Browsed by
Month: July 2014

How I Preserve Food: Vegetable Soup

How I Preserve Food: Vegetable Soup

One of the greatest things about preserving your food is making your own food to eat later on! You can control the ingredients, use up what you have on hand, and make delicious food such as this Vegetable Soup. I also like that I can make this recipe in pint jars for work lunches and quart jars for a quick supper. Vegetable Soupbased from a recipe in Ball Blue Book of Preserving 2 quarts chopped, peeled cored tomatoes (about 12…

Read More Read More

Chaos Scenario: Power Grid Failure Part 3

Chaos Scenario: Power Grid Failure Part 3

Please read Part 1 and Part 2 if you have not already! The neighborhood meeting was interesting. Very obvious some people had nothing. Not that you have much, but to have nothing would be bad. They wanted everyone to give them some food. You indicated you had hardly anything and was thinking about leaving. You did give some apples to the one neighbor, but the other neighbor didn’t want anything like that. You think that is just crazy because if…

Read More Read More

Chaos Scenario: Power Grid Failure Part 2

Chaos Scenario: Power Grid Failure Part 2

If you haven’t read Part 1 yet, please click here.  The kids and you have been scavenging the house for emergency supplies. One of your kids found several candles in a box and with the candles around the house you have more than plenty or so you think. She also found some lighters and a box or matches. Another found some flashlights, but you only have one package each of C cell and D cell batteries. You have a 2-3…

Read More Read More

Chaos Scenario: Power Grid Failure Part 1

Chaos Scenario: Power Grid Failure Part 1

Recently I was talking to a friend about a scenario that we both thought was a little out there, but very plausible. What would you do if the power grid failed? Some things you need to keep in mind while talking through this scenario:1. Grocery stores only have 2-3 days worth of food on hand at all times.2. Most gas stations have electric pumps – no power, no gas.3. Most people will lose access to water if they have electric…

Read More Read More

Things in Life Do Not Happen In My Time: Tales From A Frustrated “Homesteader”

Things in Life Do Not Happen In My Time: Tales From A Frustrated “Homesteader”

Today’s post will be funny, a bit frustrating, trying not to be whiny, and wondering what decisions I should have made differently. Just for your own information. I do try to warn people. Sometimes. I should have gotten more chickens. Before my family attempts to shoot me about that last statement, I mean I should have gotten meat chickens along with the layers. I am a super excited chicken owner who cannot wait to have her chickens start laying! Bring…

Read More Read More

Want To Save Money? Start Gleaning!

Want To Save Money? Start Gleaning!

Gleaning is one of my favorite ways to save money! Gleaning helps supply our food stores, gives me more to can, and helps food not go to waste. Gleaning is responsible and helps one to be sustainable as well as economical. But what is gleaning? Gleaning is gathering and collecting food from a field or a garden after someone else has harvested what they wanted. Historically, people would go into the fields after farmers were done harvesting and collect any…

Read More Read More