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Homemade Honey Wheat Bread

I love bread, but my body does not. However, I still have two boys in my house that love bread even more than I do. They could eat some type of bread every single night with dinner and they would be the happiest little things in the whole wide world. 

Because of that, I'm constantly trying new recipes or perfecting and experimenting with old ones. My body seems to tolerate whole wheat flour than the all purpose flour, so this past week I decided to use my regular yeast bread and roll recipe, but exchange the white flour for whole wheat (or a mixture of the two), and honey in place of the raw organic sugar. The outcome was deliciousness overload.

Our Homestead Management Binder

I am a planner by nature, but implementing my plans is a completely different story. As the new year comes closer, one of my top goals is to be more organized in the new year. After all, I’m planning a huge homesteading conference in October—I better be prepared and well planned! Taking on such a huge task, however, has shown me how much more I need to be organized on my homestead. And being organized is simply not my strong point in life.

When my husband asks me “how much did we harvest this year” or “how much money did we spend on the chickens”, I literally look at him with a blank stare all while thinking did you really think I kept up with that?! I’m horrible. I could throw a number off my head, but I’d probably be hundreds of dollars off….in both directions. I can tell you the initial start up cost of our homestead, and that’s about it. The yearly stuff? I’m just wingin’ it!

You can see my dilemma. My first issue is telling myself I simply don’t have the time to keep track. But the reality is that if I want a successful homestead that isn’t a money pit, I need to keep track of all of our expenses, what we’ve bought and sold, how many eggs we’ve collected in one year versus chicken feed, how many rabbits we processed, and more. Convincing myself that it only takes 3 extra minutes out of my entire day has proven to be daunting.

{FREE WEBINAR} Getting Started With Essential Oils on the Homestead

It's a brand new year!! Why not kick off that "get healthier" and "take control of my healthcare" goal by joining A Farm Girl In The Making and I this coming Thursday for a FREE webinar about how to incorporate essential oils on your homestead.

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My 2017 New Year Goals for Homestead &Life

Last year's goals were pretty awesome. I honestly didn't have too many goals for last year. And all but 2 or 3 of them, I accomplished. I like to set realistic goals for myself, and then a few crazy ones just to make it fun. 

I don't do the whole "lose 30 lbs" resolution and such. Each year, my goal is to become a healthier version of myself. And each year, I slowly accomplish that. And that's good enough for me!

But what I do like to do is set goals—homestead goals, professional goals, and personal goals. All of them, ultimately, go hand in hand, after all. 

This new year is a year of shift. I can feel it. And typically, in years of "shift", chaos precedes it. The year 2016 started off grand, but very quickly began to spiral out of control for me. My job switched around a lot, my time was wasted on certain issues and people, my health was a little wonky, I lost friends (or who I thought were friends), but I gained even better ones, and my emotions ran high this year, big time. 

It's the cycle of life. Every few years we all go through these cycles, and it's because we're growing. Often, in order to grow, you have to leave the "dead" behind so that you can take on the new. 

New job. New friends. New projects. New interactions. New travel. New adventures. New new new. 

It's not a bad thing. In life, I've learned to embrace it instead of pity myself because of it. When we realize that dead things must go before new things can grow, we are more thankful for the trying times in our lives.

Inexpensive Photography Backdrops & Tips for Homestead Bloggers

Over ten years ago, I began my blogging journey. In the beginning, it was just words. I allowed words to flow out of me and used stock photos if I needed them. Sometimes, I didn't even use photos. The people who read blogs back then were people who simply enjoyed reading—with or without photos. They were people who enjoyed connecting with pleasant words and stories, like on the pages of a novel. But fast forwarding to today, now days, you have to be a photographer in order to have a successful blog—or at least take exceptionally good cell phone photos.

Seeing as I'm a professional photographer, this isn't an issue for me. Though sometimes, it can be frustrating to have to break out the "real" camera. Even so, I still need inexpensive ways to make my photos look great.

As a homesteader, we try to be self-sufficient and recycle whatever we can. The same goes for our blogs and photos. No one wants to see a photo of your freshly made perfect pie on a dark dirty oven top caked in flour remnants and last nights dinner. I mean, I do, because that's real life, but if you want to get any actual "hits" on the post, you better clean up and tighten up that lighting! As a homesteader, who the heck has time to do that? You just want to throw down a backdrop over top of it all or in front of a window, and let the world think your house is in order when it's really dirty as all get out.

Yep, you know it. I said it. Amen.

As a photographer and homesteader, I've found some pretty cost effective and beautiful backdrops to use over the past few years, and I decided I'd share some of them with you!