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Make your own DIY Blanket Ladder

I recently discovered the concept of “hygge,” the Danish concept. Pronounced “hooga,” this doesn’t quite have an English translation, is roughly close to “coziness,” but means so much more. Hygge is “creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people.” A big way to achieve this in your home is lots … Continue reading »

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10 Things to Do in Alaska in December

Ah, December in Alaska, when the short days get even shorter and daylight is a thing of the past for northern parts of the State. But we Alaskans don’t let that slow us down! There is still so much to do and enjoy all over the State. Check out these 10 Things to Do in … 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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4 Ways to Be a Good Steward of the Earth

I am by no means a “greenie” or an environmentalist. I’ve seen organizations do both good and bad under these titles. Instead, I believe in being a good steward of the earth.   Genesis 1:28 says, “And God blessed them (Adam and Eve) and said to them, ‘Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, and … Continue reading »

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Cooking from Scratch is Scary

Cooking from scratch is scary, or at least I used to think so. I’ve often told the hubby that I married him because he can cook (he used to cook in restaurants.) I can bake. I’ve been baking since my early teens and my mom decided at that point I was the house baker (except … Continue reading »

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Blueberry Rhubarb Lemonade Popsicles

It’s been hot. Well, it’s been hot by this Alaska girl’s standards. Mid-70’s in the shade, and I’ve spent the week in the non-shaded garden trying to get all my starts in the ground asap. Finally almost done! But I’ve been needing something to cool off. Ice cream is easily the first thing that comes … Continue reading »

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