Author: Tracy Fredrychowski

Discover 50 Frugal Living Tips

We all could use a few new frugal living tips… I remember when we first started to build our farm money was tight and every penny had to be accounted for.  Over the years I’ve collected hundreds of ways to be frugal. Some of the frugal living tips I’ve used are great while others were not worth keeping.  However, I’ll let you be the judge to see if any of these will make it to your save list. I hope you find a few things you can implement into your life to save you a little bit of money...

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Downshifting to a Simpler Life in 9 Simple Steps  

Start downshifting your life to a slower pace.  Maybe you’re looking for a way to reconnect with your family or find a way to relax and unwind from the stress of everyday life.  If we’re honest, most of us would say that life is complicated, parenting is exhausting, and the thoughts of downshifting to simple living is appealing.  It took us some time to learn how to downshift to a slower pace and find ways to turn our backs on the life we were accustomed to living.  We had to dig deep and figure out what was important to...

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Amish Lifestyle Short Story – Emma’s Garden

An Amish Lifestyle Short Story The soothing clip clop of her horse’s hooves did nothing to calm Emma’s anxiety over her morning delivery. She’d gotten up early to get all of her chores done so she could get a fresh batch of flowers cut and wouldn’t feel rushed.  But she’d forgotten to remind her brother, Matthew, that she needed to take the cart into town for an early delivery and he’d let Lizzy out to pasture which delayed her in leaving on time. Clicking her tongue and gently slapping the reins she hoped to encourage Lizzy to go a...

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50 Household Tips Every Homemaker Needs to Know

My favorite household tips I’ve been a homemaker for my whole life.  It started early on when I’d line my dolls up at my play kitchen table and make them breakfast.  It’s all I’ve ever wanted to be and it’s the one thing I can say I excel at. Over the years I’ve collected hundreds of little household tips that make life easier that I just have to share.  Some are silly and some are life savers but at the end of the day, I will try anything once.  Coffee grounds are magic. They are an excellent fertilizer and a...

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Easy Apple Crisp – Old Fashioned Recipe

 Old Fashioned Apple Crisp from my Grandmother’s Recipe Box Nothing makes a house feel more like a home than the smell of something baking in the oven!  With a hint of fall in the air,  I spent the day in the kitchen filling my house with a warm cinnamon and apple smell. I had the windows open and could hear the chickens peeping, the pigs snorting and an occasional moo from the cows.  The butterflies were dancing from zinnia to zinnia in my garden drinking up the last of the nectar before frost takes it away until next year....

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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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