Jill Winger 🐓 Homesteading

Jill Winger 🐓 Homesteading Follow

Farm-fresh inspiration & #returntoyourroots tips. Lover of Wyoming prairie life & old-fashioned things.
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These little golden bits of herb and olive oil goodness just went up on the blog. They make saving that fabulous fresh herb flavor a snap (like for reals--it took me less than 5 minutes to make these).
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🌱How to Preserve Herbs in Olive Oil: 🌱
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✔️Clean and remove the herbs from the stems
✔️Chop ‘em and pack into ice cube trays.
✔️Fill the rest of the way with olive oil.
✔️Freeze for 2-3 hours, then pop out and store in the freezer for quick use.
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Get the rest of the details and my tips & tricks on the blog (link in profile). And be sure to tag a friend who's drowning in herbs right now. ;)
Tis the season when the garden dictates what's for supper. Which right now mostly means greens, and lettuce, and more greens, and more lettuce. I'm thankful for these albino beets to break up the monotony tonight. But of course, they'll be roasted and served on a bed of... wait for it... greens. 😁
Hello, my name is Jill and I can't stop visiting the distressed perennial shelf at the nursery... "Come with me little plants, I will take you to the homestead and we will live happily ever after..." #ithinkihaveaproblem
Nope. You just can't beat a good old-fashioned downpour after a two-month dry spell... And the prairie rejoiced.
As a parent, there's this constant tension between being excited for the next stages with your kiddos, yet never wanting them to grow up. 
I'm just fine if he wants to stay 4 years old forever, although I'll be pretty darn thrilled the day he takes the bucket to the barn to milk by himself... ❤️
Homemade bacon from our homegrown pigs, fresh cream from the cow, rainbow chard from the garden, and good ol’ pasta from the store. 😜
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I used to be a hardcore, homemade, real food purist. Been there, done that, got the t-shirt…
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I adore food and I love to cook. You’ll find me spending more time than most growing, tending, nurturing, creating, and stocking our food supply. It brings me joy and makes me feel alive. BUT.
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I no longer beat myself up for some compromise ingredients here and there, and I’m at peace when my afternoon turns crazy and there isn’t time for fresh-made pasta. So yes— even homesteaders cheat sometimes… Well, at least I do. And I’m ok with that. 😉
"A garden is always a series of losses set against a few triumphs, like life itself." ~May Sarton
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I’ve had some bad gardening years, y’all. BAD. There’s been poisoned mulch, infestations of bugs, non-sprouting seeds, and literal blankets of weeds…
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I’ve wanted to quit. A lot. I pondered becoming a homesteader who just raised animals, not vegetables. I schemed about how I could get local veggies delivered to my house… But beyond all logic, I kept at it, and this year has paid off handsomely.
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I don’t know if I’ve ever had RIPE tomatoes in July before, and the plants in my raised beds are going CRAZY. It’s a jungle out there. I’ve never enjoyed my garden as much as I am right now.
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I’m sure there are multiple life lessons wrapped up in there somewhere. I’m just glad I pushed forward and didn’t quit. It seems like the greatest victories generally come after the biggest failures— have you ever noticed that?
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So here’s to failing big, rising from the ashes of a poisoned garden, and fresh, juicy tomatoes off the vine. 🍅
Biting bugs, sun-baked skin, and tired muscles from hours spent in the garden.... I've been using my essential oils a TON this summer. It’s not uncommon for me to reach into my pocket to find a random bottle covered in bits of hay and garden soil… I don't leave the house without them!
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Many of you have already joined me in my oily-homesteading craziness, but for those of you who haven’t started yet, there are some pretty awesome Buy One Get One Free specials starting tomorrow!
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There’ll be a new BOGO each day from the 17th-21st. (Monday through Friday) To keep everyone in the loop (and also to avoid overloading my IG feed…) I’ve started a special group where I’ll be posting all sorts of videos, tidbits, and tips along with the daily specials.
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Wanna come hang out and see if something strikes your fancy? Click the link in my profile or cut and paste this one: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1769012553360643
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(P.S. There will likely be farm animal & wild Prairie Kid appearances in my videos… You have been warned...)
8pm on a summer's evening... Prairie therapy at its finest. ❤️
I absolutely love to cook, but my kitchen and I have a rocky relationship in the summertime. Anyone relate?
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There are weeds to pull, beds to water, calves to play with, horses to ride, and pens to clean... Not to mention it's blazing hot, which equates to me having a hard time getting creative in the kitchen.
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We'll do the usual salads, grilling, and stuff, and skillets of refried beans like in the pic are another favorite... But I'm totally craving some new ideas. What are your best summer supper tricks?
Considering the flurry of new followers lately, I figured it might be a good time for a little introduction…
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We’re the Wingers, and I (Jill) am the voice behind The Prairie Homestead blog. We homestead, homeschool, and run two home business out here on the wide open prairie of Wyoming. (Yup— where it’s cold and windy 8 months of the year…)
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We became enamored with the idea of a modern homesteading lifestyle about 9 years ago, and have been experimenting with gardening, chickens, home dairy, and raising our own meat ever since. The blog came shortly after, (mostly just because I needed an outlet to blabber on about the weird things we were doing), and it has grown into a thriving community of homesteading fanatics just like us.
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You’ll find we aren’t purists, and I’m a fan of pursuing this lifestyle we love without undue stress or pretentiousness. (Aka, we like to keep it real…)
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Stick around and you’ll glean inspiration for your own homesteading plans & dreams, along with practical tutorials and recipes. Oh, and you’ll also probably witness some of our homesteading snafus too… (Like when I poisoned my garden last year… That story is on the blog…) But even with the mistakes and mishaps, this is a lifestyle we love to live and love to share with y’all. .
Now it’s your turn! Introduce yourself in the comments— we can’t wait to meet you! 🙂
And now I understand why the lettuce  leaves near the fence are missing their tops...