I haven't done a product review before, but I just have to tell you about the new vacuum I bought. Exciting, I know... so some basic facts first. I have two long haired Border collies, 4 cats, and a husband who works in construction and outside in general. So it doesn't take much imagination to … Continue reading A vacuum that handles pet hair!
Anyone can do container gardening - on a table, in a window, on a deck or porch or in a garden setting. From the smallest, maybe a pot of two of herbs in a window, to a garden that is 25 x 40'....if you want to have some fresh plants, herbs or flowers, I am … Continue reading Container Gardening
Video post. Source: Temporary Root Cellar Using a 5gal Bucket
This is my favorite dry rub for meats - great on ribs, steaks and chicken. It's both sweet and smoky and a bit spicy. This will make about 1.25 cups. 1/4 cup smoke paprika 1/4 packed brown sugar 1/4 cup ground cumin (if you grind your own, so much the better) 1/4 c coarse sea … Continue reading Fox Pines Meat Rub
My mom always had a grease container in the fridge that we poured bacon fat into. It was just a give, something that tasted great could be reused in other ways. Since then, fats have been banned as unhealthy, but really animal fats are a healthy kind of fat, especially compared to some manufacturer fats … Continue reading Bacon Grease Is Liquid Gold
Everyone, from individuals to businesses to your homestead, should have an emergency preparedness plan. Don't think you will have any emergency? Consider items beyond what we normally consider "emergencies" or disasters, like flooding, a hurricane, a tornado, or the like. The Red Cross has a list of emergencies. Here in the Adirondacks heavy icing can … Continue reading Is your Homestead Prepared?
My grandmother used to use this phrase. It's from the depression era, in a time when flour came in sacks that could be re-used to make aprons or other items. It was a time when food, clothing and work was lean. People learned to re-purpose all kinds of items, and in some cases, adjust to … Continue reading Use it up, Wear it out, Make it do or Do Without
I have Rheumatoid arthritis. I was diagnosed in 2000, but I probably had it long before that. It flared dramatically after having Lyme's disease. It's difficult working full time with RA, and the homestead work is no exception. Sore joints in the morning, limited movements, and swollen joints all inhibit what I feel like doing. … Continue reading Coping with RA on the Homestead