Small Homestead? Get Grafted Fruit Trees

TL;DR: Get some fruit trees. Grafted fruit trees can really save the day. Don’t kill them. Don’t let the birds and deer eat your fruit. “How can I stop buying fruit every year and be more self-reliant? I don’t have much land…” If...

(Recycled Food Series) Bread Pudding, Bread Crumbs, and Stuffing

This another recycled food recipe, where we take an ingredient that’s perfectly healthy but in some way or another past its prime, and upcycle it into culinary greatness. Bread pudding is a canvas for greatness. Crumble your bread products, add eggs and liquid...

Banana Bread (Don’t toss those black ones!!)

This is an old favorite recipe for saving slimy, overripe bananas from death. When a banana gets that “yuck” texture–that’s when it’s at its best for banana bread. It’s part of the “Recycled Food Series” aimed to get us...

Make Your Own Pesto

Pesto costs a million dollars in the store–if you’ve got a poser homestead garden, it should be free.   You should never spend a dime on pesto. It’s one of those things you get in tiny jars in the store, but I could eat by the spoonful. Start...

Use Up that Cabbage: Make a Mock “Egg Roll”

What do I do with all this cabbage? Make a poser homestead mock egg roll one-pot meal! Every fall we’re buried in cabbage. That’s a blessing. Also a blessing: cabbage is one of the best root cellar foods out there. It will last until the first leaves of...

Stir Fried Rice from the Pantry

You can make stir fried rice. You don’t need to order takeout. Save the earth. You don’t need all the plastic takeout containers to get a taste of takeout Chinese.  This is a great meal if you’ve got some leftover rice. Rice is freezer friendly, so...

Beef, Barley, & Mushoom Soup

Beef, Barley, and Mushroom soup is a very simple soup for a cold day. I love to make beef and barley soup in the Instant Pot. This is an “I forgot to make dinner” meal or for one of those days when I’ve been doing my thing (I’m the vegetarian)...

Heart Attack Tomato Soup

This tomato soup is delicious…but don’t count calories here! But you can make the “light version” if you want. It’s healthy. But… not as tasty. Heart Attack Tomato SoupServings: 6-8 Time: 30 mins Difficulty: easyPrint INGREDIENTS...

To Everything There Is a Season (and a cheaper season, too!)

Blueberry season waits for no man. Mother Nature is a tough customer. And, the deer ate my entire orchard again, so, time to pick berries. Today, I went to the berry farm over the border, through the backwoods, where only people who know go. Usually, I hop on seasons...