Showing posts from March, 2020

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 Starters 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 t

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 ac

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