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Seedless Raspberry Jelly Recipe

How To Can Raspberry Jelly

January 1, 2014 – 10:01 am

Here’s an easy way to make delicious, seedless raspberry jelly. This is by far my favorite jelly EVER!

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Clawhammer Still Review: Building And Testing The Still

July 28, 2015 – 8:50 am

Clawhammer Still Review

clawhammer still review

As I’ve delved more heavily into the use of essential oils, I’ve often thought about how cool it would be to make them myself with some of the herbs I’m growing here on our land. Peppermint, Oregano, Marjoram, Spearmint, Dill, Eucalyptus, and Lavender are just a few that I could totally make myself, if I just had the right equipment. I know they won’t be as good of a quality as the oils I’m currently buying, but it would be a great backup alternative (especially with the way the FDA is cracking down on the natural healthcare business and essential oil companies lately, I’m honestly afraid they’re going to put them out of business and stifle our ability to purchase these oils in the future. I would tell you what brand of oils I’m stocking up on, but the FDA won’t allow me to share that information on my blog. You can email me for more info.).

Turns out, it actually isn’t too complicated to home distill essential oils yourself! The main piece of equipment you will need is a still. Yep. The same kind moonshiners use.

The guys at Clawhammer Supply were kind enough to supply us with a 5 Gallon Copper Moonshine Still Kit in exchange for us testing it out and giving an honest review. Although this still can be used to make alcohol (which would be awesome for making tinctures, by the way), there are legalities to consider. According to information on Clawhammer’s website:

Federal law states that it is legal to own a still of any size. It doesn’t matter if you have a 1 gallon still or a 100 gallon still. According to the feds, it is legal to have a still for decoration, distilling water, distilling essential oils, etc. The still does not need to be registered with anyone and no permits are needed as long as it is being used for the aforementioned purposes. However, be advised it is illegal to distill alcohol without having either a “distilled spirits permit” or a “federal fuel alcohol permit.” It does not matter if the alcohol is for personal use only, not for sale, etc.

So, in order to stay within our legal limits we’ll only be using this still for distilling water and essential oils. Not to mention that moonshining is dangerous business if you don’t know what you’re doing!

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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

Garden
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!

Strawberry Spinach Salad

May 14, 2015 – 10:53 am
Eating Seasonally: Strawberry Spinach Salad

Here’s a delicious seasonal salad we enjoy when spinach and strawberries are both ready to harvest in the garden.

In The Garden: May 2015

May 11, 2015 – 8:31 pm
In The Garden May 2015

A lot has been growing since my last garden update in March!
For the past few weeks, we’ve been harvesting asparagus, spinach, lettuce, and a few herbs. Strawberries are just coming in now, which is super …

How To Make Ink From Huckleberries

May 6, 2015 – 8:20 am
how to make huckleberry ink

This was a fun one for the kids and I to do together. Step-by-step instructions on how to make ink at home from berries.

Emergency Preparedness: Food Storage

April 26, 2015 – 8:29 am
thrive food storage

What foods you should store, how much you should store, where you should store it, and so much more. All the info you need to start building your emergency food storage today.

16 Delicious Flower Jelly Recipes

April 22, 2015 – 7:28 am
16 Delicious Flower Jelly Recipes

You won’t believe how many edible flowers can be made into a delicious flower jelly. You just might have some of these growing in your yard right now!