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Homesteading Life

10 Things I Stopped Buying From the Store

As homesteaders, the hubby and I share the goal of becoming more and more self-sufficient. The less we have to rely on the grocery store and the barge system bringing things from the Lower 48, the better. Over the past three years, our grocery store list has shrunk. Check out these 10 things I stopped … Continue reading »

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4 Ways to Be a Good Steward of the Earth

I am by no means a “greenie” or an environmentalist. I’ve seen organizations do both good and bad under these titles. Instead, I believe in being a good steward of the earth.   Genesis 1:28 says, “And God blessed them (Adam and Eve) and said to them, ‘Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, and … Continue reading »

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If You Give a Girl a Chicken

If you give a girl a chicken,   She’s going to want a cute chicken coop. When you give her the coop, she’ll probably ask you for some chicken feed. When she’s finished, she’ll ask you for some wood shavings for bedding. Then she’ll want to look in the mirror to make sure she doesn’t … Continue reading »

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DIY Folding Chick Brooder

As much as I love backyard chickens and chicks, we don’t always have chicks on the homestead, thus don’t need a brooder box all the time. It took some thinking, but I finally came up with a design that works perfectly for us. Behold, the DIY Folding Chick Brooder.   Over the years, I’ve had … Continue reading »

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Foraging Spruce Tips

I’ve been determined to do more foraging this year. Believe it or not, Alaska wilderness has a lot of food to offer, not just ice cubes and snow cones. One of those treats is spruce tips. There’s a fairly short window for foraging spruce tips. I managed to pick a few right at the end … Continue reading »

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Everyone has a Crazy Chicken Story

Every “crazy chicken lady” has a crazy chicken story of one kind or another. If you’ve had chickens for any amount of time, they seem to manage to get up to one crazy antic or another. I’ve had my fair share of weird chicken dreams, waking up in a cold sweat worried that I forgot … Continue reading »

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The Made from Scratch Life Book Review

One of the lovely things about winter in Alaska, especially for a homesteader who is so very busy in the summer, is that you have lots of time to read. Cozy in front of the woodstove with a cup of tea with a good book – a perfect evening. I got to do a book … Continue reading »

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Aftermath II The Struggle for Independence – Book Review

I’ll admit, there’s perks to being a blogger. Every now and then you get a chance to review a book or product. When Alaskan author LeAnn Edmondson gave me a chance to review her latest book, Aftermath II The Struggle for Independence, I jumped at it. Aftermath II is the second book of the Jimmy … Continue reading »

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The Importance of Self-Sufficiency in Alaska

At any given time, the State of Alaska has enough food in it’s borders to last it’s residents five to seven days.One week at the most. That’s not much. According to the Port of Anchorage Alaska’s website, “An estimated 90% of the merchandise goods for 85% of Alaska’s populated areas pass through our facilities. This … Continue reading »

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Best of 2015 Idlewild Alaska Homestead Blog

And just like that, 2015 is gone. It always seems to go by so fast. It was a great year here on the homestead and on IdlewildAlaska.com! I thought I’d share the Best of 2015 Idlewild Alaska Homestead Blog with you! Top 5┬áBlog Posts Many of the most popular posts of 2015 were actually published … Continue reading »

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