November, 2012

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Pressure Canning: Two Kinds of Chili

chili making

Chili is the perfect meal for a snowy winter day.  These recipes provide two very different takes on the traditional chili and are both enormously popular at our house.  They are assembled using the layering method and are raw-packed, making it simple to create up to family dinners at oneRead the Rest…

What Will You Do When the Lights Go Out?

candles

Some people believe that we are hurtling towards physical disaster with our delicate electrical grid.  Just how that disaster might occur is open for debate, but we need only look at major power outages over the last few years to see how precarious our grasp on electricity is.  It isn’tRead the Rest…

Nuts for Soapnuts!

soapnuts

I finally invested in a bag of soapnuts.  I read about them on Ready Nutrition, where Tess Pennington gave detailed instructions on the many ways they can be used. (Be sure and check out her article – she tells you how to make liquid soap, shampoo, etc., from them!)  IRead the Rest…

Sweet Life: How to Source Non-GMO Sugar for your Pantry

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Eating healthfully doesn’t have to mean that you have to skip dessert forever. (Otherwise I’d be in BIG trouble!)  Sugar has a definite place in your stockpile. The sweet stuff can add a sense of normalcy and a little touch of luxury in a bad situation. It’s important to beRead the Rest…

The Organic Prepper

peppers

When you think of a survivalist, what is the image in your head?  Do you picture some guy with a beer belly, decked out in head to toe camo, sitting in a tent in the rain, gnawing on some jerky and drinking a 4 year old can of Pepsi?  PerhapsRead the Rest…

Scratch Challenge – Update

sauce

Today, the 26th, my scratch challenge fell by the wayside. I’m kind of bummed, having made it this far without venturing into my pantry of prepared items.  However, we had a Minor Wood Catastrophe that took precedence because heat for a month is more important than arbitrarily sticking to aRead the Rest…

Snow and a Minor Wood Catastrophe

dog snow

This morning we got up to a beautiful white surprise!  SNOW!!!! Finally enough snow to cover the ground! That’s what I’m talkin’ about – we moved north and it’s nearly December – PAST time for snow! The dog was ecstatic.  All she wanted to do was run – this picRead the Rest…

Orange You Going to Eat That?

orange

I get a lot of my stuff from the “last day of sale” bin at the grocery store. This weekend I picked up a 5 pound box of mandarin oranges for $2 – SCORE!!!! The last time I hit the motherlode of mandarins, I canned them in a light syrupRead the Rest…

Canning for Preppers

canned goods

Canning is the perfect solution for preppers – any preppers, not just those who are seeking a natural nutrition source. Once you have a pressure canner (and you conquer the fear of blowing yourself up with it!) you can preserve nearly anything.  By creating meals right in the jars, youRead the Rest…

Removing Pesticide from Produce

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While I would love for every bite we consume to be organic, budgetary restrictions don’t always allow for it.  I do buy my produce from local farms and have a good relationship with a couple of favorite fellows in overalls, so I’m able to quiz them about what is sprayedRead the Rest…