Logo Design

I recently joined the business forum TheRoadTo100K and have received several compliments on my logo.  I want to give a heart felt thank you to each of you.  I can’t take credit for the design as it was done by the best graphic artist I know, my brother in law.   I did have an idea […]

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Cast Iron Cookware for the Homestead

Cast Iron Cookware Cast iron was the main source of cookware up until the 60’s and 70’s when Teflon non stick surfaces became popular.  It had a low production cost and was known for durability, heating evenly, and  heat retention.   Aluminum and stainless steel cookware also contributed to cast iron’s fall in popularity as they […]

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Installing Swales for Water Retention

Installing Swales After all of the summer craziness, things have slowed down enough that I have time to update you on some of my projects here on the homestead.  One of our plans was to line the (future) drive with fruit trees.  Since the soil is rather poor I thought I would prepare the holes […]

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Jam Suprise Muffins

 The first of June I was thinking about the coming inflation and how to counteract it.  There are several ways to approach it, but at the time I was focusing on money saving tips this being a down economy and all.  Surprisingly I was forced to focus on another way which is to earn more […]

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Making Homemade Applesauce

Today was a busy day on the homestead.  We processed two bushels of transparent apples purchased for $30.  Our trees are scheduled to be planted next year.  So until they produce we will be buying our apples.  We ended up with 22 quarts of applesauce, 8 pints of apple butter, and 6-7 quarts of sliced […]

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Building a Hugelkultur Bed

Today we built a hugelkultur bed using a downed willow tree. As I mentioned on a previous post Hugelkultur is a raised bed filled with wood. The wood holds water in the bed and as it breaks down it provides nutrients for many years. Hugelkulture in German means mound or hill culture. We shot some […]

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Exploring Permaculture and Permaculture Design

I would like to present to you permaculture.  A concept that can very useful to the homestead and self-sufficiency.  For those who are already practicing permaculture you may want to skip this overview otherwise read on. Origins Permaculture originated at the University of Tasmania in Australia in 1974 and was the brain child of Bill […]

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Mentors and Their Impact – III

Today I wanted to give a shout out to Jack Spirko  host of The Survival Podcast. Jack gives well round advice on how to prepare for emergencies to make your life better whether or not  things get tough.  In the survival arena there can be a lot of tin foil hattery and conspiracies but Jack does […]

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Mentors and Their Impact – II

Today’s mentor that has impacted my life is Dan Miller. Dan is an author and a coach. Two of his popular books are 48 Days To The Work You Love and No More Mondays. He produces a weekly newsletter and a weekly podcast answering listener questions. He also hosts workshops at The Sanctuary on publishing […]

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Mentors and Their Impact – I

Dan Miller recently answered a question on his podcast about who were his mentors.  His thoughts on mentors was interesting.  Not only did he consider a mentor as a trusted counselor or teacher that he had the pleasure of meeting  but also someone that he had not met. I really like the idea of someone […]

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