Jennifer Houghton

Jennifer Houghton

Jennifer Houghton is a yoga & fitness teacher, blogger, and green homesteader living in the British Columbia mountains. She spends most of her days chopping wood, digging dirt, learning to fix things, and babying her 3 cats. She's very keen on furry creatures and the smell of balsam fir trees.

Jen’s Green Smoothie

Jen’s Green Smoothie

What!?  That’s not green!  Yep, you can fool even the most picky of eaters into eating their greens by using lots of berries. I aim to have a large green smoothie for breakfast 5 days a week.  This way I ensure I’ve had 3-4 servings of fruit and 3-4 cups of raw greens daily.  The…

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Mom’s Apple Crisp

Mom’s Apple Crisp

Okay, if you’re Canadian like me it would be Mum’s Apple Crisp.  I practically grew up on the stuff.  Mum never wrote down the recipe.  Its just that easy to remember: 1 cup each of the main ingredients.  Its yummy hot, its yummy cold, its yummy in the pot 9 days old (okay, maybe not…

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10 Tips for New Homesteaders

10 Tips for New Homesteaders

Things I’ve Learned on the Homestead Since I moved to the country a few months ago, I’m learning what works and what doesn’t.  I started this adventure with a gardening background, a reasonable level of fitness, and basic carpentry skills (along with a small arsenal of tools).  This has helped a lot.  I’m at a…

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Easy Roasted Root Veggies

Easy Roasted Root Veggies

Roasted root vegetables are my go-to meal for fall and winter.  So easy, so quick – its like wholesome fast food.  Just chop ’em up, add some herbs and spices, and cook.  I like a little extra heat in the winter so I’ve added some hot pepper flakes and cumin – you can spice it…

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How to Start a Vegetable Garden

How to Start a Vegetable Garden

Tips for Beginners Are you new to gardening?  Do you want to grow your own fresh veggies and save money?  There’s nothing like a fresh crunchy carrot or crisp green peas straight from the garden.  Winter is a great time to start planning, dreaming, and salivating. Here are 6 steps for starting a vegetable garden…

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Edible Wild Plants

Edible Wild Plants

I know it sounds hokey but when we listen to the plants they tell us how they can help us, “ said Shanoon, the herbalist. I spent an afternoon in early October with 5 others following Shanoon along a Slocan Valley, British Columbia pathway while she pointed out dozens of naturalized plants that can be…

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Welcome to Homestead Mania!

Welcome to Homestead Mania!

I’m Jennifer Houghton.  At the age of 46 I moved out of the suburbs onto an acre of land in the British Columbia mountains.  This blog follows my adventures as I learn to be self-sufficient, grow my own food, and live amongst the pines. Some might say I’m obsessed with frugality and living green.  I…

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