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9 Ways Our Homestead Cooks Off Grid

Looking around our home and outside on our homestead, we have nine different ways of cooking. None of them require electricity! I recently counted them all when I was getting ready to write this article and I was surprised at the number. Wow! Most of them use wood (readily available …

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Our Off Grid Homestead Top 10 in 2014

We launched our An American Homestead website at the beginning of July 2014. Since then, we’ve been writing articles (and making lots of videos too) about our off grid homesteading adventures and sharing them with you. The response that we have had in that short time has been overwhelming! We …

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The Smallest Gun On the Homestead

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Jaimie is full of surprises sometimes. One of those surprises is tucked away, hidden in the kitchen where she spends a lot of her time. I’m talking about her .22 caliber North American Arms mini-revolver. When we lived in the city, the small pistol was kept by the side door …

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How to Make Laundry Drying Racks Out of an Old Crib

I’m excited that I finally got my laundry drying racks installed in my house.  It was just in time because the cold weather arrived this last weekend.  They will be put to a lot of use this winter.  I have experienced hanging clothes outside in freezing temperatures.  I know what …

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Prepping The Wood Stoves For Winter

We are almost in October and are very busy getting ready for winter around the homestead. All the longterm forecasts are calling for a cold and snowy winter, even here in the Ozarks. So we want to make sure we have plenty of wood stocked up and wood stoves in …

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9 Things I Love About Our Wood Stove

Last week we lit our first fire of the season to take the chill out of the air after a cold rainy day.  I’m so grateful for our wood stove and the heat it provides.  When I think about off grid necessities, a wood stove is at the top of …

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11 Things that are Possible Because of Electricity

Could you make a healthy meal for your family using nothing out of the refrigerator?  Could you fix your hair without your hair dryer?  Have you ever looked around your house and wondered what things you have or do because electricity exists?  How would your life change if you didn’t …

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