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!

Condensed Milk Recipe

This condensed milk recipe helps you save money and avoid harmful chemicals.

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Make Your Own Velveeta Cheese

A low-cost way to have healthier sandwiches and dips.

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The Self Sufficient Life

The self sufficient life is possible although it will likely take owning a piece of land and a lot of hard work.

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Emergency Food Preparedness

Having extra food on hand is something all of us should be doing.

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How to Butcher Chickens

Learn how to butcher chickens and you will have food security for life.

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How to Live Debt Free

Living Debt free is the ultimate dream.  Who wouldn't want to go back to a simpler way of life?

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How to Make Hickory Syrup

Make a delicious syrup for your coffee from nuts on your land.

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Protect Your Plants From Frost

Keep your plants safe from the cold.

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Pumpkin Pie From Scratch

How to make pumpkin pie straight from a pumpkin.

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Homemade Eggnog Recipe

Make your own healthier eggnog from scratch with this recipe.

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All Natural Health Remedies

Low cost healing naturally

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Sprouts for the Best Health

Why the healthy, low-cost sprout is the best addition to your salads and diet.

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Getting the Best Goat for You

Find the right breed for you.

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Beginning Homesteading

How to homestead right now even without an acreage of your own.

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Antiviral Herbs

How to recover from a cold or flu naturally using herbs.

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Winter Bee Care

Tips on protecting your bees during the winter months.

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Clean Water in an Emergency

Make sure you have clean, drinkable water even when the power goes out.

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Building a Tiny Home?

Here's why having plans are so important.

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The Composting Toilet

Why everyone should have one of these, to save money and the environment.

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Homemade Perfume Recipe

Ready to make perfumes for Christmas?

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This Surprising Berry Provides Free Soap

Is this tree growing on your property?

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Creative Ways to Save Money

Get out of debt faster and save more money with these helpful tips. 

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Cooking Without Power

Invest in this one handy tool for preparedness and savings.

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Aquaponics Defined

The amazing garden method that produces healthy produce in record time.

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How to Catch Bees

Find a swarm of bees, catch them, and you save the bees and your budget.

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One Weed, So Many Benefits

The amazing weed, burdock, provides you with food and medicine

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Best Prepper Investment Ever

Why a grain mill is an awesome investment.

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A Home Business With a Future

Why boer goat farming is growing.

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This Weed Makes a Dandy Lemonade

More than just pretty, the violet wood sorrel is a delicious addition to salads and makes a lemony drink.

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Avoid Burnout

Homesteading is a rewarding way of life but not if you're doing too much.

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Sweet Poison

The sweetener that can wreck your health.

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Self-Built Home

You can build your own home, debt-free using all natural materials. 

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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

Break Free to Live Your Dream Life of Simplicity



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