Old Fashioned On Purpose

Old Fashioned On Purpose

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The Old-Fashioned on Purpose Podcast is for those disenchanted with conformity. The ones who favor homegrown and handmade over cheap and mass-produced. The ones who swim upstream while the societal herd rides the river of least resistance. The ones who…


83. The 4 Types of Homesteaders
Feb 17 • 24 min
Personal development has been an essential tool over the years. Looking back, I realize that some of the assesments I’ve taken have provided the biggest opportunities for growth. They help point out common personality characteristics and their…
82. 7 Practical Ways We Save Time on the Homestead
Feb 14 • 18 min
Do you ever reach the end of the day and wonder where all your time went? Do you look at your “to-do’s” and wonder how you’ll ever get it all done? Fitting the homestead lifestyle into the speed of the modern day world can create some serious…
81. What I’m Planting in my Garden This Year
Feb 12 • 29 min
One of my favorite days of the year has arrived. The seeds for my garden showed up! If you’re anything like me, you’re in full-on garden prep mode. On a recent episode, I discussed my long-term love for heirloom seeds. On today’s episode, I dive dee…
80. How We’re Staying Healthy This Winter
Feb 10 • 19 min
Natural health remedies seem to share a certain distinction when it comes to health care. While that may be the case, we’ve found many different herbs and essential oils to be a key component of maintaining good health. On today’s episode, I explore t…
79. Why Canning Safety is Important
Feb 7 • 18 min
Few things that strike greater fear into the heart of a homesteader than the word botulism. If you’re anything like me, you’ve come to have a healthy respect for canning safety due to the potential serious consequences of improper canning. On today’s e…
78. Why Aren’t My Chickens Laying Eggs?
Feb 5 • 15 min
I don’t know about you, but we are in the dead of winter out here in Wyoming. Inevitably during this time of year, our chickens just don’t produce the same amount of eggs as they normally do. While the weather is certainly a factor, the are a number o…
77. How Frugality Can Hurt Your Homestead
Feb 3 • 20 min
Frugality is something that I’ve always seen as an admirable quality. As most of you know, this is how I grew up and how Christian and I generally live our lives. Believe it or not, there are times where frugality can hurt you. Today I’m going to add…
76. How to Start Your Very First Garden
Jan 31 • 17 min
Have you ever dreamed of starting your own garden but have no idea on where to start? You are in luck my friends. Starting a garden can be extremely intimidating for any first timer. This episode provides a ground-up plan that is so simple anyone can…
75. Should You Use Nitrates in Home-Cured Meats?
Jan 29 • 20 min
For quite some time I was terrified of nitrates. In all honesty, it was a big source of anxiety for a long time. This didn’t relent until sometime last year when I started digging deep into the truth behind nitrates. Come to find out, nitrates aren’t…
74. How Do I Afford To Buy Land
Jan 27 • 17 min
Perhaps the biggest road block anyone faces on the homesteading journey is trying to figure out how to buy land. It’s such a big issue that it prevents most people from considering the homestead life in the first place. On today’s episode, I explain s…
73. Why & How I Use Heirloom Seeds in my Garden
Jan 24 • 17 min
As a gardening fanatic, one of my favorite times of the year has arrived. I don’t know about you, but when my seed catalogs arrive at the beginning of the year I find it hard to contain myself. About seven years ago I started using heirloom seeds exc…
72. How to Make Your Own Sourdough Starter
Jan 22 • 14 min
I’ve failed in nearly every way imaginable attempting to make sourdough. So why would you listen to me? I’ve taken the lumps so you don’t have to. On today’s episode, I’m walking you step-by-step through my favorite way to make a sourdough starter. …
71. Homesteading with Kids: How We Do It
Jan 20 • 23 min
While I thought that some people might question how we pull off homesteading with kids, it turns out this is one of the most-asked questions among listeners. The truth is, it has everything to do with our parenting style. While I’m sure there are peo…
70. Are the Old Ways Gone Forever?
Jan 17 • 13 min
With the rapid evolution of technology and modern conveniences in our society, it’s easy to ask if the old ways are falling to the wayside. While it’s true that some things are bound to disappear, it’s also true that from the hustle of New York City to…
69. Your First Cast Iron Pan- What You Need to Know
Jan 15 • 13 min
Cast iron can be intimidating. With all of the misinformation floating around, it’s easy to understand why some avoid it all together. Cast iron is by far my favorite way to cook, but it can present some real challenges for any new user. Today we cov…
68. How I Shop for Organic Food in a Rural Area
Jan 13 • 18 min
While I absolutely LOVE living in the country, there are certainly some challenges you have to deal with. One of the biggest challenges is grocery shopping. While we do grow and produce many different food items on our homestead, due to our growing se…
67. I’m Not Sure I Like the Name Homesteading Anymore
Jan 10 • 17 min
Yes. I said it. I don’t like ‘homesteading’ anymore. When I first got involved with ‘homesteading’, the word carried a certain endearing quality. It somehow encompassed the animals, the open fields, the freedom, and the community. Most of all, ‘hom…
66. My Non-Fancy Homeschool Routine
Jan 8 • 22 min
On previous episodes, I’ve discussed how homeschooling has reaped massive benefits in my life. I’ve even discussed how my children are benefitting from the exact same practice. On today’s episode I’m here to pull back the curtain on how Christian and …
65. What’s In My Everyday Preparedness Pantry
Jan 6 • 18 min
When it comes to homesteading, one of the most overlooked essentials is a well-stocked pantry. Whether it’s an unexpected road closure, a blizzard, or a few additional guests, planning for the unexpected is sure to save you time and stress. On today’s…
64. The Most Important Thing I’ve Taught My Kids
Jan 3 • 21 min
It seems that today that many kids lack one of the most important skills that leads to long term success in every area of life. This of course is creativity. It seems that creativity could be getting stifled by the evolution of technology. As things …
63. I’m Not Hiding Anymore
Jan 1 • 21 min
Intentionally or unintentionally, sometimes we can hide parts of ourselves that others would really like to see. If you follow me on social media or any of the other places my brand shows up to the world, it might be easy to assume that I always live s…
62. My End-of-the-Year Rituals
Dec 30, 2019 • 15 min
Once again we’ve arrived at that magical time of the year. The special time where hope springs eternal and a new year is upon us. I’ve always loved this last week of the year because it gives me the opportunity to reflect on the past year and plan wha…
61. Do You Need a Heat Lamp for Your Chickens?
Dec 27, 2019 • 15 min
One of the most common questions when it comes to homesteading is “What do you do to keep the animals warm in the winter?” Naturally, our first instinct is to grab lamps or other forms of heating elements. The thing that most of us forget is that the …
60. How I Grew my Homestead Blog into a Full-Time Income
Dec 23, 2019 • 27 min
Looking back on how things started, it’s truly quite incredible to reflect on how I arrived at the point. For anyone that has followed for any length of time, you’d know that my entire venture into entrepreneurship started with a blog. When I first st…
59. Choosing Hard But Good
Dec 20, 2019 • 18 min
Modern life is convenient, but is this always a good thing? Generally speaking, if something is becoming easier, quality is likely being sacrificed in the process. As things become easier, we become more-and-more comfortable. We become complacent and…
58. How & Why We Heat Our Home with Wood
Dec 18, 2019 • 19 min
Winter in Wyoming means frequent trips outside to grab firewood for our wood stove. So why heat with wood in the first place? Economy, efficiency, and independence highlight the incredible benefits of heating your home with a wood stove. While I do p…
57. Homesteading in Wyoming: Pros & Cons
Dec 16, 2019 • 15 min
Although I was born in Idaho, I still call Wyoming my home. Wyoming is an incredible place, but before you pack up the chickens and head this way, I’m here to explain the good, the bad, and the ugly about homesteading in Wyoming. In today’s episode I …
56. How We Care for Our Livestock in the Winter
Dec 13, 2019 • 20 min
Depending on the part of the country you’re in, you’re likely finding yourself in the thick of winter. While I’ve learned to love some of the winter moments, there are several keys you must keep in mind to ensure your animals stay safe throughout the c…
55. My No-Fuss Cast Iron Care Routine
Dec 11, 2019 • 15 min
As I detailed in a past episode, there’s a lot of misinformation and folklore when it comes to cast iron. This incredible cookware is a staple in my kitchen and it deserves a special place in yours as well. For anyone who has been intimidated by cast …
54. How I Learned to Love Winter
Dec 9, 2019 • 15 min
Are you dreading the oncoming winter nights? For quite some time, winter really got me down. More than anything, I was bored. After spending almost all of my time outside in the spring and summer months, I felt sequestered to my house as the frosty m…
53. What I Learned from Making 27 Freezer Meals in 4.5 Hours
Dec 6, 2019 • 20 min
Are you struggling to keep up with an increasingly busy schedule filled with 4-H, homeschooling, tending to the milk cows, and all of the other wonderful things that come with life on the homestead? I’m in the thick of it right now and let me tell you,…
52. 4 Ways to Make Money on Your Homestead
Dec 4, 2019 • 26 min
This is what we all dream of, right? Of course our love of the homestead life is why we get involved in the first place, but the idea of actually making a living off the homestead (or even just a little extra money) can seem far-fetched. Today I’m not j…
51. Behind the Scenes of Writing a Homestead Cookbook
Dec 2, 2019 • 29 min
Have you ever dreamed of publishing your own book? I can tell you from experience, it is one of the most challenging and rewarding processes you can ever undertake. On today’s episode, I’m drifting a bit from the traditional podcast. Come with me as we …
50. The 5 Most Annoying Myths about Cast Iron
Nov 29, 2019 • 16 min
The word ‘cast iron’ exudes strength in-and-of itself. For some reason, the internet might have you believing these types of pans are delicate little flowers. No matter what you think at this point, I’m here to bust some common cast iron myths that wil…
49. 3 Home Dairy Recipes You Need to Make ASAP
Nov 27, 2019 • 19 min
Milk is magic. It’s an incredibly versatile liquid that has the ability to morph into so many amazing things. Today I’m focusing on three of my all-time favorite milk recipes that will leave you coming back for more. Specifically I’m talking about yo…
48. 5 Meal Planning Tips from a Non Meal Planner
Nov 25, 2019 • 21 min
Time is by far our most valuable asset. While I love cooking delicious, healthy, and wholesome food, it can be an extremely time consuming task. I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve wasted in the kitchen on a daily basis Today I provide my favorite ti…
47. How to Homestead in Suburbia
Nov 22, 2019 • 17 min
Do you ever dream of the homestead life, but shutter at the thought of living so far away from town? I can’t even begin to count the number of people that’ve voiced this exact concern over the years. Don’t worry. I get it. The full-on homestead life…
46. My Fool-Proof From-Scratch Thanksgiving Menu
Nov 20, 2019 • 25 min
My Fool-Proof From-Scratch Thanksgiving MenuAre you tired of the same old processed foods you’ve been eating at Thanksgiving? I’m here today to show you why cooking Thanksgiving the homestead way is the absolute best way to go. On today’s episode I’ll…
45. How to Cook the BEST Thanksgiving Turkey
Nov 18, 2019 • 21 min
How to Cook the BEST Thanksgiving TurkeyYes my friends, it’s that wonderful time of the year. Thanksgiving is upon us and for most of us that means one thing: turkey. On today’s episode, I’m thrilled to share my favorite way of cooking a turkey. Bri…
44. How to Start Using Einkorn Flour
Nov 15, 2019 • 15 min
Have you ever used ancient grains in your cooking? If you’re new to the game, you’ll likely realize that using Einkorn flour produces a much different experience when it comes to cooking and baking. Today we’re going to explore the health benefits of …
43. Where to Start if You’ve Never Homesteaded Before
Nov 13, 2019 • 23 min
There is no shortage of information out there when it comes to homesteading. The unfortunate thing is that most of it is just fluff. Today I’m here to provide you a quick start guide so that you can get on the correct path on your journey. Learn why …
42. How to Make Homemade Butter for Your Holiday Meals
Nov 11, 2019 • 17 min
If you’ve followed me for any period of time, you’d certainly know my deep love for all things butter. It’s by far my favorite dairy-made product. Today you’ll learn the process of making your own butter at home and the incredible advantages it provid…
41. 3 Common Home Dairy Myths that are Holding you Back!
Nov 8, 2019 • 20 min
Home dairy is a bit of a status symbol in the homesteading community. However, there are three very big myths that prevent most homesteaders from even getting started. In today’s episode I expound on these myths as well as outlining many incredible us…
40. A Day in My Life
Nov 6, 2019 • 26 min
What’s it like to be a homesteading, homeschooling, entrepreneur, from-scratch-cooking, mom-of-three? I’ll be the first to admit, it can be exhausting. While I work to keep a set schedule, depending on the seasonal duties I have I need to keep things …
39. All About Broody Hens
Nov 4, 2019 • 21 min
When push comes to shove, I always prefer to let a broody hen hatch her eggs rather than getting chicks from the feed store. However, sometimes it’s just not that simple. If you’ve ever been curious about broody hens or have dealt with this yourself, …
38. How Being Homeschooled Helped Me Later In Life
Nov 1, 2019 • 20 min
As I sit here today, it’s very clear to look back and see how homeschooling gave me the tools needed to succeed. The disciplined instilled in me at young age allowed me to build the habits that let me excel in college and in business. It gave the me th…
37. Why We Have Dairy Goats Again After an 8 Year Hiatus
Oct 30, 2019 • 10 min
No, the title isn’t a mistake. After gaining a reputation online as “the milk cow” girl, once again we have milk goats. Why do we have milk goats again after all these years? Our daughter Mesa decided to use some of her fair money to buy two Paper Ni…
36. 5 Things I Learned as a First Time 4-H Mom
Oct 28, 2019 • 16 min
4-H played a pivotal role in my life growing up. Because of this, I have been counting downs the days until my daughter was able to start participating. Though I had experience of going through 4-H as a kid, it’s entirely different going through it as…
35. How to Use Essential Oils for Cooking
Oct 25, 2019 • 24 min
Cooking with oils tend to be looked at as a no-no in the culinary world. However, with a little practice and some care, essentials oils have become a vital addition to my kitchen cabinet. Today we’re going to investigate how to asses any dangers with es…
34. How & Why to Cook with Maple Syrup
Oct 23, 2019 • 36 min
Have you ever wondered how you can eliminate sugar from your recipes replace it with 100% natural sweetener that’s actually good for you? This might seem like something made I just made up, but I promise you this is a real ingredient that you can start …
33. The 3 Fats You’ll NEVER Find in My Kitchen (and what I use instead)
Oct 21, 2019 • 26 min
For many health conscious individuals out there, fat might as well be a four letter word. The sheer thought of using fat to cook might even send chills up your spine. Fear not my friends. Not only do the right fats add a ton of flavor, but many are e…
32. 5 Kitchen Tools I Can’t Live Without
Oct 18, 2019 • 19 min
Let’s face it. The modern kitchen isn’t built for the homestead lifestyle. Even after several renovations, my relatively small kitchen requires several key tools to create maximum functionality. If you’ve ever wondered the key items I simply can’t li…
31. How We Found Animals for Our Homestead
Oct 16, 2019 • 24 min
It’s no secret. Out of all the aspects of homesteading, the animals are the one thing I can’t live without. Today I’m going to walk you through everything you need to consider prior to adding your first animals to your homestead. You’ll learn where t…
30. Why Homesteading Matters (The Homestead Manifesto)
Oct 14, 2019 • 18 min
Without a doubt, by far the question I get asked the most is how I got started in homesteading. In reality, the better question to ask is why does homesteading even matter in the first place? In today’s episode, I take a deep dive into why homesteadin…
29. 4 Things to Consider Before You Buy a Homestead
Oct 11, 2019 • 17 min
If you’re on the verge of stepping into the homestead life, this episode is a must listen. Today I’m diving into the most important issues to consider before making an investment in a property. Find out why thinking small can leave you stuck, why clim…
28. How to Use a Crock for Fermenting
Oct 9, 2019 • 20 min
Fermented foods can be a polarizing topic. For quite some time, they literally left a bad taste in my mouth. Have you ever experienced this yourself? It wasn’t until I ventured into the world of crocks that I finally cracked the fermentation code. N…
27. How to Extend Your Growing Season
Oct 7, 2019 • 13 min
Winter is slowly creeping up on us, especially here in Wyoming. After our first frost last week, I knew it was time to start prepping for the season ahead. That being said, we don’t have to give in and close up shop at the first sign of winter. There…
26. Cover Crops: Your Garden’s Best Kept Secret
Oct 4, 2019 • 24 min
cover crops, organic gardening, true leaf market
25. How (& Why) to Can Apples at Home
Oct 2, 2019 • 17 min
Apples hold a special place in my heart. This incredible fruit is the very first thing I ever canned on my own. In today’s episode I detail my favorite way to preserve apples for the long-haul. Find out which apple varieties are the best for canning …
24. How to Prep Your Garden for Winter
Sep 30, 2019 • 22 min
The seasons are changing. Depending on the part of the country you’re in, winter can mean vastly different things. While it’s great to enjoy the current harvest, a homesteader always has to plan ahead with the upcoming season in mind. On today’s epis…
23. How to Dig Up & Store Potatoes for Winter
Sep 27, 2019 • 15 min
Potatoes are by far my favorite vegetable. I’d imagine it’s pretty safe to say I’m not alone in my affinity for spuds. No, it’s not even due the fact I was born in Idaho, better known as the home of the potato. My favorite part of harvesting potatoes…
22. How to Preserve Fresh Herbs for Later
Sep 25, 2019 • 15 min
Herbs have always seemed to be hit or miss for me. While I love the flavor fresh herbs bring to my cooking, I tend to either have more than I know what to do with or none at all. If you’v ever experienced this problem, this is the episode you’ve been …
21. How to Pickle Any Vegetable
Sep 23, 2019 • 12 min
If you’re anything like me, you’re always searching for different ways to maximize the yield from you harvest. While I love canning, sometimes the volume of your harvest simply doesn’t warrant going through the process. On today’s episode I’m detailin…
20. How We’re Raising Our Kids Like It’s 1955
Sep 20, 2019 • 23 min
On today’s episode, you’re going to learn how Christian and I are managing to raise old-fashioned kids in the modern technological world. How our we accomplishing this? Mostly by providing our kids with unstructured time. It turns out that allowing t…
19. How to Start a Homestead When You Feel Overwhelmed
Sep 18, 2019 • 20 min
When is the “simple life” not always simple? For those of you transitioning into the homestead lifestyle, it’s pretty much all the time. From barn construction to dairy goats to him baked bread and so much more, it’s a never ending cycle of building a…
18. How to Cook from Scratch When You Have No Time
Sep 16, 2019 • 24 min
Whether or not you are currently a homesteader, I’m willing to bet that we both share this common problem. Time is our most valuable commodity, and usually the first and easiest thing to sacrifice is a good home cooked meal. Today I’m here to not only…
17. How We Started a Homestead on One Income
Sep 13, 2019 • 18 min
When Christian and I first started out, we were relying on his single income as an electrician. By staying out of debt and focusing on doing anything we could do to earn extra money, it allowed us to build our homestead piece-by-piece. Regardless of w…
16. Dairy Goats vs. Milk Cows: Which is Best?
Sep 11, 2019 • 24 min
Today I’m going to be taking a deep dive into one of the more controversial topics on the homesteading front. Although both dairy goats and milk cows are viable options, find out why Christian and I eventually moved to milk cows and sold our goats. Le…
15. How We Built Our Raised Garden Beds
Sep 9, 2019 • 22 min
Greetings friends and family! Back in episode 3 I explained the benefits of raised garden beds and why we chose to use them on our homestead. Today I’m going to talk about several different options on how you can create raised beds on your own. You’l…
14. Is Home-Canned Food Less Nutritious?
Sep 6, 2019 • 11 min
Eating fruits and vegetables fresh off the vine is always the preferred method for optimum nutritional value. Unfortunately, it’s not always possible to consume our fresh foods before they go bad. So what’s the best way to preserve the harvest? Resea…
13. Our Biggest Homesteading Mistakes
Sep 4, 2019 • 21 min
We all make mistakes. Let me tell you, Christian and I have made quite a few on our homesteading journey. In today’s episode, I’m going to dive into the top 5 mistakes we’ve made over the last few years. These learning experiences are sure to save yo…
12. 5 Canning Mistakes You Can’t Afford to Make
Sep 2, 2019 • 21 min
As we’re approaching harvesting season on the homestead, it’s crucial to be prepared for the bounty of food that’s about to roll in. Whether it’s coming from your own garden, a farmers market, or other local producers, understanding how to properly pre…
11. Weed Control Tips for the Organic Garden
Aug 30, 2019 • 24 min
Have you ever struggled to keep your weeds at bay? It’s one of the most common problems for any homesteader. I don’t know about you, but I sure don’t want to be spending three hours a day in my garden just to keep my weeds under control. Over the yea…
10. 5 Tips for Making Crunchier Pickles
Aug 28, 2019 • 13 min
Are you tired of dealing with soft, squishy pickles? I’m sure I’m not the only one who has dealt with this problem. After years of experimentation and fighting with different recipes, I’ve collected these 5 simple tips to take your pickles to the nex…
9. Natural Fly Control Strategies
Aug 26, 2019 • 16 min
Yes, it’s that special time of year that we all love: Fly Season! For all of my fellow homesteaders currently in the throes of fly season and the ones about to experience it, I’m here to deliver my top four strategies on how to mitigate our pesky little…
8. The Surprising Truth About Canning Tomatoes
Aug 23, 2019 • 15 min
Who knew canning tomatoes was such a controversial subject? When you stumble across canning discussions on Facebook or in other homestead groups, this seems to be one of the most hotly contested topics. Why you might ask? Primarily because many canning …
7. How to Help Your Garden Recover from Hail
Aug 21, 2019 • 21 min
Hail is one of the most destructive forces when it comes to the health and well-being of your garden. If you’re anything like myself, you can relate to the devastation of walking outside and seeing your garden in tatters following a hail storm. Unfor…
6. All You Ever Needed to Know About Compost Tea
Aug 19, 2019 • 13 min
First and foremost, let me ease your concerns. I’m not here to give you a recipe a special morning beverage made from compost. Today you’re going to learn about a special fertilizer that is sure to produce miracles in your garden. You’ll learn the di…
5. Canning Safety: What You Need to Know about Botulism
Aug 16, 2019 • 15 min
By far the number one fear I hear the most in regards to canning concerns food poisoning. Better known as botulism, this phenomenon has the potential to cause some very serious health problems. While botulism has the can be extremely dangerous, I’m he…
4. How to Take a Vacation When You Have a Homestead
Aug 14, 2019 • 22 min
One of the most common concerns I hear from people looking to get into homesteading is what happens when you need to leave or take a vacation? While we want all of the joys that a homestead provides, certainly there can be issues when needing to be awa…
2. How to Can Jam Without Using Tons of Sugar
Aug 12, 2019 • 21 min
It’s summertime, and beyond the beautiful weather, it means that all of the amazing fruits are in season. What does in-season fruit mean? Jam of course! While I love to make jam, I’ve always found that most jam and jelly recipes are loaded with added…
3. Why We Chose to Garden in Raised Beds
Aug 12, 2019 • 26 min
Have you ever wondered if raised beds were the answer to your garden issues? When Christian and I started our first garden on our homestead, we began with a traditional in-ground garden. After a somewhat comical mistake involving manure, we quickly ha…
1. How 2 City Kids Became Homesteaders
Aug 7, 2019 • 31 min
Welcome to the very first episode of Old Fashioned On Purpose! My name is Jill Winger, and on today’s episode I’m thrilled to share with you my very unlikely foray into homesteading. You’ll hear why growing up as city kids didn’t prevent my husband an…