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
Do you have poor soil? Is it hard for anything to grow where you live? Here are all the things you need to know to improve you soil. How to amend your soil so you can have the BEST garden in the neighborhood---learn about all the ways to start amending and improving your soil!
Have you ever wondered what to do with beeswax? Wonder no more! The Beeswax Workshop, by Chris Dalziel, is a comprehensive, well-written, and fun book with a huge array of projects for your body, home, and life. It's definitely a book you'll want on your home library shelf!
Did you know....That most so-called "soaps" in stores are not REAL soap? So... What ARE these "soaps" sold in the stores? Well, they are basically concoctions of dangerous chemicals, as cheaply made as possible for the greatest profit possible. But these commercially made cleansing bars you’ll find in the stores contain dangerous toxic chemicals, and most of the time any glycerin is stripped out and used for other things.
About a month or so ago, my husband and I were at our local feed store to pick up a few things and hopefully purchase a few more chicks to add to our layers this year. Sadly, they were out of chicks that day---EXCEPT for these four sweet little yellow ducklings peeping away! Oh. My. GOSH! I fell in love! So we ended up bringing all four of them home. Yep! All four! Now, I didn't know a lot about ducklings, and I'm going to share with you the things I wish I had known! Their addition to our little homestead has been successful so far, but things might have been a little easier if we had been aware of a few things!
You've probably heard how good it is for your body and health to drink a cup of water with honey and lemon every day? Well, after being given bags of beautiful fresh lemons, I thought I'd go ahead and make some lemon infused honey! Not only is this honey absolutely delicious, you can use it for so much! It's great for soothing sore throats and coughs, you can sweeten your herbal tea with it, use it on toast or as a topping....or just take a spoonful because it's just SO good! And of course, you can use it in your lemon-honey water! :-) Here's how to infuse your honey with delicious, great for you lemons!
I was gifted recently with LOTS of lemons! The real ones, by the way---not the metaphorical lemons, thank goodness! Bags of them! Fresh, beautiful, sweet-smelling lemons! When I received all these lemons, I immediately began thinking about what to do with them! I have always wanted to try making lemon curd, and I found one of my mom's old recipes. I adapted it quite a bit because I didn't have all the right ingredients (like caster sugar?). The ingredients I used are those that most everyone has on hand, and it turned out SO delicious anyway! Here is how I made lemon curd---which is kind of like a buttery lemon pudding!
Making herbal kombucha is a delicious creative art---as well as a science! Find out how to use the fermented teas typical of kombucha along with herbal loose leaf teas for health and taste to your first batch kombucha! YUM!
My husband (Mr. HHH) and I started our home brewing journey a few years ago using the pre-made kits from the local home brew store because we didn't know what we were doing, quite frankly. Then I read Stephen Harrod Buhner's book, Sacred & Herbal Healing Beers, and became entranced with making herbal beers. So, when the "Craft of Herbal Fermentation" course over at the New England Academy of Herbal Medicine opened up, I applied as a blogger for the course and I was SO thankful to be accepted! Today, I just finished Unit One of the course, and guess what?! It's all about using herbs to brew ales and beer. What a delight!
Who knew? I found out quite accidentally that I could make raw apple cider vinegar that is just as good if not better, than the Bragg's I've been purchasing for years!??? WHAT? After doing some research, I've learned that making raw ACV is super easy. PLUS, it tastes a LOT better.
This herbal tea recipe will help that sore, scratchy throat go away FAST! It's soothing, healing, and anti-inflammatory, and your throat will feel some relief quickly. Find out how to make this herbal tea for sore throats! It's better than Throat Coat!
There's a lot of advice out there about what you need to have in place when you first bring home your chicks! Whether you planned on having them or whether (like me), you are an impulse buyer at the feed stores...because you know---CUTENESS, you need to have certain items ready for them in order to make their transition to your home go smoothly and safely.
We began learning about the home brew process about two years ago, and after a few successful attempts at your typical brews, we began venturing into the world of herbal beers. This recipe is the first one we ever tried, and to this day remains in our top ten list! It's made with plants from our area in the Mojave Desert. However, you can use herbs from your area just as easily! Actually, most of the plants used grow throughout the U.S. Spread your wings, and break into herbal beer brewing! Good for you and delicious too! Catch a buzz while getting healthy!
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!
Cellulite is just something that most women can't avoid---it's part of being a woman! Even if you are thin, you can have cellulite. There is more general information about cellulite in this article. With that said, there are ways to manage it, feel great at the same time, and keep yourself healthy in the process. One of these ways is to use soap with cellulite-fighting ingredients! Yep---the recipe for this hot process soap is filled with ingredients that help tone the skin, increase circulation, and provide an exfoliation benefit.
I just love spice! The hotter the better, in fact! I also can't stand waste. I recently was gifted a huge bag of jalapeno peppers, and I couldn't possibly use them all before they spoiled. Fermenting for food preservation is a healthy, quick, and workable way to extend the life of your foods---especially when you have too much to use right away! Find out how to make these fermented probiotic-rich jalapeno pepper rings. They are delicious to eat by themselves, as a tangy, spicy topping, or use them to add a little kick in all kinds of recipes!