Homesteading Education Month : Festivals


It seems like every month has a million different things that we are all supposed to remember or do during that month, and September is absolutely no exception. However, as it turns out, September just so happens to be International Homesteading Education Month! Who knew such a thing even existed? Mother Earth News has a website dedicated to education about homesteading, and there are plenty of events and informational articles there. But, while International Homesteading Education Month is ... [ Read More ]

Tips for Freezing Berries


  I have always been something of a fruit nut, but my absolute favorite has to be berries. It doesn't really matter what kind--cherries, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries--they are so versatile I absolutely love all of them. We always have berries in the house in the summers, and I do my best to try and freeze some to get through the cool winters. So, no matter what berry you are freezing, here are some steps to getting the most out of the best fruits nature has ... [ Read More ]

Easy Cheeseburger Pie

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Sometimes, the foods that sound the strangest really are the best. For example, making a cheeseburger into a pie sounds like a totally weird idea, but I can assure you that this pie is not only the most delicious way to eat hamburger, but it's also extremely versatile and ridiculously fast and easy, especially if you cook your hamburger ahead of time like I do. This recipe is one that my mother used to make when I was a kid, as we always had a plethora of hamburger around the house and there ... [ Read More ]

How Long Does Canned Food Last?

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I think we've all done it at least once. You're going through your pantry and you find a can of pickles or perhaps some peaches stuffed way back in the back. You scratch your head in confusion. When was the last time you even canned peaches? And, more importantly, is it still safe to eat? There are a lot of different factors to consider when deciding if a home canned good is still safe to eat including the age, the quality of the canned good, where it was stored, and most importantly the ... [ Read More ]

How to Decide if You Should Make it or Buy it


If you were to look through my pantry, my closet or under my sinks you'll always find a sometimes bewildering mix of homemade and store bought products. I am always trying new things to make things cleaner, healthier, more efficient and better and I have found that trial and error really is the best way. However, whenever deciding if it is better to make something from scratch or purchase it, I have a few questions I always ask myself: What will yield the best quality product? Most of the ... [ Read More ]

Shipwreck Eggs: The Delicious Solution to Leftovers


Just like a lot of children, I was never very fond of leftovers when I was younger. Leftovers were, by definition, boring and gross because it was something that we had already eaten once--why would I want to eat it again? I guess I was a little bit of a picky eater. However, I was very imaginative and anything that had a story behind it or a make-believe element had me 100% on board. So, my mother, being the clever woman that she was, invented Shipwreck and introduced it to my brother and I ... [ Read More ]

3 Old-Fashioned Natural Sleep Aids


While everyone has different needs when it comes to sleep, I think everyone can agree that getting a good night's sleep is the first step to having not only a good day but maintaining personal health. However, there are any number of things that can effect your sleep schedule including stress, personal schedules, work or health reasons. If you find yourself laying in bed at night, unable to catch some shuteye but you don't want to turn to addictive and sometimes unhealthy sleep medications, ... [ Read More ]

8 Ways to Raise Old-Fashioned Kids


All parents have different ideas on how to raise children, and there isn't a magical formula that works with every child. If modern parenting doesn't seem your style, then maybe trying some more old-fashioned methods will work. If you're interested in raising your children to respect the old-fashioned life, then the first and most important thing you can do is show by example. Of course, there's more to it than that. Here are some ideas on how to raise your kids to follow the same fantastic, ... [ Read More ]

Parmesan Feta Baked Tomatoes

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There are literally hundreds of different ways to eat tomatoes, which is fortunate because tomatoes are one of those crops that either you have hardly any or you're overflowing. If you're looking for a quick and easy way to spice up your tomatoes for a quick mildly-italian side dish then look no further! These melted parmesan feta tomatoes are absolutely delicious and can be made with just about any kind of tomatoes. I used roma, because that's what I had, but it would be excellent with ... [ Read More ]