15 Natural Pantry Air Freshener Recipes

natural pantry air fresheners collage

Air fresheners are a frequent addition to our monthly groceries and, while they aren’t horribly expensive, the purchases do add up significantly. Additionally, the scents are often overdone and they never last more than a minute or so. It doesn’t help that there are apparently chemicals in these commonly bought items which affect reproductive development. … Read more

8 Good Reasons to Avoid Dry Oven Canning

canning jars inside oven

Dry oven canning involves placing dry foods like beans, nuts, and grains into canning jars and sealing them. The sealed jars are then placed in an oven which is heated to 200 degrees Fahrenheit (93 Celsius). This is supposed to preserve and extend the shelf life of whatever’s in the jar by removing all the … Read more

13 Delicious Acorn Recipes You Should Try


Acorns…when I think of these, I always tend to think of a particularly unlucky squirrel… Of course, acorns are a natural food source that has been around for years wherever there are oak trees. Acorns are highly nutritious, calorie-rich, and were part of the diet in Greece, Spain, North Africa, Asia, and other places. Now, … Read more

Is Cattail Edible?


Whether you’re a curious homesteader or a survivalist living off the grid, it’s important to know what plants are in your environment. After all, when you’re living off the grid you are your own first responder; you often have to rely on yourself to survive. There are many edible plants in the wild, but there … Read more

You Need to Try These 25 DIY Soap Recipes

brown sugar and cinnamon exfoliating soap

Making soap is a fun and rewarding way to create your own natural, personalized soap at home. Homemade soap recipes are often more cost-effective than store-bought options, and they also allow you to control the ingredients and customize the scent and texture to your liking. So, how do you avoid running out of soap? Well, … Read more

Can Sheep Eat Apples? Is It Safe?

brown colored Icelandic sheep next to wooden fence

Sheep are common farm animals; their wool and meat make them valuable commodities on your homestead. It doesn’t hurt that they’re just so dang cute – especially as babies – when they get excited. Sheep have a very specific set of dietary needs which makes giving treats a bit…tricky. If they eat the wrong thing … Read more

Can You Dehydrate Jello / Gelatin?


“Jelly and custard again, nana?” Jello is a staple dessert of the Seebregts family, to the point that it’s become a running joke. Of course, that doesn’t stop us from chowing down; why should it? This is especially true with fruity-flavored jello. Well, haven’t you ever wondered if you could dehydrate jello? Yes, you can … Read more

Can Sheep Eat Bananas? Is It Safe?

a sheep nibbling on a banana

Sheep have very particular dietary requirements, which means that while we love being able to give them treats, we have to be super-duper careful about how we do it. Even a tiny amount of the wrong thing can lead to serious health problems. Fruit is a common treat for sheep, and the softer the fruit … Read more

Can Sheep Eat Carrots? Is It Safe?

a sheep eating a sliced carrot

I think we’ve all heard the words: “Eh, what’s up doc?” a few times growing up. I know I did because Bugs Bunny was one of my favorite characters in the Merrie Melodies cast. Of course, Bugs is a rabbit so munching on a carrot makes sense but what about sheep? Can sheep eat carrots? … Read more

Can Sheep Eat Chocolate? Is It Safe?

brown colored Icelandic sheep next to wooden fence

Ah, chocolate! The comfort food for everything from bad workdays to bad breakups, this dairy treat has been around for years and is going nowhere fast. Of course, when it comes to comfort, we like to share it – most of the time – with friends and family. The only members of the family who … Read more

Do Emus Lay Eggs? If so, How Many?


I’m going to let you in on a little secret, I’ve got a serious phobia of sorts revolving around birds. I can handle little ones – parrots, for example – but larger birds make me nervous. This makes emus a bit of a weird wild card. Yes, their sheer size makes me nervous, but the … Read more