JaimieB

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.

America’s Food Obsession: How My Family Broke Free

I believe that part of America’s obsession with food stems from an “I need” mentality that is capitalized upon by the food corporations. They want you to open your fully packed fridge and stocked cupboards and choose to order take-out because nothing “sounds good”. It has been said that you …

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How to Cook on a Woodstove: On Top and Inside

When I think of the quintessential homestead tool, I think of a wood burning stove.  A homestead house is just not complete without a fire blazing in the wood stove on cold winter nights.  Transitioning to heating with wood is a wonderful place to start when learning to be self-sufficient.  …

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How to Conserve Water in the Kitchen

I have seen a lot of prepper information about how to store water for long-term usage.  There are many different methods.  There are even companies that sell canned water!  But I have not seen much information about how to determine your family’s water usage or really useful information about how …

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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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An Off Grid Girl Visits the City

Well, it really wasn’t technically the city.  But it certainly felt like one to me!  My husband and I took a day and night to visit Eureka Springs, AR for our anniversary.  It’s been ten years and we wanted to make it special.  We walked and hiked the many streets, …

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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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Prepping for an Off Grid Winter

This picture hangs on the wall in my kitchen.  Doesn’t it look quaint and charming?  The reality is that winter can be a difficult time.  We had our first taste of cool weather this last weekend.  I’m reminded that fall is just around the corner and it’s time to think …

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Some of our Homestead Oops Moments and Mistakes

I’ve written a lot of “how to” articles about our life here on our homestead.  I certainly did not have all those things figured out when we moved off grid!  I learned as I went and I’ve learned a lot through trial and error.  Today, I thought I would tell …

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