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Homemade Products

DIY Sugar Handscrub

While there is less outside work to do over the winter, I will be working on my homemade products list.  Right now, I am working on filling the bathroom with lots of goodies, all homemade, using as many of the essential oils we have made as possible.  I would like …

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Land
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Lay of the Land

We talked about how to set up your land according to permaculture zones a little while ago.  But how do you go about setting up your zones?  They will pretty much set up themselves if you take a good look at your land and all the outside factors that affect …

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Gardening

Seed Shopping

The first seed catalogue of the year showed up today.  Always an exciting time for me.  I spend way too much time reading through the books trying to decide what I want to plant and which variety of everything.  A little of everything is pretty much what I decide on. …

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Planning and Goals

Ducks or Chickens

I have been debating over chickens or ducks for eggs for a little while now.  It seems that there are many reasons for ducks over chickens, but I was scared about the taste.  I tend to be a little on the picky side with my foods.  Duck eggs aren’t the …

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Family

First Snow

It is snowing out.  The first snow of the winter on 11-12-13.  I have lived in New England my whole life, and I am still not a big fan of the stuff.  And we just bought our homestead site further north than we are now.  That means likely even more …

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Planning and Goals

The Biggest Expense Monthly: Meat

The most expensive monthly bill we have is the rent/mortgage.  We haven’t wiped that out yet, but we have the plan in action.  Come summer, we should be totally rent free.  No reason to wait to cut down on the next biggest expense: groceries.  This can be broken down into …

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Reading

“The Dirty Life”

Here is another book I read this weekend, actually I finally finished the last chapter this weekend.  It’s a woman’s story of leaving her life behind and becoming a farmer.  I really should be spending my “free” time reading and learning rather then reading stories, but this was a great …

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Reading

“The Owner-Built Homestead”

I just finished reading this book by Ken Kern.  I found this book when it was mentioned in another book by the same author that I had started reading.  It was a book about owner-built homes.  This is what we plan on doing, but I think I may have been …

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Homemade Products

Vinegar for a Clean House

If you have ever even looked at a recipe for homemade household cleaner you will notice that just about all of them include or are vinegar.  Vinegar is another name for acetic acid.  The acid level of vinegar allows it to kill bacteria and mold among other things.  The good …

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Gardening

Kitchen Scrap Composter

This is a picture of my kitchen scrap composter.  They do make expensive, fancy versions that are probably nicer to look at, but mine only cost about ten dollars.  I chose a garbage can with wheels so that I could move it and a locking lid to keep critters out …

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