Category Archives: DIY

You can totally make it instead of buying it!

Coming Soon: Applesauce and Apple Butter

I haven’t posted lately for two reasons: I’ve been ill and I have a ton of applesauce to make. We bought two bushels of Golden Delicious apples on Tuesday. So far, I’ve made two batches and Danny has made one … Continue reading

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Homemade Chicken Stock

There’s something so homey to me about the smell of a roasting or boiling chicken. Growing up, my mom always made her own stock; I can only remember a time or two when she bought it. Now, I see why: … Continue reading

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Co-Sleeping

My original plan was for Declan to be in a bassinet. With Bella, we kept her in a bassinet in our room for the first two or so months before moving her to her crib. But my plans changed when … Continue reading

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Ohh Man!

This morning when we hit the traffic jam in Northern VA, we pulled up behind a car with one of the greatest license plates, ever.  “OHH MAN”.  Very appropriate. We finished early today so I was able to almost finish … Continue reading

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How to Build a Sawdust Stove

Last year I came across the idea of a sawdust wood stove.  The stoves are versatile and can be sized according to your needs.  The wider the stove, the longer it will burn.  A stove in a 55 gallon drum … Continue reading

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Chicken Plucker: Part Two

After finished a new chicken tractor for the Freedom Rangers this morning, I got back to the chicken plucker.  I made a couple stupid mistakes along the way and basically had to start over.  That’s what I get for trying … Continue reading

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What a Jerk(y)!

We realized recently that we have a freezer shelf packed full of roasts from last year’s beef.  Since we’ll be butchering another beef in a couple months, 60 chickens in 5 or 6 weeks, and possibly a goat at an … Continue reading

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Chicken Feeders

The Freedom Ranger chicks are draining their 5 gallon waterer by early afternoon, and will soon be eating an entire feeder full of food each day so it was time to build more feeders and waterers.  Since I’m making them … Continue reading

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Grinding Grain with a Vita Mix

My mother bought a new Vita Mix a little over two years ago. I was in love. It’s like a blender on steroids! When I started grinding my own grain, I would go to her house and use her Vita Mix. … Continue reading

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Chicken Plucker: Part One

When I bought 50 meat chickens, I started to think very seriously about how to butcher them.  In the past, we’ve butchered 10 or 15 at a time, skinning the birds instead of plucking.  If they’re young, they skin easily. … Continue reading

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