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Are you worried about the economy?  Most of the folks I talk to are wondering what the damaging weather in the midwest will mean to their food dollars this year.  They’re thinking that things could get worse, a lot worse.  And frankly, they’re discouraged and they feel vulnerable to the powers that are beyond their […]

42 zero waste habits for living green that will save you money

42 zero-waste habits for living green that will save you money -- Joybilee Farm

So many zero waste, living green intentions are bound to fail unless they become habits. Very often I go to the grocery store and come home with my groceries in plastic bags, while I have a dozen cloth bags hanging on a hook right inside the back door, on the way to the car port. […]

How to stop bleeding with yarrow

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How to make a natural styptic powder from yarrow leaves Cuts from shaving can be annoying. Especially when you have to run to work and you’re bleeding profusely. We had a waxy styptic pencil once that you moistened in water and applied to the wound to stop the bleeding. Sometimes it worked. Sometimes it didn’t.  […]

Herbs to know, herbs to grow: Peppermint

Herbs to know, herbs to grow: Mint

What do you think of when you hear the word “peppermint”?  Do you think of the cooling cup of ? Or the you keep in your purse?  Or perhaps you consider the fragrant herb that you brush past on the way through the garden gate at your neighbor’s house.  Are you growing peppermint in your […]

How to make chapatis (unleavened bread)

Chapatis puffed

Chapatis are basic unleavened bread — made without yeast.  They can be made with just 3 simple ingredients flour, water, and salt. In this recipe I’ve used whole wheat flour, and flax seed for extra fiber, but you can successfully make chapatis with just all purpose flour, omitting the flax and bran. Chapatis can be […]

Real Life Homesteading — the Answer to “And what did YOU do today?”

Real Life Homesteading -- Joybilee Farm

Some of my friends think I sit at my computer on Facebook all day.  Others think I just sit in the garden playing with my lambs and kids and enjoying life.  And still others suggest that, it must be a lot of work.  The truth, as always, lies somewhere in between these extremes.  Today I […]

Basil Pesto recipe with garlic scapes and hazelnuts

Basil Pesto recipe with garlic scapes and hazelnuts

Garlic scape and hazelnut pesto, a new twist on a classic basil pesto recipe Hazelnuts and hazelnut oil flavour along with freshly picked basil leaves pare well together. There is no cheese in this pesto nor pinenuts.  Garlic scapes replace the traditional minced garlic, for a milder fire that doesn’t need to be quenched with […]

Herbs to know, herbs to grow: Marshmallow


Marshmallow (Althea officinalis) No country herb garden would be complete without marshmallow.  It is beneficial for so many ailments from stomach upset, constipation, sore throat, bronchial spasms, and even bruises, cuts, and scrapes.  It has a wild, rustic look with its maple-like leaves, and rosey looking flowers, tall and swaying gently in the breezes of […]