Josh and Carolyn

About Josh and Carolyn

Josh and Carolyn both grew up with a love of the country life, good food and watching things grow. Their first tiny garden together started on a balcony in a city apartment 15 years ago and has grown along with their family to producing over 75% of their needs. Now on 40 acres in North Idaho, they raise all of their own meat, 90% of their dairy products and 75% of their fruit and veggies…all done naturally while being stewards of the land and caring for a family of 10! This passion for country living, good eating, and nurturing life has grown into a passion for sharing the journey and lessons learned with others. It is their desire to be a blessing and encouragement to others seeking the beauty and abundance of a healthy homesteading life!

Meet Josh and Carolyn

From an early age, both Josh and Carolyn Thomas grew up with a passion and love for simple country living. This evolved into eating amazing home-cooked meals, planting plentiful gardens, taking care of animals and taking great pride in living the “homesteader” lifestyle. The very first tiny garden they grew together started on a balcony [...]

By | 2017-08-17T22:45:55+00:00 May 17th, 2017|Blog|

Cheaper Healthier Chickens

How? Fermented Grains! You can save 40% or more on your chicken feed costs by fermenting the grain. Our large family loves fresh eggs, we love healthy home raised chicken for dinner, not to mention turkey, duck and goose. But man, the feed can get expensive! Here is one of the main ways we have [...]

By | 2017-05-18T23:42:23+00:00 May 16th, 2017|Videos|

Preserve Your Extra Eggs by Pickling!

Still have too many spring eggs? In this video Carolyn will show you a simple delicious preservation technique... pickled eggs! You can refrigerate or can these tasty, high protein treats. Pickled eggs make a quick, healthy meal starter or easy snack. You can also follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/homesteadingfamily or check out our website [...]

By | 2017-05-03T18:02:04+00:00 May 3rd, 2017|Videos|

Homesteading Family Kitchen Tour

OK - You've been asking for a tour of our homestead kitchen... let me show you around on a busy homesteading Saturday. The pizza dough is resting, waiting to be rolled out; the dandelion greens are soaking in their brine to become KimChi; hardboiled eggs are cooling for pickled eggs and my assistants (the kids [...]

By | 2017-05-03T16:49:44+00:00 May 3rd, 2017|Videos|

Make Your Own Beeswax Wrap

Kick out the plastic wrap! Carolyn, Rachel and Brianna show a quick and simple way to start switching your home away from disposable, unhealthy plastics and toward healthy reusable products. A little beeswax, cotton cloth and a few old paintbrushes can save a lot of plastic wrap over the next few years- not to mention [...]

By | 2017-05-03T16:47:00+00:00 May 3rd, 2017|Videos|

Preserve Your Eggs by Freezing!

In this video Carolyn will show you how simple it is to save your fresh eggs for baking during the winter egg shortage. This is a great method to use for dirty eggs, cracked eggs or even an over-abundance of storebought eggs.

By | 2017-04-20T21:02:50+00:00 April 20th, 2017|Videos|

Preserve Your Eggs for Winter!

Do you know how to preserve your eggs? Water glassing is a long standing historical method that is very easy and very effective! While there are several different water glassing mediums, here Carolyn shows you how to use the cheap and readily available hydrated lime (also known as pickling lime and slacked lime) to easily [...]

By | 2017-04-18T16:57:18+00:00 April 18th, 2017|Videos|