Favorite YouTube Channels

I may have become a bit addicted to YouTube.  It all started when I googled “chicken laying an egg” to show Nolan.  From there I went down a bit of a rabbit hole and have found a few channels that I watch daily (or whenever they post).  For the most part, I watch gardening or homesteading channels.  Here are my favorites and/or the most useful ones.

Homesteading

Art & Bri

Art and Bri live in the Asheville area of North Carolina (I’m definitely jealous).  They have about 25 acres with chickens, ducks, pigs, goats, a milking cow and gardens.  I love this channel because they’re just very genuine, real people. Art is a nurse and Bri stays home with their 4 (soon to be 5) homeschooled kids. I support Art & Bri’s channel through a $5.00 Patreon donation because I figure…I pay for other types of entertainment, why not help support my favorite YouTube channel?

Justin Rhodes 

Justin Rhodes and his family also live outside of Asheville and homeschool. In fact, Art & Bri used to live next door to Justin’s family before moving to their homestead. Justin’s channel is probably one of the most successful and popular homesteading channels on YouTube.  Justin aims for a permaculture approach to his homestead and offers classes and a paid membership area to his website. There he provides additional videos and more instructional type information.  I do pay for this membership area ($8.00/mo) because 1) I want to support them as they work hard on their channel and 2) it allows me to be a part of their Facebook group where I can exchange ideas with like-minded people.

Justin and his family just got back from a 10 month tour of all 50 states – the Great American Farm Tour as they called it. They visited farms and sights along the way and now that they’re back home they’re getting in the swing of things on the homestead and implementing what they’ve learned.  I’d say the vlog is still a bit in transition and right now they’re on a 2 week break for Justin to work on editing the full documentary of the tour.  I’m looking forward to mid-April (after the premiere of the documentary) as they really return their vlog focus to the homestead.

While they’re on their break I recommend checking out some of their playlists like 100 Days of Growing Food and The Great American Farm Tour.

Weed ‘Em and Reap

I enjoy Danelle’s videos because she’s doing it all on 1 acre. She’s lucky enough to live in an unusual neighborhood that is zoned in a way that allows her to have sheep, goats and chickens.

She has a couple of very nice gardens, as well, but because she is in the Phoenix, AZ area, her methods don’t necessarily translate for me. Her videos are light and fun for the most part and I appreciate her no fuss approach to the homesteading aspects of their life.

Appalachia’s Homestead

Patara from Appalachia Homestead has taken a lot of her more educational videos over to Patreon. But, she still posts worthwhile stuff occasionally and you can always refer back to her earlier videos.

Gardening

All of the channels above have gardening videos, but the ones below are pretty much exclusively gardening.

MiGardener

Luke from MiGardener has tons of how-to videos.  At times he can be a bit…passionate (and he says stunning A LOT), but if you’re looking for some help getting started with gardening or a new crop, he’s probably got a video for you.  He also runs a seed store by the same name (migardener).  All his seeds are .99 and they’re non-GMO heirloom varieties.  I’ve ordered from him before and he also carries a custom fertilizer of his own design called Trifecta that I’ve used and it gets rave reviews.

CaliKim

Kim also has a lot of instructional videos and she even has a series she does in partnership with MiGardener. In the series she shows from seed to harvest, how she grows 10 plants in MiGardeners’ $10 garden kit (10 popular, beginner vegetables and herbs).

She lives in California so her climate is very different than mine (as is MiGardener’s, he’s in Michigan), but she still has many valuable videos.

Hollis & Nancy’s Homestead

I was super excited when I found this channel because they originally started vlogging while living only about 30 minutes from me. Unfortunately for me they recently moved to Florida. Nevertheless, they still have a lot of super helpful videos that match my climate.

Hollis also does a really great job of explaining how and why he’s doing things.  I look forward to seeing what they do with their new homestead in Florida as they had previously been doing urban gardening on a small lot with no animals.

MhpGardener

MhpGardener is another channel that is only about an hour from me. Unfortunately he hasn’t been posting much the last couple of years, but there are plenty of videos in his archives to get your started.

I definitely have other channels I watch, but these are my favorites and/or the ones I think would be the most educational.

Let me know what your favorites are!

Fresh Start

It’s been so long since I last posted. There’s no use in trying to catch up.  We’ll just consider this post a fresh start.

Josh got me a pre-loved Kitchen Aid mixer for Christmas and I’ve been trying to perfect my recipes and finally found my favorite.

Appalachia Homestead’s Ultimate Bread Recipe

Good, but nothing spectacular.

Julia Child’s Sandwich Bread Recipe

Rose up nice, but bland.

And the winner…Scratch With Sandy’s Amish White Bread Recipe

Ahhhhhmazing!

The first time I made the Amish White bread, I kept exactly true to the recipe and then brushed the tops with honey butter. ::drool emoji::

The second time I attempted it with half the sugar and it’s still REALLY good. I also took the second loaf and stuffed it with a cinnamon raisin butter sugar mixture.  It didn’t hold together well but tastes so, so, so….good!  I will perfect my methods on that one, but I definitely feel like this is a versatile base recipe.

Monty agrees.

I honestly don’t think I will buy store bought bread ever again.

In other food related news…

I started a lettuce mix in the cold frame in October and it is doing amazing! It has made it through snow and temps down into the single digits. All thanks to a little scrap wood and an old window.

It’s now double this size and we’re harvesting for salads.

I’m also already starting seeds indoors for the gardens and prepping new areas to plant.

Onions and celery, neither of which I’ve ever grown but am really excited for.

Tiny onion sprouts that make me so, so happy. In February as I dream about a bountiful garden I just go in the “grow room” and stare at my seedlings. And it’s so exciting when you see noticeable changes. Josh loves it when I make him stare at mostly inanimate objects.

We still have the chickens and are getting more than enough eggs!  At times we’ve had over 7 dozen eggs in the house.

It’s been a terrible flu season so I made my own elderberry syrup.

None of us have gotten the flu, just some congestion and sinus stuff here and there.  Nolan got a cough and I gave him an elderberry and honey cough syrup (not this one, the one by Zarbees) and he got over it way faster than the norm.

Okay, so that it’s not all about food/ingestibles…

Nolan participated in his first Pinewood Derby this past weekend!

He’s a Lion Cub, which is a new Den they added last year and it’s kinda like an intro to Scouting. Below is a little collage of videos and pictures taken of his car during the race.

He ended up winning his Den!

And also, this picture below makes my heart hurt a little. Such a big boy! Conversing and hanging out with the older kids like it’s nothing.

Well, that’s it for this update.  I’ll do my best to keep it more current. Thanks for reading. For your reward, here’s a cute picture loving on his dog.