A ten pound pork belly from the butcher can be ten pounds of bacon in just a few steps!
No matter where you live or what your circumstance is, you have a need to be prepared for emergencies. Never assume it can’t happen to you, or that it won’t happen here. Citizens in the Southern United States are learning the hard way: it is wise to expect the unexpected and be prepared! Here are […]
Making your own hand creams and foot creams is surprisingly easy. You can start with just a few basic ingredients: the easiest recipes require only 3-4 ingredients and take very little time to make. Start with small batches of cream and increase the amounts once you feel confident with each recipe. As you get used […]
Making homemade cheese isn’t hard at all. Once you get the hang of it, you can add all different spices and seasonings to create your own masterpiece! Here are the basics: Start by gently heating 1 gallon of milk to 55 degrees. My thermometer won’t sit on the side of my pot, […]
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) is a valuable plant in cooking and in home herbal remedies. All parts of dandelion are usable: flowers, leaves and roots. Dandelion is a blood cleanser and good for the liver, and a great addition to homemade spring detox tea blends.
In light of so many recent tragedies, now is the time to prepare your home to be prepared and a bit more self-sufficient. Our Untrained Housewife’s Guide to Getting Prepared has helped jumpstart these kinds of preparations for readers already. One wrote, I am thrilled to have a copy of Getting Prepared so I can […]
Take a look at the list of ingredients on a typical body lotion or face cream bottle. It can be scary: synthetic fragrances and colors, chemical preservatives, stuff you have never even heard of. With homemade beauty products, you’ll know exactly what you are going to put on your skin. Making your own natural beauty […]
I stumbled upon an offer from Melanie at Only a Breath to create a little button with your word of the year. Your One Word. The word that will be your focal point for the coming year. It was a no-brainer for me because this word is something I’ve been gearing up for – it’s […]
I’ve been writing a series on Getting Prepared for Any Power Outage, and I remembered Lehman’s. What a great resource for purchasing tools and equipment for ‘off the grid’ living. But it is also so expensive and impractical that I will only have the perfect off-grid home in Fantasyland! Let’s dream… KITCHEN COOK STOVE Isn’t […]
The last two years have shown us major, nationwide droughts. That translates into rising food costs and the possibility of food shortages. Temporary layoffs and disabilities could also make it necessary to live out of your own pantry. And as always, there is the possibility of a major power outage lasting two or three weeks, […]
Preparing your family for a power outage does not need to be expensive. Just by thinking ahead, you will be surprised what you can find at sales and re-sale shops – or even in hand-me-downs! Clothing. Keep an eye out for blue jeans, t-shirts, sweatshirts, shoes and socks. None of these has to fit well […]
According to the Survival Spot, sweeteners will be one of the top ten things that will disappear during a national disaster. I don’t know about you, but I am NOT going to go through hard times without sugar!!! But it does seem to be something that I have a hard time keeping stocked up (probably […]