Planning for a Smokehouse

Time for venison chicken fry! We have had a great year for filling our freezer and are definitely enjoying plenty of chicken fried venison and antelope.

One of the things we love about Wyoming is the hunting opportunities. This year our big game hunting was very successful with Joe filling all of his tags; […]

Apple Recipes ~ A Baker’s Dozen!

It’s fall in Wyoming and I have apples on the brain!

Each fall we like to stock up on apples. I often order these by the case from Azure Standard or pick locally from friends. I love to dehydrate apples to have for snacking and baking through the winter but we also enjoy eating […]

A 2nd Cold War?

With the news of Russia having drills for a mock nuclear attack or other large scale catastrophe some are suggesting we are entering a new cold war. Still others say we’re already in a 2nd Cold War (source).

Cold War is term is used to describe the relationship between America and the Soviet Union […]

Going Off Grid

Our Off Grid Plans

We’re building a cabin.

An Off-The-Grid Cabin.

Off grid may have slightly different meanings to different people.

Some people may think that an off grid home or cabin would have nothing, zero, notta, electric.

I’ve seen comments on off grid bloggers posts asking how they can be off grid when they are on the internet. […]

Egg Curry

Egg Curry

Yum! This is a recipe I found on Pinterest that really caught my eye. During the spring and early summer our chickens work overtime laying us lots of eggs. Finding ways to enjoy these eggs is always my goal.

The inspiration recipe is Punjabi Egg Curry from My Heart Beats. At that post she […]

Tomato-y Salad Dressing

Tomato-y Salad Dressing

Amazingly versatile and so handy. Tomato powder is probably one of my favorite pantry items.

This little gem is incredibly useful.

Dried, tomato powder may be used in every way that tomato paste is used and more!

Simply add water to make a paste or add it directly to items to give a tomato […]

Our Outdoor Shower and Solar Water Heater

Our Outdoor Shower and Solar Water Heater

Working in the hot and dusty high desert can really make you long for a shower by the end of the day (or even in the middle). If you don’t have a running water or plumbing set up getting that shower can be a challenge.

In many of the preparedness and off-grid books I’ve read […]

Stock the Pantry: Planning for Frugal Soups and Stews

As I’m writing this post it’s late-June and I have a pot of soup on the stove for supper. Two days ago it was quite warm and more salad weather than soup weather but last night a storm came through and has left a cold dreary day behind. Once again perfect for […]

Salmon Curry

One day while cruising Pinterest a Salmon Curry popped up. I have a fondness for all things curry and had to check it out. The original recipe looked delicious but had many ingredients that we don’t keep on hand — in fact, some of them I’ve never even heard of! But I […]

Homemade “French” Salad Dressing

Homemade "French" Salad Dressing

We’re definitely coming up on salad season. Salad greens are one of the things we tend to grow well in our garden and find easily at the natural grocery store and, later, the farmers market. Plus once it’s too hot to cook a main dish salad is a welcome meal.

When we […]

Staying Focused on Preparedness

Staying Focused on Preparedness

It’s easy to get distracted when there is a large task to be completed. Preparedness is one of those tasks for me. Mainly because it’s a task that in many ways has no end.

We first realized that we were woefully unprepared for things like natural disasters several years ago when a major storm […]

Preserving Milk

This post was originally shared on my short-lived homesteading blog.

Things have changed for us since I originally wrote this post.

 

Did you know that it is believed that cheese making may have started when dairying started? Milk was put in animal bags (usually made out of a […]

5 Favorites

For the past several months I’ve been involved, behind the scenes, in an amazing project. My friend Wardee from GNOWFGLINS put together the Ultimate Survival Bundle. My behind the scenes involvement allowed me a sneak peek at all of the amazing resources Wardee was compiling for the bundle. To say I was in awe at […]

The Untrained Housewife’s Guide to Getting Prepared: Surviving Emergencies Without Stress

Week of June 3, 2013– Order The Untrained Housewife’s Guide to Getting Prepared: Surviving Emergencies Without Stress as part of the Bundle of the Week #23: Homesteading. Get 5 eBooks for $7.40! Click here to learn more.

Several week’s ago I was sent a digital copy of The […]

Black Beans: Cooking and Favorite Meals

You may know that I have a slight obsession with beans. Beans are a wonderfully frugal whole food, they have an excellent nutritional profile, and are extremely versatile. There are hundreds of varieties of beans/legumes available which really helps keep things interesting. Beans also make an excellent addition to your food storage.

For ease of […]