Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Modern Homesteader

 The question... 

A few weeks ago a fellow blogger left a comment asking me what information I could pass on to them about homesteading in Missouri.  Little did they know they got my wheels turning! Quite honestly I felt very unqualified to answer her question. Before I answered her question I found her blog to "get to know" her a bit.  You can find Tessa at  My first though was WOW...  Her blog is beautiful and after reading a bit I realized she is much farther on this homesteading journey than I am.  I felt even more unqualified to answer.  In fact she got me thinking what makes me think I am a homesteader at all?  What is a homesteader today? Who can be a homesteader?

The journey...

I began by thinking where we get the word homestead.  What does that mean?  Basically it was a way for people to get land and create a home.  The government said that if you move to this area and make a home you can keep the land.  It became theirs.  People moved to places previously uninhabited by people to live.  Ok, to that is the grade school version but stay with me :)   That version of homesteading is very rare today.  So what does homesteading mean today.  Modern homesteading can be simply defined as being self sufficient.  (see Wikipedia)  I found the The homestead bloggers network and looked through their list of bloggers.  The one basic idea I found was that they all were striving to be self sufficient in some way.  Common threads were gardening, building, raising animals for food, living off grid, and anything to provide for oneself.  Members were at different spots in the journey and the members themselves were varied and from all different backgrounds.  So...

The answer...

Are we homesteaders? I say yes.  When I started the blog I picked the name because I felt like a homesteader as we moved onto land that was empty of any modern touches.  I felt like we were blazing a new path.  Since then, I've learned we are far from alone in our way of living and I find comfort in that.  That means I can learn from others and yet even then I've learned that reading about how to milk a cow, raise chickens, make cheese, can food, garden, and all the other things that come with this life are far different than the real experience.  Nothing really compares to actually doing these things than when you get your hands dirty and feel the sweat, tears, fear, and triumphant of succeeding over a hurdle.  The  feeling of satisfaction of carrying a full milk bucket, building a chicken coop, toting a basket of eggs, stocking a pantry of home canned goods, piling a stack of firewood, or eating a meal of food all from your backyard.   

Homesteading in Missouri? I believe it is a bit more popular here because we have more rural land available.  The growing season is longer which means gardens can do well and food grows abundantly wild also.  I have found many homesteaders here even if they don't think of themselves that way because it is simply a way of life they've had for years.
I hope you can join me on this journey and learn with me as we do our best to take care of our little corner of the world. 
What do you think??

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Breakfast Burritos

OK I know I haven't done a food post for a while so I thought I'd throw this out there.  Super D was really happy to have this Breakfast Burrito..

Now I usually am not a big fan of breakfast burritos but these were great and super simple!

Scrambled eggs
Hash brown
Toppings of choice: Cheese, black Olives, Jalapenos, Sour Cream

I stuffed the Tortilla with Eggs and hash bowns, then topped with left over chili and toppings.  These were wonderful. 


Friday, January 17, 2014

A Cold, Cold Winter!

I know we are not the only ones fighting extreme cold this winter.  I hope this finds you staying warm! We have been working hard to stay warm with temperatures dropping to -15 degrees our little wood stove is working overtime to keep us warm. 

Here's the girls and I cuddled up under seven blankets (we counted!) on the day we couldn't get the house above 50 degrees.  That night it dropped to 37 degrees!  We stocked our little fire religiously and Super D and I slept in the living room by it to keep it going all night.  The next day we got a much better supply of wood that is burning better!  The last stuff just didn't want to burn very hot and if you've never had to use a fire to keep a house warm I know that sounds odd. 
 I never realized all that goes into using a wood stove.  We sure didn't get much done for a couple days but had a pretty good time cuddling and watching TV. 

Even the dogs had to get in on the blanket action!  Thankfully the weather has gotten warmer since then and our stove is keep up much better.  I've been glad for some sunshine and hope the below 0 temps are behind us for the year.  I am looking forward to spring!