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Monday, November 30, 2015

Oregano Oil ~ Antibiotic Substitute

  When we are talking about Oregano Oil we are not talking about the kitchen type oregano. The true Oregano to use is Origanum Compactum.

Here are some recipes to use for a natural antibiotic.

Recipe #1

10 drops of lemon essential oil

8 drops of mountain savory

3 drops of Oregano oil

Put into "00" Empty Gelatin Capsules and take 2 capsules 1 time a day

Recipe #2

4 drops of Oregano oil

2 drops of frankincense

12 drops of thieves ( proprietary blend)

Put into "00" Empty Gelatin Capsules and take 1 3 times a day

Recipe #3

5 drops of oregano oil

5  drops of thieves ( proprietary blend)

Put into "00" Empty Gelatin Capsules and fill the remainder of the capsule with peppermint oil. Take this with food , 2 times a day.

I am not a doctor and you need to seek medical council before trying something like this, but they are all natural and I have found that they work very well. I do not like the idea of going to a dr and them giving out antibiotics for every single thing! Not good at all. They give  out antibiotics a lot of times for stuff that doesn't even need antibiotics.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Water Dowsing

My grandfather was a huge believer in dowsing. We lived out in the boondocks and he used it to find water for their well.

He always told me that he only dowsed for need. If he felt like he was tired or not relaxed enough to dowse then he would stop. Either let someone else do it or wait until he felt that the answers were coming naturally. I can still see him walking slowly around the 3 acres they had looking for water. He went over it a few times to make sure and each time he got the same answer and they had water the whole time they were out there! 

You can get a ton of information online about dowsing for water and go from there. 

Food Storage Recipe - Oatmeal Milk Frozen Coffee

We love making and drinking Oatmeal Milk! My daughter takes it and makes these frozen coffee drinks that are absolutely delicious!! Plus saves you the money that you would have spent on a frappe out of the home. They are over $3.00 , so if you buy one everyday that is at least $20.00 a week that you are saving. They can be even more at some places.

All you need is 1 cup of coffee that you had frozen.

2 cups of your homemade oatmeal milk

1 cup of ice

Put all of this in the blender and turn it on high.

Blend until the ice is all blended up well.

Pour into your big cup and enjoy.

These are extra good in the summer , but we drink them all year long. We also enjoy ice cream more in the winter also.

What types of "summer" foods do you enjoy in the winter???

Monday, November 23, 2015

Better Off

Library book sales are an awesome place to get some great books to read. I found this gem today...Better Off: Flipping the Switch on Technology (P.S.).

What is the least we need to achieve the most? With this question in mind, MIT graduate Eric Brende flipped the switch on technology. He and his wife, Mary, ditched their car, electric stove, refrigerator, running water, and everything else motorized or "hooked to the grid," and spent eighteen months living in a remote community so primitive in its technology that even the Amish consider it antiquated.

Better Off is the story of their real-life experiment to see whether our cell phones, wide-screen TVs, and SUVs have made life easier -- or whether life would be preferable without them. This smart, funny, and enlightening book mingles scientific analysis with the human story to demonstrate how a world free of technological excess can shrink stress -- and waistlines -- and expand happiness, health, and leisure.

Food Storage Recipe - Pinto Bean pie

This just goes to show you that there are very many things that can be done with pinto beans. Like the Pinto Bean Fudge.Learn to make them all. This adds a lot of variety to your food storage recipes. Not just boring pots of bean. Make stuff that your family will love.


2 eggs -  well beaten

1 cups of sugar

1 cup of cooked and mashed pinto beans

1 cup evaporated milk

1/2 cup of shredded coconut

2 teaspoon vanilla

1/8 teaspoon salt

Mix all of the ingredients together very well and pour into a pie dish that has a pie crust in it. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

When it cools serve it with whip cream.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Update on decluttering!

3 bedrooms and i actually got the huge pile down to this! Feel so much better! Went from a truckload to a car load! This is going to make it so much easier to get off-grid and move into camper for the time it takes to build something. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Sewing to Save While Times Are Tough

No matter which country, state, or city you live in, many may be experiencing hard economic times. Experts report that things are expected to get worse before they get better. With many struggling to put food on the family tables or clothes on their backs, they are putting more thought into how they can still enjoy their hobbies without spending their life savings. If sewing or crafting is your hobby and you find that fabric and notions are quite expensive, here are a few tips and pointers that will ease the burden on the pocketbook.

1. Recycle. Before throwing out clothes that are too small, showing signs of wear, or aren't the latest style, think about how you can repurpose the item. Zippers, buttons, and elastic can all be used again and may be just the perfect match for future endeavors.

2. Use up what you have. Most people who sew have accumulated fabrics over time through bargains, coupons, or the fabric that you just couldn't live without. Dig through your stash and revive those fabrics, patterns, and pattern books that have been accumulating dust and use this opportunity to be creative.

3. Take advantage of bargains and coupons from sewing centers and websites to purchase patterns and designs that you have been eyeing for months. Check the clearance corners for phenomenal deals on fabrics and other items. Thrift stores, garage sales and exchanging with friends can turn up fabulous sewing finds. However, thread is something that you will want to pass on at garage sales or thrift stores, as thread weakens over time and will not produce quality stitches.

4. Freebies. Free items are always the best! The internet is a treasure trove of free patterns and tutorials. You just need to be willing to hunt and search for them. Pinterest is the latest and greatest site to find ideas, patterns, tutorials and numerous other visions.

5. Used sewing machines are a great way to get started. You don't need a machine that costs more than your car until you see if you enjoy the hobby and are creative and capable to follow-through and finish projects. You may lose interest which also means your investment is lost. The more simple the machine, the less to break or go wrong. And simple machines can last for many years.

6. Do your own alterations. Simple alterations can make ready-to-wear clothing fit much better by adding simple darts and seams to blouses, dresses, and pants. Hemming pants or making simple dresses can be very beneficial to a budget. Introducing the craft of sewing at a young age can also be advantageous because there is less intimidation of a sewing machine and a sense of accomplishment when your project is complete boosts self-esteem.

7. Be resourceful. Thrift stores are phenomenal sources for fabric. For instance, menswear has become a huge trend in home décor items. Items such as a plain or pinstripe men's shirts can be made into a cute throw pillow or a white canvas crafted into a couch slipcover. Buttons and zippers can be removed from old clothing to save on the cost of sewing notions. Bed sheets can be used for pattern making, and oftentimes garage sales have bags of fabric and other items for a few dollars.

8. Enroll in sewing classes, tutorials, or teach yourself. Many sewing centers offer classes for all levels and often give discounted rates with the purchase of a sewing machine. It is important, however, to remember that there are many free online sewing tutorials to view. Once you learn the basics, you may be able to teach yourself.

9. Buy basic and embellish. Buy a simple shirt at your discount store and embellish to fit with the times. Beads, buttons, and ribbons can do wonders in making something look flashy, classy and up-to-date.

10. Sew your basic needs. We all need a few basic accessories such as scarves, hats, towels, blankets, and mittens. If you find discounted fabric, you can make a blanket in 15 minutes or less and, if the fabric is durable and of good quality, it will last for many years. Make up some items to give as gifts or re-engineer some older stained shirts or jeans into a t-shirt or blue jean quilt and gift it as something they will treasure and use for many years to come.

So, instead of always stepping out for retail therapy, try a creative, crafty therapy instead. Create your own clothes or household items. Buy from thrift stores and make an old drab shirt come to life again, or snip and stitch for an afternoon and make up some Christmas gifts for your sister-in-law, mother, husband, or kids.
It's a tough world out there and a penny saved is a penny earned. As an alternative to spending your afternoon shopping at the Gap for the perfect color of a t-shirt, reclaim your fabrics, fashion-forward and embellish your garments for the latest retro fit and design. You'll be glad you did and you'll save money while you energize yourself with some creative juices. Who can argue with that? is an online fabric store featuring collections of quilting fabric, flannel fabric, specialty fabric, notions and batting.

Сamping recipes: 2 in 1 Outdoor Kitchen Recipes that will make you cook like a PRO Box Set: Camping Essentials Cookbook + Outdoor Cooking Essentials

When you are off-grid, or camping, or planning on how you will cook after SHTF, you have to have a good book that has camping recipes and how to cook with no power. You have to get Сamping recipes: 2 in 1 Outdoor Kitchen Recipes that will make you cook like a PRO Box Set: Camping Essentials Cookbook + Outdoor Cooking Essentials (DH kitchen 101) now while it is FREE for the kindle.

We have taken special care in choosing camping recipes that are easy to pack for and simple to make on any campfire. We hope you enjoy the delicious flavors of the great outdoors!

You should not miss out on fresh cooked camp food recipes. These easy 50 campfire cooking recipes are sure to tickle your taste buds and have you jumping for joy on your next camping trip.

Explore the amazing world of camp food and discover the deliciousness hidden within the easy campfire recipes.

  • 50 camping essentials recipes

  • Each of the recipes have easy to follow steps allowing anyone to make them in no time at all

  • Bring some awesomeness to your camping kitchen

Tried, Tested and SO GOOD!

These recipes have all been tried out by us and we LOVE each and every one of them.
So what are you waiting for?! Get to it and satisfy your camping foods cravings!

Scroll Up, Buy Now & Start Outdoor Cooking. You're Gonna Absolutely Love These Camping Food Ideas

This book is great for you:

  • If you love camping activities but don't know where to get started with campfire cooking

  • If you have never heard about easy camp food but want to learn more

  • If you’re campfire cooking Veteran who just want to add more delicious recipes to their arsenal

So Next Time You Have a Party or a Get Together...

Be sure to grab one of my favorite Outdoor Kitchen recipes, blow the minds of your guests and keep them coming for more.

Some of the recipes that you'll find in this book are:

  • By the Fire Apples

  • Flip Out Trail Sandwiches

  • Gorgonzola Basil Burger

  • Camping Feral Potatoes

  • S’more Apples

  • Viking Eggs on the Grill

  • Bingo Bango Grilled Sausages with Potatoes and Green Beans

  • Cowboy Bluez Casserole

  • Sweet, Hot and Spicy Jerky

  • Alabama Fire Crackers

And these are just a few that are included in this fantastic outdoor kitchen recipes book set.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Homemade Carpet Deodorizer

This is something that every household with kids and pets should use. It is natural and safe. Not any crazy unpronounceable chemicals!


10 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil

10 drops of Lemon Essential Oil

20 drops of Lavender Essential Oil

16 ounces of baking soda.

Mix all of the essential oils into the baking soda thoroughly. The lemon essential oil could stain your light colored carpets if you do not mix them together completely.
Sprinkle it on the carpet and let it set for about 20 minutes and then vacuum.

Store in a container and use whenever.

Have A Sore Throat? Have A Hot Toddy.

I have been suffering with a cough and sore throat for a week now and it is worse at night. This is what I made the other night so that I could sleep. It worked.


1 1/4 cup of orange juice

2 teaspoons of lemon juice

2 teaspoons of honey

1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

1 shot of rum

Mix the first 4 ingredients in a saucepan and bring it ALMOST to a boil. Just let it get hot.

Turn off the heat and add the rum.

Pour into a large mug and drink it while it is still hot.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Coconut Oil Uses

The anti-properties of organic coconut oil are many: anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial. It's amazing that something found in nature can be so good for so much. This tropical oil has many uses, which is what I will go over in this article.

It can be consumed in the daily diet or used as an all natural beauty product for the skin and hair. I, personally, use it both ways mainly because I love the way I feel and look. I will go over how organic coconut oil can be used for personal care, oral health, for babies, general health and wellness, and applied externally to the skin.

For personal use, or as an effective beauty product, organic coconut oil can be used effectively as an eye cream for bags, wrinkles, and puffy eyes, as a head to toe moisturizer, as a preparation for the skin before and after shaving, as an effective deodorant, and hair conditioner.

I use it to moisturize my whole body after my morning shower. Occasionally, I will massage into my ends and leave in for 20 minutes before washing out. This protects my hair against split ends and just keeps it looking healthy. It really works great as an all day effective deodorant by adding some to baking soda and applying under the armpits.

I am going to brag about how great organic coconut oil is for oral health. I put a little on my toothbrush with some regular toothpaste every night when I brush my teeth and in the morning. My last dental appointment showed I had three cavities. Well, after having them taken cared of, my next dental visit six months later and after six months of brushing with organic coconut oil... no cavities. It really works.

Some other uses for personal care include: lip moisturizer, massage oil, make-up remover, all natural and safe personal lubricant, and body scrub when mixed with sugar and massaged into the skin, then rinsed off. It will also form a protective layer over cuts and scrapes while speeding up the healing process. Also excellent to stop the itching and burning associated with bug bites.

For mom and baby, it can be used as an effective nipple cream to help heal and nourish dry, sore, and cracked nipples due to breastfeeding. Mom can apply to baby's bum to treat diaper rash. If the baby has cradle cap, applying it daily will help nourish the scalp and eliminate it. Breastfeeding moms can consume 3 1/2 tablespoons per day to enrich the milk supply.

Did I mention that it can be used to treat different skin conditions when applied externally and when taken internally. These include psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema. For general health and wellness, it will help the body to absorb minerals and vitamins, stimulate the metabolism, and help with digestive problems including irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn's Disease.

The medium chain fatty acids in the coconut oil make it responsible for increasing the metabolism, giving you lots of energy, improve thyroid function, help the body to reduce fat, increase muscle, and assist with weight loss and controlling cravings. It will also help to level the blood sugar.

When taken internally, some more uses for coconut oil include: hot flashes, hemorrhoids, kills head lice, thrush, HIV, gallbladder pain, mononucleosis, painful menstruation, kills parasites, candida, autism, high cholesterol, chronic fatigue, circulation, depression, and give you a stronger immune system.

When applied topically, organic coconut oil helps with athlete's foot, canker sores, herpes, genital warts, acne, and sore muscles. Wow!! Don't worry, it's easy to include it into your daily diet. Simply use it in place of butter and oil used for cooking, sauteing, baking, and in all recipes. I add to my coffee, tea, or fruit smoothie.

You can even feed to your pets, cats and dogs. It is just as healthy for them as it for you. It can be added to their water or food bowls every day. Who knew organic coconut oil can be good so many things and have so many uses. It's something that can be easily found in any organic health food store or online. When are you getting yours?

Hi, my name is Melissa. I enjoy writing about the benefits of organic coconut oil mainly because there are so many. I started using coconut oil six months ago and I have come to love it. I use it everyday internally and externally. I really don't have any major health issues but it's good to know that my daily use of coconut oil may be protecting me and strengthening my immune system. To learn all the many benefits of organic coconut oil, please visit my website: []

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Going Off-Grid

We are very close to going totally off-grid. Have a piece of land lined up , a camper, and a truck. We will be all set. We have been looking for Solar Power items online and are going to have to get a Composting Toilet. We will be ok with that. The place we are looking at has awesome cell phone service and we will have the solar power for lights etc. I can't wait! In my mind we are already moved. It will be so great to live off the land and be free of utilities. Have a home where we can have freedom!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Very Surprised At How Well This Heats

I bought one of these a while ago and first thing that my hubby said was, "There is no way that will heat the whole house!". Well , it has been really unseasonably warm here and we just now got to try this out. It was 29 the other night and windy. I turned this on in the kitchen before we went to bed. I got up in the middle of the night, dreaming I was in a desert dying of thirst. This Duraflame DFS-450-2 Carleton Electric Stove with Heater, Black really worked. Now , I do have to say - we are in a very small house. About 1000 square feet. If that much. So if you have a bigger house I would get 2 of these and have at the ends. Or just have in a room and keep door closed. We haven't even gotten our gas turned on yet. This is surprisingly working so well. I had bought 2 of these Lasko 5307 Oscillating Ceramic Tower Heater, 16-Inch to put in the bedrooms just in case the "fireplace" didn't heat well enough on its own. But, these Lasko 5307 Oscillating Ceramic Tower Heater, 16-Inch work very well, also. A couple of weeks ago we had our first frost warning overnight and we just used the small one in bedroom and it actually kept the whole house warm.Very surprised how well electric heaters work now. I can remember when I was a kid we had a heater for the bathroom and it never did even knock the chill off. It was awful. They have really come a long way in making these heaters work very well and they have great safety features also.

Woman's Survival Guide

Woman's Survival Guide: 8 Things You Must Know to be Ready for Any Disaster (Survival Guide books, survival guide for beginners, survival guide for the modern world) was a free kindle book when this post was written. Fill your kindle with survival books. Learn more about Off-grid Kindles here!

Typically underrated during times of disasters, women are the backbone of communities and families. Throughout history and in many cultures, women are looked at to perform passive roles. It is now known that women are more than just nurturers and providers during disasters—they stand alongside their male counterparts or even, at times alone, actively being the glue to keep their families and loved ones out of harm’s way.

Being prepared for a disaster can determine how you act during the real situation. Survival Guide for Women: Get Your Family Ready for Any Disaster not only identifies potential disasters, but is also a step by step how to guide on what to do should you find yourself in disastrous situations with your family. Arm yourself with the knowledge of what to do before, during, and after any situation.

With this manual, women will find themselves ready for any situation, regardless of the severity.

Topics discussed include the following:

  • A brief discussion on women’s roles during times of disasters
  • What is a disaster
  • How to prepare your home for any disaster
  • Hurricanes and major storms
  • Tornadoes
  • Earthquakes
  • Cold Weather Disasters
  • Fires
  • Road Accidents
  • Key Elements of a Circuit Breaker

Security LIghting

My step-son just moved out into the boonies and has no security lighting at all! When the sun goes down it is pitch dark. So, we are getting him one of these Sunforce 82156 60 LED Solar Motion Light to help him out a bit. With being out there all by his self most of the time and then having his kids on the weekends , they have to have something out there to at least give them a bit of lighting outside and to let him know if someone walks up to his house.  Plus, if the power ever goes out , he will still have this light. I think that would shock someone who might walk up onto the house , if they know the power is out , and it is pitch dark. They would walk up there thinking that they could get in and BAM, this would light up and make them think twice about it!!
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