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How To Make Spinach & Cheese Quiche

Quiche is probably one of the easiest things in the world to make. And better yet, you can swap out vegetables and herbs for whatever is in season. Once you have your egg base recipe perfected, you can add in whatever veggies you want. And voila, your farmstead quiche is divine.

Here's a quick and simple quiche recipe just for you!

Devotional || Be Fearlessly and Recklessly You

It's Monday. It's the beginning of a brand new week. And this week, I want to encourage you as you begin.

Today, I encourage you to be fearlessly and recklessly YOU.

Throughout my life, I've watched people do things one way or another. I often thought, "well if they have been successful this way, then so can I."

The reality, however, is that just because someone is successful in something, doesn't mean you'll be. The other reality, which we don't often think about, is how much those people MESS UP.

Every single time I tried to mimic success, I failed. I didn't succeed. I didn't succeed until I started becoming fearlessly and recklessly "myself".

When I started a photography business years ago, I tried to mimic other photographers' styles. I struggled, until one day a client said, "you know, I just hate all those props and frills that people use, can we just do this session naturally?" I hated those props and frills too. And it was in that moment that I realized, my business didn't have to look like everyone elses business.

I began to flourish. I was confident in my abilities. And my business grew greatly in a short amount of time because I offered something different...something natural.

When I first became a wife and mother, I tried to mimic other wives and mothers that I knew. People that I thought were fabulous. And while they were, and still are, it was stressful. I forgot that my family needed ME, not some other wife and mother. When we become fearlessly and recklessly "ourselves", our households thrive.

When I started planning the homesteading conference last year, I tried to mimic the success of other conferences. That's what you do in the business world, you see something that works and you try to mimic it. It's not copying, it's just being smart. I succeeded in the business side of it, but I came to realize, very quickly, what people did and didn't like at these other conferences. They willingly shared their concerns, their likes, their dislikes, and I listened. And when I began to, once again, become fearlessly and recklessly ME in my endeavor, this thing took off like wild fire, and I was just along for the ride.

When I make close, lifelong friends...it's because I've shared with them "ME". The real me. The fearless me. The raw me. Because I stop trying so hard, and things become so much less awkward.

You, my friend, were fearfully and wonderfully made by a God who created you to be unique and amazing in a way that no one else on earth can be. When you try to mimic something that you aren't, you will fail...time and time again. Not only will you fail, but you'll see just how much other people fail in their endeavors.

We're all human. We're all good and bad. But I'd rather live life the way God made me, than live life the way God made someone else <3

So this week, be fearlessly and recklessly you. And while you're doing it, be fearlessly and recklessly in love with the One who made you.

Scriptures to read:

Psalm 139:14
Romans 12:12
Psalm 1:1
Galatians 1:10
1 Corinthians 11:1
Ephesians 5:8


10 Ways to Make Money on Your Homestead

Man, I love this farming lifestyle. If it were up to me, I'd have some huge ranch and make lots of money and live happily ever after...doing what I love. But then reality slaps me upside the head like a wet fish out of water, and I remember that homesteading and farming aren't cheap, and it's certainly not free. There is no endless supply of feed and "dolla-dolla bills, ya'll" rolling into my hands. Don't think too hard about that dolla bill reference.

So, we must find ways to make money to feed our homesteading habit. 

Mind blown, I know. The entire romanticism around farmsteading is just crazy. While it truly is a romantic lifestyle (really, it is!), it's not always easy on the pocket. 

For this very reason, homesteaders try to find ways to offset costs and make money off of their lifestyle. In fact, there are many homesteaders who actually farm and homestead for a living, and it's absolutely possible.

But how? Let's go through some of the top 10 ways that you can make money, efficiently, off of your homestead, all while doing the things you love to do.

How to Make Plantain Leaf Herbal Soap

I'm not a soapmaker. Let's just start with that. However, I love homemade soap, and I have some amazing friends who are awesome soapmakers.

Soap making is one of those lost skills that truly does take a few tries to learn and get right. Thankfully, it's really not a hard or complicated process, it just looks a little scary when it comes to using certain ingredients.

Lye, specifically, scares the bejeezus out of me. However, when I got Jan Berry's book, Simple & Natural Soapmaking, a brand new sense of confidence welled up within me. This book is absolutely incredible and takes all the "scary" out of it! It's perfect for the beginner soap maker, and even the experienced one.

The photos alone are gorgeous to flip through, and Jan's ease of instructions are so inviting to the homesteader.

Here's one of my favorite recipes from her new book, which you can find here.

Elderberry + Astragalus Herbal Syrup for Colds and Immunity

We read blog after blog claiming things like elderberry syrup, fire cider, and some type of tonic all help to reduce cold and flu symptoms. My favorite misconception is that echinacea is a preventative to catching the common cold and flu. while in reality, clinical studies have been shown that echinacea does not, at all, prevent anything. However, it is a great herb once you get sick, and helps lessen the symptoms and length of the cold or flu. Just make sure you don't take it if you have a ragweed allergy, because you'll make yourself ten times worse.

So what happens when you spend hundreds of dollars in all of these herbs and then, they don't work? Well, I'll tell you what—your husband looks at you and bans you from ordering herbs off the internet for the next 6 months.

I kid...kind of.

What Happens When I Fail at Homesteading?

We've been on this homesteading journey for a few years now. And let me just say, I have failed more times than I can count. In fact, I've just stopped counting for the sake of my sanity. It's moments like these when I tell myself that the good Lord forgets all of my failures, so I should too.

During my first few years here, I failed a lot. I failed at eating healthy (I still do). I failed at keeping chickens healthy. I failed at homemaking. I failed at being a good mom. And I massively failed at gardening. Thank goodness for grace.

What happens when people fail? What happens when I fail? It's probably one of the major reasons why people don't start living a healthier lifestyle or start their own farm journey. Failure...it's a scary thing.