Author: Tracy Fredrychowski

When Simple Living Takes on a Whole New Meaning

“Be who you want to be, not what others want to see.” ~Unknown For those of you who have followed Our Simple Homestead for years you may already know our story. (If not, you can read it here) You’ve followed us as we built our small farm from nothing but an empty field in the middle of South Carolina. You know we’ve built pastures and gardens, raised livestock, learned to butcher, sheared alpacas, spun fiber, built barns, made our own cleaning supplies, baked bread, canned and all around tried to live a simple life as self-sufficiently as we could....

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5 Reusable Frugal Living Ideas

Frugal Living Tips One of my favorite go-to books is  The Complete Tightwad Gazette. I never get tired of reading through the pages and pages of frugal living ideas. Even though the edition I have is over 15 years old, most of Amy Dacyczyn’s tips still apply, and I am always looking for ways I can incorporate her ideas into my life.   I have a true frugal spirit, and I ‘m always pushing the limits to make things last longer and to reuse things in unusual ways. I’ve caught myself standing at the garbage can, having a conversation with myself...

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Second Chances

An Amish Short Story The sun was shining, the trees were starting to show signs of spring, and everyone Teena and Lizzy passed had a smile on their face enjoying the first warm day of spring. All around they both agreed it was a perfect day for a trip to the dry goods store to set their plan in motion.  It had been weeks since they’d cornered Barbara Miller at church hoping to talk some sense into the young widow.  The two older women were dead-set against her leaving Willow Springs to move to Sugarcreek to marry a man...

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Homemade Beeswax Hand Lotion

From hive to honey to hands Our bees have been busy making honey and filling our hive box with all natural beeswax. I have to say beekeeping is one of the most rewarding aspects of homesteading. I remember the first time we pulled honey I didn’t render the wax correctly and ruined the whole batch!  So this weekend I begged hubby to go and pull me just a little wax so I could try it the correct way. After lots of research and of course some trial and error I finally got it down.  I was so nervous that I...

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Simply Finding Your Happy

Have a heart-to-heart with yourself. The past couple years I’ve made great strides in making sure I “love what I do and do what I love.” It hasn’t always been easy and I’ve spent a great deal of time doing what I thought I was supposed to be doing rather than following my heart and doing what I truly enjoyed.  Finding your happy sounds easier than it is. Think about it…when was the last time you really had a heart to heart conversation with yourself? Doing what you love and finding those things that really make you happy takes...

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Tracy at Our Simple Homestead Hidden away in Central South Carolina is a little farm where we call home. Surrounded by pine trees, chicken farms, and lots of sandy soil we live a very simple lifestyle by the grace of God.

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