Latest Recipes

Wineberry Cobbler

The wineberry is in the Rubis family like the raspberry and blackberries. The wineberry is less seedy than the blackberry in my opinion, and has a sweet hint of citrus flavor. The berries ripen around…

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Pawpaw Kombucha

If you are lucky enough to have a supply of Pawpaw fruit or know someone who does then this is a great fruit to add to your next Kombucha batch. This mango, strawberry custard-like flavored…

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Blueberry, Acai, and Elderberry Kombucha Recipe

Super tart berry kombucha packed with antioxidants. If you have trouble finding Acai Berries try Aronia Berries instead. I was able to find dried Acai Berries at Fresh Thyme in their bulk herb section.

Latest DIY

First Look: Hot Process Soap

I’m not sure what piqued my interest in soapmaking, but it was just that. The whole process seemed difficult and fascinating, but I knew it was something the average DIYer could handle. One night, I…

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DIY Natural All-Purpose Cleaner

People often think it is difficult or time consuming to make their own Do it Yourself (DIY) cleaning supplies. I’m here to tell you – This is a myth! This DIY natural all-purpose cleaner will…

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Homestead Concept Designing with Chief Architect – Part 1

I came across Chief Architect Software when I was looking around for a program to design blueprints. I tried several free programs online and some trial versions of others. Nothing seems to give me exactly…

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Latest Forging Tips

Foraging for Pawpaw Fruit in Pennsylvania

It is mid-September, and that means it is Pawpaw Season!!! This past weekend I took a trip to a local pawpaw patch in southwestern Pennsylvania to explore and forage for some pawpaw fruit. Processing Pawpaws…

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Foraging & Cooking Amber Jelly Mushrooms

**Disclaimer: Before eating any wild mushroom (or any new foraged item) check guides, spore print on species with look-a-likes, and be 100% certain of what you are eating. If you are at all unsure, do…

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Gathering and Drying Rose Hips

The past few days have been cold and frigid in PA, today warmed up to 50 so I made the most of it and took a hike. While I was out I came across some…

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Latest Stories

Take 2 – Video Editors

I installed several open-source and free video editing programs to see which one had the best features, and had an easy learning curve. The two runner ups that had the most promise were OpenShot Video…

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Take 1 – The Struggle of Content Creation

The past two days have been a struggle. The kiddo and I set-up to shoot the first video for Road to Homesteading. With my background in graphic design and web development, I thought this would…

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A Fall Stroll

The leaves are changing and the air is getting cooler. We decided to enjoy the sunny day, and took a stroll along one of the creeks here in Southwestern, PA. I am still playing around…

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