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Tagged With: healthy

5 Tools Every Gardener Needs and You Do Too

Do you ever go to the hardware store and stop to drool over all the beautiful, shiny gardening tools? It is so easy to get sucked into the newest tool that will change gardening as you know it, that new tool that will do it all, to fill your garden shed with tools that you … Continue reading »

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Making Money on the Homestead – Cottage Laws

There are so many ways to make money on the homestead, which is great, because so many homesteaders are striving to be independent and off the grid, not tied down to the “rat race” in any way. One of the most common is through “Cottage Laws,” which enables the sales of homemade food goods. Cottage … Continue reading »

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Delicious Homemade Potato and Leek Soup

I love Julia Childs. She’s my cooking hero. She’s way too much fun to watch on TV. But when it comes to her potato and leek soup recipe, “simmer the vegetables for 40 to 50 minutes until vegetables are tender”, ain’t nobody got time for that. I like quick, home-after-a-long-day of work recipe instead. I … Continue reading »

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28 Ways to Make Money on the Homestead

It seems these days, no matter how off the grid or self-sufficient you are, you still need money. While the hubby and I still have full time jobs, we dream of the day that we will be more self-sufficient and be able to work for ourselves only. As a start, we do what we can … Continue reading »

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I Want Safe Healthy Lotion. Don’t you?

I don’t wear makeup. I started using only organic shampoo a couple years ago. I make my own conditioner. I avoid flour and sugar that has been bleached. I use unbleached coffee filters. Our bodies are so inundated with unhealthy chemicals from our surroundings and products on a daily basis. It just makes sense to … Continue reading »

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The A to Z of a New Homestead

Homesteading has so many different aspects. No one homesteader does it all, and that’s okay. So many of us add a little bit every year, whether it is making a new food from scratch, or a new animal on the homestead, or working towards moving off-grid. Homesteading is always working towards self-sufficiency in one aspect … Continue reading »

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DIY Chicken Tractor

Last year we raised 15 Cornish Cross meat chickens. I’ll admit, butchering day was tough, but those were the best tasted, totally organic chickens I’ve ever eaten. So this year we decided to up how many we raised. Then Mom asked me to raise a few for them. So this year we’re raising 40 Red … Continue reading »

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10 Things I Stopped Buying From the Store

As homesteaders, the hubby and I share the goal of becoming more and more self-sufficient. The less we have to rely on the grocery store and the barge system bringing things from the Lower 48, the better. Over the past three years, our grocery store list has shrunk. Check out these 10 things I stopped … Continue reading »

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Homemade Apricot BBQ Sauce

The deli at our local grocery store used to give away an apricot BBQ sauce with the chicken tenders. I bought the chicken just so I could get the sauce. I loved it. For whatever reason, they quit carrying it and switched to a boring honey BBQ sauce. No thanks! So I decided it was … Continue reading »

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No Sugar Canned Pears

Fresh fruit in Alaska can get expensive, organic fruit even more so. So when Costco has cases of organic pears for less than $2.50 per pound, you buy a case and get to work on no sugar canned pears.   The hubby isn’t a big fruit person, so most of the fruit in our house … Continue reading »

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