Low Sugar No Pectin Blueberry Jam

This low sugar no pectin blueberry jam might just be the best jam I’ve ever inhaled  tasted. I don’t make this claim lightly. The hint of lime makes this sing on your taste buds, dare I call it, sublime. (Yea, I’m kind of dorky that way)Low sugar no pectin blueberry jam. Love how easy this, without the cost of store bought pectin. Plus, this is one of the best jams we've ever had.

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Podcast Episode #30 Raising Backyard Chickens Meat Birds

Raising backyard chickens for meat provides you with hormone and chemical free meat. It’s also an excellent way to improve your self-sustainability. Podcast on raising backyard chickens for meat. Great tips on what to expect, plus a break down on the cost.
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Home Canning Giveaway

Home canning is the major food preservation method I grew up with. It’s also the way we preserve a lot of our food at home. Last year we did over 250 jars of home canned goodness. And this year my goal is to do at least 300. If you’re new to canning, been doing it forever, or want some new canning gear, then this my friends, is the giveaway for you.

Normally, Monday’s are the day I share what Jesus is doing in my life and heart. After listening in to the Summer of Survival webinar last Thursday on Christian Principles of Preparedness I pondered on what Steve shared. (My webinar Home Food Preservation Made Easy is tomorrow at 8 pm Eastern time, click here to snag your seat for free *referral link)

This is one of my favorite verses in regards to being prepared.

A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it. Proverbs 22:3 (NIV)

I realize there can only be one winner of our Home Canning Giveaway, but I’ve created an awesome resource that all of you can “win”. Are you ready for this?

Free resource guide to home food preservation. Over 80+ resources from canning, dehydrating, root cellar, salt curing, and alcohol and oil.  Perfect timing for all our summer and fall harvest coming up!


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How to Smoke Cheese at Home

Learning how to smoke cheese at home is a bit easier than I thought it would be. When something tastes so delicious I often think it’s way more complicated than it actually is. I love cheese, but when you add in the smokey goodness…. well, let’s just say I’ve been known to eat an entire wedge of smoked Gouda all by myself. In one sitting.How to smoke cheese at home

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Do Natural Insect Repellents Work? + a Recipe

Do natural insect repellents work? I used to wonder that same thing. We live in the lovely Pacific Northwest, and though we don’t have Alaska size mosquitoes, we’ve got our fair share.Do natural insect repellents work? I had no idea what was in the commercial stuff. This is the only spray we'll use from here on out. And it only costs $1.28 to make!

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Episode #28 Direct Sow Your Garden Seed

Knowing how to direct sow your garden seed is important for anyone wanting to grow their own food.Love these tips, knowing which seeds to soak, when to plant, and companion planting tips will help our garden produce the most veggies yet!

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In this episode we discuss the importance of knowing how to direct sow your garden seed and having heirloom seed. We’ll discuss:

  • When to plant your summer garden
  • Which seeds to soak overnight
  • What direct sow method means
  • What germination means
  • When not to plant certain seeds
  • When you should not soak your seeds
  • Which vegetables you shouldn’t direct sow
  • Definition of growing season
  • Companion Planting
  • How to keep birds from pulling out your new starts
  • Crop rotation, what it is, and tips for your garden


Resources and show notes:

Why Heirloom Seeds Are Best and Intro to Heirloom Seeds

My free 40+ page Heirloom Gardening Guide!

How to Plant Potatoes

How to Plant and Grow Squash

How to Plant and Grow Beets

10 Easy Steps to Grow Your Own Food

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