When we first walked our land a year ago, even before we had signed the deed, we knew that it was Home. Having searched and hunted and prayed and waited for years (we were talking about this even before we were married!) it was amazing to finally have that answer of where we were going to be.
Here. This dirt. These rocks. This farm. This was going to be the place our young son (and any future children??) remembered as home. This was going to be the place where all those dreams and hopes were going to get planted, and where we were going to finally shed our city skins and emerge as grubby-kneed, chicken-wrangling, off-grid, permaculturing, flannel-clothed butterflies.
It was hard to leave it behind. We weren't able to move immediately for several reasons, and it has been hard to feel our hearts tugged towards our land while currently working and living in the city. But at the same time, we are so thankful for these waiting months--the time has certainly not been wasted! Now that our timeline has us living there within the next two seasons, we can look back and certainly see the Father's good provision in allowing us to have these 12+ months to prepare.
Maybe you're in a similar place--you've always wanted to homestead, but you haven't the funds or location yet. Or maybe you share even more in common with us and know that the move is coming, and you've been blessed with a little bit of time beforehand! Or maybe you just desire to live a little more simply.
In all cases, we hope that the following list can be helpful for you. Here's some things to consider if you want to make the transition from city-dweller to homesteader more fluid, or if you feel the press to start becoming more self-sufficient. We certainly aren't off-grid experts yet--we're still untested, biding our time on our postage-stamp size city lot--but we feel so much more ready to dive into a new life, whatever it brings.
As I mentioned in my last post, as I was doing research into the makings of commercial yogurt, I found a lot of information that surprised me, and not in good way, convincing me that homemade yogurt is really the only way to go. Real yogurt is a healthy and delicious food, and relatively easy to make at home-- not requiring any special equipment or ingredients.
So I wonder, how has this simple, two-ingredient food (yogurt + milk = more yogurt) become an entire, additive-laced aisle at the grocery store where very little real yogurt is to be found? As I researched what all those extra ingredients were, I ended up writing this really long post. If you’re willing to hang on for the ride, I’ll do my best to make it worth your while.
Yogurt has become an entity unto itself. Walk down any yogurt aisle at a grocery store (because they do fill an entire aisle) and you will see dozens upon dozens of brands shouting at you at how very Greek or drinkable or active or low-calorie they are, and commanding premium prices. Now, I absolutely love yogurt, but I have little love for single-serve plastic cups of sugary, artificially thickened and flavored milk-goo that spends tons of advertising dollars to convince you its a health food because it has SO MUCH PROTEIN.
Trust me, I used to walk down that aisle, debating if I should shell out money to buy a tub of the one that seemed healthiest (it was always the most expensive one). It never occurred to me that I could make it myself--I mean, if you glance at the ingredients, it seems like you need some sort of alchemy lab for magic milk transformation, and none of those multi-syllabic things are ever on grocery shelves anyway.
How wrong I was! I now know that the best, healthiest, tastiest, and cheapest yogurt I’ve ever had is the one I now make in my kitchen every two weeks. And you can make it too.
We are a husband and wife who are trying to live simply. We are learning much as we transition from life in the city to life in the country. Come along with us, and maybe you can also learn a thing or two as well.
We love writing for these fine folks as well!
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