How to DIY~ Spill-Proof Mason Jar Lid with Straw Holder

spill proof lid with straw holder~The Homesteading Hippy

How to DIY~ Spill-Proof Mason Jar Lid with Straw Holder We like to use glass mason jars for our beverages. One, because I don’t use plastic, and two, we have a lot of them, and three, if the kids accidentally broke one of them, it wouldn’t be as “tragic” as they are easily replaceable. The… [read more]

What a Homeschooling, Homesteading, Work-at-Home Mother does all day

what a homeschooling mother does all day

  As a stay at home mother, homeschooling one at that, I have often heard this question. But, for some reason, it got to me enough today to write about it. I had a friend (a career mom) tell me that there was no way she could ever stay at home with her kids. “I… [read more]

How My Budgeting and Saving Money Nearly Destroyed My Marriage


I was a teenager in the 80′s, the decade of decadence. I grew up to believe that you should get what you want, when you want it. Why wait for anything? A new car, a new outfit, that new pair of shoes was as close as your nearest credit card or loan. My parents were… [read more]

Top 5 Ways to Eat Chocolate


Many of us like to eat chocolate, but being able to actually eat the sweet treat without interruption is difficult at best. In my house, I have to HIDE in order to not have to share. And sharing for my kids generally means, 4/5 for us, and 1/5 for Mom…no, wait, we don’t have enough… [read more]

How to Make Beef Jerky at home

how to make beef jerky

When I was growing up, my father would spend literally days making his famous beef jerky. He would choose the finest beef roast, marinate it in his special blend of seasonings, slice it paper thin, and stick it a warm oven for 24-36 hours. The smell would waft all through the house, and we could… [read more]

Swedish Meatballs

swedish meatballs

  My mother was Swedish.  My grandmother was Swedish.  So, I guess that means that I’m Swedish as well. And, Swedish Meatballs is a staple  in this family.  It’s a hearty dish served with ground beef or lamb, a beefy gravy over a bed of rice.  Today, I am going to share with you how… [read more]

Granola Parfaits


This falls under the category of “why didn’t I think of this before?”. I have a lot of pint sized jars since I do a lot of canning, and this time of year, many of them are empty. So, one day, I was perusing pinterest and saw someone putting salads into a jar, and it… [read more]



I miss her. More than I ever thought. My mother, my best friend, my rock, passed away on New Year’s Eve 2010. It was sudden, and totally unexpected. I still keep looking at her chair, now a few weeks later, wondering why she isn’t sitting there. She was my best cheerleader, and when I was… [read more]

The Big Date

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It’s time we let her grow up, and “spread her wings” so to speak.  I mean, she’s not a little kid anymore, right? We took her out on her first date.  A four hour round trip for us, but worth it, I hope.  I mean, we all dream of this day, don’t we? Our girl… [read more]

Rabbit Kits


This has been another challenging week.   My daughter decided to breed her French angora rabbits a month ago.  We were unsure whether or not it “took”, until the day before her due date when we felt the kits moving around in her belly. It was exciting! I came home from my early morning coffee on… [read more]