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Tribute to the Sunbonnet: Symbol of a Simpler Time

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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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Strawberries in the Gutter!

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I love the idea of non-traditional growing techniques. Especially the ones that prove themselves to work! Our homestead has tried lots of methods to grow food and some work better than others. But how are you going to find out what works best if you don’t try? There has been successes and failures for sure but with each outcome, you …

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The Great Chicken Butchering Debate: Pluckers vs. Skinners

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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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Homestead Dreamin’

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Are you homestead dreamin’? Then this post is for you! My family dreamed of our homestead long before we had one. We used to say things like, “We can’t wait to plant our own tomato garden.” “It will be so great when we can hunt on our own property.” “The kids will love all the room we will have to …

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Get Rid Of Ticks – Guaranteed!

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Living on a homestead deep in the Ozark Mountains, the subject of ticks and chiggers can often be a daily topic. These pests can make your life miserable and even be life threatening. That’s why we are serious about eliminating them on An American Homestead. Ticks are dangerous as they can spread a number of diseases to humans. These include …

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Morel Mushroom Hunt 2015

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We love Morels and look forward every year to mushroom hunting time! Morel mushrooms are truly a seasonal food because they only grow in the wild. Morel spawning kits are available, but most people who have tried them will tell you that they don’t work. They are impossible to cultivate, difficult to find, and pop up out of nowhere during …

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My 5 Favorite Ways to Help Your Garden Grow!

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Spring is here and the last frost date is finally past!  While that doesn’t mean that we won’t see one last frost, it’s a good bet that the all clear sign has been given and that means its time to start planting. We are excited to finally get our seeds and plants in the ground because we have worked really …

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How We Got 1,447 Eggs This Winter…And How You Can Too

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Have you ever wondered how to get your chickens to lay ALL year round? Our flock of 24 laying hens gave us a total of 1,447 eggs this last winter, counted from the first day of winter to the first day of spring. I have heard it said that eggs should be considered a seasonal food because chickens cannot be …

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8 Things I Like about My Chicken Coop

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I’m sure most of you have seen chicken coops that have some kind of a “wow” factor.  They may make you wonder why they are called chicken coops at all because they really are chicken palaces.  A quick google search will bring up images of coops that have much more elaborate architecture than many houses.  This one was actually modeled …

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The Homestead Guard Donkey

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Her name is Matilda. We call her Tilly for short.  She comes from a long line of guard donkeys which are raised about 20 minutes from our farm. When we were first researching having livestock for our farm, we knew we wanted to have sheep and some cattle.  We have enough acres to comfortably have 12-15 sheep and maybe 5 …

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