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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Seed Saving Tips & Techniques

This was a free kindle book when I wrote this post. Hopefully, Seed Saving Tips & Techniques, still is free. This is something that I want to learn how to do. I am going to have a bigger garden this season and want to be able to seed save!

Most keen gardeners decide at some stage that they want to save their own seed. Raising your own seedlings is extremely satisfying. I still find it so exciting and heart-warming when I grow beautiful, healthy plants from seed that I have collected myself. Watching a seed germinate, become a seedling, and then mature gives me such joy and deep satisfaction. It is witnessing and participating in the miracle of life!

I want to share with you how to save yourself a small fortune by collecting your own seeds and saving them for the next gardening season. This is a guide to getting the best results when saving your own seeds.

In this book you'll learn:

How to avoid common mistakes

Know that you are growing totally organically

Learn about germination requirements for plant families

Plant life cycles

Seed viability, pollination and isolation distances

Best ways to store your seeds

Since this is free for your Kindle , you ought to get it! Great thing to know how to do to be more self-sufficient and also a great addition to your survival book library. My Kindle is full of survival and cooking books.

Quick Tip - Fresh Garlic Oil

We all have been pretty lucky in my household and havn't had any colds or the flu that it going around, but we have all had earaches. It is pretty hard to go to the doctor - it is so high just to get looked at and then get anti-biotics that do not even work. So I used this. It is great for earaches and you use it as an ear drop for the pain.

Fresh Garlic Oil

Fresh Organic Garlic

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1. Place 1-2 Cloves of garlic in a clean glass jar. 2. Add enough oil to cover. 3. Tightly cap and shake. 4. Place the jar in a paper bag to protect from light, and place in a sunny window. Allow to infuse for four days, shaking frequently. 5. Strain out the garlic and continue as with the heat method.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Food Storage Recipe - He-Man Meat & Vegetable Soup

Great vintage recipe that I found and tried. It is actually really good and it is hearty. Fill you up and stay filled up. A very satisfying supper.

He-Man Meat & Vegetable Soup

1 pound soupbone

1 cup of dried lima beans

1 large carrot, diced

1 large turnip, diced

1 can of corn

1 bay leaf

3 stalks celery, sliced

2 potatoes, diced

1 onion, sliced

2 cups chopped cabbage

1 16 ounce can of whole tomatoes

salt and pepper to taste

Put lima beans on to soak. Wash the soupbone, cover with cold water. Cook slowly for about 3 hours. Add the seasonings and beans the last half hour. Remove the bone and skim of the fat. Return to a boil and add the vegetables, EXCEPT the corn and cabbage. Cook about a half hour and then add the corn and cabbage. Cook about 15 minutes more. Remove the bay leaf. Add any meat pieced from the bone and serve very hot.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Food Storage Recipe - No-Knead Oatmeal Bread

Easy bread recipe. Anyone can make this.

No-Knead Oatmeal Bread

1 cup oats

2 cups of milk

1 tablespoon melted butter

1 package of yeast dissolved in half a cup of warm water

Half a cup of molasses

2 1/2 teaspoon salt

4 1/2 cup of sifted flour

Pour the hot milk over the oats and let stand until it is lukewarm. Add the yeast, molasses, salt, butter, and half of the flour. Beat this well. Stir in the remaining flour. Cover this and set in warm place, allow it ro rise. When light , pour into greased bread pans and let rise again until they are doubled. Bake in a hot 425 degree oven for 15 minutes and then reduce the heat to 350 degrees. Continue baking for another 35 minutes or until golden brown.

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Food Storage Recipe - Chicken A La King

This is a great way to use up left over chicken or to use your freeze dried chicken in. Like I have before. Just make the chicken up like it says to do on the #10 can. You could also use canned chicken in this recipe too, if that is all that you have on hand. I have used my Keystone canned chicken before in this and it was yummy. But this is a great recipe and good on toast. I had some Texas toast in the freezer that really worked good too.

Chicken A La King

3 (10.75 ounce) cans condensed cream of chicken soup

3 (10.75 ounce) cans condensed cream of mushroom soup

2 cups water

1 (15 ounce) can peas

1 pound boneless chicken breast , cooked and diced or use your freeze dried chicken. Or canned chicken.

Combine cream of chicken soup, cream of mushroom soup and water in a large pot or saucepan over medium low heat. Add chicken and cook, stirring, until heated through. Stir in peas, heat through, and serve over toast. This is such an easy and quick recipe. Serve it with a salad and you have a meal that your family will be asking for often. This is so easy though, that your kids could even make it for you.

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

One Acre Homestead

Do you dream of self-sufficiency, but you don't know if you'll ever own enough land to start a homestead?

One Acre Homestead: Planning for Self-Sufficiency and Financial Independence offers a detailed look at how one family can sustainably produce their own food on a one acre lot. In this book, the author attempts to answer the question "is self-sufficiency really possible on one acre of land?" by reflecting on her own journey and her family's one acre homestead design.

She considers the notion of self-sufficiency in terms financial independence and sustainable food production, boldly urging readers to reconsider their perspectives about the economy, take back their workday and put their energy to use by increasing the value of their own households. One-Acre Homestead features a simplified permaculture design for a one acre farm that produces the majority of the resident's food. Instead of investing in expensive livestock, the author recommends that homesteaders raise poultry, practice forest gardening and grow trees for biomass production in order to practice a no-till, sustainable gardening system. She claims that the homestead doesn't have to provide 100% of everything a family uses, but gardening zones should be established so that production can be maximized to meet the majority of a family's food needs in a crisis year.

As of this writing, One Acre Homestead, was free for the kindle.

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Food Storage Recipe - CHILI MEATLOAF AND POTATO CASSEROLE (Cowboy Meatloaf)

This is another recipe that can be altered a bit using your freeze dried items. Easy to make , quick, and good.

MEATLOAF:

* 1 1/2 lbs hamburger meat

* 3/4 cup onion, finely chopped

* 1/3 cup saltine cracker crumbs

* 3 tablespoons milk

* 1 tablespoon chili powder

* 3/4 teaspoon salt

POTATO TOPPING:

* 3 cup prepared mashed potatoes

* 1 can whole kernel corn with red and green peppers, drained (11 oz.)

* 1/4 cup green onions, thinly sliced

* 1/2 to 1 cup taco seasoned cheese, shredded

How To Put It Together

1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. In large bowl, combine meatloaf ingredients, mixing lightly but thoroughly; gently press into bottom of 9-inch square baking pan, Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until center is no longer pink. Carefully pour off drippings.

2. Meanwhile in medium bowl, combine all topping ingredients except cheese. Spread over meatloaf to edges of pan; sprinkle with cheese. Broil 3 to 4 inches from heat for 3 to 5 minutes or until top is lightly browned. Cut into 6 rectangular servings.

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Chicken Raising And Caring: Raising Backyard Chickens for Beginners

As of the posting of this, Chicken Raising And Caring: Raising Backyard Chickens for Beginners, was free. Great addition to the survival book library. Chicken raising in the small scale is gaining popularity now a day. As people want to be more sustainable, the idea of raising chickens in the backyard is becoming more appealing.

Is chicken raising difficult? What breed is perfect for laying eggs, meat or for both? How much space should be allocated for each of the chickens?

So if you are curious about chicken raising and have so many questions on how to get started then “Chicken Raising And Caring: Raising Backyard Chickens for Beginners” is the one guide that can teach you what you need to know about:

Chapter 1: Know your chickens – behavior, breed and biology

Chapter 2: Advantages of Raising Your Own Chickens

Chapter 3: Efficient Ways to Keep the Temperature of the Coop Right for the Chickens

Chapter 4: How to sanitize your chicken coop

Chapter 5: Choosing the Right Breed for Egg Production or for Chicken Meat

What type of breed is hardy and appropriate for the Northeast winter/summer extreme climate?

Chapter 6: Ways to Keep Pests/Predators away from Your Chickens

Chapter 7: How to Mate Chickens, Incubate Eggs and Hatch New Chicks

Chapter 8: Steps on How to Introduce Chicks or New Chickens to the Old Flock

Chapter 9: Nutritious feeds and supplements for chicks and chickens

Chapter 10: Tips to Keep Your Chicks and Chickens Healthy

Chapter 11: Most Common Chicken Diseases and Problems

Chapter 12: Ways to Care for a Sick Chicken

Chapter 13: Effective steps to increase egg production

Chapter 14: Checklist of Chores You Need to Do Daily to Manage Healthy and Happy Chickens

Get a copy of this eBook now and start raising your own chickens in your backyard!

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Food Storage: Preserving Meat, Dairy, and Eggs

As of this writing, Food Storage: Preserving Meat, Dairy, and Eggs, was free. There are a lot of books about food preserving but what sets this book apart is that each food and all the methods for preserving that particular food are described in their own chapters. The active Table of Contents allows you to click on a subject and go right to it. The book includes parts I and II: Part I is an explanation of all the preserving methods, how to do them, and what you’ll need: Canning, Dehydrating, Freezing, Salting, Brining, Sugaring, Smoking, Pickling, and Fermenting, as well as some not-as-often heard of ones as Ash, Oil, and Honey for preservation. Part II starts with meat and works it’s way through beef/venison/elk, pork/bear, goat/sheep, rabbit, chicken, turkey, duck/goose, and fish; then dairy: milk, butter, cheeses, yogurt and sour cream, and finishes with a chapter on preserving eggs. All the methods that work well with each food are explained along with directions for the preparation and processing of that food. There is also information about what doesn’t work and why.

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Carrots, Eggs, or Coffee; "Which are you?"

A young woman went to her grandmother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved a new one arose.

Her grandmother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water. In the first, she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs and the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil without saying a word.

In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her granddaughter, she asked, "Tell me what do you see?"

"Carrots, eggs, and coffee," she replied.

She brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they got soft.She then asked her to take an egg and break it.

After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg.

Finally, she asked her to sip the coffee. The granddaughter smiled, as she tasted its rich aroma. The granddaughter then asked. "What's the point,grandmother?"

Her grandmother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity--boiling water--but each reacted differently.

The carrot went in strong, hard and unrelenting. However after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior. But, after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened.

The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water they had changed the water.

"Which are you?" she asked her granddaughter.

"When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?"

Think of this: Which am I?

Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity, do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?

Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff?

Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and a hardened heart?

Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Kindle Freebie - The Five-Year Guide to Self-Sufficiency

As of this writing , The Five-Year Guide to Self-Sufficiency, was free. The Five-Year Guide to Self-Sufficiency follows a logical progression to move your homestead forward every year in an organized and affordable manner. Over the course of five years, you will learn how to get the most from your land, whether it be half an acre or 100. You'll grow everything from a basic garden bed to a fruitful orchard, pick from a wide variety of livestock ranging from chickens to alpacas, and lead a simpler life with less reliance on fossil fuels. The road may be long and arduous, but there's no need to overwhelm yourself. By taking everything one step at a time, you too can remove yourself from a meaningless culture and improve your quality of life one day at a time.

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Food Storage Recipe - Hubby's Chili

My hubby makes this quick chili whenever he feels like it. It is quick and easy and best of all cheap!!

Hubby's Chili

1 pound of ground beef, cooked up and drained really well

1 can of chili beans , undrained

1 can of diced tomatoes

1 cup of water

1 package of chili seasoning

4 ounces of elbow macaroni - which is about 1 cup cooked

shredded cheese - optional

After draining the ground beef and putting it back into the pot add the beans, tomatoes, water, and seasoning. Bring this to a boil. In another small pot boil the macaroni until it is done. Drain it and add it to the chili. Serve it with Shredded cheese.

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