It was pretty much the worst Thanksgiving ever. My boar gored my leg, the kids got lice for the first time, the sink wouldn’t stop leaking and the fireplace broke. Like a cherry on top, the washing machine decided to follow suit. Here’s how we survived hand washing clothes for three months. Continue reading “When the Washing Machine Breaks: Hand Washing Clothes”
Want a healthier snack? If you’ve got organic grapes, learn how easy it is to make your own organic raisins. Continue reading “Make Your Own Organic Raisins”
Are you on the hunt for great gluten free pizza dough? Well, search no further because we have a fantastic recipe for you – it’s even naturally leavened (sourdoughed) for good measure. And guess, what else? We’ve got a fantastic, easy to use resource for those wanting to learn to build their own PIZZA OVEN! Continue reading “Gluten Free Pizza Dough”
Do you lie awake at night, wondering how to make your family more self-sufficient in an uncertain world? Are you fearful and wondering how you are going to make it through to your homesteading dreams with your current finances? Are you wanting to gather your family together, as opposed to watching them drift apart, distracted by the siren call of the modern lifestyle? Are you wanting to feel more prepared for any eventuality so that you no longer experience fear when reading the newspaper? Are you wondering how to expand your homesteading efforts while still maintaining the rest of your life?
Maybe you’ve considered homesteading, but you’re stuck in an apartment, and don’t even know where to begin.
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Thinking of going off-grid with your family? Or are you considering adopting certain aspects of off-grid living? Here are some things to think about before going off-grid. Continue reading “Things to Think About Before Going Off Grid”
Ready to start homesteading but don’t know where to begin? Are you a city kid like me and have to learn all your homesteading skills from scratch? I am genuinely excited to share these homesteading titles with you as you begin your journey towards self-sufficiency. Books are among my greatest, most effective homestead mentors. Even after homesteading for a number of years, I’m still collecting great books. Continue reading “Homesteading Books: Beginning Basics”
Need some cookbook inspiration in the kitchen from a guy who truly loves his real foods? Do you want to learn more about the process of meal creation and how all the products you have can be used right down to the last leaf and bone? Are you an open-flame enthusiast who would like to expand your repertoire of campfire foods from foil pouches to full course meals? Then This is Camino – the weirdest and coolest cookbook ever – just might be for you. Continue reading “This is Camino – the Weirdest and Coolest Cookbook Ever”
Are you trying to learn to save money and energy by line drying your clothes but are struggling to find a system that works for you? Do you homestead in an HOA where an outdoor clothesline is not allowed? How does line drying compare to using a dryer? Here comes the humble clothes drying rack and clothesline to the rescue! Continue reading “Clothes Drying Rack: Off Grid Wherever you Live”
Our family loves lasagna and I try to make up a big bunch at one time because if you’re going to make a pan of lasagna, you may as well make five pans. Last time I made up a big batch, though, I ran out of time and room in my electric oven. The solar oven came to my rescue for that last pan of lasagna and it acted as a slow cooker until we were ready to eat dinner.
Homesteading and Sustainability? What do those two words mean to you? They may conjure up pictures of barefoot hippies living in communes so far removed from your normal that those words aren’t even relevant to you. Would you be surprised to learn that along with our barefoot, hippy friends there are moms and dads, professionals and homemakers, children and students, grandmas and aunts, bosses and blue collar workers all longing and working towards a lifestyle based around self sustaining cycles of security and provision? People, just like you, who are using homesteading and sustainability to create a net of safety and abundance, wherever they live and in whatever ways are meaningful for them. So, let’s see what that looks like. Continue reading “Homesteading and Sustainability”