Four (BIG) Meals from Two Chickens | The Family Homestead Archives #11

I wrote this post several years ago and was feeding a big family so the recipes are on the larger side. If you are cooking for two you can cut this in half and still probably have leftovers. 

Four Meals from Two Chickens:Here is how to take two chickens and stretch them into four meals
Began by taking two large chickens (When I buy a whole chicken I try and buy the biggest bird possible, at least 4 to 5 pounds each) and putting them into a large stock pot and covering them with water and add 1 tablespoon of salt. Boil the chickens until they were falling apart. Spoon out as much chicken as you can and strain out the rest of the broth. I do this my taking a large bowl and setting my colander inside of it. Pour the broth and leftover bits of chicken meat and bone into the colander.  Save the broth to use in the following meals. After the meat cools debone all of it. Chop chicken into small size pieces and put in a bowl, container or large zip lock bag. Store in the refrigerator.


Quick & Easy Chicken Alfredo

Hello friends!  In today's video I'm showing you how I make a quick and easy chicken alfredo. 
This is becoming my newest go-to recipe because it's so easy and so good! :)

Steps to a More Organized Kitchen | The Family Homestead Archives #10

The kitchen can be a complex room. So much goes on in there. There is a constant daily use of supplies and dishes and cleaning going on. So being well organized is a necessity. This is a room that needs a plan and a good routine to keep things moving.

One way to come up with a plan to better organize your kitchen is to step back and look at your kitchen and consider all that you do in there. The variety of meal preps, the storage of food, pots and pans, the baking, cooking, etc… Then break your kitchen up into zones.

You can start with a baking zone. Examine where you keep your supplies. A baking zone will have measuring cups for both dry and liquids, measuring spoons, mixing bowls, as well as spices, baking powder, soda, etc. You want everything simple to access so that making a batch of muffins does not become a chore of digging around to find needed supplies and equipment or walking from one side of your kitchen to the other. I stay in one area of my kitchen and access all I need whi…

What Does it Mean to Homestead? | Coffee with Crystal

Hi Friends! 
 In today's Coffee with Crystal I am talking about what it means to homestead. 
And how anyone, wherever you may live, can be a homesteader. 
Hope you enjoy the video

Make a Simple Clothes Pin Bag for your Clothes Line | The Family Homestead Archives #9

I use to have a clothesline and loved hanging my laundry out. I made a simple little bag to hold my clothes pins. You don't need a lot of sewing skills for this fast easy project! 

Make a Simple Clothes Pin Bag for your Clothes Line!
Summertime is time to hang out the laundry! I love my clothesline but was always struggling with how to deal with the clothes pins. Well I have solved that problem and want to pass this on to all you clothes line ladies!!

This is a VERY simple project to make! If you don’t sew, do not despair because you can hand stitch this one!
Supplies: 1 child’s size button up the front shirt,  about size 2T or 3T
1 coat hanger
Thread to match the fabric

Lay the shirt on the table and button up the front of the shirt.
Turn the shirt inside out and sew the bottom of the shirt closed.
Turn the shirt right side out and unbutton the first few buttons at the top.
Now you have a little bag that you can fill with your clothes pins! Insert your coat as if you were hanging the shirt up…

Recipes for Overripe Bananas: The Family Homestead Archives #8

If you find yourself with very ripe bananas and are wondering what to do with them, here are a few ideas..
Ripe bananas can be mashed up and added to pancake or waffle batter. Mash up 1 to 2 ripe bananas add to your favorite batter recipe.

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins Yield: 12 muffins

½ cup buttermilk or sour milk
½ cup mashed banana (1 large banana)
½ cup honey
1 egg
2 c flour (add extra flour if you grind it freshly. Batter should be thick)
1 ½ t. baking powder
½ t. baking soda
½ t. salt
½ t. cinnamon
½ cup chocolate chips, grain sweetened

In a medium bowl mix together buttermilk, honey, mashed banana, and egg until well mixed. In another bowl mix flour, baking powder, soda, salt, cinnamon until all ingredients are well combined. Mix liquid ingredients with flour mixture. Stir until just mixed. Fold in chocolate chips.  Spoon batter into greased muffin tins until almost full. Bake at 350 for 20 to 22 minutes.


1/2 cup butter
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1-1/2 cups mashed…