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 […]

Bits & Pieces

This article is a compilation of Bits & Pieces of information and specials going that I thought you might be interested in.

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My friend Starlene Stewart is launching a new book and offering it at a 40% discount until March 25 UPDATE Extended until March 31.

Baking with […]

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

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

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

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 […]

Book Review: Your Custom Homestead– 2 Thumbs Up

“Wherever you live right now– a high-rise, a mobile home, the end-of-a-cul-de-sac, or ten acres– that is your homestead.”

This is absolutely one of the best lines I have ever read! Your Custom Homestead by Jill Winger of The Prairie Homestead is a spectacular eBook.

Jill takes us through a 21 day plan to organize […]

Naturally Leavened Muffins

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 […]

Design a Sourdough Muffin

A few years ago I shared my basic muffin formula. This is an adaptation from the muffin formula in The Complete Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyczyn. I changed the original formula to allow for soaking the grains (in order to reduce the phytic acid and other anti-nutrients). I expanded on the details of this basic […]

Homemade Cracker Jacks

“Take me out to the ball game. Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks. I don’t care if I ever come back…”

Do you like those Cracker Jack things that come in a box with a little prize? Or how about Fiddle Faddle? If those are something you enjoy, you will love this!

This […]

7 More Ways to Increase Food Storage- Real Food Style

When I went into town the other day, gas was 14 cents a gallon more than it had been the previous week. 14 cents! That is a huge jump in a short amount of time. I was reviewing some of my grocery receipts and in just a few months time, many of the regular items […]

How to fit 18 Chickens on one Shelf of a Side-by-Side Freezer

Recently, I wrote an article on food storage. I mentioned in that article that we use our freezer as part of our food storage plan. We have a large chest freezer and the side-by-side freezer that is part of the refrigerator/freezer combination. This past year to maximize our freezer space we decided to not just […]