October, 2012

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Using the Frankenstorm…

hurricane-sandy-is-being-compared-to-the-worst-hurricane-ever-to-hit-new-england

First of all, I’m sending good thoughts out to all of my friends (and those of you I haven’t yet met) that are facing the Frankenstorm, Hurricane Sandy. I’m fortunate to be out of the path of the storm but it really has me thinking about my own level of preparedness.Read the Rest…

Food Preservation on a Rainy Day

stew

Back to the squirrel analogy, more preps for winter are happening here in the North. As I’m sure you’ve noticed, prices are going up dramatically. Everything is through the roof. One way I save money is buying in bulk and preserving the food immediately.  As the forecast was for aRead the Rest…

Real Food and Lunch Box Goodies

trail mix

We are a much healthier family after this relocation. When you have to drive an hour and 15 minutes to get to the nearest drive-thru, you don’t eat out much.  When you have to drive 20 minutes to get to the store, you don’t make those random little trips toRead the Rest…

Busy Autumn

fall

Fall at the homestead is an incredibly busy time.  Lately I’ve felt like a squirrel, trying to get my acorns stashed away for the winter.  As the days get colder the feeling of urgency increases to get everything squared away before winter hits in earnest. As with anything, you haveRead the Rest…

Eating Organic on a Budget

eat-organic-food

My canning hobby came about because of my desire to limit my family’s exposure to the GMOs, hormones, antibiotics and pesticides in the food supply today.  As a person who stockpiles food in order to be more self sufficient, I’ve seen a lot of rather horrendous dietary choices.  If theRead the Rest…

Putting Back Food for the Long Winter

paul and cans

Part of the reason I made my escape up North was to lower my expenses.  If I paid the regular grocery store prices up here, however, I’d be right back at square one.  To offset this, I indulge in one of my favorite hobbies, canning. Over the past couple ofRead the Rest…

Autumn Garden Stew

root veg

  One great way to make use of all those tasty root veggies in your fall garden is with a hearty stew. Based on what you have available, you can mix and match the veggies below to your heart’s content.  Do not add flour or other thickener to your stewRead the Rest…