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HomeKeeping - A Few Basics

What are the simple basics to keeping a home and having a home you enjoy being in?
I'm sharing about this in the video and plan to make more in this series to expand on the topic.

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…

February Vlog, Simple Content Days

Good morning Friends!
Today I'm sharing my February Vlog, Simple Content Days.  I hope you enjoy!  Crystal :) 

An Afternoon in the Kitchen | Frugal and Creative ideas for Leftovers

Good Afternoon! 
In today's video I'm sharing an afternoon I spent in the kitchen making feta cheese burgers and turning my leftovers into brand new meals. 
I hope the video inspires you to find ways to use up leftovers :)

Where Have I Been?

After being sick for a month, I'm back and ready to roll forward again. :) 
I have a new video out sharing what's been going on and a quick life update!

Favorite Breakfast Recipes | The Family Homestead Archives #7

Overnight Cinnamon Oatmeal Pancakes
Crystal Miller
2 cups quick oats
2 cups milk, buttermilk would work also
½ cup whole wheat pastry flour
2 T fructose or Sucanat
1 t. baking powder
1 t. baking soda
½ t. cinnamon
½ t. salt
2 eggs
¼ cup very soft butter

The night before mix together the quick oats and milk, and refrigerate until morning. In a separate bowl mix together flour, fructose or Sucanat, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Set this aside. In the morning mix the oatmeal mixture, eggs and butter into the dry ingredients. You will most likely need to add more milk. Add one tablespoon at a time until it reaches the desired consistency. Cook on an ungreased skillet or griddle over medium heat. These take a little longer to cook than regular pancakes. The edges will looked cooked and the centers be slightly bubbly and the bottoms will be lightly browned when it is time to turn them. 

Brunch Baked Eggs
Crystal Miller
Prepare this one the night before and put in the oven in the morning t…

A Trip to Town | Take a Drive with Me

Good Morning!
In today's video I'm sharing a little road trip with you. We normally try and do several things at once when we head into town since we live a ways out.
I thought it would make a fun little video as I show you a typical cloudy winter day in the Pacific Northwest.
I hope you enjoy the trip. :)

First Grocery Haul of 2020!

Good morning friends!! Life has been a bit busy for me but I finally got into town for some groceries. 
Today's video is the first grocery haul of 2020. 
At the end of the video I also share my menu plan for the week.

Bread Making 101: The Family Homestead Archives #6

There are different ways to make bread, by hand, in a stand up type mixer like a Kitchen Aid or in the heavy duty type mixes like a Bosch.  With each of these different methods comes different instructions and kneading and rising, etc.. 

For starters we will discuss the basic ingredients needed to make bread.  You will need flour, a fat of some kind like oil or butter (I can’t recommend shortening because I think shortening is very bad for you!), yeast of course, you can buy yeast at the grocery store in little packets or a jar or better yet at stores like Costco you can buy it a large 2# bag for additional savings. Yeast can be stored in the freezer or refrigerator after you have opened it, a sweetener, which can be optional but does help the yeast to rise, liquid such as water or milk and salt.  That is all that is required, some recipes may call for an egg or other spices but for basic bread the above is all that is needed.  I think it is best to find a very basic recip…