The leaves are drying out and fall is nearly over around here. I’m looking forward to lots of winter evenings in my favorite chair by the fire reading a good book. Last week I reached out to some of our favorite bloggers and some folks who follow this blog to get some new book ideas. […]
Reviews about the products we love, from hand-cranked grain grinders to gas-powered generators; from frugal living blogs to the latest books on our nightstands.
I read Coming Home: Letters from a Tiny House by Hari Berzins in two sittings. The first was about a month ago, and the second was tonight. It was an enjoyable read, but I think the book would have been better suited for bite-sized sessions. I would have liked reading a little each day with […]
My preference in lighting this one room cabin is to use oil lanterns because I enjoy the warm glow of natural light over the cold, blue beam of LEDs. However, the problem with oil lamps is that they do burn up a lot of oil, and that stuff isn’t cheap. It would be cheaper, and […]
This review is long overdue. In the interest of full disclosure, Anna is a friend of mine and I (sadly, since I am only just now getting to post something well after it was available in stores) was given a free advance copy to review on this blog. Sorry Anna! #LotsGoingOnRoundHere The Weekend Homesteader: A […]
I’m kind of a cheapskate. At least that’s what my family tells me. The fact is, I don’t like to buy stuff for the sake of buying stuff. I’d rather use that money to build infrastructure around the home (like making it more energy efficient), or to pay off the mortgage way ahead of schedule. […]
In the comments sections of my last post Making More Lip Balm, a reader asked if I would share which products I use and where I get them. Why, I’d love to! Before I begin, I’d like to recommend you watch the video of The Story of Stuff about Cosmetics. It was a real eye […]
I have been wanting a spinning wheel for several years now, ever since I learned how to spin yarn on a drop spindle. I took one lesson here at the end of summer from a local spinner at her yarn shop, and I tried out a few wheels at the Sedalia Fiber Festival last year. […]
For the past year we have been blessed with the presence of an internationally know author and presenter of all things honeybees in our little mountain community of Floyd. I am drawn to Gunther Hauk’s work with the honeybees, not only as a fellow beekeeper, but because I want to “keep” bees in a way […]
What I DIDN’T know is that Agricola (sort of like an analog version of Farmville) is really – no, REALLY – complicated at first!
Our friend Tommy came over yesterday and used the grain mill to grind up some barley for his home-brew. I took the opportunity of having two free hands while the grinder / mill was in use to take some quick video for anyone who might be interested in getting one.