Homestead Goal: Simplify

January 7, 2018 Janelle Farm Life

Goal on the homestead: Simplify

At the beginning of every year we make goals that we like to accomplish for the coming year.  Projects to start or complete, financial goals, adding animals, selling animals and so forth.  This year we have a resounding theme: simplify. When we started our farm, we wanted to try it all.  Do all the things!  […]


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Cinnamon Apple Dutch Baby

September 24, 2017 Janelle HomemadeRecipes

It’s the time of year for apples!  We have planted quite a few apple trees in our orchard, but it will be a couple years yet before we will get a harvest.  Good things come to those who wait.  That’s what I keep telling myself anyway!  Imagine my delight when one of our neighbors stopped […]


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Reality of Homesteading

July 31, 2017 Janelle Farm LifeHomesteading

The reality of homesteading

  As I was milking our Jersey, Spark, the other evening, I was thinking about how this was what I dreamed about for years.  Living off the land, growing our food and getting milk from our own cow.  Life is good!  And then Spark swatted me in the face with her tail. Everyone glosses over […]


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Missouri Ozarks: What’s Great & What’s Not

June 22, 2017 Travis HomesteadingMissouri

Missouri Ozarks

It has now been three years since we purchased our farm in the Missouri Ozarks. What a whirlwind of three years it has been!  We are very grateful to be here and are enjoying our new routine, but like anything, it isn’t perfection either.  When we were making our decision regarding moving to the area, […]


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Why Build With Straw Bales?

May 27, 2017 Travis Straw Bale Building

  If you are a regular reader, you already know we are in the middle of building a straw bale insulated home.  I often meet people who assume I am therefore some sort of straw bale evangelist.  This always strikes me as odd because I can’t really understand why I would want to push my […]


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Putting Farm Animals to Work

April 17, 2017 Janelle AnimalsHomesteading

Farm animals have an important place on the homestead.  From the backyard homesteader to the full time farmer, producing your own eggs, milk and meat is a fulfilling accomplishment.  We give our farm animals fresh food and water and the best care possible.  But could our farm animals being doing more for us in return?  […]


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Goat’s milk yogurt

March 21, 2017 Janelle HomemadeRecipes

Nigerian Dwarf Goat Yogurt

**This post contains affiliate links.  See side bar for details.** My family loves yogurt.  When our goat’s are in milk, I make 1 gallon of yogurt a week and I still can’t keep up with my kid’s appetites!  Who can resist a bowl of thick, creamy goat’s milk yogurt with a bit of fruit mixed […]


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Chores with a Toddler

January 14, 2017 Janelle Farm Life

Farm chores with toddler

When our third child was born, I was determined to get back to my normal routine of caring for animals and gardening as soon as I could.  Being outside is my happy place.  I was able to get my chores and gardening done with my baby by babywearing.  I wore my baby every day for […]


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Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal Bake

November 22, 2016 Janelle HomemadeRecipes

Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal Bake

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  Whatever you have for breakfast should stick with you until lunch, especially when you’re out working on the farm.  Our go-to breakfast is soaked oatmeal.  Make it up the night before, turn the burner on low under the pan of oatmeal in the morning, head out […]


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Eating Well in Rural America

October 29, 2016 Janelle Farm Life

** This post contains affiliate links. **   Eating real food with real ingredients is a priority for our family.  Before we moved to the Ozarks, we lived outside a large city where organic produce and meat was not hard to find. The prices were reasonable since there was a demand for organic food. We […]


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