Do You Have an Emergency Bag? Let Me Show You How to Build a 72 Hour Emergency Kit on a Budget

When you're preparing for an emergency, one of the first things you'll likely do is reach for your emergency kit. You do have one, don't you? Emergency Preparedness is something that not even family does, but every family should do. Why? Because the first 72 hours of any … [Read more...]

What is Greywater (and Why Should You Use It?)

Have you ever heard the term greywater? A lot of people haven't, but I'm going to let you in on a little secret. Greywater is costing you hundreds each year. How? Greywater is household waste water. In other words, it is the clean water that you send down the drain while you're … [Read more...]

5 Reasons to Store Extra Blankets

How many blankets do you have in your home? One for each bed? Two for each bed? If you're like most people that I've spoken with, the answer boils down to two small words. "A few" "A handful" "A couple" Can I ask why you have so few blankets in your home? Is it … [Read more...]

20 Things You Are Forgetting to Stockpile

When I first started doing a bit of emergency preparation, I made my first list of things that I wanted to keep in my stockpile. As I've expanded our preparing and homesteading supplies, I have come to understand that my first list was a bit off. Okay, it was actually a lot off. … [Read more...]

20 Delightful Dehydrator Recipes

Do you dehydrate foods? I do and LOVE it! It makes keeping certain foods fresh and shelf stable so easy! I seriously love using mine so much that I look for things to dehydrate! No joke, my dehydrator has a permanent spot on my kitchen counter. Some people have their mixer there. … [Read more...]

6 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Winter

I may live in Texas currently, but growing up in Ohio, I know what cold winters are like. Cold, icy and and if your home isn't ready? Your budget won't be either. Winter can kill your budget if you're not careful and I don't mean in a small way either. Back home I have seen … [Read more...]

Canning Basics 101

A couple of years ago, we started using Zaycon Foods to buy fresh, natural chicken. We LOVE their chicken but as a small family of three, 40lbs of chicken is much more than we can reasonably use before it would go bad. Needless to say, I didn't want to avoid it so I knew what I … [Read more...]

How to Cook Over an Open Fire

Yes, I know that for some people reading this, knowing how to cook over an open fire might sound crazy. Remember though,  it was done for centuries before modern day stoves were invented and thousands of campers do it each year.  While you may never need this particular skill, … [Read more...]

10 Must Read Homesteading & Prepping Books

If you've been around here for any time, chances are you've seen me mention that we dream of having a homestead someday. There's just something that draws me in with the idea of being away from it all, growing and raising our own food, putting down roots in a place where our kids … [Read more...]

Raising Backyard Chickens!

One of the things that we hope to put into place this year is really getting started on living a much simpler life. Eventually, we want a full homestead, but neither my Tom or I are silly enough to think that's just going to happen overnight. What IS happening this year though? … [Read more...]