I'm a such a sucker for roaring fire. I grew up with wood heat, and to this day, if I'm in a house during winter without some sort of heat source to stand next to, my soul feels a bit empty. When we moved into our little prairie house in 2008, it only had a forced-air furnace and that was a serious bummer. Not to mention, the 100-year old house had pathetic … [Read more...] about Heating with Wood on the Homestead
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Maybe someday I can be like Oprah... ...and have a "Jill's Favorite Things" event every year where I give away truckloads of awesomeness. "A free home freeze dryer for EVERYONE!! Weeeeeeee!!" But as much as I love y'all, I'm afraid that's not a possibility at the moment. So a super-awesome homestead gift guide will have to suffice. I hand-picked each and every item in this guide, and they were specifically chosen because I personally … [Read more...] about 2016 Homestead Gift Guide
Yup. That'd be me. I found myself deep in thought last week as I was walked back to the house from doing barn chores. I had just assessed our garden, barn, and chicken coop, and was struck with a rather profound thought, which went something along the lines of, "I really suck at this." Ya'll. If there was a prize for the World's Worst Homesteader, it'd be MINE. As I surveyed our operation that night, my findings were this (among other … [Read more...] about The World’s Worst Homesteader
Isn't it funny how... No matter how successful we become, how much we mature, how many places we go in life... There's still this instinct, a primal urge, to fit in somewhere, somehow. I've been pondering this a lot lately. It's like the high school cafeteria scene, with its neatly-organized tables of jocks, popular girls, and outcasts never really goes away. Rather, the cast of characters just changes clothes (well, most of them do) … [Read more...] about On Homesteading Stereotypes, and Such.