Gardening Tip – Mulching the Garden with Straw

Gardening Tip – Mulching the Garden with Straw

We got a very late start in gardening - when we were in Michigan and raising kids, we tried raising a garden. I still remember that photo that we took of the one lone ear of corn. The ground was apparently empty of neutrients because nothing grew - N.O.T.H.I.N.G. Of course, it didn't help that we had no idea what we were doing.   But three years ago we bought a house on an acre of land in Wisconsin that had an old overgrown fenced in garden with grape vines along one side. We tripled it in size last year and have been working on improving the soil.  Why Mulch With Straw? 1. The straw helps keep the moisture from evaporating rapidly from the soil in the heat. 2. The straw helps keep the weeds at bay by limiting the sun exposure to the weed seeds. 3. When the straw decomposes, it adds nutrients to the soil and invites Continue reading

9/11

9/11

"To Islamic Extremists: I know you're watching, so pay attention. You hate my freedom, my religion, and my country... Don't ever confuse me for my politicians or my media. I am an American, free born and free bred.. My freedom is more powerful than anything you can possibly do. I will say what I think, worship according to my beliefs, and raise my children how I see fit. And I defend it all with the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. I cower to no one." Marcus Luttrell - NAVY SEAL (Retired) Continue reading

Helpful Websites for DIY Crisis Prep

Helpful Websites for DIY Crisis Prep

  Since looking into pantry preparedness, I've learned a lot along the way and I'd like to share what I've learned. That led me to ask myself, "Am I negligent in the area of crisis preparedness?" I decided I needed to make a list of the helpful websites I found while investigating the subject of crisis preparedness and share them with you. I might as well put all the hours of reasearch to good use both personally and for others.   I will be adding links as I find sites, products, and tips that are helpful.   Information/Checklists SB Canning on Facebook - Tons of canning information and tips Emergency Essentials Preparedness Checklist - "By making the necessary preparations, you can have the confidence of knowing you and your family will have their needs met in an Continue reading

Essential Oils – Amazing Theraputic Value!

Essential Oils – Amazing Theraputic Value!

  Essential Oils ESSENTIAL OILS!!! This has been a very exciting month for us. We invested (don't ya love it when people say "invested"?) in the Premium Starter Kit for the  Young LIving Essential Oils.   I say "invested" because at first glance, the cost of $150 is enough to warrant the word "invested". It strikes fear in the pocketbook of misers like me. If you know me well it's like trying to squeeze blood out of a turnip to get a buck out of me.   But $150??? No way.   Well, after I read about the benefits of Essential Oils and saw how they worked on some of my kids and grandkids I became a believer!   So my "No way," turned into a "I gotta get me some of them thar oils!"   I kid Continue reading

DIY Cures? Is it Possible to Live Without Traditional Medical Assistance?

DIY Cures? Is it Possible to Live Without Traditional Medical Assistance?

We've not had medical coverage for about 7 years. So when I read about alternative medicine like essential oils, I wondered. I also wonder if we have become so dependent on doctors that we forget to look for ways to heal ourselves naturally. Is it possible? If this new healthcare dealy actually happens (or "doesn't work" is more like it) and we find ourselves without doctors, meds, and/or hospitals, what would we do? I think it's time we explore our options.   Ever thought about using Essential Oils? I know, I know. Just another gimmick to have those little girly parties and make money while chatting with friends. Well, I can't personally guarantee essential oils will work for anyone. I'm new to this schtick. Plus, I'm the world's worst cynic. So often Continue reading

Survival in a Crisis: DIY Prepared Pantry – Meals in a Jar

Survival in a Crisis: DIY Prepared Pantry – Meals in a Jar

We need balance. Food Prep. Emergency Kits. Crisis Planning. BOBs. I've spent a LOT of time reading about prepared pantries, pantry design, emergency planning, etc. Though I see the value in "prepping," I'm maintaining my determination to remain balanced. So, what is a prepared pantry? How much is too much? I'm thinkin' many folks go overboard and spend money and time on prepping at the expense of other responsibities. Yet, I realize by looking around me, myself included, most have done nothing in the area of preparedness. I want to change that and develop the mind set that I can't rely on the grocery store around the corner to always have what I need. I want to be prepared.   source   So, let's strike a balance. I want to challenge you to Continue reading

Survival in a Crisis: DIY Pantry Preparedness – Puttin’ Up for the Winter

Survival in a Crisis: DIY Pantry Preparedness – Puttin’ Up for the Winter

Today I have a treat for you. I have a guest writer, Heather, from The Welcoming House Blog here today to tell you about how she has prepared her pantry. She is prepared for a food crisis, are you? I'm not, but I plan to be, very soon. Good morning to you! As a blogger who covers Food Storage every single week on Food Storage Saturdays, I can tell you that over and over I hear the same three questions or comments in regards to food storage. When Val asked me to guest post for her, I was thrilled simply because this is a subject I love to write on. I love to show people how common sense it is to start and use a food storage system, and how to do it easily and frugally. Food storage, as it is now called, used to be called "saving for a rainy day", "keeping a pantry" or, as my mother colorfully called it Continue reading

Survival in a Crisis: DIY Pantry Preparedness – Pantry Design

Survival in a Crisis: DIY Pantry Preparedness – Pantry Design

Let's talk kitchen pantry. My laptop is in the shop, so please bear with me as I suffer through this next couple of weeks without my MAC. Oh boy, it sure is a pain to use someone else's computer, especially if it throws you back into Windows. I do appreciate my husband lending me his laptop, but oh my, it's hard to use someone else's computer, so hard to use a different keyboard, a different operating system and to be without my programs! No InDesign. No Photoshop! OK, I'll stop complaining and get down to business. Just don't judge me for my crummy photos - no Photoshop, remember? These days I'm talking about being prepared for a crisis and am focusing on having a good food supply. I have a blogger friend writing a guest post on how to prepare your pantry - Continue reading

Survival in a Crisis: DIY Pantry Preparedness – Using Food Dehydrators

Survival in a Crisis: DIY Pantry Preparedness – Using Food Dehydrators

This year I'm focusing on DIY Preparedness for my home and family. How do you think you would do if your family experienced a disaster? Image courtesy of cooldesign / FreeDigitalPhotos.net Earlier this week I addressed the need for an emergency fund as described by Dave Ramsey. Have you considered what you would do if suddenly there was a food shortage in your hometown, state or even across the country? There is a video online that walks you through the need for preparedness - click here to watch it. I will warn you, it's one of those annoying videos that you have to read, can't fast forward or pause. My son-in-law and I bought the booklet they recommended at the end, and I'm glad we did. It opened my eyes and gave us some good ideas. Right now they are selling it for $37. I'm currently Continue reading

Crisis on the Home Front … Are you Prepared?

Crisis on the Home Front … Are you Prepared?

I write with a heart full of gratitude that God saw fit to save the lives of my two kids while they were driving home to Virginia today. They say the best posts are written with strong emotion. This is that post. I have been planning to do a series of posts on preparing your home and family for emergencies, or crisis situations. Today that resolve was driven home when I received a text this morning from my daughter, Jillian, that she and her husband had just totaled their car on an icy highway in Ohio. This kind of a call is every mom's nightmare. So I start out my series telling you about their accident. I got a text from Jillian and Taylor at 8:30 this morning telling me they had to be dug out of their sister's driveway before leaving this morning, then a couple of hours later a text telling me they ended up in a Continue reading