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

Wild Violet Jelly

It's that time of year! The flowers are blooming, and we're foraging and harvesting to get some of that fresh early spring goodness in our bodies. And, sick as I am of hearing about a virus, all the more reason to load up on vitamin C rich greens and to be out in the sunshine … Continue reading Wild Violet Jelly

Practicing and Perfecting Skills

You know what changes for homeschooling, homesteaders in the midst of social distancing ordinances? Not a whole lot, actually. In fact, it has been pretty difficult to frame this whole virus thing with rationality because of all the highly publicised "toilet paper crisis alerts." I'm praying for those affected by sickness and hardship (as I … Continue reading Practicing and Perfecting Skills