Preserving Fresh Broccoli in the Freezer

Preserving Fresh Broccoli in the Freezer

We love growing our own produce. It is convenient, healthy, fun and (can be) cheap.  However, when the harvest comes in and you are up to your ears in one kind of vegetable or fruit, it can also be overwhelming. We’re working on learning to preserve each type of vegetable and fruit … Read more

Top 8 Uses for Baking Soda

Top 8 Uses for Baking Soda

Baking soda.  Sodium bicarbonate.  Call it what you will.  It is a useful little powder in many ways. Most of you are probably (very) familiar with baking soda in your pantry.  It is commonly used in baked goods.  But are you familiar with all of its other uses? Read on to discover … Read more

Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins (Naturally Sweetened)

Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins

Who doesn’t love a fresh blueberry muffin, hot out of the oven and topped with delicious butter? Your mouth is watering now, isn’t it? We’ve recently played with our favorite blueberry muffin recipe and was able to come up with one that omits all cane sugar and white flour.  It also includes … Read more

Whole Wheat Pierogies

Whole Wheat Pierogies

I’m so excited to share this recipe with you today. Have you ever had a pierogi?  I hadn’t until I made these, but my husband informs me that in some parts of the country pierogies, as well as around the world, they are very popular. I must say, I’ve been missing out. … Read more

When in doubt…take out the white vinegar

When in doubt take out the white vinegar

We use a lot of white vinegar in our house.  Is that weird?Primarily we use it to clean with.  It is a cleaning POWERHOUSE.  We’re not sure at what point people decided that they needed to load the area underneath their kitchen sink with harsh, poisonous chemicals, but somewhere along the line … Read more

Quick & Easy Tomato Peeling

Quick & Easy Tomato Peeling

Here’s a short, but useful, post for your Sunday. You may be asking, “why do I need to peel my tomatoes?  What a pain.  Why would I go to all this trouble?” And the answer is, no one HAS to peel their tomatoes.  You can definitely use them without peeling them.  However, … Read more

Getting Crafty – Summer Pom-Pom Wreath

Getting Crafty – Summer Pom Pom Wreath

I aspire to be a crafty person.  I love walking the aisles of Michael’s and JoAnn’s.  As you know from my posts, I love to pin images on Pinterest; this includes all manner of crafty goodness. So, when I started seeing yarn pom-poms sprouting up all over the place, I knew I … Read more

Pantry Revamp: Yes, It’s Another Granola Recipe

Pantry Revamp Yes its another granola recipe

The Pantry Revamp is a series here on Five Little Homesteaders.  To read more about it, check out the first post here.  To read all the posts in the series, click the “pantry revamp” label to the right. For much of the afternoon yesterday, I was sick with some kind of stomach bug. … Read more

Problems in the Hen House

Problems in the Hen House

It seems that we are experiencing our first chicken conundrum here on our little homestead.  As the girls keep saying, “Quack Quack is sick.”  Quack Quack being one of our two year old Rhode Island Reds.     It all started when the chickens stopped laying, which was about a week ago.  … Read more

Book Review: The Urban Chicken

Book Review: The Urban Chicken

I dreamed about raising chickens in our backyard for a long time.  However, I was intimidated.  And though it is definitely gaining popularity, raising farm animals in an urban setting really isn’t a very common practice.  Our first two chickens were gifted to us.  They were already a year old, came with … Read more