Homemade Vanilla Cake

I have been on a quest to find the perfect homemade vanilla cake recipe to match the Hershey’s “Perfectly... read more


A Look Back on 2018

This past year has been full of many new beginnings for all of us in the Kinnard family… We kicked... read more

Pa Mac (The Farm Hand’s Companion) Interview

In the below interview, we hear from Gary McWiliams (“Pa Mac”), a respected conference speaker, fellow homesteader, and the... read more

Cottage Food Laws and Egg Production Requirements

I’m a fan of George Orwell’s classic allegorical novel “Animal Farm” written in 1945.  A story about an organized... read more

We’re Debt Free!

One of the big motivating factors behind our family’s decision to move out to the country and adopt a... read more

Lemon-filled Olive Oil Lanterns

After a recent conversation with Tim regarding our winter preparations, I started doing some research on inexpensive types of... read more

Culinary Creations

Homemade Vanilla Cake

I have been on a quest to find the perfect homemade vanilla cake recipe to match the Hershey’s “Perfectly... read more

Canning Chicken

Our friends at Fishnet Ministry ran into a huge problem recently.  They received two shipments of chicken days apart... read more

Homemade Yogurt

If you own a slow cooker and happen to have some plain yogurt hiding in the back of your... read more

Homemade Flour Tortillas

Whether you’re a taco fan, enchilada lover, or breakfast burrito guru, homemade tortillas are the best way to enjoy... read more

Canning Dried Beans

With two bags (4 pounds) of free red beans given to me, my choices were to either let them... read more

Canning Potatoes

I knew purchasing a pressure canner would one day pay off, and it truly has. Slowly but surely I... read more

Homemade Pizza

Until very recently we’ve been a one-vehicle family. (Que shocked gasps from the audience..) Having only one vehicle meant... read more

Banana Blueberry Buttermilk Muffins

In my quest to find a GF banana bread recipe so I could use up all the over-ripe bananas... read more

Gluten-free Peanut Butter Oatmeal Rounds

So basically I’ve been doing some major experimenting inside my kitchen lately trying to figure out how this whole... read more

Soaked Chocolate Chip Whole-Wheat Pancakes

The boys know that when I am going to bake whole-wheat bread the next day, it means they are... read more

Turkey & Cheese Stromboli

While trying to figure out something different to prepare for the boys’ lunch since we are quickly exhausting the... read more

Blueberry Banana Bread

I guess the two little ones are over their banana kick since I actually had three of them leftover... read more

Stewardship & Productivity

Thinking Like a Hedgehog

In his book Good to Great, Jim Collins writes: “Are you a hedgehog or a fox? ” In his famous essay... read more

Reading More by Reading Less

I love books and I love reading.  I love both so much, in fact, that I try to own... read more

The Parable of the Mexican Fisherman

I don’t remember where I first heard it, but I’ll never forget the influence a simple inspirational parable had... read more

“A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned”

I love this famous idiom by Benjamin Franklin because it sums up my new “job” in our household.  I... read more