Apple Recipes ~ A Baker’s Dozen!

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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 […]

Tomato-y Salad Dressing

Tomato-y Salad Dressing

One of my favorite pantry items is Tomato Powder. This little gem is incredibly useful. Dried, tomato powder may be used in every way that tomato paste is. Simply add water to make a paste. Or add it directly to items to give a tomato flavor. It can even be used to make ketchup, […]

Stock the Pantry: Planning for Frugal Soups and Stews

Creamy Carrot and Apple Soup

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 […]

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 […]

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

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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

Black Beans

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 […]

Interview with KerryAnn from the Living Kitchen

A few days ago KerryAnn Foster from Cooking Traditional Foods interviewed me for her weekly podcast– The Living Kitchen with Jeff and KerryAnn Foster. We had a great time chit-chatting! You can listen to the entire interview right here. We talked about reducing your food budget, food storage, why my family started on […]

Book Review: Real Food Storage

“Then the phone call came. One cold February afternoon, Jeff called to tell me his company did a 20% pay cut across the board. Two months later, it was a 20% reduction in hours on top of that pay cut. Just one month later, I got another afternoon phone […]

Introduction to Food Storage: Heat and Eat Bin

Staying Focused on Preparedness

We recently made a decision to bump up our food storage from keeping three months on hand to twelve months. Something that we started even when having three months of storage was a Heat and Eat Bin. In my Introduction to Food Storage: Why? post I told you about our real life experience of being […]

Introduction to Food Storage: Make a Plan

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I like making lists. I make a ‘to do’ list almost every morning of the things I need to accomplish that day. I make a menu plan nearly every week. When we have a trip or vacation coming up my planning time usually starts several months in advance (yes, I’m already planning for next summer’s […]

Introduction to Food Storage: Why?

What would you do if you could not go to the grocery store? If you were not able to go to the farm and pick up your eggs, meat and milk? And your weekly produce CSA delivery was no longer running? What if all of the restaurants in town were closed?

I’ve read that the […]

Taking the Pantry to the Next Level

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Last month I did a few posts on some of the methods we use for tightening our financial belt as far as food costs are concerned. We are smack in the middle of several months of belt tightening. The reason for this is we have a new debt that we are paying. And that debt […]

Shop the Pantry First– My Method for Menu Planning

For the month of October, we’re focusing on tightening our belt and reducing our food costs. The main thing my family does to help with our food budget is menu planning.

Close to 6 years ago I began meal planning. At that time we were not eating a real foods diet. In fact, the entire […]

Stocking the Real Food Pantry

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This is an exciting season for my husband. It is hunting season. One of the reasons we moved to Wyoming 3 years ago was for the hunting opportunities. My husband, with the help of our 17 year old (Kiki), makes it his goal each year to fill our chest freezer with antelope and venison. This […]

Naturally Leavened Muffins

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A few weeks ago I made a double batch of muffins. I realized as soon as they were in the oven that I’d forgot to add any baking powder or baking soda. Oops.

I expected to end up with stones instead of muffins. I was super surprised to pull beautiful muffins with a terrific rise […]

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