Teri and her husband, Brian, purchased land in Missouri the previous fall, and were setting up their off-grid homestead. I admit I was amazed. They had 2 small children and this was not a week-long camping trip. This was real life.Continue Reading
Why Pressure Can Dried Beans
Canning does have its place, and I do can tomatoes and sauce, and maybe a few jars of applesauce.
And I can dried beans (legumes). That may be surprising, since storing the beans dried is so easy. Here’s my reasoning. Somedays I just like to have something available that’s fast and easy. And cooking dried beans is anything but fast.Continue Reading
After watching the documentary Food Inc., I knew that life would never again be the same. I knew that the grocery store would no longer be the main source of food for our family.
The process has been slow, and not always easy. But it has been worth it. Seriously, not a night goes by that Mike and I do not declare that we sure do eat well. And for that we praise God!
And that’s why I thought I’d pass along these tips that might help to make your journey just a little easier as you reduce your dependence on grocery stores.
Some of the ideas may be obvious; others may be less so. Hope you find them all helpful.Continue Reading
It’s as though our yard knew just what we’d need before we ever moved in. Space for a garden. Two black maple trees to tap. And a big ole fireplace for boiling down the sap.Continue Reading
Rufus was in a cage for 8 months. Out of dozens of cats at the animal shelter, I knew he was the one for us the minute I saw him and without warning, I was crying. Sheesh. Why do I do that?
The transition to our home wasn’t the easiest one for him. He wanted to be friendly, but his fear held him back. All we know about his time before the cage was that he was a stray. All they could tell us about his age was “adult cat”.
At first all Rufus would eat was the junkiest food out there. Food with lots of fillers and grains. We hoped to feed him raw cat food, but we had to let him adjust to his new environment before we could take that step.Continue Reading