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Easy Recipe for Canning Pineapple

There's nothing more wonderful than fresh pineapple!  My family absolutely loves pineapple and can't get enough of it when it's in season.  So why not learn this"Easy Recipe for Canning Pineapple" when it's a loss leader at the store? How to Take Advantage of Grocery Store Loss Leaders I was able to score some large .99 (each) pineapple this week!  Since it's raining cats and dogs here in Ohio, and I can't work in my garden - it makes sense to get some canning done. Since pineapple is a high acid food, you'll be able to use the water bath canner.  When canning pineapple,...

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How to Make Easy, Simple Amish White Bread

Bread making is such an easy and inexpensive way to lower your grocery bill and thrill your family at the same time!  Let's get baking wtih "How to Make Easy, Simple Amish White Bread" that your family will love! There's nothing like walking in the house and being knocked out by the glorious smell of fresh bread!  These aromas stay in the hearts and minds of our family, I'm convinced.  Scent has a direct link to the brain and memory.  My kids totally remember those smells from growing up, and still crave them as adults. If something like bread baking can...

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Mother's Day Gift Ideas for the Sustainable Mom

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for the Sustainable Mom

Are you puzzled as to what the "crunchy", "homesteading" or "self-sustaining" mom in your life would like for Mother's Day?  As one of "those" moms, I've put together this "Mother's Day Gift Ideas for the Sustainable Mom"! I am particularly grateful and humbled on Mother's Day, because at one point in my life, I was told that I probably wouldn't be able to have children.  That was 9 kids ago.  Some came by birth, others by adoption.  Still others I never met.   Moms are some of the hardest working and most dedicated people on the planet! Moms give so much of...

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21 Amazing Strawberry Recipes

21 Amazing Strawberry Recipes

  Spring is just around the corner, and that means strawberries!  Here's 21 strawberry recipes to excite your taste buds and get you cooking! If I could figure out a way to eat strawberries each and every day, I would!  With a little planning, you can be ready to enjoy these spring delicacies as well as be ready to pop some away in the freezer for later! Smoothies I LOVE smoothies!  I especially like that I can sneak all kinds of extras in them without notice, like protein powder or even spinach!  Here's a list to get your mouth watering! PB&J Smoothie Strawberry-Vanilla Smoothie Immunity Building...

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how much money does it cost to start a homestead?

How Much Money Does it Cost to Start a Homestead?

Does homesteading save money?  That's a loaded question.  The answer is "yes" and "no".  Let's examine some "How Much Money Does it Cost to Start a Homestead?". Initially, it is absolutely NOT cheaper.  One exception might be if you were able to purchase a turn-key homestead that had everything problem solved and all systems in place, but who would ever sell a place like that....if it EVEN existed.  But "Yes" in the long term, if you're determined and well-prepared for the homesteading costs. The homesteading lifestyle isn't the easiest path in life, but it is by far the most satisfying, in...

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BEST Edible Perennials for the Lazy Gardener

BEST Edible Perennials for the Lazy Gardener

Growing your own food is a delicate balance between your own personal time and energy, zone and weather conditions   But what if you don't have much time or energy to garden?  Give up?  Nope!  You simply must grow the BEST Edible Perennials for the Lazy Gardener! Planting edible perennials, hence your own personal "food forest", is an excellent investment of your time as a gardener and homesteader! Casually defined, perennials are plants that live three years or more.  In other words, you can continue to harvest from them for at least three years (if not longer) without replanting!  How awesome is that?  Why...

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13 clever ways to manage leftovers and save money

13 Clever Ways to Manage Your Leftovers & Save Money

  I think everyone struggles with what to do with leftover food.  How do you get your family to eat leftovers?  What are some ways to make them last longer?  Can you plan meals around them?  Absolutely!  Let's talk about "13 Clever Ways to Manage Leftovers & Save Money"! Leftover food management is nothing new at my house.   Raising 9 children demands good food management, like it or not. Yet, I consider leftovers to be more of an asset than a liability today.  Given the fact that over 40% of food in America is thrown away, can you imagine how much money we...

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