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Homestead Homemaking Series

Homemaking isn't something I often found joy in. In fact, you could say that I have lost my joy in homemaking. But there is greatness and beauty within it. On my journey to re-learning old skills and rekindling the joy of raising a family and loving my husband, I want to take you along for the journey. 

There are so many women who are struggling with joyful homemaking, because they find it oppressive. I am often faced with the question, "why am I the only one who has to clean up after everyone?" and that's something I used to ask myself as well.

Growing and Drying Your Own Herbs

As a new gardener, I often found the task of growing prize winning tomatoes and succulent melons very daunting. Can I say succulent melons here? Get your head out of the gutter!

Gardening has never come naturally to me. But I learn and grow each and every year. I finally began to master tomatoes by the third year of gardening. But I've still never mastered the green bean. 

It's easy to get discouraged when you're gardening, but I've found one thing that I can never kill. I suppose I could if I drenched it in chemicals, but ultimately, they're very forgiving. What is it, you ask? Why, herbs, of course!

Herbs are one of the easiest things in the world to grow and maintain. Not only that, but they are equally as easy to harvest and preserve. Whether you're drying them once harvested, making a tincture, preserving dried herbs into spice rubs, or simply hanging them until you're ready to use them. There are plenty of ways to grow and preserve herbs on your homestead.

Starting a Medicinal Herb Garden

When you begin your homesteading journey, you typically start because you want to become more self-sufficient. It often looks like getting a few chickens, maybe some goats. You then venture into dairy cows, beef herds, turkeys, large garden plots, canning and preserving, and other expeditious skill sets. But the one thing I most often find surprising is that many homesteaders quickly bypass the thought of creating one of the most important additions to their  homestead—a medicinal herb garden. 

If you're homesteading because you want to take control of your food—knowing where, how, and why it grows—and because you want to become more reliant on yourself than a system, then taking control of your healthcare is just as important as taking control of your own food system. In fact, inevitably, on a homestead, at some point or another, you're going to need a doctor, stitches, or come down with an illness that needs medical attention. What then? The argument is quite good in the case of growing your own medicinal herbs and venturing into holistic healthcare, because just as you need food and water, you need good health in order to keep your homestead running.

Where do you begin? How do you even start a medicinal herb garden?

It's the question that homesteaders often ask, normally out of fear of getting it wrong or growing something that could poison your family. But starting your herb garden isn't as overwhelming as you may think.

Homestead Cooking | Homemade Yeast Rolls

I started my very first job when I was a teenager in high school. It wasn't some elaborate thing that I wanted. I had big plans in my head of what I wanted to be, and baking wasn't it. But never-the-less, it was an income for me to spend frivolously. And later in life I'd come to find that I would enjoy it more than I realized. My very first job was working in a little Mennonite specialty store and bakery in my hometown -- it was called The Farmer's Wife

I could sit here and tell you that everything I learned when it comes to cooking came from my mom and grandma, but I'd be lying. You see, most of what I learned came directly from that little country store and the wonderful women that worked within it. But this particular recipe came from a beautiful Mennonite woman who I cherish deeply. She loves her family more than you could imagine. She truly is a Proverbs 31 woman, and she is inspiring even when she doesn't realize it.

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.