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Canning Granny

  • Most Requested... French Onion Soup
    "Award Winning French Onion Soup"Kim Foster SchonefeldThis recipe makes a pot of soup that serves 6. I triple it if I am going to can it that way I get 7 quarts with enough left over for lunch or dinner. Ingredients: 6 large yellow onions (sliced…
    - 27 Oct 17, 11:48am -
  • Broth & Stock... Bone Stock and Bone Meal
    Bone Stock and Bone MealBy Kelly Kindle CheneyBe the master of the bird and don't waste a thing.Get your money's worth out of any meat bones. The difference between stock and broth is stock is made with bones, broth is made with meat only. St…
    - 18 Oct 17, 2:07pm -
  • Broth & Stock... Brodo
    BrodoFound on pinterestMakes 3 quarts NOTE: Brodo is Italian for ‘broth’ - and it’s a thinner, less concentrated stock than the traditional chicken or beef stocks. Brodo is typically made from a mixture from beef and poultry.3 pounds chopped,…
    - 15 Oct 17, 5:27pm -
  • Broth & Stock... Asian Chicken Stock
    Asian Chicken Stock Found on pinterestMakes 4 quarts 3 pounds of chicken bones5 pound chicken fryer6 chicken feet, or 6 chicken necks, or one turkey wing6 chicken wingsEnough hot tap water to cover2 ½ ounce peeled and sliced ginger1 full bunch of…
    - 14 Oct 17, 1:22pm -
  • Good Fillings... Zucchini Mincemeat
    Zucchini MincemeatFound on allrecipesOriginal recipe makes 4 pintsIngredients· 6 cups peeled, chopped zucchini· 6 cups apples - peeled, cored and chopped· 2 cups raisins· 1 cup dried currants· 1 cup distilled white vinegar· 1 orange, juiced and…
    - 12 Oct 17, 10:14am -
  • Good Fillings... Tropical Topper/Pie/Tart Filling
    Tropical Topper/Pie/Tart FillingFound on SBCanningYield 1 quart or 2 pints3 cups chunked fresh pineapple3/4 cups shredded coconut1 cup sugar1/4 cup + 1 tbsp Clear Jel2 cups Orange JuicePreparation: Cut, core, and cube a fresh pineapple. Make sure to…
    - 29 Aug 17, 8:28pm -
  • Good Fillings... Strawberry Pie Filling
    Strawberry Pie FillingFound on sbcanningFor 1 quart3-1/2 cups Strawberries Fresh or Frozen (thawed)3/4 cup + 2 Tbsps Sugar1/4 cups + 1 Tbsp Clear Jel1 cup Cold Water3-1/2 tsps Bottled Lemon JuiceFor 7 quarts 6 quarts Strawberries Fresh or Frozen (th…
    - 27 Aug 17, 10:27am -
  • Good Fillings... Rhubarb Triple Berry Pie Filling
    Rhubarb Triple Berry Pie FillingFound on Canning Only RecipesMakes 4 quarts with some left over. -8 cups water-4-1/2 cups sugar-1 cup Clear Jel-7 quarts fruit- You can use 5 quarts of chopped rhubarb and a 3 lb. bag of frozen triple berry blend with…
    - 23 Aug 17, 11:09am -
  • Good Fillings... Rhubarb Blueberry Pie Filling
    Rhubarb Blueberry Pie FillingFound on Canning Only RecipesINGREDIENTS 2 and 1/2 lbs rhubarb, rinsed, trimmed and sliced into 1/2-inch pieces1 and 1/2 lbs (about 4 cups) blueberries, rinsed and picked throughZest and juice of 1 large lemon or use 1 t…
    - 15 Aug 17, 5:48pm -
  • Good Fillings... Raspberry Pie Filling
    Raspberry Pie FillingFound on Canning Only RecipesTo make 1 quart jar of filling3-1/2 cups raspberries1 cup sugar1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp Clear Jel1-1/3 cups cold water1 Tbsp + 1 tsp of bottled lemon juiceTo make 7 quarts of filling6 quarts of raspberries7 c…
    - 13 Aug 17, 11:54pm -

Are We Crazy, Or What?

    Patriot Rising

    • The two types of preppers and what each one can teach you about survival
      To an outsider, the prepping lifestyle may seem paranoid and unnecessary. But if you’re curious about the world of preppers, keep an open mind so you can learn crucial skills from two common types: the homesteaders and the survivalists. (h/t to AY…
      - 15 Feb 19, 10:35pm -
    • Chickens Are The Most Valuable Animal On The Homestead

      Chickens Are The Most Valuable Animal On The Homestead

      When I was a child, I used to read and re-read the chick section in our Sears and Roebuck catalog. Imagine! For only two cents you could buy a perfectly good baby chick. Of course back then I didn’t understand that one had to buy a minimum of 25 ch…
      - 25 Aug 18, 6:52am -
    • 7 Reasons You Need to Start a Home Garden Today
      I, for one, never really cared about gardening. The whole “start a home garden” trend seemed like another part of the organic eating phase. If you’re still on the fence about starting your own garden because you don’t buy into the organic tre…
      - 18 Jul 18, 1:04am -

    Rural Revolution

    • newLeaving the city
      I've been collecting links to articles about people leaving the cities. Here are a few: • Free to Work Remotely, Young Americans Are Covid Road Tripping• The Slow Suicide of New York City  • San Francisco Rents Crash Most On Record Amid Mass…
      - 2 hours ago 21 Oct 20, 4:25pm -
    • newBook bomb day: The Ultimate Prepper's Survival Guide
       Last month, I did a book review of James Wesley, Rawles' latest creation, The Ultimate Prepper's Survival Guide.I reviewed some of the reasons I thought this was a superb resource for preppers. First of all, it's laid out in binder form with tabs:…
      - 20 hours ago 20 Oct 20, 10:13pm -
    • How to relieve stress
      As 2020 proceeds on, hurling obstacles and challenges left and right, apparently there's a growing trend on how to alleviate stress.Hug a cow. Yes, really.This article offers details: "Cow-hugging, an alleged wellness fad, has people cuddling farm a…
      - 4 days ago 17 Oct 20, 3:47pm -
    • New rendition of "God Bless the USA"
       I stumbled across this updated version of Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA" a few months ago. In my opinion, this is better -- way better -- than the original. Get a hanky, you'll need it: This was made with the United States Air Force Band. Fra…
      - 9 days ago 12 Oct 20, 2:52pm -
    • CC&Rs? No thanks!
      Some of you may be wondering how our homestead sale is going. I don't want to divulge too many details at the moment, but suffice it to say we're under contingency with an interested out-of-state party, and hopefully will have closing within a month.…
      - 11 days ago 11 Oct 20, 12:15am -
    • Leaving the city for a simpler life
       Here's my latest blog post for Lehman's entitled "Leaving the City for a Simpler Life." Hop on over and take a peek!
      - 17 days ago 4 Oct 20, 10:55pm -
    • Panhandle Preparedness Expo
      This is late notice, but for anyone who is local, the Panhandle Preparedness Expo is this weekend (Oct. 3 and 4) and runs 9 am to 5 pm at the Bonner County Fairgrounds in Sandpoint, Idaho. It only costs $3 for a day, or $2 with a donation of a non-pe…
      - 17 days ago 4 Oct 20, 1:25pm -
    • Funny ... sorta
      A friend sent this. Apparently this was photographed in England. I thought it was funny. Sorta.
      - 18 days ago 3 Oct 20, 3:13pm -
    • Canning supply shortage?
      While corresponding a couple days ago with Glenda Lehman Evrin, VP of Marketing at Lehman's, she mentioned something in passing that staggered me: "By the way, we just heard from Ball [the manufacturer] ... no canning jars until March of 2021!" Alm…
      - 21 days ago 30 Sep 20, 10:22pm -
    • Logo of the Year
      This made me laugh. It's being called the Logo of the Year.
      - 24 days ago 27 Sep 20, 12:56pm -

    New Life on a Homestead

    • How Many Hours a Week Should You Homeschool?
      How many hours you homeschool a week must take into consideration a myriad of factors. The age of the children, how many children you are teaching, the homeschool method or curriculum you are using, and last but not least – the rules of your state.…
      - 2 days ago 19 Oct 20, 2:29pm -
    • Dehydrating Honey Step by Step
      I’d never really considered dehydrating honey on the homestead, however, the other day I was gifted a lot of honey and I really wanted to use the five-gallon buckets that it came in for another project on the homestead. So I did some research and c…
      - 5 days ago 16 Oct 20, 12:26pm -
    • 15 Ways To Make Homeschooling Fun
      Homeschooling should be a fun and exciting journey of discovery. I keep that crucial fact in mind when homeschooling my three grandchildren. All learning should be approached in this way, but such a concept is rarely ever found in public schools thes…
      - 9 days ago 12 Oct 20, 3:13pm -
    • Preventing Soil Erosion: 18 Helpful Tips
      Preventing soil erosion in your yard, garden, or pasture is essential if you have a farm or homestead. Not only does limiting erosion improve and increase the amount of workable land that you have, it makes your property look a lot nicer, too. When w…
      - 16 days ago 5 Oct 20, 1:58pm -
    • Lady’s Thumb Weed: Edibility, Safety, and More
      Lady’s Thumb (Persicaria maculosa, Polygonum persicaria) is viewed by uninformed folks as merely an invasive weed that needs whacked and disposed of quickly. But, to homesteaders and fans of wild edibles in general, discovering this plant on your l…
      - 22 days ago 29 Sep 20, 11:23pm -
    • Should You Really Get Ducks?
      Buying ducks can be an exciting, rewarding, and fun experience. But, keeping ducks might just not be for everyone. While duck keeping may involve a bit more space than keeping chickens, these egg and poultry birds can be kept not just on large rural…
      - 26 days ago 25 Sep 20, 6:21pm -
    • How Nitrogen-Fixing Works – And the Top 30 Plants
      Whether you practice permaculture, agriculture or traditional gardening, you will come across the words nitrogen fixing more than once. The practical application of using nitrogen fixers is universal. Whether you are a small traditional gardener or a…
      - 28 days ago 23 Sep 20, 11:43am -
    • How to Make Rosemary and Lemongrass Soap
      Rosemary and lemon soap is not only good for your skin, but will help eliminate odors from your skin after working in the kitchen with onions, garlic, fish, and other odoronous foods. Lathering up with a natural homemade soap with these two sweet sme…
      - 30 days ago 21 Sep 20, 6:00pm -

    Granny Miller

      Down to Earth

      • Weekend Reading
        We've continued to get the garden ready for summer but the most important part of this week has been preparing for the publication of the paperback Down to Earth and writing some publicity articles for Penguin to distribute. The book will be ready fo…
        - 6 days ago 15 Oct 20, 9:52pm -
      • This is not the easiest thing to write about
        We got our internet connection back yesterday afternoon so I'm pleased to be back with you. There'll be no Weekend Reading today because I haven't been online for a couple of weeks; it will return next week. During our time offline I've been gardenin…
        - 13 days ago 8 Oct 20, 10:49pm -
      • Weekend Reading
        We had "scheduled maintenance" on our NBN on Thursday and now we have limited broadband and no explanation why. Anyhow, I'd already added these readings to the list so I'll post them now while I can access the net (I hope).  It's 2.45am. I'll be bac…
        - 26 days ago 25 Sep 20, 4:45pm -
      • Weekend Reading
        Tomorrow is Hanno's 80th birthday so our family will be here for lunch and celebrations. I met Hanno when he was 37 and I was 28, we sure have come a long way since then 😳.
        - 34 days ago 17 Sep 20, 11:19pm -
      • Weekend Reading
        Yesterday afternoon, I'd just planted some snapdragons.I've never grown Californian poppies before but some were in a bee and butterfly seed mix I broadcast over the garden a couple of months ago. I was surprised and very pleased when I saw these cha…
        - 41 days ago 10 Sep 20, 11:19pm -
      • Weekend Reading
        Each week the weather is warmer and each week I try to do more in the garden because I know that come November, I won't want to be outside.  It's peaceful here. We hear trees rustling in the wind, there is sometimes a faint buzz of traffic in the di…
        - 48 days ago 3 Sep 20, 11:39pm -
      • Weekend Reading
        The backyard at 3pm with Gracie's woollen blanket drying in the sun.Hanno having a rest while he fixes the pathway in the chook run.  That's the mini Cavendish banana in the foreground. He's going to cut the pups off and transplant one to that bare…
        - 55 days ago 28 Aug 20, 1:02am -
      • Weekend Reading
        More work in the garden this week. It's been good to be outside although the wind is annoying as it dries out the soil too quickly. Hanno is preparing the corner of the garden to transplant some banana pups so we have more bananas and, hopefully, at…
        - 62 days ago 20 Aug 20, 11:23pm -
      • Weekend Reading
        I've spent time every day in the garden this week. The warmer weather has promoted growth and the two tomato plants have grown a lot in a week. There are plenty of flowers out now too. Today I'll finished the planting with a punnet of foxgloves - sur…
        - 69 days ago 13 Aug 20, 10:04pm -
      • Weekend Reading
        I showed you a photo of our sofa recently but I've gone closer now so you can see the Australia cushion made by my sister, Tricia. She upcycled an old wool blanket, made the little pom-poms from scrap materials and embroidered the Coat of Arms. I…
        - 76 days ago 6 Aug 20, 10:54pm -

      Common Sense Homesteading

      • How to Save Tomato Seeds – Easy to Follow Guide
        If you'd like to save money and grow your own locally adapted tomatoes, we'll show you how to save tomato seeds for reliable germination. One note before we get started. If you want tomatoes that grow true to type, you need to save seeds from heirloo…
        - 10 days ago 11 Oct 20, 6:56pm -
      • Above Ground Root Cellars – Enjoy Your Local Produce Longer
        When you can't dig a traditional root cellar, there are still above ground root cellar type options that will allow you store fruits and vegetables longer. For those in cold climates – there are a number of above ground options that can help you st…
        - 11 days ago 10 Oct 20, 6:18pm -
      • Easy Horseradish Sauce Recipe with Fresh Horseradish Root
        We'll share how to make basic sauce, horseradish cream sauce and horseradish cocktail sauce with fresh horseradish root and common pantry ingredients.The post Easy Horseradish Sauce Recipe with Fresh Horseradish Root appeared first on Common Sense…
        - 16 days ago 5 Oct 20, 12:22pm -
      • Rose Hip Jelly from Wild or Garden Roses (Low Sugar)
        Our rugosa roses produced a lovely array of hips this year, so we dried some and turned some into rose hip jelly. This rose hip jelly recipe is made with Pomona's Universal Pectin, so it use less sugar than the other recipes I've seen. It's also a sm…
        - 17 days ago 4 Oct 20, 6:16pm -
      • Harvesting Rose Hips for Food and Medicinal Uses
        Several years ago, we planted about half a dozen rose bushes as part of our homestead permaculture plan. This year, the plants are loaded with fruit, so I'm sharing tips for harvesting rose hips and how to use them. The hips have tiny hairs that can…
        - 17 days ago 4 Oct 20, 6:07pm -
      • Easy Apple Cake with Caramel Topping – So Good!
        When my husband, August, first sampled this apple cake recipe, he stopped for a minute and said, “That is really good. That is the best dessert I've tasted since… (long pause) the last time you made a really awesome dessert.” He went on to comp…
        - 18 days ago 3 Oct 20, 10:25pm -
      • Schmaltz – How to Render Chicken Fat, and What to Do With It
        Confession – I never heard the term “schmaltz” until sometime during adulthood. Growing up on the farm, rendered poultry fat was prized for cooking and baking, but I didn't realize it had a name other than chicken fat, duck fat, goose fat, etc.…
        - 24 days ago 27 Sep 20, 3:01pm -
      • When to Harvest Pumpkins (and the Best Ways to Store Them)
        Fall has begun, and we're using a welcome respite of warm weather to continue gathering garden goodies. In this article, I share when to harvest pumpkins, how to cure them, and how to store them. These guidelines also apply to winter squash. Winter s…
        - 25 days ago 26 Sep 20, 10:52pm -
      • 4 Reasons Your Tomatoes Are Not Ripening + How You Can Help
        Tomatoes not ripening? Here are the four main reasons why your tomatoes aren't turning red, and what you can do (if anything) to help ripen your tomatoes. Why do tomatoes turn red? Tomatoes turn red because of their lycopene content. What is lycopene…
        - 36 days ago 15 Sep 20, 2:57pm -
      • How to Protect Yourself from Unemployment Scams
        Unemployment scams are old, but they have gotten steadily worse during Covid19. The number of reported crimes increased dramatically since the CARES Act was passed. As part of my work with cyber security, I've been getting a lot of questions about th…
        - 39 days ago 12 Sep 20, 10:34pm -

      Homestead Basics

      The Wannabe Homesteader

      Homestead Revival

      • Hello, Homestead Revival Friends!
        It's been a while, I know. Too long in fact. Thank you to everyone who still reads and references Homestead Revival's archives.The nearly 3+ year absence has been needed to re-establish our homestead in a new location. I took a full time job (and I d…
        - 19 Jan 19, 3:00pm -
      • 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 -