How to Prepare Your Family for a Food Shortage

Would you know how to prepare your family for a food crisis, should one happen?  Or, do you think that because you live in the US that such a thing would never happen? Unless you've been in a cave for the last few months, you've watched the world become an entirely different place due to a virus called the "coronavirus". Not since the Y2K crisis have I seen such wide-spread, worldwide panic. But it seems that every year brings it's challenges. Last year, we dealt with certain food shortages due to #noplant19, brought on by catastrophic rains that kept farmers from planting their spring...

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how to make pineapple jam

How to Make Easy Pineapple Jam at Home

Pineapple doesn't grow here in Ohio, so I LOVE it when I can find it on sale for .99 during the summer months!  When you see fresh pineapple on sale in your area, grab an armload and let me show you How to Make Easy Pineapple Jam at Home! Here's what you'll need: 1 quart finely chopped pineapple (chopped, cored and peeled) 2 1/2 cups of sugar 1 cup water 1/2 lemon, thinly sliced and seeded 1 box pectin Several clean, sterilized jars, lids and rings (Get these ready before you start) Water bath canner   Give all produce a good washing...

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17 ways to save money around the house

17 Ways to Save Money Around the House

Hello, my name is Kelly and I'm a "do-it-yourself-er".  There, I said it, and I'm proud of it.  Want to learn how to save big money by doing things yourself?  Read on for "17 Ways to Save Money Around the House"! When I was growing up, my dad did everything himself.  No matter what it was, even if he didn't know exactly how to do it, he would find books or other professionals in the area to glean from enough to do the job he needed done. It wasn't always a matter of money, although sometimes it was.  My father felt...

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how to make homemade laundry detergent and pre-treat

How to Make Homemade Laundry Detergent and Pre-Treat Recipe

I can't even begin to quantify how much money you'll save over the years by learning to make your own homemade laundry detergent and pre-treat!   With our big family and with using cloth diapers with my babies, I've saved thousands, yes I said thousands of dollars using our homemade laundry soap and pre-treat.  This is money that can go to your bottom line and help pay off debt and put more in savings! Frankly, it's just crazy how much the stores want for laundry products, when it costs just a few dollars to make your own!  Plus, you can skip out...

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How to Take Advantage of Grocery Store Loss Leaders

The pursuit of fresh, healthy food for my family is one of my highest priorities!  While my goal is to grow and produce most of that food myself, there are times when supplementing from your local grocery can be a big help when stocking your pantry!  Today, I want to discuss with you "How to Take Advantage of Grocery Store Loss Leaders". So, what exactly is a "Loss Leader"? A "Loss Leader" is an item or product, usually a seasonal meat, produce or pantry item, that is on the front page of the store's sale flyer. The items are usually something that's...

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Ideas to Persuade Your Spouse to Homestead

Ideas to Persuade Your Spouse to Homestead

"You spent HOW MUCH at the feed store?!!!  The electric bill is due and we're behind on other bills!"  Ever have this conversation with your partner?  That is if you choose to call it a "conversation"....it's more of a confrontation.  I've got some "Ideas to Persuade Your Spouse to Homestead"! I have a lot to say on this topic.  I am this person. I'm married to a wonderful man, and he's a wonderful father to our children.  My husband of almost 28 years works hard and provides very well for this large family.  He spends time with our children and is...

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how to thrive like the amish during bad economic times during

How to Thrive like the Amish During Bad Economic Times

I love the Amish.  Why do I love the Amish?  Because everything about them screams of sustainability and self-preservation!  There is much to learn from these amazing folks, so here's "How to Thrive like the Amish During Bad Economic Times"! Holmes County I discovered the Amish about 25 years ago, when we were trying to get out of debt and get our finances in order.  If you aren't familiar with the Amish, they are a fascinating group of people who escaped religious persecution in Switzerland and Germany to migrate to the United States in the early 18th century. They initially settled in...

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What Can I Feed My Chickens to Keep Them Healthy?

What Can I Feed My Chickens to Keep Them Healthy?

You might be asking yourself "What Can I Feed My Chickens to Keep Them Healthy?" Chickens are an investment that take time, money and energy!  The last thing I want is to lose a chicken to illness, and the best way to avoid that is to build their immunity. Things You Can't Control There are so many unavoidable circumstances that can arise on your farm. For example, a couple of weeks ago, a huge flock of grackles decided to invade one of the animals barns. Gross! They made a total mess and wouldn't leave for days.  I don't know where those birds are from or...

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how to find a farm sitter

How to Hire a Farm Sitter

There are times when we need to be away from the farm and  will need to know how to hire a farm sitter.  Perhaps it's for a well-needed vacation, but other times there are weddings, funerals, business trips and college visits that require us to leave town.  Don't worry!  Let's talk about everything you need to know about how to hire a farm sitter! Finding a farm-sitter that you can depend upon to take good care of your property and animals isn't easy, I've been through a few of them. I've got some advice and tips about how to hire a...

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