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August 6, 2020
While my garden is in a bit of a lull at the moment, I know in the back of my mind that harvest time is just around the corner.  Perhaps this year more than ever, I’m focused on preserving everything I possibly can.  In today’s episode, I cover the four...
August 3, 2020
While I do my best to be thorough in my podcast topics, it’s inevitable some things fall through the cracks.  Most of the time these questions get raised in my Facebook groups, on Instagram, or Youtube, and I’m simply unable to address each and every...
July 30, 2020
Garlic is by far one of my favorite crops to grow.  It's easy to plant, easy to grow, requires almost no maintenance, and adds flavor to every dish.  In today's episode, I walk you through my garlic growing process.  I explain the difference between...
July 27, 2020
For any new homesteader, the mountain of tasks and to-do's can seem overwhelming.  Even a more experienced homesteader such as myself tend to have several projects in motion at once and about a hundred others waiting to be started.  While it'd be great...
July 23, 2020
Hail is easily one of the biggest enemies that exist on our homestead.  As some of you might know, last year a hail storm destroyed one of my gardens (and our trampoline).  While there are many different solutions to this problem, we had to be mindful...
July 20, 2020
For anyone that’s followed me for some time, I don’t have to explain my long-time love for canning.  It's perhaps my favorite kitchen activity on the homestead.  However, there’s a lot of potential for error in the canning process, and for some, it can...
July 16, 2020
Dreams. Everyone has them, but not everyone achieves them. Why is that true? Believe it or not, a large number of people never even voice their dreams let alone create an actual plan to accomplish them. On today's episode, I'm once again joined by my...
July 13, 2020
While kefir might be the newest addition to the long list of things growing in my kitchen, it most definitely isn't new to my life. After taking a round of anti-biotics, I took to kefir to help repair the baceria in my gut. Upon discovering some of the...
July 9, 2020
Yes, you read that correctly. We bought a house. Rest assured, we haven't decided to abandon the homestead and head into the suburbs. On the contrary, we're making an investment in our future and and the future of our community. Join me today as I...
July 6, 2020
Raising beef can seem like a difficult and daunting task on the surface, but suprisingly it's one of the easiest methods of producing food on the homestead.  While we've had issues in the past with other food sources, that's never been the case with...
July 2, 2020
Starting a homestead can be a daunting task.  It can be even more overwhelming when you compare yourself to a seasoned homesteader such as myself.  While "how do I start a homestead?" is one of the most common questions I receive, after living the...
June 29, 2020
No matter the time of the year, there's one topic that always remains in high demand. Whether you're on the homestead or in the city,  every single one of us has to eat.  While I'm definitely not a meal planner by any stretch of the imagination, over...
June 25, 2020
If you've come to know anything about me over the years, you've likely recognized that the phrase "slow down" simply doesn't exist in my vocabulary. As summer began and nearly all of our planned events and obligations were cancelled due to Covid-19, I...
June 22, 2020
Potatoes are by far my favorite food and it’s not even close.  This easy to grow vegetable is not only versatile in the kitchen, but they last long in storage and are fun and easy to harvest from the ground.  In today’s episode, I’m going to discuss how...
June 19, 2020
Have you ever had garden amnesia?  It’s that time of year you get so excited about beginning your garden that you completely forget about all the time and hard work needed to make it happen?  That’s where I’m currently at right now.  Even with the...
June 17, 2020
A BIG thank you to Remond’s Real Salt for being our podcast sponsor for the month of June! http://theprairiehomestead.com/salt Redmonds is my #1 go-to salt for cooking and food preservation. I love that it’s mined in the USA and contains 60+ trace...
June 15, 2020
Today I’m thrilled to be joined by Darryl Bosshardt of Redmond’s Real Salt.  Darryl is a true salt expert.  His grandparents founded Redmond's 60 years ago and they have been my salt of choice for as long as I can remember.  As we discuss today, salt is...
June 12, 2020
After being hardcore proponents of hand milking for a decade, we finally made the decision to cave in and buy a milk machine.  So why is now the time to make a change?  As I’ve mentioned in recent episodes, we’ve committed to becoming producers for our...
June 10, 2020
If you’re hoping to grow high quality plants, you must first dig deep (no pun intended) into your soil.  Much like the foundation of a house, your soil sets the tone for everything that follows.  In today’s episode, I’m going to cover a variety of tips...
June 8, 2020
To put it lightly, this year has been one of revelations on our homestead.  As I’ve discussed in previous episodes, our goal to become producers for our community has necessitated some changes.  We’ve raised meat birds for almost five years now, but as...
June 5, 2020
If you’ve watched any of my videos or have seen any pictures on my social media, it’s pretty easy to tell that I’m not a gadget girl when it comes to the kitchen.  I must say that this does come with one key exception; the instant pot.  Being the...
June 3, 2020
I don’t believe it’s any secret by now; we like to raise our own meat.  More than any part of the process, people question how we handle the butchering of animals.  While it isn’t always easy, I’ve come to recognize that butchering animals ourselves has...
June 1, 2020
Homesteading with kids isn’t for the faint of heart, but if you’re up for the challenge it will certainly make an incredible impact on their lives.  I know with our kids, life on the homestead has taught them the value of hard work, how to establish...
May 29, 2020
Now more than ever, interest in locally grown food is booming.  Not only are people looking to support small and local businesses during this chaotic time, but they’re also coming to realize the high quality food that exists outside of their normal...
May 27, 2020
For many different reasons, grassfed meats are all the rage at the moment.  While the incredible benefits are obvious, there seems to be one issue most people run into when preparing grassfed meats; if you’re not careful it can become extremely tough. ...
May 25, 2020
The fear of failure can prevent even the strongest among of from pursuing dreams and passions that will lead to a truly fulfilling life.  I know Christian and I have had our own share of fear throughout the process of building our homestead and dealing...
May 22, 2020
No matter how excited you might be about your homesteading venture, I can guarantee you not everyone around you shares this same excitement.  How do I know?  I’ve been there myself.  Sharing your passion with loved ones only to get instantly shot down...
May 20, 2020
Even amongst the homestead community, raw milk isn’t necessarily a common topic of conversation.  Maybe it’s a product of our current situation, but in our household we can’t get enough raw milk at the moment.  For the completely uninformed, raw milk is...
May 18, 2020
It’s no secret.  The vast majority of the world considers us homesteaders to be a bit of an odd bunch.  If we’re being honest with ourselves, what we do on a daily basis is certainly abnormal in modern society.  Even my non-homesteading friends have a...
May 15, 2020
With the widespread quarantines across the country, we’ve witnessed disruption in nearly every single industry.  Perhaps has this been most apparent within the food supply chain.  Isn’t it incredible that we’re seeing both food shortages in areas at the...
May 13, 2020
Even prior to our current situation, there has been an explosion of interest in local food production.  While we’ve always produced food for our own use, it wasn’t until this year that we chose to start producing for our community.  For our family,...
May 11, 2020
Recently I’ve been sorting through my library of homesteading books.  I’ve read countless books over the years, but the ones that still remain on my shelf today are the one’s that I truly cherish.  Finding great homesteading books can be a pretty...
May 8, 2020
Tomatoes are easily one of my favorite things to grow.  These versatile vegetables can be eaten off the vine, turned into pasta sauce, and so much more.  On today’s episode, I explain my preferred process for growing tomatoes and what I do to get the...
May 6, 2020
Just a few weeks ago, I made mention of our mission to increase our food production this year.  While I’ve already covered several topics regarding food production, chicken power is one we’ve never really utilized.  While this might be a foreign concept...
May 4, 2020
In one of the more exciting developments on the homestead over the past couple months, we have calves!  For many  of you, the idea of dairy producing animals might be completely foreign.  On today’s episode, I’m here to demystify the process of breeding...
May 1, 2020
After nearly 10 years of talking about it, we’re finally taking the plunge.  As discussed in previous episodes about increasing food production, now is the time to put a greenhouse on our homestead.  In all honesty, I’ve been getting tired of the short...
April 29, 2020
If there’s one positive to come out of our current situation, it’s the incredible surge of interest in gardening.  Now more than ever, people are realizing the importance of growing and producing their own food.  As any veteran gardener knows. your soil...
April 27, 2020
While most parts of homesteading are extremely fun and rewarding, it’s not all sunshine and roses.  Sometimes I make mistakes.  Sometimes Christian and I face serious challenges that simply aren’t pleasant to deal with.  If you’ve been listening to the...
April 24, 2020
For a long time, I’ve lived under the belief that gardening season in Wyoming runs from June to September.  In the midst of the Covid-19 epidemic I’ve been obsessively reading about new and different approaches to gardening that quite frankly have blown...
April 22, 2020
It’s a rather interesting time to be alive, isn’t it?  Even though I tend to spend a lot of time at home under normal circumstances, the current state of the world has made it even more extreme.  Even though I haven’t been going anywhere, it feels like...
April 20, 2020
Somehow, someway, more chicks have found their way onto our homestead.  In the name of food security and the uncertainty surrounding our current time, I broke a promise I made to myself just a couple weeks ago.  If you’re feeling that same itch or you...
April 17, 2020
While this most certainly is a homestead focused show, the whole reason I’ve been able to sustain and grow my homestead is because I took the time to establish other businesses.  Whether you’re currently pursuing another business or have been thinking...
April 15, 2020
Have you ever discovered a forgotten piece of equipment at just the right time?  With the madness going on at the grocery, I stumbled upon an old dusty grain mill.  While I’ve stuck to all-purpose flour for quite some time, our current circumstances...
April 13, 2020
What is and isn’t a homesteader?  If you’re anything like me, this question has weighed on your mind at one point or another.  To be honest, the deeper I dove into this topic, I quickly realized how difficult it is to define what homesteading is.  I’ve...
April 10, 2020
Time and time again, I get inundated with questions about sourdough.  On this very special episode (which was broadcast live on Facebook) I answer every sourdough question you could throw my way.  We cover everything from why sourdough starter...
April 8, 2020
During uncertain times, basic survival needs like food security become a topic of daily discussion.  While I realize homesteading is essentially preparing us for times like these, not everyone that listens to this podcast are on a homestead.  Many of...
April 6, 2020
Lately it seems Christian and I have been talking a lot about our dreams for the homestead.  More than anything, we’ve realized we share a strong desire to increase our food production this year.  Listen today as we take our vision well beyond just...
April 3, 2020
On today’s episode, I’m taking a bit of a departure from my traditional format to dive into the present state of our homestead.  I cover everything from prepping raised beds, meat chickens, what we’re doing with our milking setup, and so much more. ...
April 1, 2020
The chicks are here!  Yes, it’s that time of year.  Last year we were a bit behind the eight ball and missed out on meat chickens.  Not this time my friend.  If you’ve ever wanted to raise meat chickens but have yet to take the plunge, this episode is...
March 30, 2020
With everything going on in the world today, it’s important to always check back in on some basics.  For everyone that has followed me for any period of time, you’d know canning is easily one of my favorite things when it comes to homesteading.  I know...
March 27, 2020
What do you do when everything goes as you hoped, or perhaps even better than you hoped?  While it’s great to be able to produce our own food on the homestead, sometimes we find ourselves with a perishable bounty that needs to be dealt with.  On today’s...
March 25, 2020
Seemingly in the blink of an eye, the world became homeschoolers.  For some of you listening, it’s business as usual.  For others?  Full time panic mode has ensued.  Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a rookie doing this for the first time, I’m here...
March 23, 2020
To say the world is full of uncertainty is a bit of an understatement at the moment.  We’re living in some uncharted waters as a country and as humans in general.  I for one can say my mind has been spinning over the past couple weeks.  Even with the...
March 20, 2020
Have you ever tried to save a piece of cast iron and found yourself in way too deep?  This was my story just last week.  After staring at a skillet in my kitchen for years, I finally decided to do something about it.  After testing several  different...
March 18, 2020
Contrary to popular belief, I wasn’t born into the homestead life.  If you go back and listen to some of my first episodes you can get the full story on how Christian and I caught the homestead bug.  In the end, learning how to homestead has been...
March 16, 2020
While we’d all love an open, sunny spot to plant our garden, the reality of it is some things are beyond our control.  Rest assured, a shady spot doesn’t always mean a death sentence.  On today’s episode, I explain how it's possible to grow a garden...
March 11, 2020
Have you ever jumped head first into starting seeds and quickly find yourself overwhelmed?  Trust me, when I first started expanding my garden I was right there with you.  The truth is that this will always be the case unless you build a system for...
March 9, 2020
While I love to cook, at times it can become a drag.  With everything we have going on with the kids, our various businesses, and the responsibilities of running a homestead, at times I end to fallback on the tried-and-true recipes that my family has...
March 6, 2020
It’s no secret by now.  If you’ve been listening at all to the podcast lately, you’d know that I’ve got gardening on my mind.  I’ve said i many times before but I’ll say it once again; gardening is likely a close second on my “what I love about...
March 4, 2020
Between late frosts in the spring, early frosts in the fall, blizzards in the middle of May, and everything in between, Wyoming is one of the most difficult climates you’ll find to grow a garden.  So I do I combat this every year?  I focus on...
March 2, 2020
Believe it or not, many of the best ways to use up leftover sourdough starter have nothing to do with baking bread.  If you’ve ever wondered what to do with your leftover sourdough starter, then this is the episode you’ve been waiting for.  Join me on...
February 28, 2020
I’m not going to lie.  This episode is likely to ruffle some feathers.  However, this is a topic that’s been weighing on my mind for quite some time.  On various videos or social media posts, I’ve received a number of questions about how Christian and I...
February 26, 2020
If you’ve been listening or following me for a while, you’d know that it was horses that actually spurred my initial interest in homesteading.  While most people wouldn’t consider a horse as a traditional ‘homestead’ animal, I’ve found that they hold a...
February 24, 2020
Thanks to social media, I might appear to be some type of super woman.  The truth of the matter is, Instagram and Facebook posts never tell the full story no matter how transparent I try to be.  I’m able to “Do It All” because I’ve become extremely...
February 21, 2020
Innovation and technology serve us in so many different ways.  Whether it’s making things more convenient, easier, or faster, new tools and techniques allow us to live our lives in different ways.  Needless to say, new isn’t always better.  When it...
February 19, 2020
Winter on the homestead has become one of my favorite times of the year.  It’s that special time of year when I can come inside, cozy up next to the fire with a warm drink, and lose myself in good book.  On today’s episode I’m sharing what I’m looking...
February 17, 2020
Personal development has been an essential tool over the years.  Looking back, I realize that some of the assesments I’ve taken have provided the biggest opportunities for growth.  They help point out common personality characteristics and their...
February 14, 2020
Do you ever reach the end of the day and wonder where all your time went?  Do you look at your “to-do’s” and wonder how you’ll ever get it all done?  Fitting the homestead lifestyle into the speed of the modern day world can create some serious...
February 12, 2020
One of my favorite days of the year has arrived.  The seeds for my garden showed up!  If you’re anything like me, you’re in full-on garden prep mode.  On a recent episode, I discussed my long-term love for heirloom seeds.  On today’s episode, I dive...
February 10, 2020
Natural health remedies seem to share a certain distinction when it comes to health care. While that may be the case, we’ve found many different herbs and essential oils to be a key component of maintaining good health.  On today’s episode, I explore the different tactics that I’m utilizing with my family.  This involves everything, including simple habits like getting more sleep and eating less sugar to how to maintain proper gut health.  You’ll also get my opinion on the ever important hand-sanitizer debate.  If you’re seeking some extra things you can do to help maintain the health of you and your family, you’ve come to the right place. LINKS: My Essential Oil Ebook: https://bit.ly/39m3Sn4LivOn Lipo-Spheric Vitamin C: https://amzn.to/2GWjlxS The Digestive Ezymes I Use: https://bit.ly/39rYMpxThe Probiotic I Use: https://bit.ly/2UIvgHMOn Guard Products: https://bit.ly/37lCuEw
February 7, 2020
Few things that strike greater fear into the heart of a homesteader than the word botulism. If you’re anything like me, you’ve come to have a healthy respect for canning safety due to the potential serious consequences of improper canning. On today’s episode I detail why recipes that contain dairy, flour, and high levels of fat shouldn’t be canned.  You’ll also learn why canning is the one place in the kitchen where you don’t want to mess around with changing a recipe. •  Ready to take lap into the incredible world of canning?  Check out my in-depth canning course that will provide you will all the knowledge to do it right.  Click to check it out. • Click here to join the Homestead Recipe’s & Heritage Cooking Facebook Group 
February 5, 2020
I don’t know about you, but we are in the dead of winter out here in Wyoming. Inevitably during this time of year, our chickens just don’t produce the same amount of eggs as they normally do.  While the weather is certainly a factor, the are a number of possible reasons why your chicken isn’t producing.  If you’re ready to figure out how light, age, molting, and so much more have the potential to dramatically shift the production you’re getting out of your chickens.  Don’t worry my friends.  I’m not here to just point out problems.  I’m here to offer solutions.  If you’re someone who’s dealt with the frustration of a broody hen, this episode is a must listen.! •  If you're ready to begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.•  Ready to dig into even more information on dealing with broody hens?  Click this link to head over to the blog post I wrote on this topic!  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2018/11/broody-hens.html
February 3, 2020
Frugality is something that I’ve always seen as an admirable quality. As most of you know, this is how I grew up and how Christian and I generally live our lives.  Believe it or not, there are times where frugality can hurt you.  Today I’m going to address two specific warning signs that frugality is getting the best of you.  While I’m not here to preach a right-or-wrong way of doing things, I am encouraging you to take a look at your own habits and behaviors to see if these warning signs are getting the best of you.  It’s incredible the amount of stress you can relieve with a few minor changes.  This is a must listen for all my frugal homesteaders out there. • To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.
January 31, 2020
Have you ever dreamed of starting your own garden but have no idea on where to start? You are in luck my friends.  Starting a garden can be extremely intimidating for any first timer.  This episode provides a ground-up plan that is so simple anyone can get into the game.  I cover key aspects like checking your gardening zone, what equipment you’ll need, types of seeds, and the benefits of soil testing. • To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.•  Check out my blog about soil testing and see how this can affect what you can grow in your garden https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2018/04/test-garden-soil.html
January 29, 2020
For quite some time I was terrified of nitrates. In all honesty, it was a big source of anxiety for a long time.  This didn’t relent until sometime last year when I started digging deep into the truth behind nitrates.  Come to find out, nitrates aren’t all that bad.  Many are even naturally occurring in our favorite meats.  Today’s episode is dedicated to busting nitrate related myths and reassuring you that they in fact are not carcinogenic.  Be sure to check out the links below for some incredible information I found regarding this very subject!        •  If you're falling in love with the idea of an old-fashioned kitchen full of incredible homemade food, check out my free Heritage Kitchen handbook at  http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com •  Chris Kresser: The Nitrate and Nitrite Myth Click to read •  The North American Meat Institute: Meat Curing & Sodium Nitrite Click to read•  Michael Ruhlman: The No-Nitrates Added Hoax Click to read
January 27, 2020
Perhaps the biggest road block anyone faces on the homesteading journey is trying to figure out how to buy land. It’s such a big issue that it prevents most people from considering the homestead life in the first place.  On today’s episode, I explain several strategies that we utilized in order to make our homesteading life work.  Beyond simple strategies like cleaning up debt and working extra jobs, I explain why the correct mindset can power your through any barrier keeping you from living the homestead life.  Today we’re going to focus on asking ourselves ‘what if’? • To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.
January 24, 2020
As a gardening fanatic, one of my favorite times of the year has arrived.  I don’t know about you, but when my seed catalogs arrive at the beginning of the year I find it hard to contain myself.  About seven years ago I started using heirloom seeds exclusively.  Why did I make the switch?  On today’s episodes I dive into many different reasons why I prefer heirloom seeds and the characteristics that make them different from traditional seeds.  I even provide my two favorite resources for heirloom seeds.  If you’ve ever been curious about heirlooms, this episode will give you everything that you need to know to get started on your journey. • To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.My Two Favorite Sources For Heirloom Seeds:True Leaf Market:  trueleafmarket.comRare Seeds:  rareseeds.com
January 22, 2020
I’ve failed in nearly every way imaginable attempting to make sourdough. So why would you listen to me?  I’ve taken the lumps so you don’t have to.  On today’s episode, I’m walking you step-by-step through my favorite way to make a sourdough starter.  Not only have I found this method to be extremely effective, but you’ll be amazed at how simple this process really is.  I’m here to show you that heritage cooking doesn’t always have to be difficult. •  If you're falling in love with the idea of an old-fashioned kitchen full of incredible homemade food, check out my free Heritage Kitchen handbook at  http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com 
January 20, 2020
While I thought that some people might question how we pull off homesteading with kids, it turns out this is one of the most-asked questions among listeners. The truth is, it has everything to do with our parenting style.  While I’m sure there are people who will disagree with some of our ideals, this is just me explaining what works for our family on the homestead.  It’s not perfect by any means, but our ultimate focus is to get our kids comfortable with being uncomfortable, teach them how to deal with challenges, let them learn how to entertain themselves, and so much more. • To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.
January 17, 2020
With the rapid evolution of technology and modern conveniences in our society, it’s easy to ask if the old ways are falling to the wayside. While it’s true that some things are bound to disappear, it’s also true that from the hustle of New York City to the calm of the Wyoming countryside, more-and-more people are discovering homesteading each and every day.  It might not be a full-on homestead as you and I know it to be, but people are growing their own food and raising animals despite their location and climate restrictions.  Even with the growth of society at large, today I discuss why I don’t see the old ways disappearing anytime soon. • To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.
January 15, 2020
Cast iron can be intimidating. With all of the misinformation floating around, it’s easy to understand why some avoid it all together.  Cast iron is by far my favorite way to cook, but it can present some real challenges for any new user.  Today we cover the difference between standard cast iron, enamel coated cast-iron, when you should and shouldn’t season your pan, what to do with a pre-seasoned pan, some brands to check out, and so much more.  I explain what to look out for with garage sale and Goodwill finds, and I also go why you basically can’t go wrong with any cast iron.  If you’ve been wanting to get into the cast iron game but didn’t know where to start.  This episode is specifically for you. •  If you're falling in love with the idea of an old-fashioned kitchen full of incredible homemade food, check out my free Heritage Kitchen handbook at  http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com 
January 13, 2020
While I absolutely LOVE living in the country, there are certainly some challenges you have to deal with. One of the biggest challenges is grocery shopping.  While we do grow and produce many different food items on our homestead, due to our growing seasons and climate restrictions it simply isn’t possible to produce everything we need on our own.  So how do we cope?  I’m glad you asked!  On today’s episode I’m going to layout my method for supplementing our own produce with market and store bought items, big box stores, online marketplaces, and much, much more. • To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.
January 10, 2020
Yes. I said it.  I don’t like ‘homesteading' anymore.  When I first got involved with ‘homesteading’, the word carried a certain endearing quality.  It somehow encompassed the animals, the open fields, the freedom, and the community.  Most of all, ‘homesteading’ represented being a bit of a maverick.  In the very beginning there weren’t that many homesteaders.  Today, it seems everyone is taking their shot at homesteading.  No longer is what we call homesteading confined to the farm in Wyoming.  All across the U.S. and all around the globe people are diving into what I’m now referring to as an old-fashioned lifestyle.  Listen today to find out exactly what I mean by this and how you can get involved now. • To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.
January 8, 2020
On previous episodes, I’ve discussed how homeschooling has reaped massive benefits in my life. I’ve even discussed how my children are benefitting from the exact same practice.  On today’s episode I’m here to pull back the curtain on how Christian and I homeschool our children.  I discuss everything including schedules, books we use, the main differences between homeschooling and public schooling, and so much more.   • To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.
January 6, 2020
When it comes to homesteading, one of the most overlooked essentials is a well-stocked pantry. Whether it’s an unexpected road closure, a blizzard, or a few additional guests, planning for the unexpected is sure to save you time and stress.  On today’s episode, I walk you through the absolute must-haves from my very own pantry.  Learn why to buy meat in bulk, what fats I always keep on hand, and so much more. • To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.
January 3, 2020
It seems that today that many kids lack one of the most important skills that leads to long term success in every area of life. This of course is creativity.  It seems that creativity could be getting stifled by the evolution of technology.  As things become easier and easier to access at the push of a button, we’re filling our free time with mindless activities that don’t allow for precious boredom to set in.  Creativity essential to develop is because it teaches us how to solve problems, how to deal with failure, and how to overcome obstacles.  Listen today to find out how I’m personally developing my own creativity and how my kids are as well. • To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.
January 1, 2020
Intentionally or unintentionally, sometimes we can hide parts of ourselves that others would really like to see. If you follow me on social media or any of the other places my brand shows up to the world, it might be easy to assume that I always live some perfect curated life.  The truth is, we all have things about ourselves that might surprise other people.  On today’s episode, I’m here to share some things about myself that I’ve never openly talked about.  I’m sure that this episode will turn some people off and that’s fine.  today’s all about releasing things that you’ve been suppressing and shifting into the truest version of yourself. 
December 30, 2019
Once again we’ve arrived at that magical time of the year. The special time where hope springs eternal and a new year is upon us.  I’ve always loved this last week of the year because it gives me the opportunity to reflect on the past year and plan what’s to come.  On today’s episode, I layout the steps I always take to ensure I’m ready for success going into the new year.  This includes picking out books to read, personal and family goals,  • To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.
December 27, 2019
One of the most common questions when it comes to homesteading is “What do you do to keep the animals warm in the winter?” Naturally, our first instinct is to grab lamps or other forms of heating elements.  The thing that most of us forget is that the vast majority or animals are designed to withstand the cold own their own.  Above anything else, animals just need a way to get out of the wind and a way to stay dry.  On today’s episode I’m going to explain what we do in our coop and provide the essential elements need for ever coop. •  To grab Harvey Ussery’s book 'The Small-Scale Poultry Flock’ that was mentioned in the episode, click here!
December 23, 2019
Looking back on how things started, it’s truly quite incredible to reflect on how I arrived at the point. For anyone that has followed for any length of time, you’d know that my entire venture into entrepreneurship started with a blog.  When I first started, I had no intention of making money.  All I really wanted to do was tell my story.  It wasn’t until a friend reached out to me asking for advice that I realized the possibilities that were in front of me.  If you’ve ever wondered where I got my start and how I’ve progressed in the business world, this is the episode you’ve been waiting for.  I can only hope that this inspires you to start a journey of your own. •  If you have your own business or are looking to start one, this might be just the opportunity you’ve been waiting for.  I’m opening up a few slots in my mentorship program for people serious about growing their business.  If that’s you, email me at Jill@theprairiehomestead.com for more info. 
December 20, 2019
Modern life is convenient, but is this always a good thing? Generally speaking, if something is becoming easier, quality is likely being sacrificed in the process.  As things become easier, we become more-and-more comfortable.  We become complacent and eventually stop growing.  While I’m not here today to bash technology and all of our wonderful modern conveniences, today I’m here to explain why taking on a challenge is essential for our long-term growth.  For me, it’s chopping firewood in the cold.  What is it for you?  •  If you’re ready to start cooking and eating like a farmer no matter where you live, head to http://www.heritagecookingclass.com to get three of the best videos from my Heritage Cooking course.
December 18, 2019
Winter in Wyoming means frequent trips outside to grab firewood for our wood stove. So why heat with wood in the first place?  Economy, efficiency, and independence highlight the incredible benefits of heating your home with a wood stove.  While I do profess the use of wood, there are a number of things you need to consider before jumping in and installing a wood stove in your home.  Man sure to check out the link below for even more information! • Want to see how Christian and I installed the wood stove on our homestead?  Check out this link to see the whole process!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhXSfmX-URg• To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.
December 16, 2019
Although I was born in Idaho, I still call Wyoming my home. Wyoming is an incredible place, but before you pack up the chickens and head this way, I’m here to explain the good, the bad, and the ugly about homesteading in Wyoming.  In today’s episode I describe why your diet can affect where you choose to establish a homestead, why weather needs to be a serious consideration, and how to determine the ideal situation based on your needs.  If you’re still sitting on the sidelines when it comes to homesteading, this episode will provide a number of important things to consider before jumping in. • To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.
December 13, 2019
Depending on the part of the country you’re in, you’re likely finding yourself in the thick of winter. While I’ve learned to love some of the winter moments, there are several keys you must keep in mind to ensure your animals stay safe throughout the cold months.  On today’s episode, I layout how we stay prepped for the rough weather.  This includes anything from shelter, watering systems, adjusted feeding schedules, and so much more.  No matter if you’re a seasoned pro or a homestead newbie, you’re sure to take a lot of value from this podcast. • To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.
December 11, 2019
As I detailed in a past episode, there’s a lot of misinformation and folklore when it comes to cast iron. This incredible cookware is a staple in my kitchen and it deserves a special place in yours as well.  For anyone who has been intimidated by cast iron in the past, this episode will not only ease your fears, it’ll give you the confidence to use cast iron on a regular basis.  I even explain how I cook scrambled eggs in cast iron!  Tune in to find out how to start utilizing this amazing tool in your kitchen. •  If you're falling in love with the idea of an old-fashioned kitchen full of incredible homemade food, check out my free Heritage Kitchen handbook at  http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com 
December 9, 2019
Are you dreading the oncoming winter nights? For quite some time, winter really got me down.  More than anything, I was bored.  After spending almost all of my time outside in the spring and summer months, I felt sequestered to my house as the frosty months passed by.  I’m happy to say this has drastically changed over the years.  By picking up new hobbies, learning to appreciate the change in seasons, and generally getting outside my comfort zone, I’ve learned how to shake the cold-weather blues. • To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.
December 6, 2019
Are you struggling to keep up with an increasingly busy schedule filled with 4-H, homeschooling, tending to the milk cows, and all of the other wonderful things that come with life on the homestead? I’m in the thick of it right now and let me tell you, it ain’t no joke ya’ll!   Like most of you listening, I’ve always felt a certain way about freezer meals.  My first association had always been bland, lifeless casseroles.  As a proud homesteader, they always felt like cheating to some degree.  It wasn’t until I took a serious deep dive into into meal prep that I realized the power and convenience of well thought out freezer meals.  On today’s episode, I explain how and why my mindset shifted around freezer meals.  I also offer up my favorite tips and tricks to maximize flavor and make efficient use of your time.  Let’s get cooking! • If you're falling in love with the idea of an old-fashioned kitchen full of incredible homemade food, check out my free Heritage Kitchen handbook at  http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com •  Click here to check out my favorite way to plan and prep for freezer meals. 
December 4, 2019
This is what we all dream of, right? Of course our love of the homestead life is why we get involved in the first place, but the idea of actually making a living off the homestead (or even just a little extra money) can seem far-fetched. Today I’m not just here to explain why this is entirely possible, but I’m also providing 6 proven ways to start making money off your homestead. From selling animal products to creating homestead experiences and everything in between, I know one of these ideas are sure to spark something in your mind. Have you done anything to make money on your homestead? If so, be sure to share!• For more ideas and inspiration on growing a profitable homestead on your own, be sure to grab my free ebook at https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/income
December 2, 2019
Have you ever dreamed of publishing your own book? I can tell you from experience, it is one of the most challenging and rewarding processes you can ever undertake. On today’s episode, I’m drifting a bit from the traditional podcast. Come with me as we take a journey from initial idea to published book. We’ll talk literary agents, the difficult editing process, the computer crash that nearly broke me, and everything in between. Whether you're interested in writing a book or not, you'll gain immense behind-the-scenes insight on how my cookbook was actually assembled!• If you haven’t grabbed a copt of the cookbook yet or you just want to take a peak inside, head to https://www.homesteadcookbook.com
November 29, 2019
The word 'cast iron’ exudes strength in-and-of itself. For some reason, the internet might have you believing these types of pans are delicate little flowers. No matter what you think at this point, I’m here to bust some common cast iron myths that will have you converting in no time flat.  Listen today to learn how to properly season your pan, how to save rusty pans, and hear me bust the largest, most common myth when it comes to cast iron. • If you're ready to start your home dairy journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/cheese to access the guide mentioned in the episode.• If you're falling in love with the idea of an old-fashioned kitchen full of incredible homemade food, check out my free Heritage Kitchen handbook at  http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com 
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