Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Sustainable Meat Chicken Calculations: Cost Breakdown

Considering adding livestock to your homestead or curious about the costs of raising chickens?

When calculating how many chickens to raise to feed your family, there are some questions you should first ask yourself:

  • How many chickens do you eat per week? 
  • How long do they live before butchering? 
  • What size bird are you looking for? 
  • Now how will they be housed sustainably? (I'm only going to briefly cover this vast topic here)
  • Ok, how on earth do I figure out how much meat and eggs will actually cost?

Monday, September 29, 2014

Week of September 14th Garden Journal

I have been doing some sporadic garden journal posts up until now, those will now be combined in to a weekly journal post going forward. You can find them all by using the menu up top to go to the Garden Journal page.

Sunday: Read about our Sunday in my post, A Joyful Sunday
Monday:  We planted our fig tree that was a gift from my sister and brother in law for my 30th birthday!  It's a brown turkey and already produced some delicious figs while in the pot.  I cannot wait for next year!
Tuesday: Today we watered the newly planted fig tree and planted some lettuce. We also harvested a square foot of carrots!
Some yummy carrots!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Naptime Warrior: Mulched Garden Path

In our first nap time homestead warrior project, we'll be building a mulched garden path!  Without set paths, your garden can quickly become overgrown, especially in the summer time with vines and squash creeping out of the edges of their beds, this quick and easy mulched path can cut down your weeding time and make your garden more enjoyable to work in!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Butternut Squash Soup with Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Toasted Spicy Squash Seeds

With a chill in the air, the promise of fall is here, so I'm ready to get warmed up with a hearty butternut squash soup. The carrots and squash in this soup lend themselves to such a rich and creamy texture that it does not need the addition of cream, making this a light and nutritious take on a classic soup. Roasting the brussel sprouts sweetens the natural bitterness of this misunderstood vegetable, making it, and the spicy crunch of the toasted squash seeds which top this dish, come together in harmony with the soup for a delicious filling meal.  If you haven't tried brussel sprouts, please, please do!  They're delicious!  But, if you still aren't quite ready to try them, you can substitute broccoli florets for a similar yet milder flavor.

A Joyful Sunday


Joy is often found in the moment, while we're not looking.  It's in the small things that remind us the day is precious.  We work hard towards our goals for a day that leaves us tired yet fulfilled. Today, we found our flow and discovered the satisfaction of a full immersion in to our homesteading life.  In the cool of an early fall day, I found my joy in caring for our animals, baking, and playing with my daughter.   These are the days gre working towards, where accomplishment is a clean stall and a full belly.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Our first full dozen!

The girls are really in to the swing of things now! We even got an egg from each layer today! This makes our first full dozen! I seriously don't know why we didn't get chickens years ago, there is nothing like gathering such a nutritious food from your own backyard! They come out to be much cheaper than grocery store eggs (even with organic feed) while coming from healthier and happier chickens! Win win! I've got some great chicken math coming your way soon for anyone who wants to know how it breaks down for a small flock.

Organize your email

I've been craving a clean slate in our home recently, the clutter builds up and it feels impossible to change it.  Well, you can do it!  Cleaning your email will give you that clean slate feeling to get you started on a positive note!

This may not be a huge part of the clutter in your life, but it feels great to have it organized!  I'm on a mission to get everything thinned out and organized, and what better way to get started than to clean out your electronic life too!  With so many unread messages, google stopped counting at 999... I'm sure many of you can relate!  I wasn't using any folders, just leaving everything sitting there cluttering up my inbox, making it difficult to find emails other than ones I had starred (which still ended up buried eventually).  Cleaning out your inbox feels very symbolic of your ability to really make a positive change in your life!