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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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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10+ Easy Home Canning Recipes

Am I the only one always on the hunt for awesome canning recipes? I’ve rounded up my favorite 10+ easy home canning recipes for you. I have a love affair with canning. Seriously, wholesome food, ready to go meals with just a pop of the lid, food storage in case of emergency or financial crisis, frugal (as in most of the time free except for the cost of the lid with our garden), and fun. What’s not to love?10+ easy home canning recipes. Perfect to take advantage of coming summer harvests to stock y our pantry and build your home food storage. Which is your favorite?

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5 Reasons to Make Red Raspberry Leaf Tea

Making red raspberry leaf tea has been a life changer for me. I’ve been on a journey to a more natural way of life in our kitchen, home, and health for over four years. After being tested for esophagus and stomach cancer before I was thirty (it was negative, praise be to Jesus), it made me determined to find ways to heal my body and protect myself and my family.

How to make red raspberry leaf tea

How to make red raspberry leaf tea

I haven’t been on medicine for stomach acid for four years now. I was using birth control to  manage ovarian cysts. After having several of the cysts burst I couldn’t take the monthly pain they were bringing. I wasn’t content to stay on the birth control after reading how much synthetic hormones mess with our bodies including feeding estrogen fed cancers. I decided to go off of them.

Within two weeks the cysts were back. Like take your breath away stabbing pain back. Determined to do this, I began doing research on natural ways to manage the symptoms.  Continue reading

How to Butcher Chickens Part 2 of Raising Meat Chickens

This is how to butcher a chicken part 2 of our raising chickens for meat series.

Knowing how to butcher your own meat is a skill not for the faint of heart, but one essential if you want to be self-sustainable and raise your own livestock from start to table. I know many people hire out the butchering of their meat animals. We do it for our cattle, one due to the size of them, but more importantly because we don’t have the equipment, including a cooler for allowing the meat to age properly.How to butcher chickens yourself. Great tips for processing and butchering your chickens for meat at home.

But butchering chickens is quite different from butchering cattle. Continue reading

How to Grow and Plant Beets

Our goal is to have vegetable crops growing in our garden as close to all year as possible. One way to do this is to plant some cooler weather crops, or plants that will grow before the last frost date. We grow garlic over the winter, and already have our potatoes in the ground. Beets is one of these plants.How to plant and grow beets, soil type, planting tips, and why your beets won't grow if you don't do this crucial step

Beets seems to be one of those foods that you either love or hate, kinda like oysters. I tend to not like oysters, much to the happiness of my husband, because he loves oysters and that means more for him. Beets are a vegetable I have grown into. As a kid, I wasn’t so crazy, but as an adult, I’m a newer convert. Continue reading