Frugal & Simple Living

My Favourite Things – 2022 Edition (aka. The Modern Homesteader’s Christmas Wish List)

Every year around this time, I compile a list of my favourite things: Things that I love, use or covet for my own homestead, and things that I know other modern homesteaders will love too!  As each new holiday season approaches, I update the...

Homemade Beef Jerky Recipe (Dehydrator + Oven Instructions)

Homemade beef jerky is a delicious way to preserve meat for food storage and for easy transport to take on hikes, camping trips, road trips and to pack in a backpack in an emergency situation where you need to leave home. While store-bought beef...

Homemade Echinacea Tincture Recipe

It’s easy to make your own homemade echinacea tincture at home for a fraction of the cost of store-bought prepared tinctures. All you need is fresh or dried echinacea and some alcohol (vodka is typically used) or glycerin if you’d rather make an...
Easy Fermented Jalapeños Recipe

Easy Fermented Jalapeños Recipe

When we first started growing jalapeños, we did so with the intention of using them to make homemade salsa. We figured we’d be lucky to get enough jalapeños to make all of our salsa for the year, especially since we’d tried growing sweet red...

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How to Can Homemade Tomato Sauce

How to Can Homemade Tomato Sauce

When it comes to home-canned food, tomato sauce reigns supreme in terms of versatility. I don’t know about you, but in our house we eat a lot of tomato-based dishes; Pastas with marinara or bolognese sauce, pizzas topped with homemade pizza...

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How to Use A Pressure Canner Safely

How to Use A Pressure Canner Safely

  Canning and preserving food goes hand-in-hand with homesteading and self-sufficiency. And for the most part, it’s pretty safe and straight-forward. Whether you’re water bath canning pickles, jams, jellies and fruits, dehydrating,...

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Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe

Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe

The safety and efficacy of homemade laundry detergent is a very hotly debated topic. In fact, it’s up there with things like canning safety, and possibly religion and politics as well! Many people claim that homemade laundry detergents are either...

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Growing Food is My Form of Protest

Growing Food is My Form of Protest

“Gardening is the most therapeutic and defiant act you can do. Plus you get strawberries.” - Ron Finley In light of the recent Black Lives Matter protests across the US and around the world, I’ve been thinking a lot more about where I stand, what I stand for and what...

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Hi! I’m Anna, and I’m a city girl turned modern homesteader who’s passionate about growing, cooking and preserving real food at home, creating my own herbal medicine and all-natural home and body care products, and working toward a simpler, more sustainable and self-sufficient life each and every day. 

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