Category: Self Sufficiency Skills

Foraging For Wild Edibles: Henbit

Foraging For Wild Edibles: Henbit

One of the first Spring weeds to pop up is Henbit (Lamium amplexicaule) . I’m sure you’ve seen it, even if you didn’t know what it was. While part of the mint family, henbit doesn’t smell particularly mint-y, but it’s still very fragrant. While it is perfectly safe for us, it can cause issues with horses, sheep and cattle. (All the more reason for us to eat it!) Sign up for our newsletter Food Advertising by

How to Start Seeds Indoors

How to Start Seeds Indoors

The first few years I started my vegetable plants from seeds were a disaster. I anxiously awaited Spring and had such bad cabin fever, I would always start my tomato plants in February! They would also sprout up fast, but fall over before I could transplant them outside. If I did manage to wait, I would plant them and they would immediately die. Sign up for our newsletter

Best Homemade Bread Recipe

Best Homemade Bread Recipe

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. Sign up for our newsletter

How to Use Up All That Pumpkin! Recipes and Preservation Techniques

How to Use Up All That Pumpkin! Recipes and Preservation Techniques

Whether you’ve grown a crop of pumpkins this year, or simply bought some for decoration (like me!) there are tons of great ways to get a second, or even third life out of those pumpkins. You may be sick of pumpkin-spiced coffee creamer – I mean, I can never get enough – but Fall is all about embracing the seasonal squashes, colors and flavors that usher in the cold weather and hoodies. Sign up for our newsletter

Wild Edible: Lion’s Mane

Wild Edible: Lion’s Mane

Lion’s mane is a rock-star in the mushroom foraging realm. It’s easy to spot, easy to cook, there are no poisonous look-a-likes to worry about, and has incredible nutritious and medicinal qualities! What more could you ask for? Sign up for our newsletter

Wild Edibles: Coral Mushrooms

Wild Edibles: Coral Mushrooms

Identification  One of the most beautiful and easily-recognizable mushrooms that are just starting to appear in the woods nearby are Coral Mushrooms. Aptly named, coral mushrooms resemble common corals you would see off the coast. It is characterized by it’s soft tan pr white color, crown-like tips, and the many, thin, branches, bunched together, between two and five inches high. The tips of each branch will be topped with a small crown. Sign up for our newsletter

Victory Garden – Free Download

Victory Garden – Free Download

Victory Gardens (War Gardens) were created and encouraged during WWI and WWII to reduce the demand on food supplies. Civilians were encouraged to plants their own vegetable gardens, in what little land they had, so that produce and rations could be sent to the troops overseas. Across the United States and Europe, young men who had been farming before the wars were recruited into battle and left commercial farms struggling to keep up with demand. Sign up for our newsletter

How To Make Orange Essential Oil

How To Make Orange Essential Oil

I originally found how to make orange essential oil from a beautiful Australian blog called Blah Blah Magazine. It was painfully simple and the first batch I tried came out better than expected. I’ll usually eat an orange or two a day. While I’m eating them, I’ll put the peels aside on my window sill to dry. When I’ve accumulated a large batch, I’ll process them all and make more essential oil. I store what I’ve made in a mason jar and add it to my homemade cleaning supplies to give them a natural, beautiful, clean smell. Sign up for our newsletter