Featured image of how to make a comfrey poultice with a blender.

What Is A¬†Comfrey Poultice? Simply put, a comfrey poultice is moist ground up comfrey (usually leaves but sometimes root as well) applied to a wound and covered with a cloth. This natural healing method has been used for a very long time and is not limited to comfrey. For thousands of years, comfrey has been […]

Rice knife review for homesteaders

I Love This Rice Knife! Jenn gave me a rice knife / grass sickle for Christmas this past year. I love this thing so much I wanted to let y’all know about it. The best part is that it sells on Amazon Prime for $10 to $12 bucks! In my opinion, this is an essential […]

Building a raised garden bed with wood sides from a pine tree

3 Part Video Series on Building a Raised Garden Bed Now that our house is mostly finished and we are living on the homestead, It’s time to put in a garden. We would love to go big but the truth is, I haven’t managed a garden in almost 20 years. We decided to start with […]

Poster image for Installing Dryer Vent in Middle of House video

See how we installed a dryer vent in the middle of our house During our mobile home reno, figuring out how to install our dryer vent in the middle of our house proved to be a bit of a challenge. Before giving up and changing the house layout, again, I found a product that allows […]

An organic peach grown on our homestead. It is a few weeks from being ready for harvist

East Texas Homestead Update (Mid 2015) Can you believe that this year is just about half way over? Me either! It this post, I’m going to give an overview of what’s been happening on the homestead. In some ways it feels like very little has happened in 2015 but when I start placing it all […]

After 2 years, we have water on the homestead!

May 20, 2015


New Water Well on Our Homestead!

This is a really exciting post for me because it is announcing the completion of one of our biggest hurdles. When we selected this property, we never thought it would be so hard to get water. We live in America for crying out loud. I just assumed we would be able to call the utility company up and get water hooked up the next week. Boy was I wrong.

Even though the neighbors†on either side of us have water, the water company (Southern Utilities) gave us huge amounts of trouble to get water on our property. At the end, they claimed that since my parents have sold off portions of their 200 acre property to family members, we are now a subdivision. Due to this declaration, instead of a $200 water meter charge, I was looking at $25,000 to get water from them.

In the end, my parents decided to pay for a family well that will service them and my siblings (should they†chose to†move out to “The Land”). I am greatly blessed to have such generous†parents. Our entire homesteading journey would have never been possible if it weren’t for them.

Check out this 2 minute video showing the water being pumped from 500 feet below the ground! Don’t forget to thumbs up the video if you like what you see. It goes a long way to helping my family. Thanks y’all!

Learn about growing avocado in Texas

Growing Avocado in Texas Without the avocado, would there be Tex-Mex? It’s hard to say. I for one find it hard to imagine¬†eating such food without the rich, creamy addition that avocado brings to the table. With that said, it’s rare to find an avocado tree in Texas. In fact, I don’t know if I’ve […]