My Casual Homestead | Sustainable Living Anywhere

We are sisters, living thousands of miles apart and homesteading side by side. This is our story, and this is our place to share what we have learned and the knowledge that we have collected.

Spicy Fermented Crock Pickles

This recipe is an old school dill pickle recipe, the pickles come out full of flavor and lightly effervescent. Fermenting pickles produces a much better pickle than hot water bath canning because the pickle is never cooked or heated it retains the crunchy texture...

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Spicy Fermented Crock Pickles

How to Butcher a Turkey

Autumn makes me think of vibrant leaves, warm soups, pumpkins, comfy sweaters, and harvesting the bounty that I have nurtured for the last 6 months. Autumn is harvest season on our homestead. I harvest my garden, fruit trees and because I choose to be an omnivore,...

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How to Butcher a Turkey

Homemade Maple Granola

Homemade granola is actually very easy to make. I was intimidated at first to make it at home even though there are a lot of recipes out there claiming it works. I did a bit of research and combined a few recipes I found into this one. Unlike some of my other first...

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Homemade Maple Granola

Harvest Calendar

Another harvest season is almost behind me. Within a few weeks, it will start snowing here in Fairbanks, snowing and sticking. Every year I wonder what happened to spring, summer, and fall?  In Fairbanks, the snow is usually gone around the first week of May and it...

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Harvest Calendar

Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar

It's the start of apple season, even up north here in Fairbanks. That means it's the start of eating fresh apples and making homemade apple pies, applesauce, dried apples, apple cider, and apple cider vinegar. Fairbanks is a tough place to grow apples. Below -40F...

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Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar

My Casual Garden

One of my many goals in life is to someday raise all my own food for my family, vegetables and meat both, or at least as much as I can.  I really don't see olive trees growing in Fairbanks anytime soon but, hey you never know. In the meantime, I try not to be too...

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My Casual Garden

Salsa Verde

I grow a large garden every year but, never large enough to fulfill all of my canning needs, so off to our local farmers market I go. August is an amazing month at the farmers market, everything is available in bulk, at a great price.  25 lbs of tomatoes go for...

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Salsa Verde
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~ Jessica & April

Top 5 Summer Rhubarb Recipes

Growing a garden in Fairbanks is challenging at best with a very short growing season of just 60...

Homemade Garlic Powder

Oh my goodness, I love garlic, its pungent smell is my happy home dinner feeling (that's a thing I...

Slow Cooker Butter Garlic Rabbit

This slow cooker meal is pure winter comfort food, warm, filling and delicious!  This is a great...

My Casual Garden

One of my many goals in life is to someday raise all my own food for my family, vegetables and...

Goat Chevre

  I personally don't own milk goats, so instead, I bought into a goat share of my neighbor's milk...

Homemade Italian Sausage

I'm currently on a charcuterie meat kick. Why? Because sausages and smoked meats are really good...

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

  I really love to bake, the process of baking is my zen moment in a hectic and busy day. I love...

How to Butcher a Turkey

Autumn makes me think of vibrant leaves, warm soups, pumpkins, comfy sweaters, and harvesting the...

Animals, Gardening and Poop

  This blog is our way of sharing wisdom and the things we have learned about homesteading, if I...

Better Than Campbell’s Tomato Soup

Every family has that quick weeknight meal that takes moments to prepare and is loved by...

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