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How To Can Venison

June 6, 2010 – 5:43 pm

Canned venison is delicious, and a great way to have pre-cooked meat on hand at all times.

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January on the Homestead

January 23, 2016 – 6:37 am

January on the Homestead

 

I woke up this morning at about 7:30am, and went into the kitchen to find all four kids sitting at the table helping themselves to a bowl of homemade granola. They were trying to be quiet so as not to wake me or their daddy. I looked out the kitchen window to find the ground outside covered in several inches of snow. Large white flakes mixed with smaller, faster-falling particles were drifting to the ground, promising more accumulation throughout the day. Jerry wouldn’t be going to work. There’s no way he’d make it out of our long, off-road driveway.

I slipped my rubber shoes on, grabbed a thick winter coat, and went outside to see what kind of snow we were getting. The entire world seemed to be silent, except for the sound of the icy snow falling through the trees in the woods like little pebbles. Icy snow. Power outages are sure to follow. Although we’re partly off-grid, we still have some preparing to do in case local power lines go down. In the wintertime we remove the hand pump from our well and rely on the electric submersible pump. If the power goes out, so does our running water. Worst case, we could put the pump on the well, but that would be as a last resort. Really, who wants to stand outside in the freezing cold pumping water?

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Chocolate for Long Term Food Storage: THRIVE Gourmet Hot Cocoa

January 21, 2016 – 11:50 am
Thrive Hot Cocoa

Thrive’s Gourmet Hot Cocoa is a delicious comfort food to add to your long term emergency food storage.

A Must Know Trick To Successfully Grinding Meat

January 15, 2016 – 2:47 pm
A Must Know Trick To Grinding Meat

I wish I’d known this trick to grinding meat the first time I gave it a try. It would have saved me so much trouble!!

Survival: Escape and Evasion

January 5, 2016 – 10:49 am
Survival Escape and Evasion DVD

Learn how to defend yourself, escape, and evade. Survival skills that might save your life one day.

2016 Homestead Goals

December 28, 2015 – 12:59 pm
2016 Homestead Goals

 
With only a few more days until the new year, I’ve been making a mental list of all of the things I wish to accomplish in 2016. As always, my goals are a bit ambitious. …

Jerusalem Artichokes: A Good Survival Crop

December 16, 2015 – 8:36 am
jerusalem artichoke

Jerusalem artichokes are super easy to grow, easy to conceal, and spread like crazy, making them perfect for a survival garden! Check out the progression of my plants throughout a year of growing and harvesting.

I Don’t Think You Realize

December 8, 2015 – 1:42 pm

I’ve been thinking lately about just how blessed we are. Particularly, just how blessed I am to have you all along with us on our journey for the last 8 years.
And it occurred to me …

How To Light Your Home Without Electricity

December 8, 2015 – 9:43 am
How To Light Your Home Off Grid

Six ways we light up our home without using any electricity.

Deer Harvest and Hide Tanning Attempt

December 2, 2015 – 9:29 am
deer hide

When my husband brought home a beautiful buck, I knew I wanted to keep the hide. But how should I go about preserving it? Hide tanning lessons learned!

Hang Drying Laundry Indoors

October 28, 2015 – 2:06 pm
indoor laundry

How I hang dry clothes indoors when it’s rainy or freezing outside. You only need a few helpful items, and a little time and patience!

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.