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How To Can Grape Juice- The Easy Way!

September 28, 2010 – 11:36 am

I love this recipe! It’s super easy. No cooking, no squeezing, no juicing… and it tastes so fresh!

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Hang Drying Laundry Indoors

October 28, 2015 – 2:06 pm

It has almost been 5 years now since we got rid of our electric clothes dryer. Living without it hasn’t really been difficult to get used to. You just have to learn to plan ahead when you know you’ll need certain items.

You would think that rainy days would put a stop to the laundry, but in my world I don’t have time to wait for the sun to come out. These kids go through clothes and towels like crazy!

In order to continue the washing rain or shine, I have a couple of indoor hang drying options which have been working out very well for me.

A Retractable Clothesline

Over the tub I have a 5-line retractable clothesline. When I need to hang clothes indoors, I just pull it out across the tub and pin the clothes up to dry. When company comes over I close the shower curtain to hide my laundry, so it’s totally out of sight.

indoor clothesline

I can usually fit two large loads of laundry on the line. I try not to hang really heavy things like large towels or my husband’s jeans because the weight will make the line permanently sag.

close up indoor clothesline

Since there weren’t wall studs exactly where the mounting holes were on the unit, my husband screwed a 2×4 board into the studs, then we hung the clothesline to the board. This way we don’t risk the entire thing pulling out of the wall under the weight of the wet clothes.

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Clotheslines and Termites

October 28, 2015 – 9:21 am
termites clothesline broken

It might be time to consider replacing our wooden clothesline with metal posts. Termites have come to town.

A Mad Rush Harvesting Sweet Potatoes

October 18, 2015 – 2:16 pm
harvesting sweet potatoes

My first sweet potato harvest, and the tragic mistake I narrowly avoided!

How To Store Turnips In The Ground: The Experiment

September 8, 2015 – 2:52 pm
turnips stored in ground

A little experiment on the best way to store turnips in the ground.

Baked Pears with Cinnamon and Honey (no sugar)

August 26, 2015 – 2:02 pm
Baked Cinnamon and Honey Pears

A quick, healthy, and super easy way to turn fresh pears into a delicious baked treat!

Clawhammer Still Review: Building And Testing The Still

July 28, 2015 – 8:50 am
clawhammer copper still review

A still can be useful for so many things: making essential oils, distilling spirits, fuel alcohol, making antiseptics… it’s just one of those things that we definitely wanted to add to our emergency preps. Here’s how we built our own with a Clawhammer Still Kit.

I Found A Wild Pawpaw Tree!

July 26, 2015 – 6:28 pm
pawpaws 2015

People say pawpaws taste like a mix between banana custard and mangoes. I can’t wait to try them!

Solar Cooking in a Sun Oven

July 20, 2015 – 1:51 am
sun oven

I have a new love: Solar Cooking! By using the sun to cook our foods, I’m saving money and energy, and keeping my house cooler during the hot summer months. Plus, the food is AMAZING.

How To Make Homemade Potting Soil

July 6, 2015 – 8:44 pm
How To Make Homemade Potting Soil

Learn how to make your own potting soil mix from organic ingredients you already have laying around! It’s free!

How To Can Tomato Sauce, {Plus} Tomato Powder From Scraps

July 5, 2015 – 5:26 am
How To Can Tomato Sauce PLUS Tomato Powder

Learn how to make a delicious, healthy tomato sauce, and can it for years ahead. Plus, make tomato powder with the leftover scraps!

Sautéed Squash and Onions

July 5, 2015 – 2:26 am
squash and onions

A quick, easy, and delicious way to eat squash fresh from the garden. Even for squash-haters like me.

Busy Summer Days. Gardening and More.

July 3, 2015 – 10:25 am
onion and carrots

It’s the time of year when I don’t get around to posting much on the blog. Too much to do outside! (Not to mention I’m now writing full time for The Prepper Project!)

I’m kinda disappointed …

Cabbage and Noodles. A Delicious and Cheap Meal.

June 6, 2015 – 7:31 pm
cabbage and noodles recipe

This simple and delicious recipe feeds my family of six for less than $3!

Organic Cabbage Moth Control

May 24, 2015 – 8:21 pm
cabbage moth new life on a homestead

Here’s what I do to keep my cabbage free from cabbage worms naturally. I’d love to know what works best for you!

Emergency Preparedness: Personal Library Essentials

May 17, 2015 – 8:38 am
Building Your Survival Library 40 plus books you'll want to have!

“They say “Knowledge is power”, but in a survival situation it could mean more than that, it could mean life or death. The right kind of books can help you get through the hardest of times. Here are 40+ of my favorite books for emergency preparedness and survival.

Natural Remedies For Motion Sickness

May 16, 2015 – 10:19 pm
Xia and wristbands

No more kids throwing up in the car! Here are three things I do to keep carsickness at bay.

How To Freeze Strawberries

May 15, 2015 – 12:23 pm
How To Freeze Strawberries

Freezing strawberries is a great way to quickly preserve an abundant harvest to enjoy for months ahead!