Welcome to the Homestead
Hello and welcome to Prairie Creek Homestead! I began my homesteading journey in 2013 when I married my husband, a 5th generation farmer in Kansas. Both sides of our families come from farming backgrounds, with my dad being a hog farmer before I was born.
We moved into a 1920s farmhouse that my in-laws purchased in 2009. They poured a new foundation, moved the house on to it, and began renovations. In 2013 we moved in to a main floor livable space. The second story and basement were gutted, taken down to the bare bones of the house. We have been slowly completing projects over the past decade, making it our own (on a farmers budget) which means saving money until the winter when there is time to work. We've done it all ourselves, which in time I have learned how to build a fireplace, lay quarter inch wood flooring, sheetrock and mud, and so many other things.
Born and Raised
I wasn't raised on the farm, but I grew up on homesteading principles. I watched my grandmother and mother sew clothes and grow large gardens for their families. My dad modeled the value of completing a hard days work. These skills and ideals were passed down to me, and I have a desire to pass them on through my children as well.
How it Began
I've always loved hosting. We'd have our friends over weekly and food was always involved. People began asking me to share recipes, and eventually I got tired of texting recipes to everyone. I thought I could make a food blog to keep the recipes in one place and available to everyone, and soon it blossomed into the other side of recipes, the cultivation and preservation of the ingredients we use every day. Prairie Creek Homestead was officially established in 2022, in hopes of documenting, sharing, and keeping the resilience of the homesteading lifestyle available to anyone who wants to learn. I've been told countless times that I am lucky to have been taught these things by my mom and grandma, and I do feel incredibly grateful for the knowledge and guidance they imparted on me!
Below are a few of my favorite recipes I have made over the years. View my recipe archives for breakfasts, dinners, side dishes, desserts and more.
His Word Is Good.
And to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.
1 Thessalonians 4:11-12
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