About

Cat Ellis

Hi, I’m Cat. I’m an herbalist, prepper, author, and a learning-as-I-go homesteader. Here’s the short version of what the Homesteading Mom site is all about.

What you’ll find on Homesteading Mom are articles all about:

  • Gardening
  • Whole-food recipes
  • Food preservation
  • Beekeeping
  • DIY projects
  • Homemade gifts
  • Herbal lore and crafts
  • Updates on our cabin build and outbuildings
  • Future projects, like chickens, orchards, and more

That’s the nuts and bolts. Be sure to sign up for my newsletter in the box to the right. That newsletter is the primary way I stay in touch with you all. It’s how I let you know about new posts, new videos, freebies, upcoming online classes, and more.

For those who would like a bit more background, here’s how all this homesteading mayhem got started. It’s a pretty cool story, though I may be a bit biased.

For pics of our cabin progress from 2011 to 2019, scroll down to the bottom of this page.

My Story

I started Homesteading Mom back in 2010 to document my family’s move from a city apartment to a rural homestead. After my husband, Eddie, lost his job in 2008, we turned to homesteading skills, to make ends meet.

We went hard core DIY with gardening, cooking from scratch, beekeeping, etc. Even though we were focused on frugality, our quality of life improved dramatically, even in a city apartment.

We decided that we would move our family out of the city where we could expand the bee yard, get chickens and sheep. and grow even more of our own food. We bought some land in Maine, my husband built a cabin (see pics below), and were about to take that leap.

And Now, We Pause for a Brief Intermission

Life stepped in. Family obligations, a parent who passed away due to cancer, and some health concerns of our own, took precedence. The physical distance between our city apartment and our rural property was an obstacle. Eddie found full-time work again.The move was put on hold. Progress slowed down to a crawl.

I used the time to focus on my herbal practice. I focused on herbal medicine for emergency preparedness. I started the site, Herbal Prepper, and wrote two books, Prepper’s Natural Medicine and Prepping for a Pandemic.

Those health concerns I mentioned were my own. I have lost over 90lbs by eating a ketogenic diet with intermittent fasting. This has helped reverse symptoms of PCOS and type 2 diabetes. I blog about this as a way to keep me focused on my health goals at Keto Cat.

Family Expansion

Since starting this blog, we had another child, a daughter who may as well be my mini-me. And while that was joyous, that isn’t what I mean by “family expansion”. We were blessed with a dear family friend taking up residence in our cabin.

Turns out, Eddie’s best friend, Bobby, wanted to move to Maine. He welcomed the challenge of living in an off-grid cabin and helping to establish a homestead. He moved into the cabin a year ago.

With Bobby moving into the cabin, we have been able to make many more trips, and had far more productive trips. We use to spend half our time just cleaning the inside and mowing the tall grass so the kids could play before any work could get done.

With the cabin occupied, that’s no longer an issue. There’s been and a ton more progress as a result. Just from 2018-2019, we have:

  • Expanded the cabin’s porch.
  • Covered the porch with a roof.
  • Added insulation
  • Incorporated a simple composting toilet system.
  • Installed a shower, bathroom sink, and kitchen sink, all with hot and cold running water
  • Upgraded the wood stove and stove pipe.
  • Planted apple trees, blueberries, and elderberry bushes.

There’s so much more to come. I have so much to write to document all these changes! I am also still doing the urban homesteading thing for the time being. So, there will be articles here that apply to both urban and rural homesteading.

As Promised: Cabin Photos

Check out the cabin progression from 2011 to 2019! It’s so much more comfortable now. We’ll eventually get around to making it look pretty, but we have focused on making it functional for year-round living.

Cabin Progress from 2011 to 2013

Cabin Progress 2019

I hope you enjoyed the cabin progress photos and come back to check out our homesteading adventures.

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