The All-Natural, Eco-Friendly Way to Dry Laundry (Homestead Drying Racks Review & Giveaway!)

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One of the most delightful things about living life abroad this past year was that, almost everywhere we traveled, I had to line dry my laundry. How is that delightful, you ask? What sounded somewhat like a chore at first quickly became a cherished, ritual, liturgical part of the day. Walking outside and breathing in the fresh air. Stopping and quieting myself from whatever I was doing or surrounded by in the house. Methodically, soothingly, picking up one piece of laundry at a time, feeling […]

Serving Up the Autumn Harvest with an Apple Crumble

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By Contributing Writer, Michele of Frugal Granola Have you savored the seasonal joy of an autumn harvest as a family yet this year? Here in the Pacific Northwest, fruit trees abound. Festivals at orchards or plant nurseries frequently offer an opportunity for families to experience fresh-pressed cider, taste an assortment of apple or pear varieties, and sometimes even U-pick, along with boxes of fruit to take home! We have apple trees outside our home, and it is a simple blessing of autumn’s arrival. The whole […]

Homesteading in Suburbia – Five Easy Ways!

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Guest Post by Scott Morefield Rolling pastures in the middle of nowhere. A silo shading a barn full of dairy cows. Chickens clucking in the yard. A gigantic garden guarded by an imposing scarecrow, just a bit higher than the corn stalks waving in the wind. A farmhouse right out of the 1880’s, surrounded by a wrap-around porch and a white picket fence… Maybe this is the reality you are surrounded by every day, right up to Grandma sitting on her front porch rocking chair, […]

Gardening Tips for Beginners: Resources to Help You Dive Into Gardening With Courage!

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By Beth Ricci, Contributing Writer I am not a gardener. I feel that in order to gain that title, one must successfully keep a plant alive for more than a month. Ahem. It’s, uh, on my bucket list… If grocery stores all went away I’d probably starve to death. I am NOT a gardener. I stayed at my sister’s house while she was gone for six months and killed every one of her houseplants through either neglect or over-zealous watering. (I maintain that if the […]

How to Make an Herbal Wreath

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Written by Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer My mother-in-law is very talented when it comes to arranging flowers and making wreaths. I’ve admired her skills for years, but never ventured into wreath-making myself because I thought it was too difficult or time consuming. Recently, I asked my mother-in-law to help me make an herbal wreath and was surprised to find it quite easy. We took pictures along the way and recorded the instructions so you could make an herbal wreath, too. I hope you will because […]

Teach Your Child to Love Vegetables: Gardening with Children

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By Diana, Contributing Writer I’m always so excited to share a bit about my passions here at Keeper of the Home.  Recently, I’ve enjoyed sharing a couple of posts on budgeting in real food and cooking with seasonal vegetables that both nourish and taste phenomenal. Many of you have started to follow me on instagram where I frequently post pictures of my ridiculously good lunches for kids. As you can tell, I enjoy loading up my children’s diets on vegetables.  A frequent question that I get is, […]

Could you have a farm… in your own backyard?

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About 5 years ago, I first stumbled upon the “homegrown revolution” and the idea that it was not only possible, but liberating to be able to grow one’s own food. From that first spark, my backyard gardening attempts have continually grown, and I’ve learned how to support local farmers for my meat and dairy, and the produce that I am not able to grow myself. I wouldn’t say that I have a backyard farm. At this point, I’d call myself a somewhat ambitious suburban gardener, […]

From Cube to Farm: Surviving and Thriving as a Stay-at-Home Mom

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Guest post written by Heather Bryant Once upon a time I used to wear a suit to work. Each morning I would plod through a labyrinth of cubicles to my lowly station where I would sit for hours on end with a headset on. From time to time I was required to leave my little den of technology to convene with the other cube dwellers in a boardroom where presentations would drone on for hours.  During these meetings I would frequently catch myself daydreaming out […]