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Here you'll find my most most recent blog posts. Explore everything from companion planting and vertical gardening to raising meat birds and water glassing eggs. Don't miss my farm-to-table recipes!
A spoonful of lard next to a spoonful of tallow
Health & Homesteading

Tallow and Lard: The Saturated Fat Controversy

Are you unsure when to use tallow vs lard, and if saturated fat really is ok to use? As a traditionally-trained dietitian and child of the 80’s where saturated fat was universally shamed, I understand the hesitancy! Tallow and lard have been common ingredients in homestead kitchens for centuries and they are starting to make

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Staging photo of 3 different incubators on a kitchen island
Raise Chickens

The 8 Best Egg Incubators in 2023

You’ve decided to hatch your own chickens, but there are hundreds of egg incubators to choose from. How do you pick the best one for you?! I’ve been hatching chicken eggs for years and have used several different incubators along the way. I’ve had great successes and failures, both of which I’ve learned a lot from.

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Square glass bowl full of freshly picked sunflower microgreens
Grow Your Own Food

What Type of Microgreens Should I Grow?

Are you interested in growing microgreens, but don’t know where to start? Are you overwhelmed with all of the microgreen seed choices?  I know how you feel because I’ve been there! There are pages and pages of options and it’s hard to know what to know what type of microgreens to choose. In my comprehensive

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4oz jar of whipped tallow balm sitting on a wooden table with a spoonful in front of it

DIY Whipped Tallow Balm

Are you looking for an anti-aging solution to your skin care routine? What if I told you that you could have glowing, nourished skin in the middle of winter with simple, local ingredients? Tallow balm has been prized for skincare for centuries because it’s highly compatible with our skin and packed full of anti-aging nutrients.

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Several brown roosters looking at the camera. They are inside a chicken tractor and standing on grass.
Raise Chickens

Why You Should Raise Red Ranger Chickens

Are you getting fed up with the shortages at the grocery store?  Have you been questioning the quality of the chicken you find there?  Are you looking for more ways to increase your self-sufficiency? Then you’re in the right place. Raising your own broilers (or meat birds) is one of the best ways to solve

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A skinless young chicken in the crockpot to slow cook
Farm-to-Table Recipes

Cooking a Rooster: The Basics

Cooking a rooster is pretty easy, but it can be intimidating for first-timers! It’s definitely a lost art that was daily life in our great-grandparent’s era. Let’s bring it back! Roosters are delicious and make for an easy meal. We harvest 10-15 of our extra roosters from hatching every year, and they nourish our bodies

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