August 22, 2016 Lauren Dibble 2Comment

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. (more…)

August 15, 2016 Lauren Dibble 1Comment

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. (more…)

July 25, 2016 Lauren Dibble

  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! (more…)

July 4, 2016 Lauren Dibble 2Comment

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…

June 27, 2016 Lauren Dibble 2Comment

An invasive species to the US, Japanese Knotweed is native to Japan, China and Korea. It was brought to Europe and the US as a decorative landscaping element. (more…)

June 20, 2016 Lauren Dibble

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! (more…)

June 6, 2016 Lauren Dibble 3Comment

Another one to add to my list of things you should stop buying and start making, ever since I learned how to make my own pasta sauce, I’ve never had to buy another jar! The hubby is a HUGE fan of spaghetti. Like…he wants his last meal on Earth to be spaghetti and meatballs. I love a man who’s easy to please! While he grew up on canned Prego, he now prefers my version better! And it’s easily canned to use all winter long! (more…)

May 2, 2016 Lauren Dibble 1Comment

How to Propagate Basil From Cuttings My first stumbling venture into permaculture, the idea of creating a sustainable, never-ending supply of resources, was in propagating basil cuttings. I love harvesting seeds or propagating new plants from existing ones. You have an endless supply of free plants at your finger tips with just a bit of knowledge. (more…)

January 11, 2016 Lauren Dibble 1Comment

It’s time for a homesteader’s confession. Homemade bread is hard to make! I’ve attempted to make it a dozen times, only to have it come out hard as a brick. Literally, one batch I tried to make in a bread machine (foolproof, right??) was so hard and dense, the dog had a hard time breaking into it. (more…)

December 28, 2015 Lauren Dibble 1Comment

Homemade Ketchup is one of those rare recipes that actually tastes better when made at home! Ketchup is a weakness of mine, especially, that I find myself craving at odd times. I’m convinced my body is craving the licopene that is found in high concentrates in ketchup…or at least that’s what I tell myself. (more…)