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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?

  • Should You Pasteurize Milk?
    If you traveled through even fairly large cities around the year 1900, you would often come across something now illegal in most urban areas: milk cows. Dairy animals were not uncommon in cities, and it was often the task of young children to lead t…
    - 15 Oct 17, 9:50pm -
  • Make Ahead Freezer Cinnamon Bun Dough
    Today there might be time to roll out a batch of cinnamon rolls. There may not be time next week. However, you can enjoy them "hot out of the oven" anytime next week, or even next month, with this make-ahead freezer dough for cinnamon rolls! Overview…
    - 8 Oct 17, 3:32pm -
  • EP053 - Interview With Melissa K. Norris
    Melissa K. Norris is discussing the importance of handmade things, depression era tips, & what it means to be a pioneer today. Show Notes: post EP053 - Interview With Melissa K. Norris appeared first on Self Reliant…
    - 29 Sep 17, 11:44pm -
  • Interview With Melissa K. Norris #SRSLive #053
    Podcast: Play in new window | Download Jennifer: Today we have Melissa k Norris, and she is a homesteader. She is the real deal guys, she is out there doing the stuff. She is in the north, up in Washington, and she is the voice of the popular Pioneer…
    - 28 Sep 17, 4:59pm -
  • What Is Candida And How Do You Treat It?
    Candida is a part of everyone’s normal gut microbiota. It’s a fungus (a form of yeast) that typically lives on the moist, warm areas of our skin and on mucosal membranes like our digestive tract, mouth, urinary tract, gastrointestinal tract, etc.…
    - 22 Sep 17, 12:32pm -
  • EP052 - How To Prepare For A Natural Disaster
    How to get clean water to drink when it’s not available, and what you need in a bug-out bag. Show Notes: post EP052 - How To Prepare For A Natural Disaster appeared first on Self Reliant School.
    - 7 Sep 17, 8:10pm -
  • How To Prepare For A Natural Disaster #SRSLive #052
    Podcast: Play in new window | Download This week (at the time of this writing) we are facing natural disasters on both sides of the country: hurricanes in the east and wildfires in the west. It seems the US has had her fair share of natural disasters…
    - 7 Sep 17, 6:08pm -
  • How To Dehydrate Okra
    Okra seems to be a very prolific vegetable. Between it and zucchini, you can spend your entire summer trying to figure out what to do with the daily harvests.  I know I do. I love slicing it and frying it in cornmeal as well as pickling it in a salt…
    - 30 Aug 17, 12:30am -
  • EP051 - How To Make Water Kefir
    How to brew water kefir, a probiotic fizzy drink that is caffeine free, preservative free, all natural, and good for you! Show Notes: post EP051 - How To Make Water Kefir appeared first on Self Reliant School.
    - 26 Aug 17, 12:51am -
  • How To Make Water Kefir #SRSLive #051
    Podcast: Play in new window | Download Looking for for a fizzy drink that is…. Caffeine free, preservative free, all natural, good for you… And... Is one of the best tasting beverages ever? Impossible you say? Nope, it’s actually a drink that h…
    - 24 Aug 17, 8:26am -

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

  • Is paper dead?
    Reader Ken sent this. Absolutely cracked me up.
    - 2 days ago 19 Sep 19, 9:55pm -
  • The grammar rule no one knows but everyone knows
    English is a funny language. As author Bill Bryson put in his excellent book "The Mother Tongue," "Any language where the unassuming word fly signifies an annoying insect, a means of travel, and a critical part of a gentleman's apparel is clearly ask…
    - 3 days ago 19 Sep 19, 4:46am -
  • Last day for the Off-the-Grid Superstack bundle
    This is the last day for the Off-the-grid Superstack bundle.It's a heckuva bargain, folks. Don't miss out. Click here to see what's included.
    - 5 days ago 17 Sep 19, 1:20pm -
  • When Chuck Norris.....
    This cracked me up.
    - 8 days ago 14 Sep 19, 2:08pm -
  • Never forget
    On this day in 2001, we know very well it wasn't a matter of "some people who did something." We know precisely who did what ... and why.Never forget.
    - 9 days ago 13 Sep 19, 5:29pm -
  • Don't forget about the preparedness bundle
    As a reminder, the Off-the-grid Superstack bundle is still available.There's a lot of great info included, but it's only available for four more days. Don't miss out. Click here to see what's in the bundle.
    - 9 days ago 13 Sep 19, 2:12pm -
  • Itty bitty apple pie filling
    A couple weeks ago, I mentioned I had harvested a bunch of itty bitty but delicious apples from our trees. I never got around to weighing them, but I'm guessing I got 25 lbs. or so.I wanted to get these processed into apple pie filling but was daunte…
    - 10 days ago 12 Sep 19, 2:19pm -
  • What a rain
    This afternoon, literally just as we were about to take Mr. Darcy out for his evening walk, it started pelting rain.This caught us by surprise because the sun was shining brightly. A quick check of the weather radar showed a small but heavy cell movi…
    - 11 days ago 11 Sep 19, 2:34am -
  • Preparedness bundle now available
    As I mentioned last week, this year I'm participating in a bundle called "Off-the-grid Superstack."It's one of those collections where the organizers pull together a bunch of spiffy information on the subject of preparedness.They've gotten some high-…
    - 12 days ago 10 Sep 19, 2:01pm -
  • Bwahahaha!
    I received an email from "Bria" as follows:Hello!I am a hacker who has access to your operating system.I also have full access to your account.I've been watching you for a few months now.The fact is that you were infected with malware through an adul…
    - 13 days ago 9 Sep 19, 3:53pm -

New Life on a Homestead

  • newSwales: Your Comprehensive Guide to Siting and Building Them
    When you’re researching permaculture techniques, swales often rise to the top of the pile. Simply put, swales are rainwater harvesting devices that work by shaping the earth. The word ‘swale’ has often been used to [...]Swales: Your Comprehens…
    - 17 hours ago 21 Sep 19, 2:24pm -
  • Whole Baked Chicken in Brown Paper Bag
    Chicken, it can be cooked in about any way imaginable and is a favorite meat for many. Everyone has their favorite way of preparing it and their favorite cut of meat they prefer to eat. [...]Whole Baked Chicken in Brown Paper Bag can be read in full…
    - 3 days ago 19 Sep 19, 12:02pm -
  • How to Can Bell Peppers – Easy Recipe
    True confession – this year is the first year I’ve grown enough peppers to preserve. Usually, our peppers end up being stringy, tough, and bitter – something that I have learned is the side effect [...]How to Can Bell Peppers – Easy Recipe c…
    - 4 days ago 18 Sep 19, 10:35am -
  • Delicious Blackberry Jam – No Pectin Needed!
    It is the time of the year that the race is on to beat the birds and the blistering sun. It is blackberry season. There are lots of things to do with all of them [...]Delicious Blackberry Jam – No Pectin Needed! can be read in full at New Life On…
    - 6 days ago 16 Sep 19, 6:46pm -
  • 29 Upsetting Things They Don’t Tell You About Homesteading (and 5 Exciting Ones)
    When I first set out on my homesteading adventures my friends and even a few in my family gave me more than a few sideways glances. Some of them, I’m sure, thought I really needed [...]29 Upsetting Things They Don’t Tell You About Homesteading (…
    - 7 days ago 15 Sep 19, 12:46pm -
  • How to Make an Electric Fence Step by Step
    At their best, electric fences are inexpensive, effective, and flexible. They can make permanent boundaries around or within a property. Electric fences can also be set up on a short-term basis to protect special crops [...]How to Make an Electric F…
    - 9 days ago 13 Sep 19, 1:11pm -
  • How to Can Spaghetti Sauce at Home
    There is nothing better than homemade spaghetti sauce! Whether you’re keeping an eye on your health – homemade spaghetti sauce has far less sugar and sodium than the storebought varieties – or you simply prefer [...]How to Can Spaghetti Sauce…
    - 11 days ago 11 Sep 19, 5:10pm -
  • How To Make Natural Dyes From Plants
    Making natural dyes from plants, weeds, vegetables, and fruit is a fun way to repurpose harvested garden plants and make all natural non-toxic dyes for a myriad of sewing and fiber arts projects. Some homesteaders [...]How To Make Natural Dyes From…
    - 13 days ago 9 Sep 19, 4:00pm -

Granny Miller

  • Retiring Granny Miller Again
    Readers, I’ll be retiring GRANNY MILLER once again on April 11 to give my full undivided attention to building a new home. You can follow me on Instagram if you like. If there’s an article you want to print or save from this website consider this…
    - 4 Apr 17, 11:59pm -
  • Burning Rubbish & Trash
    4.3.2017 Lately we’ve had plenty of typical early spring wet weather. So now is a really good time to pick up around the farm and burn rubbish, trash and anything that’s not going to make the move to the new homestead. The manure spreader is goin…
    - 3 Apr 17, 7:49pm -
  • Building Site For New Homestead
    4.1.2017 Here is the building site for the new house. This site is mostly clear from trees and brush. It was chosen for the natural slope to the north.The natural slope will result in less earth moving for a foundation with a north facing walkout bas…
    - 1 Apr 17, 7:46pm -
  • I Give Up! Let’s Build
    3.31.2017 Some time last week my husband and I gave up looking a real estate. Even though I think building costs are insanely high, we decided to build a modular home. Here’s the preliminary exterior elevations. Imagine different siding and roof. I…
    - 31 Mar 17, 12:50pm -
  • Let’s Just Buy A House And Get This Over With!
    3.27.2017 Last week my husband and I went to look a couple of houses that are for sale. Both had significant acreage. One held more possibilities than the other for our new old folks homestead. We were ready to make an offer on the nicer place until…
    - 27 Mar 17, 12:46pm -
  • Prices To Build
    3.19.2017 Bids and prices at starting to come in. The numbers are crazy. $25,000 – $30,000 for a foundation. Driveway & septic $10,000 – and that’s using our own gravel and material here on the farm. $30,000 for a well and geothermal system. $1…
    - 19 Mar 17, 12:42pm -
  • Geothermal Heating
    3.15.2017 Geothermal heating and cooling is what’s on my mind today. Geothermal heating and cooling works by using the constant temperature of earth which is about 50˚- 60˚. It’s a more expensive HVAC system to install, but will potentially sav…
    - 15 Mar 17, 12:40pm -
  • Living In A Camper?
    3.14.2017 Our real estate agent has confidence that our home with 10 acres will sell quickly. I hope that it does. A problem that may be lurking right around the corner is that my husband and I could be “homeless” between the time that the farmho…
    - 14 Mar 17, 12:36pm -
  • No Extra Chimney
    3.13.2017 Today the excavator will be contacted regarding building a new driveway (which is really a road). I’ll also contact the Amish builder I met with and let him know I’ve changed my mind about bringing my cookstove. I don’t want to waste…
    - 13 Mar 17, 12:34pm -
  • Modular Floor Plan
    3.12.2017 Because estimates for the construction of a home are being collected, I’d be a fool not to also get estimates for a modular home. The floor plan below is for a modular home. It comes in at around 1800 sq. ft. and is constructed with 2 lar…
    - 12 Mar 17, 12:31pm -

Down to Earth

  • I'll be back
    Life is bubbling along nicely here. Hanno and I have been decluttering, again, we've had numerous visitors, Jamie spent the day with us yesterday, of course I've been baking and cooking, but most of my attention and energy has been given to the garde…
    - 34 days ago 18 Aug 19, 11:25pm -
  • Blooming where we are planted
    Sunny, Kerry and Jamie flew back from Korea on Tuesday after Sun Ja's funeral. Thanks to everyone who send kind and loving messages to our family on her passing.🐝🍓🐝If you've been wondering what I've been doing during the silence here on the…
    - 45 days ago 8 Aug 19, 1:15am -
  • Such sad news
    We heard the sad news yesterday that Sunny's dear mother, Sun Ja, died in Seoul, South Korea, after a long illness. She was a wonderful lady who raised three amazing girls and the entire family feels great sadness at her passing. Luckily, Sunny and J…
    - 52 days ago 1 Aug 19, 1:01am -
  • Living on less than you earn
    No matter what stage of life you're at, you'll benefit by reducing your expenses and living on less than you earn. Generally your rent or mortgage will stay the same but by reducing your electricity, water, phone, internet, insurance, transport and f…
    - 62 days ago 22 Jul 19, 5:44pm -
  • 30 million page views
    I've just realised that a significant blogging milestone has been reached - there have been 30 million page views here on my blog! I knew is was close because I did a couple of workshops on the weekend and showed my blogging class behind the scenes o…
    - 68 days ago 16 Jul 19, 12:23am -
  • Frances and her washable wipes
    Over on my Instagram pages recently, I created a photo gallery for an online sewing bee. It never fails to amaze me how talented and creative our makers are and of course, photos of wonderful creations came rolling in.The one that stood out for me wa…
    - 69 days ago 15 Jul 19, 4:59am -
  • In my kitchen
    Hanno has picked the last of the oranges and we have a bucket full sitting outside the kitchen door. We'll use them in the coming days to make the finest orange juice we're ever likely to drink, then the orange season will fade to black and we'll pru…
    - 73 days ago 10 Jul 19, 11:38pm -
  • Writing, cooking and teaching
    It's been a very busy week here with no time for blogging. I'm sending out the notes for my writing and blogging workshops today and tomorrow so I've spent some time over the past couple of weeks going over the notes, adding and editing, so they're a…
    - 85 days ago 28 Jun 19, 10:17pm -
  • A small vegetable garden
    I had a sore back yesterday so all I did was make bread and butter cucumbers, rye bread and some sweet potato soup for lunch. In the morning and late afternoon I walked around the vegetable garden and took some photos. It's not much to show for a day…
    - 96 days ago 17 Jun 19, 11:26pm -
  • What are you making?
    I want to get a better idea of what everyone is making for the Do Whatever You Want Bee. The bee started 4 June and will end on Tuesday 2 July. Everyone is welcome to join in - from all corners of the world.  Instead of being confined to one craft…
    - 11 Jun 19, 10:51pm -

Common Sense Homesteading

Homestead Basics

The Wannabe Homesteader

  • How to Make Low Sugar American Beautyberry Jelly
    It was Beautyberry season here in Florida recently and me, my mom, and my daughter had a blast getting back to our hunter-gatherer roots and doing what comes natural to us: foraging.  Foraging for wild foods is my third favorite thing to do, followe…
    - 4 Nov 18, 8:43pm -
  • The Best Mattress Sold on Amazon: Zinus Extra Firm iCoil Mattress
    In August of 2016 my husband bought a king size mattress off Amazon for $430. I remember getting mad at him for buying it because I was sure it would be a big piece of junk. A king mattress for $400? Come on, what a waste of money! Well, here I am tw…
    - 7 Oct 18, 12:40am -
  • Creamy Cauliflower Soup | Gluten Free & Dairy Free
    There was a time when I thought my youngest was allergic to dairy (turns out it was a reaction to baby wipes, not dairy) and I worked on creating dairy-free versions of our favorite recipes. We love The Pioneer Woman’s Cauliflower Soup but I needed…
    - 26 Sep 18, 12:33am -
  • The Joy of Growing Plums Trees
    In the Spring of 2016 Brian brought home an assortment of fruit trees for our backyard homestead. They included a peach tree, two plum trees, two loquat trees, and a fig tree. I was so excited to see what my husband would do with these as we’ve nev…
    - 17 Sep 18, 2:34pm -
  • My Experience with Adrenal Burnout Syndrome
    I’ve wanted to write this post for a long time but I never knew how to start it. Or how to end it. Or what to write in the middle. I began writing it many times but deleted each draft because it never came out right. Will I regret telling the inter…
    - 11 Sep 18, 12:08am -
  • Speed Painting Our Shed
    We finally painted our shed! For the four years we have lived here its been one of the last things on the list to remodel. In fact, we only have few more things to fix before our 1972 mobile home remodel is COMPLETELY DONE. They include: buy and inst…
    - 3 Jun 18, 6:06pm -
  • Our Charlotte Mason-Inspired Colonial Unit Study + Resources
    I’m slowly incorporating more and more of Charlotte Mason’s concepts into our homeschool and in doing so I learned Charlotte Mason did not recommend Unit Studies. Bummer. Though we had never actually done a unit study, they sounded totally fun an…
    - 18 May 18, 6:54pm -
  • Our Cabinet of Curiosities aka Our Nature Table
    I am SO excited about our nature finds and our growing “Cabinet of Curiosities.” I think I’m more excited than my children. “Kids! Look at this! Look at that! Isn’t it AWESOME?!?” “Yeah mom, it’s a fly.” The hallmarks of our nature…
    - 4 May 18, 8:23pm -
  • 5 Reasons I Blog
    I made my first blog post and uploaded my first YouTube video 6 years ago in 2012. I began YouTube before anyone got famous from it and before people started making millions off their YouTube ventures (boy, how times have changed). The “back to the…
    - 2 May 18, 2:02am -
  • Modern Farmhouse Kitchen Reveal in a 1972 Mobile Home
    We have completed our kitchen remodel and I am super thankful to be able to show you. I posted a video tour on our YouTube channel but many of you don’t visit YouTube so I’d thought I’d share it here too. We estimate this kitchen remodel cost a…
    - 24 Apr 18, 11:38pm -

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 -