About Me

Welcome to my blog, Homemaking on the Homestead! 

My name is Crystal and I’m a mom to 8 nearly all grown children. All of my children have been homeschooled. My last child is 16 and should be done with high school in the next year or two. I also have 6 grandchildren and a few “adopted” grandchildren that have come into our life.
This pic is a few years old and missing a few grandkids, it was the last time they were all home at the same time..

My husband Tobin and I will celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary this year!! He is an amazing man that I love very much. 

We live in SW Washington on 18 acres. Over the years we’ve had goats, horses, bunnies, chickens, pigs and lots of dogs and cats here on our homestead. Today with most of my children grown and gone (well my house fluctuates between 2 and 4 children still living at home) I am down to just a few barn cats and couple of goats to keep the ever growing brush under control. Over the years I milked goats, made cheese, soap, ice cream, and more from our own milk.

Today I’m enjoying a changing phase in my life; I’m slowly watching my life morph into an empty nest, though I know that phase is still a few years away. Right now I’m experiencing fewer children, less responsibility at home, more time spent with my growing children helping them when I can and pursuing other interests as well.

I am and always have been a full time homemaker and enjoy encouraging other homemakers has been something I love to do. That is my desire for this blog: the various topics I share about my life, homemaking, cooking & baking, etc.. will hopefully be an encouragement to those that stop by for a visit.

I started a website called The Family Homestead back in 2005 (before the day when blogs were all the rage! :). I still have that website today but find I spend my limited computer time mostly here on my blog. I try to post regularly but if you don’t see me for a day or two it’s usually because I’m busy doing the things I write about! Ha, ha!! 

Hope you grab a cup of coffee or tea and stay and visit with me for a while!!



  1. I just found your blog. I love it and know we would be great friends if not separated by so many miles. I can't wait to try some of you canning recipes and hope to have my daughter in law over to help teach her at the same time. Midwest Mom, grandma and wife, married 37 yrs with 5 grandkids. and 2 grown sons.

    1. It's so nice to meet you!! Thank you for the message! Nice to meet like minded women!

      Crystal :)

  2. just located your website when looking for recipe on canning homemade chicken noodle soup. Love your site. Yesterday, we butchered three chickens, canned 16 one half pint jars of chicken breast meat and 7 pints of 'your' chicken noodle soup starter. Looking forward to making the white bean chicken chili. Thank you for sharing your life and knowledge!

  3. Hey I was wondering if you have any experience with Kefir? If so what benefits have you seen?

    1. I’ve made kefir with both the grains and culture… I liked it, it was easy to make, easier than yogurt.. it has the same benefits as any cultured milk product.. good probiotics and such… I have some info on making kefir from cultures.. http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/makingkefirinpics.htm


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