How to use Bar Soap

The humble bar of soap. Sometimes it seems like everyone has forgotten how to use bar soap. Since most people I know use liquid soap in tidy pump dispensers now. Yet bar soap is gentler, more economical, and does a better job of cleaning. Bar soap is truly a multi-purpose cleaner. In order to make […]... Read More
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How to use Cloth Produce Bags

Cloth produce bags are an old idea whose time has returned. They are simple and sanitary. You can keep a dozen on hand and they take up barely any space. Produce stays fresher and mold-free for longer. They can be used damp or dry, depending on what you are storing. They go in the fridge, […]... Read More

The 5 Gallon Bucket Book

This is quickly becoming my favorite go-to book for anything and everything that can be done with a 5 gallon bucket. Of course, I already was familiar with the composting toilet, the washing machine and the planters. This book contains more than 50 projects for around the homestead (and the home) that can be completed […]... Read More
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Amish Medical Sharing

At the Amish Auction, there are many, well, Amish people. Dressed in Amish clothes, believe it  or not. As a modest dress fashionista – is that possible? I am fascinated with examining the Amish costume. I admire the talent these women possess, to sew clothes for their entire families.   Many are color coordinated, obviously sewn […]... Read More
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Amish Auction

One of the things I enjoy most in Southern Colorado, is going to the local Amish auctions. There are several during the summer months. They are actually consignment auctions, open to the entire community, like one big garage sale. You can bring your stuff and they will auction it off for a commission. A professional […]... Read More
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How To Cure Soap

That’s easy, don’t let it get sick! Aaarrgh! Bad soapmaker joke. Seriously, though, it’s one thing to pull out the folding table and make a batch of soap, but once the soap sets up and gets cut, it needs to sit around for about 5 weeks to completely neutralize the action of the lye and […]... Read More
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Farmer’s Market

Homemade breads, pickles, cronuts; cucumbers, zucchini. First, a correction to my last post. Our new homes are a 28 foot RV and a 14 ft. travel trailer. What’s a few square feet here and there, anyway? Kreations by Katy, a member of Mrs. D’s Homestead We’ve really been enjoying participating as vendors at the Saturday […]... Read More
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March Already?

It’s March already! Where did January go? February? The Homestead has soaked up a good deal of rain and snow this season and we’ve collected as much of the water as humanly possible with a 5 gallon bucket system. Guttering all flat surfaces has suddenly moved way up on the priority list. We’ll post pictures […]... Read More