Post-illness comeback

The last 2.5 weeks have been rough. The whole family cycled through a respiratory illness, followed almost immediately by a gastric illness. And I tell ya what, I'm over the extra laundry and cleaning. The fire cider I made is much appreciated. 👍 On the plus side, I've been able (forced) to rest with my … Continue reading Post-illness comeback

It’s Market Day!

We've planned and prepped and today is the day! Somehow I still feel under prepared, but come what may, today is market day! If you're local to East TN, come check out our homestead booth at College Square Mall. We've got complimentary companion planting guides, and lots of info and handmade items. We'll be at … Continue reading It’s Market Day!

Autoimmune Disease and Birth Control

I tensed, teared up, and felt white-hot rage as I read a Natural Womanhood email this afternoon. I had a visceral reaction to the information because it was precisely my experience, a painful experience. Almost 10 years ago, my body broke down. It was a gradual process instigated by the use of hormonal birth control … Continue reading Autoimmune Disease and Birth Control

Wednesday Weekend

So I may have mentioned that our family has had some chaotic shifts in schedule and routine the last few months. Actually, from about the end of April, all summer long, we've been in a survival mode. I'm whipping things back into shape as we've begun our homeschooling year and summer is coming to a … Continue reading Wednesday Weekend

Homestead Update!

Hello there! It's been a hot minute, let me catch you up to speed. We've had oodles of celebration lately. My little (not so little anymore) brother got hitched earlier last week so the kiddos and I traveled north for the ceremony. And wouldn't you know it, it went from sunny and 75°F to 32°F … Continue reading Homestead Update!

Etsy Shop Sale!

Hey guys! As a thank you to you loyal WHL followers, we're offering a sale on our Etsy shop! This includes all our custom made things as well as official Shaggy Maple Homestead swag. We really appreciate all your support, especially since the at times inappropriate ad content that was being hosted on our site … Continue reading Etsy Shop Sale!

Making Comfrey Salve

I have had an abundant comfrey harvest. In my experience, when God delivers an abundance of a specific crop, it's usually an advance deposit on a need we end up having later. So I'm taking this wonderful stuff to propagate the roots from cuttings, and making infused oil which will then be made into a … Continue reading Making Comfrey Salve

Homestead Update

We've reached a standstill with preserving our harvest. As I'm sure many of you have as well, we've encountered a mason jar shortage. That means all those honey jars and pasta sauce jars I've saved over the years are being put into service. And praise God I bought brands that are compatible with regular mouth … Continue reading Homestead Update

Food Preservation on the Homestead

So it's one thing when you've got a mess of things coming in on your homestead. It's another blessing when your friends have an abundance to share with you as well! That begs the question: "What do I do with all this food!?" There are a lot of ways to preserve your harvest, and fermentation … Continue reading Food Preservation on the Homestead

Homemade Sunscreen

I've been making my own sunscreen for years. It started when my oldest son was a baby- he had unthinkably sensitive skin. Every commercial baby soap, lotion, diaper, even diaper rash ointment gave him a rash! As a result, I was forced into finding acceptible chemical free alternatives. Now what do I mean by chemical? … Continue reading Homemade Sunscreen