Protect Your Freezer!

How much do you depend on your freezer? So many homesteaders have a freezer full of food!  It’s a big convenience when our gardens ‘come in’ all at once, to be able to freeze extra and then can or dehydrate as the garden wanes and is less productive.  During hunting season, freezers are priceless to…

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Toasting Winter Squash & Pumpkin Seeds

I’m a Pumpkin seed junkie.  I love pumpkin seeds as a snack, sprinkled into porridge, made into crackers.  I add them to vegetable side dishes and stir frys.  And my favorite, mixed with chia seed to top an avocado sprinkled with my homemade fermented Mexican spice mix!  And luckily I fixated on such a healthy…

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DeSkunk Your Dog

Skunk odor!  In your house.  And your garage.  And your yard.  And your…. Hello country folk! Had an incident today that some of you may relate to, or if you do live even in a rural country area, might certainly happen in the future. First of all, I had a family of possums take up residence…

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How To Season Cast Iron

Mention cast iron skillets and the words conjure up an image of Grandma at the cookstove, turning bacon and checking biscuits for a good old fashioned country breakfast.  I’m not a grandma yet but I do love my cast iron! Bacon just doesnt get any crisper than in a well seasoned cast iron skillet.  I…

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Will Composting Save You Money?

Those big beautiful gardens are the envy of the neighborhood, right? Lush, green vegetation, colorful flowers, and big tomatoes. And no matter where you garden, the gardeners themselves will eventually turn the conversation to compost. Compost! That broken down, aged, seemingly magical combination of leaves, manure, and food scraps all come together to make such…

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