If you’re like us, working on your homestead can be stressful and nothing is more relaxing than a stress away bath! With all the chores of running a homestead who has the energy and stamina to keep going when the going gets tough? Not to mention the sore muscles from turning the compost or cleaning out the coop. One thing about living on a small farm is that you get your exercise on a daily basis without having to go to the gym! But what’s
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Eggs are a great source of protein and farm fresh eggs are even healthier than store bought eggs. But if you don’t buy your eggs from your supermarket how do you know when they expire? We’ve done a ton of research on this particular subject as we sell our farm fresh eggs. We don’t want to sell bad eggs and one of the questions we frequently get is: “How do I tell when the eggs have gone bad?” Well, there is a simple test that
One of our family’s all time favorite recipes is gluten free chicken pot pie. We love cooking with fresh food and fresh ingredients in our home. I’ve taught my girls to make this dish and if they can cook it, so can you! There’s nothing more fulfilling than a wholesome meal cooked from scratch and great conversation at the dinner table. This gluten free chicken pot pie casserole is a comfort food to say the least. Filled with farm fresh veggies of all sorts.
The more time we spend in the garden the more we realize having fruitfulness in our faith is a lot like growing strawberries. We aren’t like strawberries in the physical sense, but certainly as we age and gain life experience, our hearts, character and spirit changes based on life events. Often times circumstances beyond our control change us to our core and we struggle to know who we are and what our purpose is. We are stuck. Perhaps it’s because we don’t have strong roots.
If you’ve never had homemade pot stickers you are missing out! Homemade pot stickers are one our favorite foods on the homestead. While we love traditional southern cuisine our next favorite is authentic Japanese food! For those of you who don’t know I (Nichole) used to live in Japan. We ate authentic Japanese food for FOUR AMAZING years! Gyoza (GEE-OH-Za) is the actual Japanese word for these fabulous poppers. Our culture commonly calls them pot stickers, which may be the Chinese version. The main difference is
Creating a chemical free home is a process. This is one of those steps in the homestead journey you decide to incorporate when you feel ready. It’s a major change, like adding chickens or goats, except this is inside your house. So if you are following our model to only add one more element to your home each year, realize this is your element. Creating a chemical free home can be overwhelming. Where do you start? Do you throw all your chemical cleaners out and
We grow a lot of corn on our homestead and our best baked corn casserole is just the recipe to taste our homegrown corn. The best part about it is that it’s gluten free! We are all about living clean around here and that includes our bodies. As most of you know we also favor a high protein low-carb diet. While corn is not low in carbohydrates when you pair it with a great piece of grilled chicken, it all balances out in the end.
A broody hen is an amazing creature. Wait. Did I say amazing. I meant CrAzY! If you’ve never experienced a chicken on your farm who wants to be a mom, don’t worry you will. Generally, this doesn’t happen until they are well into their second year of laying, but it can happen sooner. There are certain breeds of chickens who are prone to broodiness. Some of the few we have are Barred Rocks (aka Plymouth Barred Rocks), Orpingtons (Buff or any other color), and Rhode
Grandma Loda’s Southern Chocolate Pie Recipe with Meringue Chocolate pie with meringue brings back fond memories on our grandparent’s farm. Grandma Loda stayed in the kitchen cooking up meals and desserts. I seldom remember her being anywhere else. She made the best food. Our family get-togethers consisted of stories from the past, laughter, cards and great food! It’s a time we will always cherish. Her recipe is a fabulous one, but contained more sugar than this SpoonieChick can bare. So I went on a quest
Summer time heat in the South is miserable and challenging. Beating the heat with summer gardening, is even more challenging. It’s 87 degrees by 9:00am with a heat index of 115 degrees by lunch. If you didn’t know we live in Arkansas. The first couple of years we had a garden our plants shriveled up and died. Not all of them, because there are a few that like the heat, but most produced little fruit. Our garden was pathetic. Watering daily just wasn’t cutting it,