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How to homestead when you're flat broke

Homesteading When You’re Flat Broke

December 10, 2014 – 1:33 pm

I know all about trying to homestead on a very limited budget. Let me share with you the FOUR things you need to get started homesteading without spending a penny! You might be surprised.

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Eating Off The Land »

Herb Roasted Jerusalem Artichokes

January 22, 2015 – 8:08 pm

jerusalem artichokes

Jerusalem Artichokes are nothing like the Globe Artichokes we’re accustomed to seeing in the grocery store. They’re actually knotty tubers which grow at the base of a plant very similar to a sunflower. Above you can see some of the tubers I dug up from the garden and washed.

What I appreciate about this plant is that they can actually become somewhat invasive, and will continue to come back year after year, spreading tubers in the ground. I’m grateful for anything that will feed my family with very little effort, so I welcome a multiplying harvest.

But do they taste good?

We finally ate some of our homegrown Jerusalem Artichokes (aka Sunchokes) for the first time, and although the kids weren’t fans my husband and I thought they tasted like potatoes. Jerry actually thought they were potatoes until I told him otherwise.

Fortunately they don’t need to be peeled before you eat them. That would be a nightmare. They can be eaten raw, though they’re starchy like a potato and aren’t very pleasant that way. We enjoyed them roasted with parsnips. The following recipe comes from the Practical Paleo cookbook.

 

Roasted Jerusalem Artichokes

  • 8 Jerusalem Artichoke tubers, washed
  • 4 parsnips or carrots, peeled
  • 3 Tbsp melted coconut oil or butter
  • 1 tsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped

Preheat oven to 425*.

Chop the tubers and parsnips into sticks about 1/4″ thick, 2-3 inches long. Toss all ingredients together until thoroughly mixed. Spread the veggies on a baking sheet and roast for 30 min. or until tender.

 I think next time I’ll add more artichokes to the dish. Very yummy.

Wood. Wood. Wood.

January 22, 2015 – 11:06 am
wood pile

Having enough seasoned firewood for heating and cooking is critical for off grid survival.

Vacuuming Off The Grid

January 18, 2015 – 9:26 am
vacuuming off grid

The ideal off-grid home will have hard flooring throughout. Unfortunately for us, we’ll likely be stuck with carpet for a few more years. Here’s how we plan on keeping our floors clean, even without electricity to run a vacuum.

The Toothbrush That’s A Chewing Stick

January 13, 2015 – 12:29 pm
miswak natural toothbrush

This little stick can effectively replace your toothbrush, toothpaste, mouth wash, floss, and teeth whitening products!! And the best part, it’s completely natural.

Winterizing Young Fruit and Nut Trees

January 13, 2015 – 8:08 am
winterizing fruit trees

Two easy steps to take to protect your young fruit and nut trees through the cold winter months and into the coming year.

How To Process A Pumpkin, From Start To Finish

January 8, 2015 – 8:00 am
how to bake pumpkins

Yes, there is actually more you can do with those decorative Fall pumpkins than just use them as a center piece! Cook and puree them for fresh pumpkin bread and pies year round!

How To Can Strawberry Jam

January 7, 2015 – 10:15 am
canning strawberry jam

Strawberry jam can be canned from fresh or frozen strawberries. Here’s how to make your own homemade strawberry jam no matter the season!

How To Can Chicken Stock or Broth

January 2, 2015 – 9:53 pm
how to can chicken stock

Homemade chicken stock or broth is extremely good for you. Once you’ve learned how to make it, the next step is learning how to can it so your pantry never runs out! Here’s a step-by-step tutorial to show you just how easy it is.

Immune Boosting Elderberry Syrup

January 1, 2015 – 12:10 am
Immune Boosting Elderberry Syrup Recipe

Here’s one way I use our elderberries to help keep my family healthier through the cold and flu season.

The Best Homemade Hot Cocoa

December 31, 2014 – 5:35 am
from scratch hot cocoa

Homemade hot cocoa is super easy to make and much healthier than the store bought powdered stuff. It’s a lot cheaper, too! Here’s the recipe I’ve been making for years.

Homemade Marshmallows (Kosher)

November 30, 2014 – 6:51 pm
kosher marshmallows

You’ll never go back to store bought marshmallows once you try these!! I promise you. They’re heavenly.

Winter Squash: How To Roast Whole Acorn and Butternut Squash

November 25, 2014 – 8:53 am
roasted winter squash

Here’s my favorite way to roast whole winter squashes. Quick, easy, and delicious!

Wood Stoves and Humidity

November 23, 2014 – 4:47 pm
wood stove

Adding humidity back to the air when you burn a wood stove is really important. Here are a couple of ways you can do that.

Kids Herbal Honey Blend For Fighting Colds

November 21, 2014 – 8:52 pm
herbal honey blend

Being sick is no fun! Here’s what I do to help support my family’s recovery naturally.

Host An Online Thrive Party And Earn Free Food and Gear!

November 21, 2014 – 5:31 am
Host a Party Online

Book a party for Black Friday week and earn BIG! Hosting is super easy! I’ll do all the work, you invite your friends and family to join. (Psst… there’s something for you even if you don’t want to host.)

Feeling Stuck

November 15, 2014 – 5:21 pm

This life- it ain’t easy. Sometimes you feel like you aren’t getting anywhere, like you’re stuck no matter how hard you try to free yourself.

Cooked Kale and Mustard Greens

November 14, 2014 – 2:35 am
cooked greens

Southern style greens at their finest.