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If you’re looking for tips for cooking from scratch for beginners, you’re in the right place! I grew up in the ’90s when packaged foods were at their peak. Despite the prevalence of processed foods, my parents always cooked and they taught my sister and me how to cook. Of course, some of our meals […]

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I love my backyard chickens! They’re often not in the backyard of course. Sometimes they’re in the side yard, the front yard, or even under the house! Wherever they are, they are so much fun to have around and have so many wonderful uses. I can’t imagine my homestead without a flock of backyard chickens.  […]

The post 6 Reasons to Keep Backyard Chickens (And 1 Reason Not To) appeared first on Our Inspired Roots.

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One of my favorite things to grow in the garden is medicinal plants and healing herbs. I love growing my own food, but growing healing herbs is even more amazing! Why Grow Healing Herbs? The obvious answer is: So I can have natural healing herbs to treat any ailments my family may have! But growing […]

The post 12 Best Healing Herbs for the Homestead appeared first on Our Inspired Roots.

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When I began organic gardening I didn’t really know I was organic gardening. I just didn’t like the idea of expensive chemical fertilizers. Then I began to learn the importance of organic real food and realized that gardening was the best way to fit organic produce into our grocery budget. As I learned more about organic […]

The post Organic Gardening 101: How to Get Started Growing Your Own Food! appeared first on Our Inspired Roots.

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None of us are going to master all of these modern homesteading skills… and we probably shouldn’t. There is something to sticking with skills that you are good at and enjoy rather than spending your precious time trying to master something you hate. That being said, I wanted to make this list because when I […]

The post 100+ Modern Homesteading Skills to Master (Or at Least Try!) appeared first on Our Inspired Roots.

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One of the most common homesteading goals I hear from readers and friends is making extra money from home. On the one hand, the DIY and make-do mentality of homesteaders can help save money. But the constant expansion (more animals, fruit trees, infrastructure, etc) can also add expenses. So it makes sense to find ways […]

The post 57 Ways to Make Extra Money Homesteading (Anywhere) appeared first on Our Inspired Roots.

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One of my goals this year has been to learn more about herbal medicine. I’ve been using essential oils in personal care products and culinary herbs as medicine for years, but I wanted to learn more about them. First on my list was to learn more about lavender benefits and uses. I use lavender essential […]

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When I think of buying gifts for my friends and family, whether they are homesteaders or not, I like to make sure what I get them is thoughtful. That means my gifts have a great story, or are handmade, or are exactly what the recipient wants, or a combination of all three. In this guide, […]

The post 2018 Homesteader Gift Guide: Perfect Gifts for Your Homesteading Pals appeared first on Our Inspired Roots.

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We have harvested just about everything from our garden — including the pumpkins — and now it’s time to start cooking! Pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, pumpkin smoothies… pumpkin everything! But first: how to cook fresh pumpkin? There are many varieties of pumpkin but the main difference is pie vs. carving. Pie pumpkins (also called sugar pumpkins) are […]

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Homesteading is a hard life. Rewarding? Sure. Fun? Usually. But easy? Oh, heck no! When I asked my readers what their biggest struggle with homesteading was, many of them said time. I get it! Time is one of the few things we can’t get more of. There are only so many hours in the day […]

The post 6 Biggest Homestead Time Management Mistakes (and how to avoid them) appeared first on Our Inspired Roots.

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