Author: Tracy Fredrychowski

18 Steps to Being a Better Wife

I’m reading a great book right now that I just have to share. I just had to stop and share a part of this book and encourage anyone that is looking to live out the role God intended you to have as a wife, to stop and go buy, borrow or rent this book. The book is “The Excellent Wife: A Biblical Perspective”. Below is a snippet of one of my favorite chapters. Eighteen Ways a Wife May be the Glory of Her Husband Ask your husband, “What are your goals for the week?” Ask your husband, “How can...

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Best Backyard Chickens

Best Backyard Chickens for the Small Farmer With so many choices it’s hard to know which are the best backyard chickens to raise. Much of your decision depends on whether you want meat or eggs. While most chickens are bred to produce either eggs or meat, there are a couple dual-purpose breeds that can provide both and we’ve had good luck with. We have been raising chickens for egg and meat production here on our homestead for six years and have found that the best egg producers remain thin no matter how much we feed them while meat breeds...

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13 Tips on How to Become More Self-Sufficient

When you make the mindful choice to simplify your life you automatically start thinking of ways you can take care of yourself and become more self-sufficient. Many think living simply means moving to the country to raise animals and tend to a large garden, and it can mean that but for most, it means taking control of your life, no matter where or how you live. It means making the best choices for your family and not relying on others to do what you have been given two hands to do yourself.  It starts with changing the way you...

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Kitchen Gadgets from the Past Made New

My Grandmothers kitchen wasn’t that much different than mine is today – full of kitchen gadgets. I have fond memories of sitting in my Grandmothers kitchen watching her cook. The smell of coffee and almond flavoring was always thick in the air as I sat memorized by her beauty.  She always looked like she’d just stepped out of the pages of Good Housekeeping with her matching aprons and manicured hands. I loved how her kitchen was the heart of her home and the place where I can picture her the most.  To this day I’ve tried to capture that...

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Are you ready to give homesteading a try?

Typically we think of homesteaders as pioneers living on government free land forced to live a self-sufficient lifestyle. Today the land isn’t free and the choice to live a simpler life is being embraced by the homesteading movement. What’s so different today is those pioneers couldn’t rely on a grocery store, they didn’t have a car to drive them to the market, and when they had a hole in their shoe, they fixed it. They all knew how to repair a roof, mend clothes, give haircuts, make bread and if they wanted fresh eggs they raised chickens. They didn’t...

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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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