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May 2015

Simplify and Retire

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OutToPasture

Simplify and Retire. That phrase appears in the header to our blog, and it is time that we take that to heart everyday. We have chosen to simplify in order to afford retirement. We have chosen to live on a small fixed income.

I worry about that.

The Piper was offered a way back … More

The Quiet Revolution of Voluntary Simplicity

Voluntary Simplicity
Voluntary Simplicity

How arrogant we were! We thought that we invented “Simplify and Retire”. It is an ongoing Quiet Revolution-worldwide…It is the concept of accepting a lower income and foregoing  consumerism and garnering time and freedom to pursue what makes you happy.

Did you think it was a new concept? There were some pretty important … More

Small Batch Canning

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Out to Pasture

I am a canning addict. I would fill shelves and shelves with home preserved food, except there are only the two of us, and we have a budget. I have too many jars  of home canned food that are over 2 years old, and need to be fed to the chickens. That … More

Into the Woods & the 1960s

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The Woods

I was a child in the 60s. I turned 6 years old the year we welcomed that decade. The 1960s are portrayed as free wheeling, free loving and a wondrous drug fueled experience. For me, it was the decade I lived in the woods. Not the woods as I live in now, but … More

Art Farm Journal #4

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I will tell you that this is not favorite effort. I wanted to share our Homestead in stick figured fun, I used watercolor resist, only to find out that the paper my journal is made of is not of a high enough quality to support water coloring, so the water color pencils bled UNDER … More

Baby Bunnies-Oh My!

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We think that one of the most exciting things about homesteading is the little critters. “Baby Anythings” are so ugly/cute and  precious/awkward. The Miracle of Life seems like it has it’s hand on our homesteading efforts this year. We are grateful and awed by the miracles we are surrounded with. Witness these 2 day … More

There is a Plethora of Eggs

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Plethora- a large or excessive amount of something. Yep, those old hens of ours are churning out a dozen eggs a day! Please consider that our mixed flock is mostly heritage breeds that are 3-5 years old, so 12 eggs out of 14  hens is a lot more eggs than most experts would tell … More

Let’s Talk Turkey

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This year we have taken on multiple new projects on the Out to Pasture Homestead. A trio of turkey poults is one of the most interesting additions. We have had chickens for 5 or 6 years, but had never branched out into turkeys. For one thing- poults are much more expensive to purchase than … More

Eat More Veggies!

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Eat Your Veggies

I spent some time on Pinterest again this week.  The most interesting idea I saw was the Salad in a Jar. The idea is to prep your salads for the week, so you can grab and go. We are trying to stay in the habit of eating more vegetables and prepping them … More

Paralysis by Comparison-Eat Your Veggies!

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We all know that we should eat more vegetables. It’s hard-first you have to source out the organic, non-GMO, American grown, most popular vegetables. STOP! Just stop right there. If you make this so difficult, you may never approach the recommended daily intake. We are again allowing ourselves to be “paralyzed by comparison”. We More

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