Homesteading 101 – Give me a farm, don’t call me a farmer

Over the course of the long winter months, boyfriend and I decided we want to be homesteaders. That is, we want a little bit of land, some animals (chickens, goats, maybe a pig) and to grow some of our own food.  We’re not looking to have a dairy farm with thousands of cows, just our own little space surrounded by animals.

One problem, we live in the Metro Washington D.C. region with ridiculous property values.

Got a million dollars, you can buy a  four bedroom house!!!

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So even though we realized this shared dream, we’ll have to start small, educate ourselves, and plan for a move to a homestead friendly/affordable area down the road.

So here are some of the fun free resources I’ve found so far in my attempt to learn about homesteading.

Gourmet Farmer, Australian TV

One of the most entertaining shows we’ve found is a couple of years old, but new to us!!

Urban Conversion, PBS

I can catch this show sporadically on the WETA PBS channel, sadly can’t find it on the PBS roku/amazon fire channels.

We Bought the Farm, HGTV

I know, I know, another HGTV show.  They only did 8 episodes, but you can find them all on their roku/amazon fire app.

Homesteady – Podcast & Videos

Great content focused on the business decisions that need to go into a homestead.

Just the start of my education, but a girls got to dream!!!

Have you tried the farm life? Ready to escape your current l0cal?

Sarah

 

 

 

Obsessed: GBBS

I’m in prime tv watching mode, between the crummy winter weather and the urge to carb load, a baking show is the perfect fix.

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The Great British Bake-off (or Baking Show here in the U.S.) finally jumped the pond and was picked up by PBS.  They started screening season 5 in early January.

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Why bother with this show when we have so many reality cooking shows already running? For one, this one is actually cheerful and funny.  If I hadn’t seen this article on Buzzfeed, I probably would have ignored it. After watching an hour of Gordon Ramsay I want to yell at someone.

I also love seeing the unique British phrases and slang that are thrown around.

It’s fascinating to see all the different types of dessert they treasure that didn’t really make it over with so many of the British immigrants to early America.

It’s also led me to try my hand at baking.  Might as well, too darn cold to go anywhere!  So I’ve whipped up some batches of macaroons in the hopes of perfecting my baking skills.

Earl Grey macaroon with lavender buttercream

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Pistachio macaroon with rose white chocolate ganache

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I’m also stalking the interwebs and pinterest for the shows recipes to replicate later. Feel free to checkout my Pinterest board.

If you want to catch up with this season before the finale next week, Season 5 is on the pbs website for streaming as well as youtube.  Seasons 1-4 can also be found online, as well as two seasons of the Great Irish Bake Off.  Fair warning – you’ll need subtitles for that one.

Cheers!

Sarah