decided to keep bees. Here is some more information… about the ins and outs. And harvesting honey! Which really is one of the key reasons to keep bees in the first place.

The Queen Bee and Beginning Our Beekeeping Adventure — Timber Creek Farm

Sucussful Hive Inspection — Pasture Deficit Disorder

How to Capture a Swarm of Bees — The Homestead Lady

First Honey Harvest — Pasture Deficit Disorder

How to Process Raw Honey with an Extractor — The Homestead Lady

50 Backyard Beekeeping Resources for Beginners — Earth & Honey

What if Beekeeping Isn’t Right for Me?

No worries! You can still bring pollinators to your yard. You can provide flowers and safe places for bees. You can even build a mason bee house! Mason bees are friendly (the males don’t even have stingers!) native pollinators. They don’t make honey, but they are a great thing to have in your yard.

A Meadow of Bee-Friendly Flowers — The 104 Homestead

Blooms for Bees — Better Hens and Gardens

Make a Mason Bee House — Hobby Farms (by Tessa of The Homestead Lady)

Do you have bees on your homestead? What are your experiences? 

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