Heart’s Content Farmhouse is all about living a simple and homemade life.

Every week, you will find a new project to help you live a more old fashioned and self-sufficient life: gardening, bread baking, canning, or making your own soap.

If you’ve ever thought…

I’d love to bake my own breads and start baking with sourdough, but I just don’t know where to start….

Or I’m interested in making soap but I’m afraid of lye and I don’t know what supplies I need….

I want to have a homemade pantry like my grandmother did, but it just seems like so much work….

….Then I am here to help you!

I believe that sourdough baking, home canning, and even cold process soap making is MUCH simpler than most people think. I taught myself all these skills as an adult and have spent years trying to do them as simply as possible.

This site is all about breaking them down in easy to follow ways so that you can do them too!

Sourdough success

Here’s what some readers have said about these simple sourdough techniques:

After giving up on sourdough for uncountable times over uncountable years, I attempted your sourdough recipe. SUCCESS! Seriously pleased and impressed with the results. Thank you!!


I’ve been trying on and off for 4 years to get a sourdough starter going. Came across your site and now I’ve just finished my first ever sourdough loaf. At 64 years old, better late than never. My husband rated it the best bread that he has ever had in all of his 68 years, so a huge thank you for this recipe. …Thank you once again, island living is now even better.


Thank you for this easy and delicious recipe 
I am new to sourdough and this recipe turns out perfect every time!
I have made it probably 10 times and friends are so thankful for them.


I know you can do it too! (I’ll even email you and walk you through it!)

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A little about me

I live on a nine acre hobby farm with my husband and three daughters. We love vegetable gardening, growing cutting flowers, and keeping chickens and bees. (Actually I hate the bees and I’m scared of them.)

two little girls around kitchen island, baking

We are always almost in the kitchen cooking, baking, or preserving something from the garden.

Some of my interests besides baking are reading about English history (especially Henry VIII) and ancient Roman history. (I was a Classics major in college, so I’m not exactly well suited to having a career!)

I love, love, LOVE blogging and I get a lot of questions about it. If you’re curious about it too, check out my blogging resource page.

Need to reach me?

email: katie@heartscontentfarmhouse.com

I love getting comments and try to respond to each one. (If I don’t, it’s an accident!)

My email is katie@heartscontentfarmhouse.com, and I would love to hear from you if you have any questions. My privacy policy can be found here.

You can also find me on Instagram and YouTube.

Anyway, I would like to sincerely thank you for stopping by, and I hope to see you again!

girls on gravel driveway, one in red wagon, one pulling