40 Free or Cheap Kindle Books for Your Home and Homestead

40 Free and Cheap Home and Homesteading Books

  I know not all of you homesteaders will agree with me, but I LOVE kindle. Don't get me wrong…. There is nothing like the feel of a real book in my hands and I am not an advocate of paper books going away. That said, even if you are a firm opponent of kindle books, hear me out. There are a ton of good reasons why you should learn to enjoy kindle books. First of all, kindle books are almost always cheaper than the paper versions. Even better you can get a lot of kindle books for free ... [ Read More ]

50 Ways to Have a More Old Fashioned Family Christmas

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        Most of us would agree that Christmas has become the opposite of what it is supposed to be, a time of joy, celebration and family turned into a stressful few weeks that at least some of use wish would never come at all. Most of us just wish we could go back to celebrating Christmas the way it used to be celebrated, and that we could bring back the time when Christmas was all about simple celebrations, family and honoring the real reasons for the ... [ Read More ]

Should I Can or Freeze my Garden Harvest?

Should I can or freeze my garden harvest?

One of the most common questions asked at harvest time is whether to put produce in the freezer or to can it. The answer to this question will vary depending on who you ask, preppers like to can most of their produce because it keeps without the need for electricity, while those who are more concerned about nutrition often say it is better to freeze it since it goes through much less heat and cook time, and preserves nutrients better. In addition to freezing and canning you can also dry your ... [ Read More ]

How to Make Chicken Sausage

Chicken Sausage

    A couple of weeks ago we had our first adventure in sausage making, this process was not nearly as hard as I would have thought it would be, however I do have a small disclaimer with this tutorial. I am not a sausage making expert, although I have canned, dried, preserved and cooked for many years, sausage making is one of the things I had never tried until this year. Still I thought a good step by step of what we did would be in order. The desire to make our own sausage ... [ Read More ]

5 Medicinal Herbs You Might Not Even Know You have In Your Yard

Medicinal Herbs

One of my latest interests that is rapidly turning into a passion is herbal medicines, I know from personal experience that they can be used for a lot of different things with good results, and because I can grow the ingredients myself and process them I know there is nothing in them that is bad for my family. The other problem with herbal remedies in the health food stores is that they are often quite expensive and frequently are old so have lost their potency. One of the best things about ... [ Read More ]

Happy Easter And Here are Few Recipes For You

Happy Easter

I wanted to take a moment to wish all of my readers a happy Easter!! I have also added a few recipes to the database for Easter and will try to add a few more tomorrow if I can I will add them to this post if I do, so you can find all of the Easter recipes in one place. The first recipe is near and dear to my heart, because it is different the typical Candied Sweet Potatoes Recipe you would normally have at the holidays, and it is one I have been eating all of my life and cooking for the past ... [ Read More ]

Making Self Employment and a Hobby Farm Work Together

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Many people would look at the life my husband and I have chosen and see it as the ideal American dream. We work at home; work for ourselves, are in complete control as to how much money we earn, where our business goes, and when we work. We have our small 2/3 of an acre plot which the jury is out on whether this will be big enough for us or would we want to upgrade in the future. We are on the road to practicing self-sufficiency, growing as much of our food as possible and working on renewable ... [ Read More ]

How Much Canning Do You Need For a Full Year?

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Canning and preserving can go a long ways to making sure that your family's needs are taken care of over the long winter months. With the rapidly rising costs of food and the gas needed to transport it, it is becoming more and more of a necessity to do everything you can to make sure that you have plenty of food you have grown or have been able to get in season. Start with a Plan Get a Good Idea of What Your Family Will Eat One of the biggest mistakes that new and seasoned gardeners and ... [ Read More ]

Homestead Updates – Our First Egg and it’s Time to Start Planning

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I have had a lot of people ask me for updates on my homestead, to which my reply has been that things are a bit slow right now because of winter. This really is not much of an excuse because it has been a mild winter but much of our plans right now do center on spring arriving. This DOES not mean however that we have not been doing at least a bit of planning. I have a lot of projects in mind for the spring, but before I say anything about that I wanted to share that after all of our hard work ... [ Read More ]