Summers Acres

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How to Can Carrots | Pressure Canning Carrots

Danver half longs are our favorite carrots to grow. They are short, fat, and stubby and grow easier than many longer varieties. They have a naturally …

Carrots

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Raising backyard chickens to gather your own healthy eggs is rewarding and rather easy as long as you educate yourself on some basics before you …

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Whether you are looking to make money homesteading, or just want to make some spare cash from your backyard we have you covered. Here is a list of …

Shelter for Baby Goats | Goat Kid Care

Part of a baby goat’s happiness and health involves giving them a proper space to live in. Baby goats need a space that is both warm and dry. They …

Goats

Nigerian Dwarf Goat Kidding Has Started | Goat Labor and Birthing

The goat kidding season has begun. We were not expecting any of our goats to kid for at least 3 or 4 more days, but Brownie got a head start. This is …

Pregnancy

How to Make an Egg Gathering Apron from a Pillowcase

When we were living on the 40 acre homestead before we downsized, we had over 50 laying hens. There were lots of eggs to collect each day. The egg …

Sewing

Essential Oil Wool Dryer Balls | Dryer Sheet Substitute

Using wool dryer balls in the dryer are a great natural alternative to chemically laden dryer sheets. Dryer sheets may contain a plethora of …

North Carolina

9 Inches for Our First Snow of 2017

Snow in NC tends to be anything from a dusting, icy mix, stealth snow, and sometimes we actually get some descent accumulation. We our starting the …

Igloos

How to Tan a Deer Hide

I have always had an interest in primitive survival techniques, and I enjoy teaching myself the lost arts of our ancestors. These days I normally …

Native Americans

8 Things to Know Before Owning a Buck Goat

If you want your does in milk, first they need to have baby goats. To have baby goats the does must be bred first. To breed a buck is needed. Sounds …

Goats

Keeping Chickens Alive During Cold Weather

<i>Chickens are pretty easy creatures to raise. That is, until the cold season comes. Jordan Walker, the lead content curator of Coops and Cages, shares</i> …

Chickens

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil Spotlight

Today, I am excited to share about one of my favorite doTERRA essential oils, Ylang Ylang! For me, the unique, sweet, and uplifting scent of Ylang …

Essential Oils

Save Money Building a Chicken Coop

A well-built chicken coop can wreck your chicken budget (I know I’m not the only one with a monthly budget entry for chickens). You need your flock …

Woodworking

DIY Eggs for Sale Sign from Reclaimed Wood

Last month I decided to make some pallet signs to hang on our mailbox at the end of the driveway. I love pallet signs and I am constantly drawn to …

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Basil (Ocimum basilicum) Essential Oil

Valued for its calming properties, Basil is commonly used as a cooling agent for the skin. Basil has a warm, spicy, yet herbal aroma known to reduce …

Essential Oils

Treating Chigger Bites with Clove Essential Oil

Summer is drawing to a close soon and many of you are probably dreaming of fall and cooler weather, but those that are still working outside in the …

DIY Kitchen Cleaner Recipes

The kitchen is the most important room in every household, and as such it must be taken good care of. The kitchen is the place where the entire …

Tap Water

Homestead Skills That Transfer Over To Survival Skills

If you are lucky enough to live on a homestead, there’s no doubt you’ve probably learned some very impressive skills. Homestead life can be tough, it …

Concealed Carry

Making Raspberry Jam

Last year was the first year that we were able to harvest any of our raspberries. We were pleasantly surprised at how many we were able to gather. …

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How to Pressure Can Green Beans

Our green beans are coming in nicely this year and not a moment too soon! We had to breakdown and buy a few cans of store bought green beans not too …

Why You Should Choose Grass Fed Beef

A year ago, we started buying our beef from a local farm/dealer, Grassfed Greensboro, that we could buy direct from. Over the last year, we have been …

How to Make Deviled Eggs Southern Style

I have always loved deviled eggs. It is one those items I expect to be at every family holiday or church covered dish meal. If you are are raising …

Homestead Cooking with Carol: Bountiful Make-ahead Meals – Book Review

Although, for the last few years Jon and I have been working toward being more self-sufficient, prepared, and just living a simpler life, we are …

Orange Glaze Cocktail Weenies Recipe

Perfect Appetizer Snack for Parties and Social Gatherings<p>Who doesn’t enjoy a tasty cocktail weenie? (Vegetarians I guess) I have always been a fan, …

Making Crab Apple Juice for Pectin

There are several varieties of crab apples. Most people do not use the ornamental crab apples because they are so small and tedious to use, but since …

How to Make Crab Apple Jelly

Jon and I are on vacation from work this week and decided to try our hand once again at making crab apple jelly. Last year was our first attempt at …

Recipe: No Bake Cookies

Here is a recipe for a chocolate staple at our house. We have a bit of a sweet tooth when it comes to chocolate. Rather than spending a few dollars …

Witch Fingers for Halloween Party

Recently, I was trying to find a neat spooky treat to make for a soccer Halloween party. I found a couple of ideas on pinterest to try. As sometimes …

How to Pressure Can Crowder and Blackeyed Peas

A crowder pea is any variety of cowpea bearing pods with closely spaced (crowded) seed (peas). Last year, we grew Top-Pick Crowder Peas and saved …

DIY: Inexpensive Easy Drying Rack

Not long ago, my better half decided that we needed a drying rack when she was inspired by Magnolia Holler’s Herb Drying Rack. It would come in handy …