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.

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 …

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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 …

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Homestead Dreamin’

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 …

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A Well-Armed Mother

I am a mother and a gun owner, in that order. I own a gun because I’m a mother. I put this article in the Family Life section of our website on purpose. Does that seem weird? Typically gun articles would fall in outdoors, recreational, or even prepping categories. But …

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My “New” Farmhouse Table

I feel like my house became a real farmhouse today. We live on a farm, so that seems like a pretty silly thing to say! We raise sheep for meat, have chickens for eggs and meat, and grow a garden capable of producing all the produce that we need. We …

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Most Asked Homesteading Questions

We get so many questions from our faithful viewers and readers. Thank you so much for your interest! We love sharing what we are doing and learning with you. And it encourages us so much to know that we are an inspiration. We wish we had time to answer all …

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How to Hang Cast Iron on a Wall

Homesteading and cast iron go together like peanut butter and jelly. Cast iron pans can transition easily from an open fire to other more conventional cook tops. They are absolutely the only cookware I trust in my wood oven. I love my cast iron and I’m collecting more all the …

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