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Homesteading Life

Foraging in Alaska – Spring

Foraging in Alaska may seem impossible to those who haven’t been here long. Long, cold, dark winters with seemingly no life make it a tough landscape. But underneath all that snow, Alaska is an amazing food source for those who know what they are looking for. But be prepared. With the abundance of food in … Continue reading »

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Your Choice of Chick Brooders for Spring

Ah, Spring. That time of year when fuzzy baby chicks flood the feed stores and chicks go to new homes on impulse buys. I admit- I’ve been known to surprise the hubby with a few new chicks “just because.” But I also knew I had a ready to go chick brooder box for them. Buying … Continue reading »

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So You Want to Live Off Grid

The hubby and I have a dream- a dream to someday live off grid. Completely off grid. The idea of having the freedom and independence that only comes from not having to rely on any other person is glorious to us. We want to have a cabin in a remote part of Alaska where we … Continue reading »

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Making Money on the Homestead – Cottage Laws

There are so many ways to make money on the homestead, which is great, because so many homesteaders are striving to be independent and off the grid, not tied down to the “rat race” in any way. One of the most common is through “Cottage Laws,” which enables the sales of homemade food goods. Cottage … Continue reading »

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28 Ways to Make Money on the Homestead

It seems these days, no matter how off the grid or self-sufficient you are, you still need money. While the hubby and I still have full time jobs, we dream of the day that we will be more self-sufficient and be able to work for ourselves only. As a start, we do what we can … Continue reading »

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A Hygge Home – Decorating for Coziness

On my DIY Blanket Ladder post, I mentioned discovering Danish hygge (pronounced hyoo-guh). It’s all things cozy, warm, happy, friendly, etc. etc. For our dark Alaskan winters, I decided I needed to turn our cabin into a hygge home. Hygge, according to Denmark, is “creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life … Continue reading »

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Rustic Cabin Christmas Gift Guide

I love that I live in a log cabin in Alaska. The only way it could get better is if I lived in an even more remote cabin in Alaska. I love the look of cabins, the d├ęcor, the coziness, the rustic-ness. all of it. If you have a cabin, want a cabin, know someone … Continue reading »

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I Want Safe Healthy Lotion. Don’t you?

I don’t wear makeup. I started using only organic shampoo a couple years ago. I make my own conditioner. I avoid flour and sugar that has been bleached. I use unbleached coffee filters. Our bodies are so inundated with unhealthy chemicals from our surroundings and products on a daily basis. It just makes sense to … Continue reading »

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The A to Z of a New Homestead

Homesteading has so many different aspects. No one homesteader does it all, and that’s okay. So many of us add a little bit every year, whether it is making a new food from scratch, or a new animal on the homestead, or working towards moving off-grid. Homesteading is always working towards self-sufficiency in one aspect … Continue reading »

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DIY Chicken Tractor

Last year we raised 15 Cornish Cross meat chickens. I’ll admit, butchering day was tough, but those were the best tasted, totally organic chickens I’ve ever eaten. So this year we decided to up how many we raised. Then Mom asked me to raise a few for them. So this year we’re raising 40 Red … Continue reading »

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