Homestead Hobby Day!

So rumor has it urban homesteading is the new cool and hip thing to do. For those of you yet to hear this rumor, urban homesteading is basically just a movement that encourages people to learn self-sustainable life skills such as baking from scratch, making and using homemade cleaning products, cheese making, and raising chickens/goats.

I am neither cool nor hip, but I do like trying new things. I also love the idea of becoming more self-sustainable and environmentally friendly, not to mention the money you will save when you’re making things from scratch. Homemade food is also much healthier because you are in control of the ingredients, and there are no preservatives and artificial flavors. In light of this, I declared today “Homestead Hobby Day!” I took on some tasks I had been wanting to try including:

1) Making Basic Cheese
I put mine in the fridge and it turned out like a crumbly cheese kind of like feta. I also added a pinch of garlic salt and basil (see pictures below)

2) Making Homemade Ice Cream

I have included links to the recipes I used. I also made some easy bread (that recipe can be found here). Instead of writing out the whole process, I am just posting picture highlights. I am also including garden update pictures. So far my plants are actually growing! Knock on wood :)

The finished cheese!

Bread and cheese-two of the finished products!

The moral of the story is: If I can do it, you can do it!

10 months ago, I considered myself a sub-par cook and a completely brown thumb. I am now doing things in the kitchen and garden that I NEVER thought I would be able to do. I encourage everyone to try at least one new thing a month. You might just surprise yourself :)

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