The season is finally starting to change, y’all. The brutal grip of a hot, sticky Texas summer is beginning to soften. The temps are still hot & humid but with the promise of cooling in the next several days. And even some chances of rain!
The changing seasons are welcomed. But they’re not without their challenges for me.
Come see what these changes mean in our household. I’ll share a Day on the Homestead with you!
Texas is starting to loosen its shelter-in-place recommendations. But RancherMan & I are not comfortable mingling among the masses just yet. Not even using proper social distancing procedures. So we’re still tucked in at our Homestead.
Luckily since we live & work right here, that’s not too far from our typical day anyway. Come see what a day at the Homestead looks like even during these shelter-in-place times.
So many are now practicing voluntary simplicity. They’re trying to do more things themselves. And many are trying to figure out how to provide things for themselves that they used to be able to buy. Sometimes such a drastic change can be overwhelming.
But take a deep breath. Today I’ll share with you the simplest self-sufficiency steps you can take now to begin providing for your own home and family.
These were the easiest steps for me when I first started on the path to Voluntary Simplicity. And if you’re just starting out I think they can help you too.
Times are uncertain. This COVID-19 scare has us all taking precautions. Our state and local authorities have advised that we stay away from public places. It’s recommended that we practice social distancing to flatten the curve of new cases.
For RancherMan & me, that may look different than other folk’s social distancing. Come along and see what a day on the Homestead looks like during this time.
I usually make plans for the day and work towards implementing them to keep things running smoothly. And then things change. Wanna see what a day on our Texas Homestead is like?
I’d already made all the preparations for my homemade Chicken & Dumplings supper. The cooked chicken was pulled from the freezer and the dumpling dough made in advance & stored in the fridge. Heck even the Homemade Broth was made & canned weeks ago. So all my advance preparations meant that supper tonight would be quick & easy. But then…
Many of you know we lost a family member quite unexpectedly recently. He was only in his 50’s, he certainly wasn’t expecting death to come so soon. During the grieving, his children were left to pick up the pieces to get his estate & final affairs in order.
They struggled mightily to find the most basic information to even begin this estate process. Watching them struggle, RancherMan & I knew we needed to make sure our children were never left dealing with such uncertainties.
So we took steps to document things we’d never really thought of before.
Whelp, here we are at the end of 2019. This year has been filled with firsts for me. I finally got an Instant Pot and learned to make IP Cheesecake (YUM!) and even easier IP Yogurt. I also got a bread machine & learned to make a 2-Lb Honey/Oatmeal Loaf. RancherMan’s favorite!
At the end of each year I like to share with you, my beloved readers, a list of the top 10 homesteading posts of the year found right here on this little ole blog of mine. This year y’all enjoyed some fun recipes, homemade cleaning supplies, tips, money-saving ideas and much more. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy these top 10 Homesteading Posts of 2019!