One of my favorite things about the pioneer days is their ability to accomplish so much without electricity. It’s amazing when one looks at how they lived and what they did. Many of us would be hard pressed to make it a few days, let alone years, without our electricity and stores.
The best time to improve your garden soil for spring planting is in the fall. These 10 simple tips will have your soil in its best shape ever, without you having to do hardly any work. Learn how to improve your soil today and what you need to get started.
So if you ever opened a jar of store bought tomato sauce and thought, “how can I make tomato sauce at home” then you’re going to love today’s post. And if you ever wondered how to make your own cream soups for recipes instead of the condensed chemical filled ones from the store, then you’ll love my processed replacement make your own cream of soup replacement. Now that’s a whole lotta foodie love happening.
You might think organic tomato sauce isn’t too expensive to purchase from the store, but all of the tomato sauce in my neck of the woods from store, even organic, is in metal cans. And we all know tomatoes are a bit acid, which means the bad chemicals in the metal cans is leached out at a higher rate than regular vegetables. You can read Why You Should Never Use Canned Tomatoes here.
So what’s a person to do? Make their own tomato sauce of course. And I’ve got just the homemade tomato sauce recipe for you, with canning instructions for both the water bath and the pressure canner. Yep, because a girl can never have too many options or canning recipes. Right?! Continue reading
How to create a budget for your homestead. While creating a self-sustainable lifestyle can help you live more frugally and cut store bought expenses, it can also cause livestock costs, or other unforeseen expenses. Creating a budget is crucial for the well-being of your homestead and building up a savings account. Not to mention it can help you sleep at night instead of worrying over where you’ll find money or how you’ll make ends meet.
Everyone knows we should be storing some kind of food in our home pantries for both emergencies and preparedness. But how do you know where to start or which foods to store? I see lots of lists on foods folks think you should be storing for your long term food storage. Some of them I agree with, but a lot of them, they’re not practical.
Seed saving is one of the lost arts to many modern gardeners. It’s my aim to change that. Learning how to seed save is one of the most important things you can do for you self-reliance, preparedness, and frugal nature. It’s also an important tradition we’re in danger of losing.
Get pressure canning like a pro with these time saving tips. The end of summer earns my pressure canner a permanent spot on the counter. It gets used every day, sometimes multiple times a day, despite it’s hissing at me. Okay, if that joke fell flat, I blame it on all the pressure canning I’m doing.
I don’t know about you, but if I don’t know how to do something, I’m not shy about asking. Because no one knows it all right? Between you and me, if someone does seem to know it all, I usually don’t like to hang with them for very long.
While I’m a pretty old hand at gardening, there is a lot I’m still learning. And one of those things is increasing our fall vegetable garden. Continue reading
Of all the things we do on our homestead, preserving the harvest is one of the most crucial parts to our self-sustainability and old-fashioned pioneer roots. It’s also one of the ways we keep our food bill down. In the long run, it keeps our health bills down, too, because the food we put up at home is done at the peak of freshness and when grown by us, heirloom and organically.
And I have to tell you, this Preserving the Bounty Giveway Bundle is totally awesome! Continue reading