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I'm Cris; I have a passion for research, and I am obsessed with gardening, herbal medicine, cooking with real food, and much more.I dream of the day that I can finally own my own self-sufficient homestead, and this website is my journey towards that goal. Thank you for joining me!

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How to Make Beer Cheese Soup

Posted by on Nov 20, 2017 in Cooking recipe, Soup, Uncategorized | 0 comments

How to Make Beer Cheese Soup I love Beer Cheese Soup. As you probably know by now, I am CRAZY about soup. I’ve got my Tomato Basil Soup, my Minestrone Soup, my Chili Recipe, and a bajillion other soups from other awesome people on my Soup Pinterest Board. So it was about time that I posted another soup recipe on this website. My tomato basil soup is my summer soup recipe. My chili recipe is my comfort food recipe. And my beer cheese soup recipe? That’s for when I want to spoil myself with a special treat. Some gals might like ice cream or cookies, but me, I like to...

How to Make an Herb Wreath

Posted by on Nov 13, 2017 in Herbs, Household Recipe, Uncategorized | 0 comments

How to Make an Herb Wreath I’ve gotten a bit creative here at The Homestead Garden and I learned how to make an Herb Wreath. My herb garden has been overflowing with abundance this year. Obviously, this is a wonderful blessing! It’s always good to have a plentiful harvest year (unlike the year before…).  However, the weather is cooling off, and I know that many of my herbs will soon be snuggling down for the winter, to await the warmth of spring. I hate seeing things in the garden go to waste, so I’ve been super busy harvesting and drying my herbs. But then I started to run out of places to...

Citrus Habanero Rabbit (or Chicken!) Recipe

Posted by on Oct 9, 2017 in Cooking recipe, Uncategorized |

I’m super proud of my husband for inventing this Citrus Habanero Rabbit recipe. If you’re looking for a way to use up some habaneros, or if you love how citrus, garlic, and spicy tastes together, then you will LOVE this recipe. Feel free to use chicken instead of rabbit meat! Here’s the background for this tasty Citrus Habanero Rabbit recipe: We were looking at a basket loaded to the brim with habaneros. And a freezer full of rabbit meat (and we need more space in the freezer for future rabbit harvests). I’m not the creative type in the kitchen. I love mixing various recipes into one dish, but I struggle when...

Homemade Salsa Recipe

Posted by on Jul 21, 2017 in Cooking recipe, Peppers, Uncategorized |

A good Homemade Salsa Recipe…it is easily my FAVORITE way to eat hot peppers from the garden. I warn you now: this is a homemade salsa recipe that focuses on hot peppers over tomatoes! If you’re not into spicy salsas, try making my tasty Mango Salsa Recipe. Or try one of these awesome salsa recipes instead (from a fellow blogger). Now that the warning is done, let’s get on to my salsa story… Once upon a time… As in, 11 years ago, my husband and I were adorable newlyweds, and we were also new at the whole adulting thing. We were still full-time undergrads and living our first year...

8 Reasons Why I am Raising Meat Rabbits

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in livestock, Uncategorized |

Last year, we finally started fulfilling our homestead dreams by raising meat rabbits. Before that, we only had a rather large garden. However, the goal has always been to have a mini-farm so that we can become more self-sufficient. First, meat rabbits. Next year, we’re hoping to add ducks. After that? Who knows. My ultimate dream is someday adding goats or sheep for dual dairy and meat purposes.  Perhaps you are wondering, why are we starting with meat rabbits for our homestead? Here’s a small list of reasons why I am raising meat rabbits: Why I am Raising Meat Rabbits 1. Rabbit is a High Quality Meat: **If you haven’t tried...

Nourishing Nursing Mother’s Tea

Posted by on Jan 14, 2017 in Herbs, Medicinal Recipe, Uncategorized |

I am a big believer in family and community support for pregnant women. I’ve always wished that I could live close to my loved ones when they were/are pregnant so that I could spoil them as much as possible. Fortunately, as I mentioned in my Gentle Healing Salve post, my wonderful cousin/friend is pregnant and due any minute now. She moved down here to South Carolina a year ago, just down the road from me, so I’m finally getting my wish to be able to support a preggers-loved one. 🙂 I’m creating a basket of supplies to bring her once her wee little one is born. Hmm…maybe I’ll make a post...

How to Make a Gentle Healing Salve

Posted by on Jan 2, 2017 in Beauty, Medicinal Recipe, Uncategorized |

Remember when I made my plantain infused oil (and dandelion infused oil, calendula infused oil, and comfrey infused oil) in the spring, and I promised to come back in fall/winter with some awesome DIY projects for you to make with your new oils? Well, I did not forget that promise.  Partly because I’m looking at these beautiful jars of super amazing infused oils and I just HAVE to use them in somehow. 😉 The problem was that I didn’t know which type of DIY project to make first. Talk about being overwhelmed. Do I make a beauty cream? Some homemade lotion? A neosporin-type all purpose salve? Ahh…I want to...

10 Plants for Attracting Beneficial Insects to Your Garden

Posted by on Dec 6, 2016 in Gardening, Uncategorized | 1 comment

I love winter. It’s the best season for getting prepared for a new gardening season. I love to cuddle up by a fire, drink some tasty hot chocolate, drool over my favorite gardening catalogs, and plan my future garden. It’s a lovely, peaceful season for dreaming about possible future garden productivity. However, I do NOT want to read only garden catalogs (for real!). I also love reading new gardening books. This has been tough to find. I read plenty of great homesteading books (like the ones I mention in my gifts for gardeners post), and those homesteading books have a section or two about gardening which are great to read. But sometimes...

6 Gift Ideas for Gardeners

Posted by on Nov 6, 2016 in Gardening, Uncategorized | 2 comments

It’s that time of year. Time to think about clever, cute, and/or funny gift ideas for your loved ones (or for yourself!). Here is a list of 6 gift ideas for gardeners. I tried to focus on just a few very specific gift ideas that I think gardeners will LOVE. Feel free to add other ideas in the comment section! 🙂 1. The Ultimate Garden Tool Set What gardener could resist a garden tool set (like this one), that comes with all the tools needed to garden and a nifty bag to carry it all (and keep it organized!). I drooled when I saw the one pictured below: 2....

8 Lessons from My Summer Garden

Posted by on Oct 31, 2016 in Gardening, Uncategorized | 7 comments

This year, my garden was much MUCH better. Unlike last year’s fiasco. Thank goodness.  However, even though this year’s harvest was a happy thing, I still learned plenty of lessons from my summer garden. So I thought I would share them with you all. Feel free to tell me about YOUR summer garden in the comments! 1. Drip Irrigation is a life changer. I hesitated to get drip irrigation in the past. This was for many reasons, including: I have a strict garden budget and I actually LOVE watering my garden by hand. However, my sweet hubby surprised me with drip irrigation supplies, so of course we set it...