Joyful Homesteading

Joyful Homesteading is all about finding joy in the simple things and making the most of what you have.  It's about living the best quality of life possible while saving money.  It's about improving your health by growing your own food as well as raising critters for fresh milk, meat and eggs.

Are you ready to find joy in simplicity?  Read on!

Wood Burning Kitchen Stoves

When is a wood burning kitchen stove right for you?

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Quick Healthy Recipes To Try

Try these healthy recipes the next time you're short on time.

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Raising Chickens for Meat

Grow your own healthy meat at home for your family and for profit.

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How Flower Remedies Help

Here are 38 ways flower remedies can help ease negative emotions for healing.

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How to Avoid Deadly Diseases

And how avoiding this one food will add years to your life and promote healing.

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Alternative Healing Remedies

Consider these tried and true, safe health remedies the next time you are sick.

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How to Clear Out The Clutter

Tips on organizing your home and getting rid of the clutter once and for all.

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How to Get Ready For a Collapse

Some say a financial collapse could happen soon.  Here's how to prepare for it.

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Why Personal Finance Matters

Staying on top of your personal finances is both crucial to life and homesteading.

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Make Your Own Healthy Kimchi

Make one of the healthiest fermented foods our there with this easy recipe.

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Why You Should Grow Fennel

This sweet herb is a must-have in your self-reliant garden.

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How to Learn About Beekeeping

Ready to learn how to keep your own hive or two of bees?  Here's where to learn.

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How to Grow and Use Feverfew

How to Grow and Use This Herb to Treat Fevers and Other Ailments.

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The Benefits of Growing Quinoa

How to Grow and Cook This Amazing Superfood.

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Tips on Growing, Using Angelica

Why You Should Be Growing and Using This Beneficial Herb.

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Make a Poultice For Healing

How to Make a Use a Healing Poultice for Coughs and Infections.

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Make Your Own Cheese Crackers

Save Money and Cut Out the Chemicals By Making Crackers.

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Starting Garden Seeds Inside

Get a Jump Start on Your Garden for Next Spring by Following These Tips.

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Best Homestead Businesses

Home Business Ideas For Those Seeking to Become Self Reliant

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Healthy Cake Recipes

Indulge Yourself Without the Guilt With These Healthy Recipes.

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What is Joyful Homesteading?

It means living on less and enjoying life more.   It means simplifying, getting rid of the clutter not only physically, but emotionally as well.

And what will that mean to you?
    •    Try independence.
    •    The satisfaction of knowing you did it yourself.
    •    Freedom.

Think looking to yourself for food instead of a grocery store or fast food place.

Knowing exactly what's going into your body, and what your children are eating, and even leaving the insanity of commutes, traffic, and crowds behind.

A Return to a Simpler Lifestyle

Less than a hundred years ago, the small farm was king. And if they didn’t live on a farm, at the very least folks had chickens in their backyards and grew their own vegetables.  But then big business came on the scene, and we all got office jobs. And women went to work, too, because why should men have all the fun?

So we all dressed up in our office clothes, dropped our kids off at the public school or daycare, spent hours in the car, sat at a desk for even longer hours, took half an hour at noon and raced to a nearby fast food place. 

We’d eat fried chicken or a burger and fries that made us feel stuffed and miserable. Then we’d race back to the office so we could sit at our cubicles for a few more hours.
Then we climbed into our cars and drove home, where we were too tired to cook so we either picked up some more fast food that made us feel bloated and miserable or we popped a frozen meal into the microwave which wasn’t much better.  And then we drugged ourselves with television until it was bedtime, when we’d lay awake half the night struggling with insomnia.  And we’d be sick all the time and wonder why.

Is That Really How You Want to Live?

There is another way, a way that will help you eat better, cut costs and even get out of debt.  But growing foods organically and having a homestead is not just a way to get great food.  It is also learning to slow down, to enjoy the simple life while working harder than you ever thought you could and loving every second of it.

It’s learning to live the frugal life so you don’t have to earn as much.  And it can also mean finding alternative forms of income so you don’t have to make that commute everyday. Plus you don’t have to own a big plot of land either.  It is not about owning an acreage, although folks who start down this road usually end up with an acre or two eventually!

Instead, it's a way of life that can be lived just as easily in town as in the country.
You have a great life ahead of you, and Joyful Homesteading is the place to help you find it.  Enjoy!

Sue Merriam

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