Homemade Dry Italian Seasoning

Homemade Dry Italian Seasoning
Homemade Dry Italian Seasoning

My goal in my family is to replace one pre-packaged, processed thing at a time. While some things seem beyond my reach (ie. a delicious every day bread loaf), some things are beyond easy to replace. Those packages of Italian Seasoning are convenient, and easy, and cheap, but can be made within minutes at home.

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How to Make Homemade Vanilla Extract

Homemade Vanilla Extract
Homemade Vanilla Extract

The number one rule for Homesteading is: “Make Do or Do Without.” Last week found me in another situation of running out of something, and looking up how to make it myself. Vanilla Extract is a staple in my household. I jumped at the opportunity to make my own instead of running to the store to spend money on something artificial.

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Finance 101 For the Homesteader

Finance 101 For the Homesteader
Finance 101 For the Homesteader

Personal finance seems to be one of those hush-hush topics no one’s supposed to talk about. We aren’t taught it in school, your parents may have talked to you about it, but generally it’s a social no-no to bring up.

As homesteaders, we have a unique set of challenges, due to the lifestyle we want/chose. Homesteading and personal finance go hand-in-hand. Oftentimes, it’s due to financial hardships that people want to live life more simply, economically, and homesteader-friendly.

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Gardening 101

Gardening 101
Gardening 101

There are several basic truths when it comes to gardening, regardless of location or plant you’re trying to grow. This is the perfect intro to beginner gardeners, those that claim to have a ‘black thumb’ instead of a green one, or the new homesteader.

Plants need 3 things:

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Make Homemade Italian Breadcrumbs out of Stale Bread

Italian Breadcrumbs
Italian Breadcrumbs
I don’t believe in throwing anything away if I can avoid it. I’m sure most homesteaders (or anyone who has ever had to watch their pennies) would agree. My favorite saying around the house is “waste not – want not.” There’s another use for just about every kitchen scrap, and I love putting them all to good use!

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Wild Edibles: Indian Pipe

Indian Pipe
Indian Pipe

Indian Pipe is one of my favorite plants to find while out in the woods. It’s bright pale coloring makes it seem like something from a fantasy novel. It’s a unique perennial that grows without chlorophyll. The stems grow 4-10 inches tall and are topped by a single, down-turned bell-shaped flower. The whole plant is almost translucent white, but I’ve seen them in varying shades of purple, and pink, too. They usually bloom between June and October.

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What Does Homesteading Mean to You?

What Does Homesteading Mean to You
What Does Homesteading Mean to You

What does homesteading mean? Can someone only homestead on a farm of 100 acres? What about the rest of us,

who rent, or live in the city?

My husband and I live in the suburbs outside of the DC metro area. Currently, the hubs is in the military and has another 9 years until retirement. Our financial plans, our homesteading goals, and our “forever farm” are easily 10 years down the road.

So what does homesteading mean to us, and how do we achieve it in our current situation? Homesteading is measured in mindset, not numbers of acres or chickens.

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Chicken Broth Recipe for Canning

Chicken Broth Recipe For Canning
Chicken Broth Recipe For Canning

This recipe couldn’t be simpler. It’s incredibly healthy, easy to make, frugal and full of home-grown goodness! What could be better?!

I keep a large ziploc bag in my freezer whose sole purpose is to house cooking throw-aways for use in my broth recipe. All of the chicken bones, end bits of carrots, celery, onions, un-used garlic cloves, mushroom tips, just about everything. Once this bag gets big enough, I simply throw it in a crockpot, fill to the brim with water, and let simmer on low for 24 hours. This pulls all the nutrients and goodies out from the leftover foods, so you are sure you’re getting every last bit of goodness before throwing it away.

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Top 10 Favorite Freezer-Friendly CrockPot Meals

Freezer Friendly Crockpot Meals
Freezer Friendly Crockpot Meals

Several good girlfriends of mine have recently under-gone major life changes. One’s husband just lost his job and is having difficulties finding employment. Another quit her full time job to homestead and raise their daughter. They both recently asked for my list of freezer-friendly crockpot recipes.

No matter what your personal situation, there will always be days when you don’t have the time or energy to cook dinner. Instead of ordering out, these freezer-friendly meals are a cheap, healthy, homemade and are here to save the day!

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