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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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Food Preservation

Make Your Own Sauerkraut

This is our first (successful) batch of home made sauerkraut.  We may have had a giant failure the first time around, but we’ll talk about that later.  More importantly, this batch was a huge success.  It actually is very easy, as long as you pay attention to it while it …

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Food Forest

Rootings

Now that I have this new future home we areobviously going to be leaving this one, and everything we have grown here, behind.  I was lucky enough to have rented a place where I could plant a pretty good size garden.  I spent lots of money buying plants and bushes …

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Planning and Goals

The Biggest Expense Monthly: Shelter

When changing your lifestyle as completely as I hope to be doing, there is a ton to take in.  Everything around you is being overhauled and it can be hugely overwhelming.  I have spent a lot of time trying to decide what to do next.  So here is the new …

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Food Preservation

Storing Potatoes the Wrong Way

I thought that by leaving my potatoes in my dark, cool basement would do well with them.  Apparently not.  I’m not entirely sure what the problem is, but these things seem to have grown all winter.  I tend to think that the issue in my basement was that it got …

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