Wonderful Ways to Use Whey!

Wonderful Ways to Use Whey!

Don't waste that whey! Let's chat about all the wonderful ways to use whey in your kitchen, your garden and farm!  When we started with milk goats several years ago, our main goal was to be able to supply the majority of our own dairy products. While nothing is...

Fall Equinox Celebrations for the Homesteader

Fall Equinox Celebrations for the Homesteader

The Fall Equinox celebrates the official start of the fall season! Here are 10 Fall Equinox celebrations that are perfect for the homesteader or gardener in us all!   Can you sense it? Autumn is in the air!  And it’s not just the return of pumpkin spice...

How to Make a DIY Pallet Path

How to Make a DIY Pallet Path

It's easy to create a beautiful and functional garden pathway from pallets! Here's how to create a DIY pallet path, step by step! A few years ago, I set out to transform a bare patch of our property into a beautiful garden area for my perennial plants and medicinal...

July & August 2020 Homestead Happenings!

July & August 2020 Homestead Happenings!

July & August 2020 - Behind the Scenes! A quick recap of some of our homestead happenings, including how we get creative with food preservation, our barn renovation project and more!   August marked our six-month anniversary of moving to the Pacific Northwest...

Soil Drainage: How & Why to Test It!

Soil Drainage: How & Why to Test It!

Did you know that soil drainage can directly effect how successful your garden is? Luckily, it's easy to learn more about your soil by doing an easy at-home soil drainage test!   Are you tired of guessing how much and how often to water your plants?  Knowing...

DIY River Rock Garden Bed

DIY River Rock Garden Bed

Raised beds are a wonderful solution for many types of gardening. Here's how to make your own beautiful river rock garden bed using basic supplies you probably already have on hand!   Many moons ago, we lived in a beautiful, fully-restored 1905...

How to Ripen Tomatoes Faster on the Vine

How to Ripen Tomatoes Faster on the Vine

Are your green tomatoes slow to ripen? Check out these tricks to ripen tomatoes faster as the end of the season approaches!   Each summer, grow an abundance of tomatoes. We grow about 16 tomato plants each year that provide our tomato-based products for the...

Homesteading & Health Insurance

Homesteading & Health Insurance

If homesteading is calling your name, there are some things you need to consider before you quit your job & go off grid! Health insurance is an extremely important consideration for any homesteader - here are some options to consider for you and your family....

How to Make Sun-Dried Tomatoes

How to Make Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Sun-dried tomatoes are a delicious, flavor-packed way to enjoy your homegrown tomatoes all year! Here's how to make your own using your garden grown tomatoes! Tomatoes are a go-to crop in most gardens - whether you have a teeny tiny garden or a huge one! For us,...

Radish Quick Pickles

Radish Quick Pickles

These radish quick pickles are as tasty as they are beautiful! Best of all, they are easy to make - no canning equipment required! Radishes are one of my favorite garden veggies to grow! They are incredibly versatile, fast growing and happy to grow almost anywhere....

April & May 2020: Sheep, Goats & Gardens!

April & May 2020: Sheep, Goats & Gardens!

Behind the Scenes: April & May 2020 – A quick recap of some of the homestead happenings that occurred this month, including our new goat, sheep, chicken coop and garden spaces! April 2020 Happenings: Seed Starting: Despite not having any proper plans for...

How to Grow Store Bought Potatoes

How to Grow Store Bought Potatoes

All about how to grow store bought potatoes! Don't let those sprouted potatoes go to waste - here's how to plant them and grow even more potatoes!  We've all done it! We've left those potatoes in the back of the cupboard and forgotten them. By the time that we...

How to Move a Homestead: Packing & Moving

How to Move a Homestead: Packing & Moving

Moving is hard. Moving a homestead is even harder! I've got tips and trick to help you with packing and moving your homestead! In February, we moved our homestead 500+ miles from Southwest Idaho to the South Sound area of Washington State! It was… an interesting...

How to Make a Seed Starting Soil Mix

How to Make a Seed Starting Soil Mix

A special seed starting soil mix allows your seeds to grow under the best conditions possible! And, it’s easy and affordable to make your own seed starting soil mix at home - here’s how!   Why exactly do you need a special seed starting soil mix? I must admit...

Project Zenstead is Now Rooted Revival!

Project Zenstead is Now Rooted Revival!

I am excited to announce that some changes are happening on the blog! These changes will make the blog more useful and applicable for you as you build and grow your garden and homestead! A little background... As a wise man (Tracy Byrd) once said, “the only thing that...

How to Move a Homestead: Selling Your Homestead

How to Move a Homestead: Selling Your Homestead

Selling your homestead and moving can be very stressful! These tips will help ensure that both you and your homestead are prepared for the big move! Moving is hard. But moving a homestead is even harder! In February, we moved our homestead 500+ miles from Southwest...

Big News: Our Homestead is Moving!

Big News: Our Homestead is Moving!

Yes, you read that correctly: We are packing up our homestead and leaving Idaho! We’ve been at our beautiful little Southwest Idaho homestead for three and half years now (get all the details about our Idaho homestead here). It has been glorious! This is the first...

How to Create a Less Stressful Holiday Season

How to Create a Less Stressful Holiday Season

The holidays can bring joy and cheer to our homes and hearts. Unfortunately, they can also bring a lot of stress! Here are 3 tips to help you create a less stressful holiday season this year! How do the holidays make feel? Are you excited for the merriment and...

Practicing Gratefulness in the Here & Now

Practicing Gratefulness in the Here & Now

If you ever feel frustrated about the scale of your dreams and your inability to make them happen soon enough, this post is for you! Practicing gratefulness in the here and now while we are on our way to "there" may be one of the most important lessons that...

2020 Homestead Management Printable Binder

2020 Homestead Management Printable Binder

It's back! The 2020 Homestead Management Printable Binder is completely updated and ready for you to print! Check out how to use it to organize your homestead and then grab your free copy from the Freebie Library! Get ready to make 2020 the best (or at least the most...

October 2019: Savoring the Fall Season

October 2019: Savoring the Fall Season

Behind the Scenes: October 2019 – A quick recap of some of the homestead happenings that occurred this month, including: prepping our homestead for winter, transitioning to fall eating and savoring the fall season!   Slow living during Fall: Fall is such a lovely...

September 2019: Our Garden Harvest Yields

September 2019: Our Garden Harvest Yields

Behind the Scenes: September 2019 – A quick recap of some of the homestead happenings that occurred this month, including: wrapping up our gardening season and our produce preservation yields! What a busy month! I feel like September just blurred into one never-ending...

Make Ahead Freezer Quiche

Make Ahead Freezer Quiche

Make ahead freezer quiche is a delicious way to preserve your farm fresh eggs and summer veggies! It's easy to make and even easier to bake up for a quick and tasty meal! There comes a time in every chicken keepers life when egg overwhelm becomes a very real thing. If...

The Fall Garden: Everything You Need to Know

The Fall Garden: Everything You Need to Know

How to plant the perfect fall garden + a free planning worksheet! Don't put your seed packets away just because the crisp fall air has arrived! Fall is a great time to garden! Here's everything you need to know about how, when and what to plant to have a beautiful and...

How to Stay Cool Without Air Conditioning

How to Stay Cool Without Air Conditioning

Sick of the heat and your air conditioning bill? We gave up air conditioning 3 summers ago and have no plans to go back! Here's how we save money and stay cool without air conditioning!    Our house doesn’t have air conditioning.  Depending where you live, this...

Our 1 Acre Homestead Layout + FAQ’s

Our 1 Acre Homestead Layout + FAQ’s

All about our 1 acre homestead in Idaho! Check out our homestead layout and some FAQ's that people commonly ask about our little homestead! Our Homestead Stats: Location: Nampa, Idaho USDA Growing Zone: 6B Size: 0.81 acres (It's not even a full acre!) Date purchased:...

10 Ways to Celebrate the Summer Solstice

10 Ways to Celebrate the Summer Solstice

The Summer Solstice is the celebration of the longest day of the year. Here are 10 creative ways to celebrate with the whole family! The Summer Solstice, also know as “Midsummer” or “Litha” in traditional Pagan cultures, marks the longest day of the year. It’s been...

The Truth About Growing Your Own Food

The Truth About Growing Your Own Food

Growing your own food is an exciting and wonderful adventure! But there's more to it than just planting a garden. If you want to be successful, you will need to make some lifestyle changes as well! I remember being a new homesteader and wondering what homesteading...