99 Emergency Preparedness Items To Store for When “Stuff” Hits the Fan

Being prepared for an emergency is, in my opinion, one of the most important things that a family can do. Yes, having a personal budget that works for you is needed. Yes, building wealth is important, but the plain truth is that if an emergency happens and you're unprepared, with … [Read more...]

Safe Home Canning – Is it Safe to Can Rice?

Not too long ago, I found myself in a discussion with a good friend of mine about home canned foods. Where I tend to stick to the regulations for the most part, she was a wild canner who canned anything and everything solely for the purpose of canning it. For the most part, I let … [Read more...]

Don’t Let the Unthinkable Catch You Off Guard with these Emergency Preparation Tips for Single Parents!

Being a single parent is hard. In fact, it is one of the hardest things I've ever done in my life. While I no longer am a single parent, I still remember and carry with me the fear that I felt when I was. It is a deep seated fear that most people - unless they are or have been a … [Read more...]

My Top Emergency Preparation, Homesteading and Simple Living Books for 2017

In my mind, there isn't much better than curling up with a good book, a warm blanket and a hot cup filled with my favorite hot chocolate recipe. A good book can soothe your soul in ways like nothing else can, take you to places you've never been and teach you a lesson in a way … [Read more...]

How to Can Carrots for Longterm Storage

With gardening season in full swing, it won't be too long before we're all looking for canning recipes. If you've canned foods before, you've probably got a good idea of how to can carrots, but if not, you might be lost. I remember the first year that I canned my own foods and … [Read more...]

Home Canned Apple Pie Filling Recipe – How to Can Apple Pie Filling

I love apple pie. Warm with a buttery crust and a scoop of ice cream on top. What I don't like is the runny, expensive pie fillings that you have to buy when apples are not in season just to enjoy a good piece of pie. Lucky for all of us though, apples are in season and fairly … [Read more...]

Canning Basics – How to Can Green Beans

If you're just learning canning and preserving, it can be overwhelming to say the least.  It's always better to start with something that may be easier than a harder, more complicated canning recipe and it doesn't get much easier than home canned green beans. Canning green beans … [Read more...]

How To Dehydrate & Preserve Fresh Mushrooms

  So the other day when I did my January grocery trip, I managed to find a really decent deal on fresh button mushrooms. They were marked down to just .99¢ each which in my experience, is a fairly decent deal. Enough of a deal for me to grab them.     As you … [Read more...]