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Honey Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread

Okay everyone, I am now entering a zone which is a passion of mine; Baking Bread!  Those who know me well understand that I am a good cook, but baking is a challenge for me.  It's because of all the details and measurements...    I love to experiment and cooking is my creative outlet -- hence, …

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5 All-Natural Tricks To Save Your Garden From Fungus

Written by: Steve Nubie I’ve been gardening for more than 40 years. I’m particularly fond of vegetable gardening, although my wife is an avid gardener with flowers and decorative plants. Both of us, though, have confronted the challenge of various forms of fungus growing on leaves, and we’re both very hesitant about any chemical sprays. …

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Farmhouse Cheddar for Beginners

Farmhouse Cheddar By Ricki Carroll Ingredients: 2 gallons whole milk  (You can use raw milk or store-bought) 1 packet direct set mesophilic starter or 4 ounces prepared mesophilic starter 1/2 teaspoon liquid rennet (or 1/2 rennet tablet) diluted in 1/4 cup cool, unchlorinated water 1 tablespoon cheese salt Cheese wax (optional) [repost: http://blog.cheesemaking.com/farmhouse-cheddar-beginners/%5D Directions: 1. …

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Home Meat Preservation with a Pressure Canner

Ease pressure on your lofty self-reliance goals by mastering the ins and outs of meat preservation at home. By Andrea Chesman Whether you raise your own meat, hunt wild game, or track down bargains at the store, the list of reasons to add home meat preservation to your skill set starts with money and ends …

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10 Things to Consider When Building a Root Cellar

By Jennifer Poindexter, Morning Chores Imagine being able to enjoy fresh, organic produce year-round. Now imagine the same without having to pay outrageous off-season grocery store or farmer's market prices. What you have just imagined is called a "root cellar." The root cellar is increasingly becoming a fixture for both city and country people who …

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Hmmm… What Is In My Dinner?

Worried about the chemicals in your food?  Or how your meat was raised?  Terrified of the Super Bacteria lingering in your salad?  Feel like you have to disinfect every veggie that comes through your door or that you must turn that steak into leather to avoid the inevitable case of food poisoning?  We're going to …

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How to Make Easy Herbal Oils, Salves, and Syrups

Soothe injuries and boost your immune system with these simple, plant-based recipes for trauma oil, Saint John’s wort oil, black elderberry syrup, herbal lip balm, and more. By Richo Cech Not long ago, I got a gash in my foot, but it felt relatively comfortable propped up and encased in a gooey poultice made of …

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The 4-Ingredient Elderberry Syrup That Destroys The Cold & Flu

Written by: Kathleen Walser There are several varieties of elderberry grown throughout the world, but the medicinal herb we want for its powerful cold- and flu-fighting powers is European black elderberry, or Sambucus nigra L. Elder is a shrub that originates in Europe, Asia and Africa, and it has dark black berries and small white …

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This is HUGE!!! At least for us…

Okay, We have an announcement... This is HUGE!!!  At least for us... Well, hopefully for so many others... We've moved!  We are starting our homestead and farm over again.  We look at this as  a lot of hard work, (possibly some cursing... okay, cursing... confession here we come) sweat -lots of sweat-, blood -lots of …

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How to Sprout or Grow Fodder

What is Sprouting & Fodder? Sprouting is the process of taking seeds through the germination process by first soaking the seed in water for about 2-12 hours, then draining water from the seed into trays, the grain/seeds are then rinsed morning and evening for 5 days. Fodder continues to grow for 4 more days, a …

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