How to Preserve Basil in Salt

Want the fresh taste of basil for months on end? Use 3 ways to preserve basil in salt in minutes. I can't believe how easy this is!

Learning how to preserve basil in salt isn't something I knew I needed to know how to do until now. Seriously, where has this been all my life? Fresh basil and savory tinted salt, all in one jar, all ready to marry up with my meats and sauces.  I had no idea you could preserve basil in salt, bacon and ham, yes, fresh herbs, never thought about it. My culinary side met my homesteading side and I knew this was a match made in heaven. In heaven ya'll. Because my southern roots come out when I'm … [Read more...]

Why I use a Vacuum Sealer (and you should too) + Giveaway

FoodSaver & Freezer Label Giveaway  3 prizes up for grabs to help you preserve food at home

Being able to preserve food at home is a big deal at our house. It allows us to build up our food storage and save money. My husband wanted a vacuum sealer forever. I fought him. I didn't want one more thing in my kitchen and I hate to spend money. Freezer bags worked fine, right? Have you ever thrown out food because it got freezer burnt? My hand is raised. I have the best intentions of rotating my food, keeping records up to date and using it before it can go bad, but guess what, freezer … [Read more...]

Podcast #54 How to Convert Recipes for Canning + Safety Tips

Wanted to know if a recipe was safe for canning? Learn how to safely convert your recipes for home canning, plus other canning safety tips. Home canned food is frugal and a great way to be prepared, but safety is important. Read now to make sure you're recipes and techniques are up to date.

Want to learn how you can safely convert recipes for canning? Learn these important safety tips for home canning, plus how to convert your combination recipes into safe canning recipes! Canning safety is very very important and I do see a lot of misinformation passed around on the internet on what is safe to can at home and proper guidelines. Today we're going to be talking about canning safety and safe ways to convert recipes to make them safe to can. We're talking with Sharon from Simply … [Read more...]

Podcast #53 7 Time Saving Tips when Cooking From Scratch

hese 7 time saving tips when cooking from scratch are what I use to keep our kitchen free from processed food, without feeling like all I do is cook. Read now to get real food on the table when you're pressed for time.

These 7 time saving tips when cooking from scratch are what I use to keep our kitchen free from as much processed food as possible, without being chained to the stove or feeling like all I do is cook. If you need help getting real food on the table without a ton of extra time, then this my friend is the episode for you. I post new episodes on Friday mornings. You can subscribe via RSS and receive every episode for free.  or subscribe via Itunes Reader Question: How do you make … [Read more...]

Podcast #52 7 Foods to Never Purchase from the Store

Tired of rising grocery prices? These are 7 foods we grow enough of to never purchase from the store. Learn how to begin growing your own groceries! Love the free resource guide.

Would you love never having to buy food from the grocery store again? Or at the very least cut back your grocery bill... like in half? I don't know about you, but every time I pay for groceries I swear they've raised the prices again. I end up spending more and more for less and less in my cart. We do our best to purchase organic, grass-fed, pasture raised, non-GMO foods. But let's be honest, sometimes that can be pretty expensive. I believe it's worth the expense when we can afford it, but … [Read more...]

5 Tips to Raising Livestock for Food

Concerned about our modern food system and the growing cost? Here's 5 tips to what it really takes to raise your own livestock and if it's for you. Read now if you've ever wanted to raise your own food.

Most homesteaders want to begin raising livestock at some point on their homesteading journey. It seems every time I go to the grocery store prices have increased yet again and when listening to the news, there's another outbreak of something in connection to our food. There's a peace of mind and sense of accomplishment when I raise it myself. I know exactly how the animal was cared for, what it ate, and more importantly, what it didn't eat. It's no wonder more and more folks are turning … [Read more...]

8 Tips to Live Like the Pioneers

Ever wanted to live like the Little House books? Here are 8 tips to live like the pioneers and Pa Ingalls from The Little House books. The basic skills are something everyone should know, but fewer people do. Read now to make sure you know these!

One of the reasons I wanted to live like the pioneers was due to Pa Ingalls and The Little House books. He cared for his family and had an adventurous spirit. The Little House on the Prairie® is probably in part responsible for almost all of us modern homesteaders. The idea of being able to live off the land, being self-sufficient, and returning to simpler ways and times holds a certain nostalgia for most. Truth of the matter is this homesteading and pioneering today is hard work. People … [Read more...]

Podcast #51 How to Grow Fruit Trees

Learn how to grow fruit trees. If you ever wanted to grow your own food you'll need these tips to avoid costly mistakes. Learn which varieties you need and how to know which kind is right for your area.

Want to grow your own fruit trees? Today we talk about how to grow fruit trees, how to avoid costly  mistakes with fruit trees, and how to know which fruits are right for your area and when to plant where you live. I post new episodes on Friday mornings. You can subscribe via RSS and receive every episode for free.  or subscribe via Itunes It's party time on the podcast this week as I've got two special co-hosts. Angie is a homesteader from Texas with an awesome tool to help you … [Read more...]

8 Ways to Live Like Little House on the Prairie

Did you ever feel like you were born a century too late? Learn how to use these simple 8 ways to live like Little House on the Prairie today.

Laura Ingalls Wilder was my best friend growing up and I always wanted to live like they did on Little House on the Prairie®. My mother read every night to me from the Little House on the Prairie® books and when I was older, I read through them on my own. We watched the television show and much of my play time was spent pretending I was with Laura running wild in the big woods or through the "prairie" grass of our back pasture. As you may have guessed, my love didn't die as I grew into an … [Read more...]

7 DIY Ways to Compost at Home

7 DIY ways to compost at home. Get your garden soil in the best shape with these easy ways to begin composting at home.

Here's 7 DIY ways to compost at home. Learning how to compost at home is high on the list of home gardeners. Ever heard the term black gold? It's usually in reference to compost and to a gardener, it's as valuable as gold. There are some basic rules to compost, but like most things, everyone has their own twist and advice. The beauty of all things pioneering today and homesteading is suiting it to meet your unique situation, wants, and needs. Composting is the breaking down of natural … [Read more...]