About Destiny Hagest

Destiny is a freelance writer living in the mountains of small town of Montana with her family, where they raise chickens and ducks, forage and grow some of their own food, and continue to plan their off-the-grid dream home. When she’s not writing an article about homesteading or sustainability, you can catch her baking with her toddler, or staying up all night with her husband philosophizing over a glass of craft beer.

Part 2: Things Your Grandma Never Told You About Cooking From Scratch

pie cutterEditor’s Note: Here’s the second installment to Things Grandma Never Told You About Cooking From Scratch. If you missed Part One, you can find it here. Enjoy! Continue reading

Part 1: Things Your Grandma Never Told You About Cooking From Scratch

chicken cooker#1 — You’re gonna have to do a lot of dishes (and a lot will be hand wash only).
Baking from scratch means saying goodbye to your one bowl recipes and hello to a sinkful of dishes. Keep in mind that a lot of baking gear isn’t dishwasher friendly either, so break out the drying rack and the dish soap, and hope someone else picks up the slack for you. Continue reading

Delicious Recipes for Cooking with Juniper Berries

juniper berries bush

Juniper Berry Recipes
There are a variety of ways you can use juniper berries to add a vibrant kick to your holiday cooking, from dried to fresh, and game meats to baked goods. Continue reading

Cooking With Juniper Berries: What You Need to Know

juniper berriesJuniper bushes are best known as those prickly evergreens that jab through the toughest layers of your clothing to cause you misery, while perfuming you with every poke, but did you know you can cook with them? Continue reading

Why We Love Wooden Toys

playtime fun with eli and mattie toy trainOver the years, we’ve embraced a wide variety of conventional plastic alternatives, from rubberwood to BPA-free recycled plastic milk jugs, and we’ve really loved it. My favorite material though for toys, hands down, is absolutely wood. Continue reading

Why We Don’t Buy Plastic Toys

plastic toys

Something happened when I got pregnant for the first time. I looked around my house, with its hardwood floors and muted earth tones, and suddenly I could see clutter.

Plastic, light-up abominations littering the floors. Vinyl everything in ridiculously garish colors, threatening the warm zen I was trying so hard to cultivate in our tiny mountain home. Continue reading

The Made in the USA Holiday Gift Guide

made in usaI may be a blogger here at Lehman’s, but let me assure you, I was a groupie long before. This place is TEEMING with American-made goodies that are functional, durable, and make some seriously unique gifts. Check out the ones I cherry-picked for your shopping delight: Continue reading

Why USA-Made Gifts Will Brighten Their Holiday

wood workingI don’t care that it’s fall. I don’t care that your Christmas tree is still in the closet, and I don’t care that everyone is hating me for blaring the She and Him Christmas album.

I’ve already had my first blizzard here in central Montana, and that means, to me, it’s time to get to Christmas shopping. Continue reading

Grow Your Own Backyard Orchard Checklist

half bushel basketsEditor’s Note: Last week, we covered sustainable, organic ways to grow your own orchard. Now it’s time to start planning! Here is a checklist organized by months to get your orchard growing. We also have this available in a pdf, so you can just print it off. Click here to get the pdf.

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A Backyard Apple Orchard of Your Own: Part 2

Editor’s Note: This is the second part of our interview with Brian Mello from Winter Cover Farms. We hope you find the tips you need to grow your own apple orchard, no pesticides needed! Continue reading