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Canning Granny

  • We Be Jammin'... Red Onion Marmalade
    Red Onion MarmaladeFound onlizthechefServes: 1 to 1½ cupsA savory jam made from slowly cooking red onions in a sweet and sour base.Ingredients* ¼ cup walnut oil* 1 pound red onions, peeled and thinly sliced (about 2 large onions)* ¼ cup sherry vin…
    - 3 days ago 15 Jan 17, 2:01pm -
  • Top It Off... Vanilla Strawberry Sauce
    Vanilla Strawberry Sauce Found on PinterestNOTE: Serve over pancakes, waffles, or ice cream. Makes 6 to 7 half pints 5 pints strawberries, hulled and sliced 1 and 3/4 cups sugar 1 cup water 3 tbsps lemon juice 2 vanilla beans, sliced lengthwis…
    - 42 days ago 7 Dec 16, 9:10pm -
  • We Be Jammin'... Meyer Lemon and Blood Orange Marmalade
    Meyer Lemon and Blood Orange MarmaladeFound on .yankeekitchenninja(inspired by Grow It Cook It Can It)1. Prepare and slice lemons and oranges, retaining the seeds and pith (which provides the natural pectin needed for this marmalade) and securing the…
    - 43 days ago 6 Dec 16, 5:43pm -
  • Top It Off... Valentine's Chocolate Sauce
    Valentine's Chocolate SauceFound on Canning CrazeIngredients1-1/2 cups water 3 cups sugar 1-1/2 cups Dutch-processed cocoa 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 2 tablespoons light corn syrup Cooking: In a small pot, on medium…
    - 46 days ago 3 Dec 16, 12:16pm -
  • We Be Jammin'... Marmalade de Pamplemousse Rouge
    Marmalade de Pamplemousse RougeFound on put-a-lid-on-it.blogspot.com6 Florida Ruby Red grapefruit 1/2 cup honey 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 4 cups sugar 1-1/2 boxes fruit pectinPour boiling water over grapefruit and scrub with a vegetable brush to re…
    - 50 days ago 29 Nov 16, 12:13pm -
  • Top It Off... Tropical Topper (or tart filling)
    Tropical Topper or Tart Filling Found on pinterestYield 1 quart or 2 pints 3 cups chunked fresh pineapple 3/4 cups shredded coconut 1 cup sugar 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp. Clear Jell 2 cups Orange Juice Preparation: Cut, core, and cube a fresh pineapple…
    - 58 days ago 21 Nov 16, 7:05pm -
  • We Be Jammin'... Lemon Kiwi Marmalade
    Lemon-Kiwi Marmalade Found on simplygratefulhousewife.wordpressThis recipe yielded 3 – 8 oz. jars and 4 – 4 oz. jars. 2 Lemons with ends cut off and seeds removed 1 Sweet Orange with ends cut off and seeds removed 10 Ripe Kiwi peeled and thin…
    - 58 days ago 21 Nov 16, 6:59pm -
  • Top It Off... Tropical Pineapple Sauce
    Tropical Pineapple Sauce Found on cooking.nytimesMakes 4 half pints 8 cups finely diced, very ripe pineapple; about 2 pineapples 2 cups white sugar 1 cup brown sugar 6 stalks fresh mint, rinsed and tied into a bundle Juice of one lemon 1/4 cup…
    - 61 days ago 18 Nov 16, 9:08pm -
  • We Be Jammin'... Kumquat Marmalade
    Kumquat MarmaladeSubmitted by Bonnie Cassagne4 cups thinly sliced kumquats (48) 1-1/2 cups chopped orange pulp (4 medium) 1-1/2 cups sliced orange peel 1/3 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice 1-1/2 quarts water 4 cups sugar Combine all ingredients,…
    - 61 days ago 18 Nov 16, 9:04pm -
  • Top It Off... Sweet Cherry Topping
    Sweet Cherry Topping Found on Pinterest5 cups pitted, halved Bing cherries (about 2.5 pounds as purchased) ¼ cup water 2 cups sugar 1 pouch liquid pectin (3 fl. oz.) Yield: 2 pints 1. Wash and rinse pint or half-pint canning jars; keep hot unt…
    - 63 days ago 16 Nov 16, 4:47pm -

Are We Crazy, Or What?

  • EP028 - How To Use Paracord
    My son Joshua and I talk all about paracord - using it for practical, decorative and emergency purposes. Show Notes: post EP028 - How To Use Paracord appeared first on Self Reliant School.
    - 6 days ago 12 Jan 17, 11:28pm -
  • How To Use Paracord - Self Reliant Living #028
    Paracord has gained some popularity in the past few years, mostly in the form of bracelets and pouches. There are many different types, styles, and colors out there. So what exactly is it, what makes it different from rope, and what are some of the d…
    - 6 days ago 12 Jan 17, 7:40pm -
  • 7 Tips For Better Homemade Bread
    I am sure I am not alone in thinking that the smell of baking bread is one of the most wonderful smells in the world. The taste of warm, fresh baked bread, too, is so much better than that of bought bread. The wonderful thing is that anyone can get t…
    - 11 days ago 8 Jan 17, 1:58am -
  • EP027 - Kitchen And Food Storage Organization
    We're talking about tips and tricks to help you better organize your kitchen and food storage. Show Notes: post EP027 - Kitchen And Food Storage Organization appeared first on Self Reliant School.
    - 13 days ago 6 Jan 17, 12:35am -
  • Kitchen And Food Storage Organization - Self Reliant Living #027
    Kitchen organization is complex, at least in today’s world. There are so many people with recommendations and ideas. Some ideas are of course better than others, but it’s more than that. You have to not only have an organized kitchen but it has t…
    - 13 days ago 5 Jan 17, 7:59pm -
  • How To Make Instant Pot Fruitcake
    Fruitcake can either be the best or worst Christmas gift ever. You’ve clicked through to read this post so hopefully you’ve tasted really good fruitcake before. Unfortunately, it’s not just a matter of perspective that determines the value of t…
    - 33 days ago 17 Dec 16, 3:15am -
  • EP026 - Instant Pot Fruitcake And Vanilla Extract
    Making real food Fruit Cake and Vanilla Extract in the Instant Pot. Show Notes: post EP026 - Instant Pot Fruitcake And Vanilla Extract appeared first on Self Reliant School.
    - 33 days ago 17 Dec 16, 2:33am -
  • How To Make Instant Pot Vanilla Extract Plus FREE Labels
    Traditional vanilla extract is done through a cold infusion. Basically, you take some vanilla beans and place them in vodka (or your favorite alcohol) and wait. And wait! It can take up to 6 months for your infusion to produce vanilla extract. There…
    - 33 days ago 17 Dec 16, 1:03am -
  • Instant Pot Fruitcake And Vanilla Extract - Self Reliant Living #026
    This week we’re experimenting with going live on Instagram. We’re working on being able to go live on Facebook, Periscope, YouTube and Instagram all at once. We’d love to hear your feedback. Which platform do you prefer to watch The Self Relian…
    - 34 days ago 15 Dec 16, 8:46pm -
  • EP025 - Instant Pot Mac And Cheese
    I make real food Mac & Cheese in the Instant Pot while I answer Instant Pot questions. Show Notes: post EP025 - Instant Pot Mac And Cheese appeared first on Self Reliant School.
    - 40 days ago 9 Dec 16, 6:02pm -

Patriot Rising

  • 20 Delicious Oatmeal Breakfast Recipes

    20 Delicious Oatmeal Breakfast Recipes

    20 Delicious Oatmeal Breakfast Recipes 20 Delicious Oatmeal Breakfast Recipes Do you ever wake up in the morning lacking inspiration for breakfast? I know that I do! Then occasionally I will have breakfast ready for my boys when they wake up in the m…
    - 1 day ago 17 Jan 17, 8:32pm -
  • The Best Way To Store Fresh Radishes To Keep Them Crisp

    The Best Way To Store Fresh Radishes To Keep Them Crisp

    The Best Way To Store Fresh Radishes To Keep Them Crisp   Growing up, I never liked radishes. Probably because the only time I saw them was in the salad bar at an all-you-can-eat buffet. It wasn’t until I grew up and started my own garden did I be…
    - 1 day ago 17 Jan 17, 8:28pm -
  • Grow Lights Explained: Here’s What You’re Doing That’s Wrong

    Grow Lights Explained: Here’s What You’re Doing That’s Wrong

    Grow Lights Explained: Here’s What You’re Doing That’s Wrong Image source: One of the most important considerations for indoor gardening is light. While some vegetables will chug along with a bare minimum of six hours of light dail…
    - 2 days ago 16 Jan 17, 9:40pm -
  • Hooch Making 101

    Hooch Making 101

    Hooch Making 101 Disclaimer: I am going to be somewhat verbose and poetic when setting the stage for this article, but I promise to be as concise and matter of fact as I am capable of with the bulk of it. Please indulge me in this, as I not only want…
    - 2 days ago 16 Jan 17, 9:20pm -
  • Chickens VS. Ducks on The Homestead

    Chickens VS. Ducks on The Homestead

    Chickens VS. Ducks on The Homestead Laying cycles Chickens need more daylight hours to lay. That means, when the daylight has less hours in the winter, we either have to supplement their light or we get less eggs. That means more electricity for the…
    - 2 days ago 16 Jan 17, 9:06pm -
  • Root Cellar Design, Use and Mistakes to Avoid

    Root Cellar Design, Use and Mistakes to Avoid

    Root Cellar Design, Use and Mistakes to Avoid A root cellar is a great option to include in your food storage plan, since they require no energy to use and require very little maintenance. It’s great if you can build in a root cellar when your home…
    - 35 days ago 14 Dec 16, 5:09pm -
  • How To Grow Bell Peppers In Pots

    How To Grow Bell Peppers In Pots

    How To Grow Bell Peppers In Pots Learn how to grow bell peppers in containers. Growing bell peppers in pots is a great idea if you’re short of space or live in a cold temperate climate as it requires warm soil to thrive. USDA Zones— Pepper plant…
    - 35 days ago 14 Dec 16, 5:06pm -
  • 15 PVC Projects for Your Homestead

    15 PVC Projects for Your Homestead

    15 PVC Projects for Your Homestead 1. How To Grow 168 Plants In A 6 X 10 Space With A DIY A-Frame Hydroponic System more details here… 2. DIY PVC Chicken Feeder more details here… 3. The DIY garden tool storage idea that will save your sanity m…
    - 65 days ago 15 Nov 16, 1:05am -
  • How to Store Onions

    How to Store Onions

    How to Store Onions Catch a Deal, Grow Your Own My wife loves to catch a good deal, especially on food at the local farmer’s market. She loves to fill her cloth shopping bags until they won’t hold any more! Sometimes we get tons of one specific v…
    - 65 days ago 15 Nov 16, 12:57am -
  • How to Make Easy Herbal Oils, Salves, and Syrups

    How to Make Easy Herbal Oils, Salves, and Syrups

    How to Make Easy Herbal Oils, Salves, and Syrups   How to Make Infused Herbal Oils Herbal oils are convenient and easy to use. These are made by extracting ground-up herbs with organic olive oil. You can apply this herb-laden oil directly to your sk…
    - 67 days ago 13 Nov 16, 2:09am -

Rural Revolution

  • newWho IS this Marie Kondo, anyway?
    Since I've been "spring" (winter) cleaning the house and eradicating the unnecessary, I stumbled across someone named Marie Kondo, a tiny and exquisitely beautiful Japanese woman who apparently has become some sort of de-cluttering guru.She's written…
    - 21 hours ago 18 Jan 17, 12:35am -
  • Boo hoo, cry me a river
    Here's my WND column for this weekend, originally titled "Boo hoo, cry me a river" (now retitled; I guess my editor decided it was a bit too biting).I was, ahem, a bit steamed when I wrote it.
    - 4 days ago 14 Jan 17, 5:28pm -
  • Re-introducing Friday Roundups
    A dear friend recently told me preparedness is declining in the wake of Trump's election. We both agreed The Donald taking office may stave off an economic decline for awhile, but not forever. It does, however, buy us more time. America is still st…
    - 6 days ago 12 Jan 17, 8:21pm -
  • Dig down and find those shopping genes
    As a Christmas bonus, Older Daughter's employers gave her a prepaid debit card in a generous amount to be spent on whatever she wants. (No, this isn't a photo of her actual card.)Since she didn't have a package under the tree for her sister, Older Da…
    - 9 days ago 9 Jan 17, 6:26pm -
  • Dangerous words: "Be a man"
    Here's my WND column for this weekend entitled "Dangerous words: 'Be a man.'"
    - 11 days ago 7 Jan 17, 3:06pm -
  • Cold snap
    It's been clear and bitterly cold the last couple of days.This morning it dropped to -8F.Brrr!The rising sun made shafts of light through the woods......and shone gold on the silvery-blue snow.I tried to photograph the frost on this little boy's whis…
    - 13 days ago 6 Jan 17, 1:42am -
  • Winter wonderland
    Older Daughter and I bundled up, took snowshoes and the dog, and went walking in the snow on Sunday.At first Lydia was wading through chest-deep snow. It was hard going for her -- she's no longer a spring chicken ...... but after awhile we came acro…
    - 14 days ago 5 Jan 17, 1:53am -
  • Happy birthday, Tolkien!
    This is Older Daughter's Christmas gift to Don: a magnificent copy of J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings."It weights a hefty 5.25 pounds, and she lugged it in her suitcase all the way from New Jersey.Tolkien, it hardly needs saying, is regarded with…
    - 15 days ago 3 Jan 17, 6:35pm -
  • Tomato sauce -- done at last
    I've finally -- finally! -- finished the tomato sauce.This was a long journey that began in June when we planted 16 tomato plants.We harvested a few tomatoes here and there, and as I harvested them I used the food strainer to purée them, then froze…
    - 16 days ago 2 Jan 17, 2:57pm -
  • Awwwww....
    A young man who grew up in our church (we've known him since he was seven years old) just proposed to his girlfriend. They've been dating five years.She said yes.What a lovely end to 2016.
    - 19 days ago 31 Dec 16, 1:11am -

New Life on a Homestead

  • Homestead Diary: We’re Snowed In.
    We've been snowed in for going on five days now...Homestead Diary: We’re Snowed In. can be read in full at New Life On A Homestead | Homesteading Blog- Be sure to check it out!
    - 7 days ago 12 Jan 17, 12:08am -
  • Today I did something crazy. I cancelled our internet.
     It’s the beginning of a new year, and I’m ready for some long overdue changes.Today, I gathered up my nerve, dialed my internet service provider, and summoned the words I’d been meditating on for months ...Today I did something crazy. I ca…
    - 15 days ago 3 Jan 17, 1:34pm -
  • The Best Way To Store Fresh Radishes To Keep Them Crisp
    Fresh radishes will get rubbery if left out too long. Here's how to store fresh radishes to keep them crisp and ready to eat for several weeks! Fridge or no fridge. The Best Way To Store Fresh Radishes To Keep Them Crisp can be read in full at New L…
    - 42 days ago 7 Dec 16, 4:58pm -
  • Firewood Storage: Why We Built A Woodshed
    How to store firewood to keep it dry and ready to burn... and why you should consider building a woodshed. Firewood Storage: Why We Built A Woodshed can be read in full at New Life On A Homestead | Homesteading Blog- Be sure to check it out!
    - 51 days ago 28 Nov 16, 9:29pm -
  • How To Can Venison
    Canned venison is delicious, and a great way to have pre-cooked meat on hand at all times. How To Can Venison can be read in full at New Life On A Homestead | Homesteading Blog- Be sure to check it out!
    - 52 days ago 28 Nov 16, 9:00am -
  • Simple and Delicious Deer Jerky Recipe
    I'll share with you my favorite way to marinade venison to make delicious deer jerky. You'll love how simple and easy it is! Simple and Delicious Deer Jerky Recipe can be read in full at New Life On A Homestead | Homesteading Blog- Be sure to check…
    - 57 days ago 23 Nov 16, 8:00am -
  • Heating With a Wood Stove vs. a Water Stove
    The pros and cons of heating your home with a wood stove vs. a water stove. Which is best? I'll help you decide. Heating With a Wood Stove vs. a Water Stove can be read in full at New Life On A Homestead | Homesteading Blog- Be sure to check it out!…
    - 84 days ago 27 Oct 16, 2:17am -
  • Raising Freedom Ranger Chickens For Meat
    Our experience raising Freedom Ranger chickens for meat, and why I would recommend them for your homestead. Raising Freedom Ranger Chickens For Meat can be read in full at New Life On A Homestead | Homesteading Blog- Be sure to check it out!
    - 86 days ago 24 Oct 16, 6:48pm -

Granny Miller

  • newWhy A Canning Jar Will Break During Canning
      Last week I had a canning jar break in my pressure canner while I was canning bone-in chicken. Very seldom do I get jar breakage so I was surprised. Sometimes you can hear a jar break in the canner during processing and sometimes you can’t. Ofte…
    - 11 hours ago 18 Jan 17, 11:00am -
  • newDo You Know Which Way Vines Grow?
    It’s an interesting natural phenomenon that 92% of all vines and plants that twist and climb, do so in a counterclockwise direction. People living in the northern hemisphere at one time believed that vines growing in the northern hemisphere twisted…
    - 14 hours ago 18 Jan 17, 8:00am -
  • Propagate Plants With Stem Cuttings & A Mason Jar
    One of the fastest and easiest ways to reproduce certain types of plants is by a method known as “stem cuttings”, “truncheon(s)” “striking” or “cloning”. It is an asexual method of plant propagation that usually requires only a small…
    - 2 days ago 17 Jan 17, 8:06am -
  • Too Many Eggs & Impossible Pie
    For people who keep backyard chickens or ducks, sometimes you can have too much of a good thing – especially in the spring. That’s because this is the time of the year when small poultry flock owners are positively polluted with extra eggs. But i…
    - 3 days ago 16 Jan 17, 8:00am -
  • Choosing Your First Homestead Firearm
    Here’s a must listen to for anyone from a non gun background contemplating the purchase of their first firearm. Common sense and life experience prevails in this 20 minute podcast.  It’s an old episode from GRANNY MILLER RADIO. The topic is “C…
    - 5 days ago 13 Jan 17, 6:33pm -
  • The Castration Of Bull Calves – The How & Why
    Castration is any procedure that results in a male animal losing the function of the testes. When a bull is castrated he is known as a “steer”. Under normal circumstances calves raised for beef will be castrated not too long after their testicles…
    - 7 days ago 11 Jan 17, 11:00am -
  • Planting By The Moon
    The term “planting by the moon” or “planting by the signs” are colloquial expressions or folk terms for the ancient practice of timing agricultural and gardening tasks by the moon’s lunar phase and astrological position in the zodiac. For o…
    - 10 days ago 8 Jan 17, 12:00pm -
  • Distaff Day
    “Partly work and partly play You must on St. Distaff’s Day: From the plough soon free your team; Then come home and fother them; If the maids a-spinning go, Burn the flax and fire the tow. Bring in pails of water then, Let the maids bewash the me…
    - 11 days ago 7 Jan 17, 12:00pm -
  • Oil Lamp Basics
    As far as oil lamps go there are basically 3 or 4 different kinds: Floating Wick Lamps Mantle Lamps Flat or Round Wick Lamps Pressurized Lamps For power outages it’s a good idea to own at least one oil lamp. Your personal family needs and economic…
    - 12 days ago 6 Jan 17, 12:00pm -
  • What You Need To Know About Dexter Cattle
    During the last 20 years or so there’s been an increased interest in smaller cattle for homesteads. The most popular breed of little cattle at present in the U.S. is Dexter cattle. Dexter cattle are a minor breed and do have a place on many small f…
    - 13 days ago 5 Jan 17, 12:00pm -

Down to Earth

  • newSalmon rissoles
    I make salmon rissoles or fishcakes fairly regularly as they're a cheap and easy meal that will stretch one can of salmon to feed four people. However, I made this during the week and Jamie didn't like it. He ate what was on his plate, just as he alw…
    - 21 hours ago 18 Jan 17, 1:25am -
  • Peaceful, quiet? Not all the time
    I often tell you how peaceful it is here in our one lane, dead-end street. There's not much passing traffic except for the migrating birds that visit us on their way to who knows where. Apart from the work we do in our home to support the life we wan…
    - 3 days ago 16 Jan 17, 7:09am -
  • Weekend reading
    Here she is again - Gracie, a never-ending source of smiles and silliness. I was winding knitting cotton on my swift during the week and she was captivated by the spinning. In the photo here she's watching the cotton spin, she didn't bark or jump aro…
    - 6 days ago 12 Jan 17, 11:45pm -
  • Cooking with leftovers - Christmas ham frittata
    I did a similar recipe in December but I'm posting this one today because I want to show how I dealt with our leftover Christmas ham, and it just so happens to be another baked frittata. A frittata is like an omelette that you can cook either on the…
    - 7 days ago 12 Jan 17, 12:11am -
  • Dehydrating herbs in the oven
    Over the years I knew Rose, we had quite a few deep and meaningful phone conversations and although we only met a few times, we knew each other fairly well.  One thing she would not have liked is a fuss being made of her so I want to start today wit…
    - 8 days ago 10 Jan 17, 6:47pm -
  • Goodbye to a good friend
    This photo was taken when I visited Rose in hospital a few weeks ago.It is with great sadness that I tell you that our friend Rose Marshall died early this morning. Rose was a much loved admin on our forum and a friend to thousands. We will miss…
    - 9 days ago 9 Jan 17, 9:35pm -
  • Weekend reading
    An easy meal, homemade pizza.I spent a lot of time researching my family history this week and I'm looking forward to a break over the weekend.  I plan on drying some herbs and making soap and whatever else takes my fancy.  I hope you have a gre…
    - 13 days ago 5 Jan 17, 7:42pm -
  • Rice Salad
    Before I start on my post, I want to thank you all for the beautiful comments left yesterday. I really do feel quite overwhelmed, but very grateful. Thank you.---♥︎---This is the first of my weekly home cooking recipes.  I'll make up three…
    - 15 days ago 3 Jan 17, 6:03pm -
  • Here we are again
    Well, here we are again, the beginning of another year. I hope you had a good break over the holidays and had a chance to spend time with people you love.  We had a busy Christmas day and a quiet Boxing day with the rest of the time spent either rel…
    - 16 days ago 2 Jan 17, 5:58pm -
  • Holiday reading
    Thank you for helping us welcome amazing Gracie into our lives. She's quite mischievous but utterly adorable, a giant personality in a tiny package.This will be the last post of the year. It's been a tough year for me and I'll be pleased to see t…
    - 27 days ago 22 Dec 16, 7:06pm -

Common Sense Homesteading

  • When Should I Start Seeds? Printable Seed Starting Calendar
    I get quite a few new gardeners asking me, “When should I start seeds?” It really depends on where you are and what you are planning to grow. Thankfully, most seed companies will label the packets with basic growing information. (Check out, “St…
    - 1 day ago 17 Jan 17, 6:31pm -
  • Honey Sweetened No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
    I like having recipes on hand that are easy enough for the boys to make on their own. We took the basic No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars recipe and swapped out the powdered sugar with honey (you can use more or less to taste) and added some oat b…
    - 4 days ago 14 Jan 17, 10:28pm -
  • My Thyroid Journey – Living with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis
    More than 25 million Americans have some type of thyroid disease. In my case, I have been diagnosed as hypothyroid (under active thyroid) due to Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, which is an autoimmune disorder where the body attacks the thyroid gland. In t…
    - 4 days ago 14 Jan 17, 4:04pm -
  • Harvesting and Using Dandelion Roots – The Natural Detoxifier
    When Should I Harvest Dandelion Roots? Harvest dandelion roots from late fall through early spring, when the plant is dormant and has stored up energy in the root.  For medicinal use, most sources say fall harvest is best. This is because the levels…
    - 5 days ago 13 Jan 17, 10:02pm -
  • The Best Home Remedies for Stomach Flu Treatment
    With headlines like “Dreaded ‘stomach flu’ wreaks havoc on families — and it’s only going to get worse”, the stomach flu is giving many families a rocky start to 2017. Stomach flu treatment focuses primarily on dealing with the symptoms w…
    - 8 days ago 10 Jan 17, 8:00pm -
  • Emergency Cooking – 10 Ways to Have a Hot Meal When the Power Goes Out
    There are a number of different options for emergency cooking. In this post we’ll cover everything from simple heating to large scale cooking for emergency situations. Before we get started:  For those who are new to preparedness, using an emergen…
    - 9 days ago 9 Jan 17, 4:10pm -
  • 10 Causes of Chapped Lips and What to Do About Them
    Chapped lips tend to get worse in winter, but can be a problem any time of year. It’s important to match the right remedies for dry lips so you heal as well as treating the symptoms. Remember – good health starts from the inside out. In this post…
    - 11 days ago 7 Jan 17, 4:48pm -
  • Bean and Lentil Recipes – More than 66 Recipes from Soups to Dessert
    Bean and lentil recipes can be a frugal and nourishing addition to just about any menu – but – believe it or not – I’ve only cooked about a handful of different bean recipes. My mom rarely used them, so I never picked up the habit. My friend,…
    - 13 days ago 5 Jan 17, 4:10pm -
  • Car Won’t Start in the Cold? Check Out these Troubleshooting Tips
    If your car won’t start in the cold, the best solution combines proper maintenance and options to make a cold start easier on your vehicle. In northern Wisconsin, cold winter weather is a fact of life. My 2007 Saturn Ion starts in weather as cold…
    - 20 days ago 29 Dec 16, 5:06pm -
  • Sugar Cookie Snowflakes – An Easy Sugar Cookie Recipe, All Dressed Up
    I found this sugar cookie recipe many years ago in an old cookbook. (If I could remember where, I’d give credit.) The recipe card I copied it to simply says, “Sugar Cookies (very good)”, with a list of ingredients and instructions to bake at 37…
    - 24 days ago 25 Dec 16, 9:28pm -

Homestead Basics

The Wannabe Homesteader

  • How to Find Produce to Can Without Gardening
    It’s January 2017 so first things first- Happy New Year to you! It’s a new year and I’m already thinking about canning; I do not want to miss any veggie and fruit seasons this year. I’ve become a bit obsessed [...]
    - 2 days ago 16 Jan 17, 11:22pm -
  • Opps! My Blog Was Deleted
    The last three years of my blog’s content was deleted. Three years worth of articles, photos, design changes, and comments- gone. I was having a lot of buggy issues with the blog and WordPress so I asked Brian to help [...]
    - 4 Sep 16, 11:37pm -
  • What Our After Dinner Walks Look Like
    My husband has had the same car for the last 10 years; it’s a 1996 Toyota Corolla. He’s a mechanic so it’s well maintained and the thing just keeps. on. driving. He refuses to sell it (something about gas mileage) [...]
    - 29 Aug 16, 1:38am -
  • Picking Muscadine Grapes
    It’s August and I have the canning bug. I’ve wanted to can for a long time but considering my old kitchen had a useable counter space of about 30 inches (yep, 30 inches) I literally had no where TO can. [...]
    - 22 Aug 16, 1:12am -
  • How to Make Fireflies in a Bottle
    I’ve been collecting wine bottles for the past 3 years with plans to turn them into a wine bottle lamp. I’m by no means a crafty person, but the fact that 3 empty bottles survived a move AND my massive [...]
    - 24 Dec 15, 2:27am -
  • Why We Gave Away Our Chickens and Rabbits
    As of September 2015, we are completely animal-less. We listed our last remaining chickens and meat rabbits on Craigslist for free to the first person who would come get them. The Reason? This guy… I have no way of knowing [...]
    - 16 Dec 15, 2:35am -
  • Giant Homeschool Book Haul for 1st Grade
    We are starting our first grade homeschool here at the Wannabe Homestead and we’ve got a ton of new books. We’re following the Classical Model of Education BUT you don’t have to follow the Classical model to enjoy these books- [...]
    - 1 Dec 15, 2:38am -
  • Our Classical First Grade Curriculum
      So far, my daughter and I have been taking homeschooling nice and slow but now that she is six, I’m ramping learning up by adding more subjects.  We’re following the Classical model of education which I believe to be [...]
    - 27 Jul 15, 2:41am -
  • Installing a New AC Unit + An Epic (Potential) Failure
    When we were inspecting our new trailer during the Are-we-really-gonna-buy-this-thing stage, we immediately noticed that the AC unit would have to be replaced. We knew the heat  didn’t work because the reversing valve was stuck, but exactly when t…
    - 27 Sep 14, 2:45am -
  • Making Our Trailer a Home: A Renovations Wishlist
    IMG_20140323_132855 Paid-for or not, this trailer of ours is old, dirty, and outdated and we are determined to modernize it and make it home. There’s only one small problem. It’s a 1972 mobile home. Completely renovated, $30k is the absolute [...…
    - 19 Sep 14, 5:26pm -

Homestead Revival

  • Pie Safe Love!
    On my last post I showed you MOST of the dining area... but not all of it. There was one wall that was in progress. Since moving in 3 months ago, I moved several different pieces of furniture from around the house into that spot trying to find just t…
    - 16 Aug 15, 2:04am -
  • No Pantry? No Problem.
    So I created one...BTW... as you scroll through the photos you need to know that editing them takes a ton of time. So in keeping with simplifying my life, I'm using my iPhone, making only a few minor adjustments so you can see what is in the photo (l…
    - 27 Jul 15, 1:41am -
  • A New Homestead Journey
    I did not expect to find myself on this path.Just a little over a year ago, I was a SAHM living in a big farmhouse and homeschooling. My husband had full time employment and we were planning a wedding for our oldest daughter.  On the negative side,…
    - 11 Jul 15, 4:21pm -
  • Understanding Companion Planting
    From bacteria in yogurt making to the Amazon anywhere something grows there is an ecosystem. As homesteaders our goal is to cultivate the perfect ecosystem for plants and repelling the pests that would destroy it. Companion planting is more than not…
    - 5 Dec 14, 8:00am -
  • Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook!
    There are so many wonderful ways to communicate and we want to start giving you more opportunities to connect with us! Connect with us on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter! Homestead Revival is more than a blog, it is a community of like minded people…
    - 3 Dec 14, 8:00am -
  • Square Foot Gardening vs. French Intensive
    While there are many alternative methods we will discuss in future posts like straw bale gardening, today we are focusing on the main ones, Square Foot Gardening and the French Intensive Method. Each system is a tool that gives something to your gard…
    - 1 Dec 14, 8:00am -
  • Plan To Eat... Black Friday SALE!
    Now is the time to renew your Plan To Eat subscription or take advantage of their annual half price sale and kick the tires so-to-speak. If you tried it before and haven't seen the new lights and bells that make it even better, be sure to check it ou…
    - 28 Nov 14, 9:00am -
  • It's Thursday....
    Happy Thanksgiving!
    - 27 Nov 14, 8:00am -
  • A Couple Things I'm Thankful For
    This year has been a year of firsts, so I wanted to take the time for the small things I'm thankful for. 
    - 24 Nov 14, 7:28pm -
  • It's Sunday...
    "For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. Let us therefore celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth."- 1 Corinthians 5: 7-8
    - 23 Nov 14, 8:00am -