Baked Brie with Olives and Sun Dried Tomatoes

Baked Brie :: Five Little Homesteaders

Get prepared to be hungry.

Cheese is one of our favorite foods around here.  We love almost every type and serve it every way you can imagine.  So, when I was given the opportunity to try Mezzetta Everything Spread, my first thought, of course, was how can I use these spreads with cheese?  Read on to check out my recipe and for a chance to win some Mezzetta products for yourself!

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Which Produce to Buy Organic

Which Produce to Buy Organic

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Recently I was doing some research on which produce to buy organic versus that which I might be able to save a little money on and buy conventional.

I know a lot of you would say to buy everything organic, but others of you will be able to relate to my dilemma.  I have a family of six plus a dog, cat and ten chickens.  I can’t always do all my shopping at the local health food store or farmer’s market.  Often I need to shop at Target or a “regular” grocery store.  I also can’t really afford to buy everything organic.  I do grow a lot of our own veggies, but I don’t grow them all.  With four small children, making multiple stops at various stores is often not feasible (or sanity inducing).  So…. that lead me to start researching which I can save on and which I should splurge on.   Read on to learn more about my list of which produce to buy organic.

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Berkey Giveaway

Big Berkey Giveaway - Five Little Homesteaders

I’m so excited about this giveaway!  In fact, I wish I could win.  Owning a big Berkey is on the top of my wishlist.  Read on to learn more and enter.

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Making Homemade Deodorant

Making Homemade Deodorant - The Ultimate Guide

I’ve been interested in making homemade deodorant for a while.  Have you?

Having breast cancer run in my family is one main reason that making homemade deodorant seems like a good idea.  I’m not much of a conspiracy theorist but putting that much chemical on my armpits everyday and chemically clogging and controlling my sweat glands just doesn’t seem like a good idea when you think about it rationally…. you know?  Obviously scientists haven’t made any strong connections between health problems and deodorant use, by why risk it?  Making homemade deodorant is easy and cheap!  Read on to learn more.

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Gardening for Pollinators in Dry Conditions

Gardening for Pollinators in Dry Conditions

Summer is coming.  I promise.

I know many of you are still buried in snow but what better time to plan your garden?  Get online and start picking plants!

In my mind, one of the most important things to consider when planning a garden is how to attract pollinators.  Pollinators are those wonderful little creatures that pollinate 75-95% of all flowering plants.  Pollinators include: bees, butterflies, birds, moths, flies, beetles, wasps and bats.

When you’re gardening under hot, dry conditions, it may seem difficult to promote pollinators and support the work they’re doing.  However, don’t forget about them!  It’s especially important to support them under these conditions.  Read on to learn my top four tips when gardening for pollinators under dry conditions.

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Immune Boosting Elderberry – 20+ Articles

Immune Boosting Elderberry - 20+ Articles


I live in a house with 4 small children.  Germs and minor illnesses are unavoidable.

Given our propensity for sickness around here, I’ve been wanting to learn more about the immune boosting elderberry plant.  In my search for information, I found tons of great resources.  If you’re like me and have been wanting to learn more about immune boosting elderberry and maybe even learn how to make the syrup yourself, read on!

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Olive and Roasted Red Pepper Bruschetta

Olive & Roasted Red Pepper Brucshetta :: Five Little Homesteaders


Before having kids, my husband and I LOVED to eat out during the holidays.  (To be fair….we have always loved to eat out…. but it seems especially nice during the holidays.)

However, since having kids, eating out has become…well…ummm….interesting?  Creative?  Hard?

Also, as our family has grown, so has my desire to make sure I know exactly what is in the food we are eating.  If you’ve been around this blog for any length of time, then you know we’ve been on a real food “journey,” if you will.  All of these factors have resulted in less eating out and more eating “in” – more cooking at home, from scratch.  This means I often like to recreate some of our favorite restaurant dishes at home.  This is especially true during the holidays when we have guests or are just feeling particularly festive.

One of my favorite recipes is for brucshetta.  It’s pretty easy to make and definitely delicious.  Given that it’s the holidays, it’s also great to make and share with family, friends and house guests.  Read on for the recipe and a chance to win a holiday gift basket full of delicious food!

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Pecan Caramel Sticky Buns

Pecan Caramel Sticky Buns :: Five Little Homesteaders

Man.  I must really be into breakfast lately.  My last post was all about breakfast and now this.

I guess since my last post was savory, it makes sense that this one is sweet.

My family loves sweet rolls.  I usually make them for special occasions.  Before I got into cooking from scratch and reading labels, I used to make those awful cinnamon rolls that come in a can in the dairy section.  You know – the ones where you “pop” open the can.  However, now that I’ve wised up and have started focusing on real food and cooking from scratch, I’ve come up with several delicious recipes for homemade sweet rolls. These pecan caramel sticky buns are just one example.

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