2017 Suburban Steader Update – Weeks 25

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I’m getting back on the horse here with my weekly updates.  Week 25 was a busy one around the Suburban Steader Homestead.  We didn’t do a lot of work around the house, but the week seemed to really be a whirlwind.  We’ll get into it here: This Week’s Milestones Two Special Days I spend a

2017 Suburban Steader Update – Weeks 22, 23 & 24

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Holy crap! Has it really been three weeks since the last time I wrote an update?  I guess it’s because I’ve been pretty busy around the Suburban Steader Homestead.    With that in mind, let’s just right in and see what happened over the last few weeks! This Week’s Milestones Local Hiking Long Island is far

2017 Suburban Steader Update – Week 21

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Week 21 at the Suburban Steader Homestead was a busy one.  The Mrs had to travel to Nashville for a few days this week.  It’s always an adventure when she’s gone for a few days.  I can handle things on the homefront; it’s more how the routine gets skewed so badly.  And, if I’m anything,

2017 Suburban Steader Update – Week 20

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Phew! So glad this week is over.  It’s been one of those weeks that just wouldn’t end.  Work was a bear – nothing bad, just busy – and home life has been hectic as well.  The Suburban Steader Homestead made some progress in terms of the garden and I even got into the workshop to

2017 Suburban Steader Update – Week 19

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I can’t believe how quickly these weekly updates come.  Seems like the last one was just yesterday.  I guess that means I’m keeping busy.  Week 19 y’all! Can you believe we’ve exhausted almost twenty weeks in 2017? Been pretty busy around the Suburban Steader Homestead this week.  Come along and check out what went on.

2017 Suburban Steader Update – Week 18

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Another week, another weekly update from the Suburban Steader Homestead.  Unfortunately, there wasn’t another post in between the weekly update post from last week, but such is life.  It’s a combination of being busy at work, being busy at home and not finding something to write about that I can really sink my teeth into.

2017 Suburban Steader Update – Week 17

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Wow! Are we at another week already?  Last week was a busy week for us here at the Suburban Steader Homestead and this week wasn’t much different.  Let’s check into the going-ons at the Suburban Steader Homestead for Week 17 of 2017! This Week’s Milestones Get Your Hike On! My twin girls are a masters

2017 Suburban Steader Update – Week 15

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Spring has sprung on the Suburban Steader Homestead!  The weather has turned to the warmer weather and the gardens are starting to grow!  There was so much that happened this week that I need to get into it right now! This Week’s Milestones Back On Track! After what seems like weeks and weeks of complaining,

2017 Suburban Steader Update – Week 14

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We are in the lull of the homesteading season here in the Northeast.  It’s not quite warm enough to plant outside and, honestly, my home is fairly up-to-date so there’s not a lot of work that needs to occur.  That being said, I kept busy this week on the Suburban Steader Homestead so come see

2017 Suburban Steader Update – Week 12 & 13

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I’m going to start right here by apologizing.  I haven’t written an article that isn’t a wrap-up since Week 10 and I didn’t even get to a wrap-up article last week.  There’s a reason for missing so much writing, but I’ll warn you that it’s not terribly exciting.  All that being said, let’s see what’s

2017 Suburban Steader Update – Week 11

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I can’t believe I’m writing another weekly wrap-up post already.  This week seemed to go by way too quick.  There’s good reason for that – I had a lot of fun this week and was quite busy!  Come along and see what I accomplished this week on the Suburban Steader Homestead. This Week’s Milestones Travelin’

2017 Suburban Steader Update – Week 10

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Wow! Double digit weeks already.  Can you believe we’ve gone through ten weeks – seventy days – already in 2017? Tick, tock, tick, tock folks! Time marches on and you need to make sure you’re making the most of it.  With that thought in mind, come along and see what I accomplished this week on

2017 Suburban Steader Update – Week 09

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This week seemed like both the longest and shortest week yet in 2017.  Work, life and suburban homesteading events abounded here on the Suburban Steader Homestead.  Without further ado, here’s what happened in Week 09 of 2017! This Week’s Milestones Sickness Lingers Longer! Last week I mentioned how the Suburban Steader Homestead was invaded by

2017 Suburban Steader Update – Week 08

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If last week was lucky number 7, this week was unlucky number 8!  We got a lot done around the Suburban Steader Homestead but there was also a lot of problems that needed to be overcome.  Come along and find out what happened! This Week’s Milestones Sickness Invades! I mentioned last week that sickness invaded

2017 Suburban Steader Update – Week 07

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Lucky number 7!  Week 7 of 2017 is already upon us and the Suburban Steader Homestead has been a busy one.  Snow really hosed up our lives for a few days and illness ran rampant through the house.  But, in the end, we made progress towards the end goals of growing our garden and getting

2017 Suburban Steader Update – Week 06

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Week 6 of 2017 was a critical week on the Suburban Steader Homestead. I finally planted my first seeds of the 2017 season and also did some work in the shop.  The blog continues to grow as well with the latest article being a DIYer’s dream post about pallet projects. Let’s get down to brass

Pallet Projects For Suburban Homesteaders

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I recently bought a brand-new house in the suburbs of Boise, Idaho. One of the best things about the suburbs is easy access to places with pallets, which you can get for free or for just a few dollars. Here’s a great guide for how to pick a suitable pallet and to tell whether they are

2017 Suburban Steader Update – Week 05

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Week 5 of 2017 was an interesting week around the Suburban Steader Homestead.  I did a little bit of “homesteading” work and a lot of planning to move forward in the spring.  Let me jump in and tell you how it all went down. This Week’s Milestones Last week was full of personal milestones that

Suburban Micro-Farm (Book Review)

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What is the first thing that a suburban homesteader does?  I’m sure you guessed correctly – they start a garden.  It’s probably the easiest thing to do to start a self-reliant lifestyle because of many reasons. There’s a low barrier to entry – you just need some dirt and a few seeds – and it’s

2017 Suburban Steader Update – Week 04

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Week 4 of 2017 was a bit hectic for me but not so much around the Suburban Steader Homestead.  Curious why? Well, it started with a trip to the AFC Championship Game and then a snowboard trip to upper Vermont.  Come find out all about my adventures! This Week’s Milestones Last week was full of

2017 Suburban Steader Update – Week 03

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Week 3 of 2017 has been a busy one around the Suburban Steader Homestead.  I’ve been gearing up for a trip north next week.  Part of that preparation is getting my vehicle in shape for the trip and also getting the homestead squared away for my ladies in my absence.  Come find out what my

Survival Hax Survival Shovel Review

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I was recently approached by Survival Hax to review a new shovel they had come out with.  The Survival Hax Survival Shovel is filling a void in the marketplace for a budget-friendly, collapsible shovel.  It’s small and lightweight which makes it conceptually ideal for hiking and backpacking.  Likewise, it’s adjustable which promotes ease of use.

2017 Suburban Steader Update – Week 02

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Two weeks of 2017 are in the books. Have of January is gone. And what have I done around the Suburban Steader homestead? The simple answer is: not much. But that’s about to change… This Week’s Milestones Much like last week, this week was kind of mild around the old home front. It was mostly

2017 Suburban Steader Update – Week 01

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The first week of 2017 is upon us and it’s time to start updating you on the Suburban Steader Homestead.  I’ve been thinking quite a bit lately about what I was going to write about here and I figured I’d break it down into three things: what I did this week, what I aim to do

2016 Suburban Steader Recap

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Suburban Steader had a hell of a 2016.  I want to spend a little time going through what changes the site went through, some of our successes, some of our failures and a bit about what the future holds.  Overall, 2016 was a good year for the site and, more importantly, for the Suburban Steader