We are lucky enough to have a very large raspberry patch that acts as a hedge at the back of our garden. It’s a little over 100′ long. Having this patch makes me feel extra lucky because raspberries are my all-time #1 favorite fruit. But, it doesn’t come without its challenges. I pine for the raspberry season throughout the winter, yet when the season rolls around, I find myself exclaiming “for the LOVE of raspberries!” Every year.

Like clockwork, the raspberry picking season starts on the 4th of July. It starts off slowly, but then I can’t seem to pick…


A few years ago, my best girlfriends and I went to a local spa for a full day of relaxation together. At the time, I was working a 9-to-5 job in the city, so an expense like this was not out of range for me. One of the most interesting parts of the day was the delicious pineapple-and-tarragon-infused water that they served as part of the spa experience. Honestly, it’s not a combination I would have dreamed of putting together on my own.

Fast-forward 3 years or so, and here I am homesteading and growing my own tarragon in the…


If you find yourself with an abundance of fresh eggs, which seems to happen a lot for homesteaders and backyard chicken keepers, there’s a good chance you search the Internet often for recipes that use a lot of eggs.

If this is you, you’ve come to the right place because I’ve got an egg bake recipe for you that uses a dozen eggs, no grains or gluten, and is super easy to put together.

An Egg Bake with Beautiful Layers of Spinach

This spinach egg bake makes a hearty, homestyle meal. But, if you’re putting together a brunch menu for a special event, this easy egg bake will…


With nearly every order from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, they send you a free seed packet. It’s a nice touch that avid gardeners love. Often, it gives you an opportunity to try something you’ve never grown before.

This year, I was given a free packet of Japanese Giant Red mustard (Brassica juncea), and it has quickly become a favorite. Here are the top 8 reasons why I’ll be growing Japanese Giant Red mustard greens every year for the foreseeable future.


Until recently, I had no idea there was such a raging debate about how cornbread should be made. If you’re from the South, there’s a good chance you have a recipe grandma used to make. But I’m a Northerner who didn’t grow up eating a traditional cornbread that was passed down through generations of home cooks.

My cornbread experience comes from restaurants and barbeque joints that served a sweet, buttery version of cornbread and from the boxed versions that were occasionally made for special events at home.

So, before we begin, I have to warn you that this recipe is…


Bowl filled with sweet potato soup

Is there anything better than eating a hot bowl of soup on a cold day in the middle of winter or on one of those early spring days when it suddenly turns back into winter for the day? The only thing better, in my mind anyway, is eating it while you’re sitting by a nice fire and wearing your comfiest clothes.

Sweet potato soup is one of my favorite soups to make on wintery days because of its rich flavor that’s both savory and sweet.

So, let’s get right to it. This is how I make creamy sweet potato soup.

How to Make Creamy Sweet Potato Soup


Tomatoes, peppers, raspberries, blueberries, almonds, and thousands of other flowering plants rely on bees, birds, butterflies, bats, and other pollinators to help them reproduce. This interaction between pollinators and plants is a crucial part of the system that gives us the fruits, vegetables, and nuts we would all have a hard time living without.

In fact, more than $200 billion of the global economy can be attributed to pollinators. That’s a huge impact for such tiny creatures that we often swat away like they’re nothing.

If you’re someone who pays attention to current events and news, then, on some level…


Whether you’ve decided to start a garden for the first time because you want to eat healthier, cleaner food or because you want to improve your family’s food security while lowering your grocery bills, there’s never been a better time to learn the valuable, life-enriching, and potentially life-saving skill of vegetable gardening.

That’s because there’s an abundance of information available to help you start growing whatever vegetable you desire.

Yet, this wealth of knowledge that’s at your fingertips with a quick online search can be overwhelming if you’ve never gardened before.

Skip the Overwhelm By Planting a Beginner Garden

While it is a good idea to start with…


Making mayo at home is one of those things that many people shy away from because they think it’s too difficult and it will separate or they think it isn’t safe to consume because it’s made with raw eggs. These are valid concerns. However, homemade mayonnaise can be easy and safe to make if you follow a few simple tips.

How to Safely Make Homemade Mayo

Let’s start with the food safety issue since it’s such an important topic. Because of the risk of Salmonella being present in raw eggs, the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) recommends using pasteurized eggs when making homemade mayo, and…


Bin full of apples in front of ducks and cows on a homestead

Many people think that homesteading requires a lot of land, a rural lifestyle, or at the very least, a backyard big enough to have chickens and grow a garden. Many would argue that “living off the land” is the defining factor of homesteading. But, in many ways, modern homesteading is a mentality and lifestyle that can be practiced anywhere.

Even if the outcomes range on a spectrum from cooking all of your meals from scratch to living completely off-grid, the primary goals of homesteading are self-sufficiency and sustainability.

The amount of land you have and its location can play a…

Sheryl M. Davis

Homesteading and gardening blogger and chief homestead officer at Cedar Swamp Homestead | cedarswamphomestead.com

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