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Month: June 2011

Single Parenting

Single Parenting

You all knew this subject was going to come up some time, right? You knew I might get on my soapbox and let the world know my opinion about single parenting, right? Actually this might be painless for most of those reading today. I am a single parent, not by choice, and due to circumstances I might address another time. While I do miss having the other parent there to help with the joys and burdens of parenting, I don’t miss…

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Preparedness Last Week

Preparedness Last Week

Ah, this week. What week?!?! I forgot how much of the week can be spent sitting a ball game everyday, but it has left me with very little time for preparedness.  I did, however, get a few things done. I added to our food storage at home. Hy-Vee was having a fantastic sale this week on a few things: Ragu pasta sauce, Skippy’s peanut butter (we will be trying the all-natural this time), Wishbone salad dressings, and HyVee brand canned…

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Homemade Laundry Detergent

Homemade Laundry Detergent

Homemade Laundry Detergent I have been making homemade laundry detergent for over two years. I had finally ran out of my stockpile of All Free & Clear Laundry Detergent, went to store to buy some more, and got shocked (more like heart failure) over the price! I needed a cheap solution! I do laundry for at least five people every week and at least two, if not three, loads a day during the week and 5-9 loads a day during the…

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Rhubarb Pie & Strawberry-Rhubarb Jam

Rhubarb Pie & Strawberry-Rhubarb Jam

Rhubarb Pie – Yum!!! This particular recipe is from Recipes & Remembrances: Sutherland Community Cookbook and was contributed by Shirley and Pearl Virgil. This is my go-to recipe for Rhubarb Pie as it has never failed me yet! I will confess that I did use a Pillsbury pie crust because I had it in the fridge and did not want it to go to waste. Rhubarb Pie 3 T. flour (I used whole wheat flour)1 c. sugar1 egg, beaten2 c….

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Preparedness Challenge

Preparedness Challenge

These last few months I have been working on Preparedness. What is that? To me, preparedness means becoming more self-sufficient, more self-sustaining, and trying to be ready for anything. I keep asking myself if that is possible and I keep answering myself yes. I have been following the Preparedness Challenge on Homestead Revival and have been absolutely inspired by what I have read about her doing as well as what others are doing. I have been challenged by this and keep…

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Five Things I Would Like To Learn

Five Things I Would Like To Learn

I have read a lot on other blogs about skills people would like to learn and should learn in order to be more self-sufficient. I like the idea of being more self-sufficient, but some of the things I would like to learn is not always about that as it is the idea of learning and mastering something new. Since I am getting the hang of gardening (which has taken me a couple years), I am setting some new goals. Five…

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