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homemade chai tea concentrate

I've seen a few other chai recipes floating around here and thought I would add my own take on it... a sweet, creamy concentrate that you just add to a cup of black tea!

One of the gifts I made this…

Added by Christine on January 10, 2011 at 1:30pm — 5 Comments

Handemade Giveaways at A Rural Journal




Added by el vigilante on January 10, 2011 at 7:43am — No Comments

Giant Veggie Gardener

I'm new to Homegrown and would like to share my knowledge and experience for those interested in growing veggies and gain information from you all as well! I'm a Master Gardener and call myself an 'Artisan Farmer' because I grow organic vegetables and fruits using sustainable methods on about a 1/2 of…


Added by Jannine Cabossel on January 9, 2011 at 3:10pm — No Comments

Family Farmers Offer Fresh Foodie Perspectives

On a late November day in rural Oklahoma, I arrived at the Downing Family Farm just as the husband and wife team of Wes and Kathy Downing were finished haying their cows.  The afternoon sun was warming large pastures with nearly dormant Bermuda grass.  While many of the black Angus were spread throughout the acreage, a few calves came up to greet me, with a little enticing from an afternoon helping of grain.  I had been anxious to see how the Downings were managing their five-year-old…


Added by Flour Sack Mama on January 8, 2011 at 12:26am — No Comments

Amish Sugar Cookie Recipe


My husband found this recipe in the December 2010 issue of Rural Electric Nebraskan, which was submitted by Joan Ewing of Sidney, Nebraska.  The full recipe makes approximately 5 dozen…


Added by el vigilante on January 7, 2011 at 4:56pm — 1 Comment

Lye Soap Making: Keeping it simple


Added by el vigilante on January 7, 2011 at 6:10am — 1 Comment

Choosing the Right Organic Vegetable Varieties for Your Region

There are so many different varieties out there – how do I decide what to plant based on what region of the country I am in?

Looking through a seed catalog can be a beautiful,…

Added by High Mowing Organic Seeds on January 6, 2011 at 5:13pm — 1 Comment

Bread Venture Update: December 2010

If I looked back one year ago, deep into my first year of classroom teaching, I never would have thought that one day I would be baking all of my own bread from scratch. Often overwhelmed and exhausted, I wasn’t left with much time or energy to bake, even with the bread machine.

Everything’s different now, and I find that baking actually energizes me. Smelling warm doughy bread as I walk in the house from a snowshoe walk makes my mouth water. Friends and family enjoy the warm loaves…


Added by Lisa Fine on January 5, 2011 at 2:51pm — No Comments

Free Land Available to Modern-Day Homesteaders

I read this article in the Omaha World-Herald recently about a 59 year-old woman who was pulling up stakes in California to take advantage of free land…


Added by el vigilante on January 5, 2011 at 7:10am — 7 Comments

Happy New Year!

Looking back on 2010, I did a pretty good job of tackling my resolutions and making positive changes.  I biked to work a few times, ate more locally, took my vitamins (for the most… Continue

Added by Christine on January 4, 2011 at 1:27pm — No Comments

Mental Notes for 2011

Mental Notes to Self for 2011


Added by el vigilante on January 2, 2011 at 7:32am — No Comments

Grow And Share Ramping up for 2011

So excited about planting in January!! It will be here before I know it. Some really high quality soil will be here soon.


Couple of things for those of you interested in helping:


- MLK Day Of Service we're building a school garden in Franklinton NC and could use some help (and lumber!)


- We have Gardener's Calendars for 2011 that tell you what can be planted in each month. Donate and we'll send you one. :-)


Look forward to…


Added by thewhatleys on December 28, 2010 at 7:06pm — No Comments

Winter Spice! Homemade Cheap Chai + Gingerbread-Plum Cookies

Does anyone else make their own chai?!


I've found a local market (Punjab on 33rd in Waverly for anyone in Baltimore)  that carries bulk spices for a much lower price than grocery store spices.


Recently I wanted chai tea and made up my own mix:


- black cardamom pods



Added by Aliza Ess on December 28, 2010 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

Homemade gifts: Hot cocoa mix and marshmallows

We made hot cocoa mix and marshmallows as holiday and New Years gifts for our friends and family this year. The supplies were cost effective (which is essential seeing as we've moved back to Austin from Brooklyn earlier this month and don't have jobs yet) and the leftovers are interchangeable for other cooking…


Added by Kate Payne on December 28, 2010 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

To sleep, perchance

When I was working outside the home, you could set a clock by my sleep

schedule.  To bed at 10 pm and up at 4 am.  Every weekday, for many,

many years.  

Since I became a stay-at-home farm wife some four years ago, however -- the time at… Continue

Added by el vigilante on December 27, 2010 at 10:37am — No Comments



Love your neighbor as yourself; but don't take down the fence.

~Carl Sandburg~



Added by el vigilante on December 21, 2010 at 10:01am — No Comments

How to make easy pine cone bird feeders

Remember the buckets of fallen pine cones we gathered in October to use as fire starters?  I had a few left over and decided…

Added by el vigilante on December 20, 2010 at 10:08am — No Comments

weekday soup, fresh pea with parmesan cheese squares

This was intended to be a legit Sunday Soup.  Two Sundays ago we ended up having a late lunch of gigantic burritos while we tackled our office/computer/sewing/junk room, which is the bane of my existence.  It's been a black hole of all the crap we don't want to…


Added by Christine on December 20, 2010 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Upside Downy

Yesterday was a gorgeous late autumn day on the farm.  Sunny, 26 degrees and calm winds.

I layered on my winter gear and headed north for a slow, leisurely walk in the conservation acres, without the dogs.  I enjoy taking them with me, but this…


Added by el vigilante on December 19, 2010 at 3:36pm — No Comments

Do I need to get a life? Don't answer that.


As I lay awake the other morning, trying to convince my feet to get out from under layers of warm blankets and onto a cold floor, I began to think about my chickens. Well, not just the chickens, but all of the birds -- ducks, guineas, geese and even my grumpy tom turkey.

I dislike winter (let me count the ways,) mainly because the birds…


Added by el vigilante on December 18, 2010 at 9:24am — No Comments

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