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Jaimie lives with her husband on their off-grid homestead known online as An American Homestead. They live with their two sons and her parents Tim and Joann on 50 acres located deep in the American Ozark Mountains.

Fall Preparations on the Homestead


This time of year, I often think about Aesop’s iconic fable of “The Ants and the Grasshopper”.  Summer has turned into fall and my pantry is completely restocked with beautiful mason jars.  They stand as an amazing reminder of a summer’s hard work of planting, cultivating, harvesting, and preserving.  I can relate to those little ants.  I’m in the home …

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Tribute to the Sunbonnet: Symbol of a Simpler Time


I have fond memories of tea parties with my sister and our Holly Hobbie tea set.  I imagine that my memory is shared by many other girls of my generation.  We set up our tea set on a tree stump in our backyard and circled it with our dolls.  All we needed to fill the empty dishes was our imagination. …

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Lazy Days of Summer? Think again…

Summer was not always the lazy, vacation-filled season that we now see it as.  When we think of summer today, we think of long hot days of laying by the pool with the kids while they splash away their summer break.  The family road trips to expensive amusement parks or vacations to the beach are standard.  Sending the kids off …

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Why We Should Never Say “I Could Never…”


Have you ever found yourself using this phrase? “I could never…” Fill in the blank for yourself. We have all said it, but have we stopped to think about what it really means? I’ll share with you one of my very adamant “I could nevers”. I could never get up at 6 am to go running! I am really not …

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How I Ate Real Food as a Kid…and didn’t even know it.


We were eating non-GMO, organic, locally grown, pesticide free, fresh food before any of us had ever heard about these modern buzzwords.   As I look around at kids today, it is completely obvious to anyone with eyes that we have an epidemic problem of obesity in our country. It doesn’t require a degree in nutrition to realize that processed …

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How Humanure Changed My Life

Humanure (human manure) is defined as “human fecal material and urine recycled for agricultural purposes via thermophilic composting.” EWWW!!! Does that definition completely gross you out? Well, you are not alone! The word “recycled” is what gets to me. It brings to my mind images of Kevin Costner in “Water World” drinking his recycled urine. Gross! So, I prefer to …

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Candid Thoughts on Living Without Running Water


I’ve often said that living without running water is the hardest thing about living off grid. Reaching for the faucet and expecting water to flow out of it, is so ingrained in us that for many it seems impossible to imagine a life without that luxury. Yesterday water flowed into my kitchen sink for the very first time. As I …

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Homemade Canned Salsa


One of my husband’s favorite foods is salsa. Give him a bag of chips and a jar of really spicy salsa, and he is happy! Our garden is full of tomatoes this time of year and at least half of them will be made into salsa. I plan to can around 60 pints of salsa this year, knowing that it …

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Children…A Homesteader’s Retirement Plan

Sometimes when I’m having trouble sleeping, my husband reminds me to “go to your happy place.” What is my happy place? I’ve tried to imagine myself sitting on a secluded beach as the sun goes down and the tide rolls in. I’ve imagined myself in the cool of the evening laying on a hammock in the shade of two beautiful …

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The Great Chicken Butchering Debate: Pluckers vs. Skinners

Skin or no skin. That is the question. Believe it or not, this is a highly debated topic on our homestead. It can even get quite heated at times! I’m sure that it will be argued until the end of time, or at least as long as we raise chickens. So…probably forever. I call it the “Great Chicken Butchering Debate” …

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