Hi! I'm Heidi, and here is my Homestead Journey.....
Hi! I'm Heidi--I'm a modern-day homesteader starting out in middle age! I'm all about plant medicine, raising animals for love & food, preparedness, traditional food practices, and being a natural health rebel for life! Join me on this journey!
I'm Heidi, and this is Ranger. He has been with me for over ten years, and I love him dearly.
Empowering Self-Sufficiency, Honoring Traditions, and Self Care
Are YOU a homesteader? Doesn't really matter where you live! People who consider themselves to be homesteaders fill the spectrum of people---city dwellers, suburbanites, ruralists, and they come from many different cultures and groups. But there are a few characteristics they share. How do you know if you are a homesteader? Well, you might be a homesteader IF.....
Given the just-right devastating crisis event, food storage and the ability to grow your own food may become more valuable than precious metals! Every responsible person should be thinking about learning how to garden, getting even a small one started (even if only using containers on a balcony--like I used to do when I rented), and of course, having good seeds set aside for current and future use. Right now! Here's more about what to consider and how to get your seed storage going!
Here's a little rundown of some great gift ideas for your gardening friends, family, and maybe even yourself! And if these don't match up completely, hopefully you'll get some other great ideas just from looking!
I love Burdock Root. I love the leaves too! I love that it is what many people consider a huge noxious and possibly invasive weed! I especially love the flowers....which is actually what makes my recent experience with growing Burdock Root a big FAIL. The flowers.
What IS that plant??? All last summer, I had this plant I thought was probably just a "weed" growing crazily in my yard! I was ready to rip them all out, but I decided to wait. Happily, I discovered that although considered a "weed," Lambsquarters is actually an edible plant that is more nutritious than spinach! Here is how to identify Lambsquarters and how to use it too!
Life in the Mojave Desert is a challenge in just about all ways. There's little water available, barely any rainfall, and it's an extreme, savage environment whether you are down on the valley floor or up higher, like we are. Really, people are just not meant to be here. I've heard more than one person describe the lower desert area around Las Vegas as "the moon" due to its rocky, dry, and gray appearance. It's a place you grow to appreciate, and it's beautiful in its own harsh way, but anything that survives here naturally is a special life form, that's for sure! When we moved into our home in the mountains, we experienced the worst soil I've ever seen! I figure if I can grow things here, I can grow things ANY where! :-) Here's what we did to amend this hard, rocky soil:
Beet Kvass---A beautiful red drink from the earth. This naturally blood purifying and liver strengthening tonic drink is easy to make and delicious too. It's an amazing drink full of electrolytes and is more hydrating than water! Read on to learn how to make it!
If you are like me, you've been wanting to homestead forever! The great news is you can start right now! YES~ Even if you live in the city, the suburbs, or have a little (or a lot) of land! Here's a great list to get you going on your own homestead adventure!
OK--It's winter, and there is not much happening in the garden right now. I'm REALLY missing getting out there in the garden and playing in the dirt! What can I say? So I decided to make a succulent bowl for my Mom-in-Law, who loves succulents! I had some older ones hanging on in my house, and I went out and bought a few more plugs, a cute bowl, and a decoration.... See how easy it is to make a succulent bowl--and what a great gift too! :-)
I kind of have a rule around this house that everything needs a purpose. Therefore, I don't have a lot of kitschy things hanging around. This is actually a gift I'd like to have! :-) Its purpose is to make a person happy looking at it!