• Uncategorized

    Having a Plan

    It seems that there’s a misguided notion of what it means to have a plan for an emergency, worst-case scenario. Having a plan for a worst-case scenario does not mean that you are afraid of what might come. It doesn’t mean that you don’t have faith in God to look out for you. It doesn’t mean you want or are expecting “the apocalypse” to come. In fact, it surprises me how resistant so many people are to the idea of coming up with a plan for such a situation, and have the naïve notion of “it could never happen to me.” I don’t mean to sound like I am picking…

  • Recipes

    How to Make Your Own Sourdough Starter and Bread

    Several years ago, my sister and I were talking on the phone about making homemade bread. I was just starting to get the hang of making bread by hand and not using a bread maker, and she was venturing into the world of sourdough. She started telling me all about how to make your own sourdough starter and bread, but I wasn’t sure I wanted to bother with making my own starter, so she offered me some of hers. Well, I made sourdough for awhile, but eventually my starter spoiled for a lack of care. I got some more from my sister when I was ready to start again, but…

  • Farming,  Gardening

    Let’s Talk About Food: It’s More Important Than You Realize

    Let’s talk about food: It’s more important than you realize.  I’m working on a series of posts that I hope will encourage people to take a closer look at their food and begin to have a better understanding and appreciation of it.  With everything going on out in the world right now with this national quarantine, it’s more important than ever to take a look at this aspect of our lives.  Our daily lives are centered around food, without us even realizing it.  Honestly, I don’t think people give this a lot of thought.  Until I started to garden, I didn’t realize how much we center our lives around food.  From…

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    Kids in the Kitchen

    Just yesterday, I was speaking with a woman who works at the gas station, and she said that a friend of hers was already worried about her kids being home full-time because of the quarantine because her children ate so much! Would it be like this the whole time?! Since we are living through a unique situation right now, keeping your kids from eating your quarantine supply of food in a week when it needs to last longer is going to be pretty important to a lot of you. This situation doesn’t change much for my family, so I thought I’d offer some advice as a full-time stay-at-home, homeschooling, mother…

  • Homesteading

    Maple Syrup 2020

    I think I love maple syrup season more every year. I’m going to keep this post short, but I wanted to share with you a brilliant idea my sister-in-law had about cooking down her sap. She doesn’t have a sap stove, and cooking too much sap in the house for too long could cause a build up of moisture in your house and cause problems. It’ll also probably burn out your stove elements, or if you use gas like me, could be unhealthy for too long a period of time. So she got creative. I thought I’d share a few resourceful ways to make your own maple syrup, even if…

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    The Great Toilet Paper Crisis of 2020

    Okay, so maybe that’s not what this time in history will be remembered as, but it’s catchy, don’t you think? All kidding aside, the world is experiencing a pandemic of Covid19 right now… a respiratory illness that can cause pneumonia or pneumonia-like symptoms for the people who catch it. Some people are carriers and don’t know it, others have died because they caught it. People have been panicked, and yes, the toilet paper has been consistently sold out for almost two weeks. I’ve never seen anything like this before. People are afraid and panicked today. Yet a week ago, if you suggested to somebody that they might want to start…