Teaching our children by example and showing them what work is, is the #1 way to their success. They love to help and letting them do so will help them learn skills that will be so valuable for the rest of their lives. Sometimes it takes longer and is harder but it will be worth it in the long run.
This year has been a learning curve that has never been so fun. We started goats in December 2015 and kidded out just after the new year, memorial day and Labor day. I guess our goats like celebrating the holidays with some kids. Here is a sample of the cuteness we have had this year. We are loving our goats!
Labor Day Babies
Spring and Summer Babies
Have you ever gone camping in a 'not designated' campsite. If you have then you know what it is like to create your own space for camping out of what you find.. It is fun. When we have done it in the past we usually pick a nice place along side a creek surrounded by trees. Here on the place we are going to call home we decided to pick a spot with a view overlooking the pond and mountains. We want to be close to a water source and pitch our tents on some level ground.
We were so excited to make it back to Idaho. We love it there. I drove the horse trailer and my man drove the Uhaul. It took us a good 16 hours and crying children but we did it. For the fourth of July weekend we enjoyed time with family. They set up camp in the pasture and we put a little fence around them to keep the cows out. This is my man and my dad putting that fence in. There were also beautiful wild daisy's all around welcoming in summer.
Now when you hear the word work do you ever cringe or think "oh please not today, I have more than enough on my plate and do not need to add to it." Have you ever stopped to think about the value of work? How has it blessed you? How has it effected your personal or family life?
Journal Entry #2
Have you ever had a goal you wanted to accomplish and when you did how did it feel? Or have you had a desire for a certain lifestyle and when it is actually coming together as you had hoped, how do you feel? We are beginning to see what these two things feel like.
No worries, there will be no visuals in this blog post, you can find that elsewhere and i am no doctor, this is just information that can help in a situation if the need arises.
Before a week ago I was one of those that only used cast iron to cook with if we were in the outdoors and I was camping. My husband changed that when he got me some cast iron skillets and pots. We took them out of the package and they already come pre-seasoned but we wanted to give them an extra touch. So we looked up how to do it and it has turned out great so far.
We did it again with some Lodge Cast Iron I had in our camping gear that were in much needed TLC for seasoning (which means to grease them up good so they don't rust.....not salt or pepper them) believe it or not I used to think, "Do you like rub it down with salt or something???" glad I don't think that way anymore :)
Why I am even addressing different types of shelters is because when starting out a homestead it depends a lot on what your willing to spend money on and how much. So say you are building a home, you can choose to 'camp out' while you build for the experience and to save money. Here are a list of different ideas of things you can use as shelters from one extreme to another.
When you're out in the forest for emergency or survival needs or just for fun to say you have tried it, here are some creative ways to build a shelter for yourself while out in the wilderness.
Your Traditional Campfire
The most common way to cook without electricity is just over a regular campfire. Here is some advice from no one better than Smokey the Bear with how to build a fire. When you get a fire hot enough there are a few ways to cook on it. You can use a flat rock to lay over the fire propped up on two other rocks so you are not crushing your fire, and the fire will heat the rock and you can cook on it like a cook stove. You can use a cast iron grill/grate over the fire to cook on or use logs such as the one in the picture. You can also wait for your fire to burn down a bit and use the hot coals to set your cast iron or steel pots and pans down in to cook with. It is the same idea as Briquette cooking your just using the hot coals from your fire. You can cook just about anything over a fire. Take your favorite recipe and make it with the right equipment and with some practice you will be a pro in no time with campfire cooking.
Most people know the basics of cooking outdoors without electricity. You can make a fire, have a BBQ or use your propane camp stove. But what if it is bad weather or dead of winter. Are you really going to be up for cooking outdoors? Are you prepared enough to cook indoors safely?
I found many ways to cook your food without electricity but had a harder time than I thought looking for different ways to cook without electricity indoors. Most of what I saw had some form of Carbon Monoxide danger in closed quarters. So I did my research to see what is safe indoors as well as the many ways to cook outdoors.
Everyone who has become a 'homesteader' knows that everyone goes about it differently and goes to different extremes due to their needs.
Homesteading: Broadly defined by Wikipedia is 'a lifestyle of Self Sufficiency'. So with that said what would you do in your modern life to prepare for a change in a lifestyle and go from living a modernly convenient lifestyle to one where you would rough it for a while without electricity or plumbing to start from scratch and build up from there.
Camille Loves being a mother of six, wife to an amazing cowboy, A photographer, blog writer, and an Adventure seeker.
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