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April 2013 Blog Posts (29)

Homesteading and Hand Writing: Old Fashioned Letter Writing

Recently I set to work on a book that compares my life to that of my great grandmother. Not a direct comparison, but one that has me tackling things that she did and seeing how they translate 100 years later. It seems simple enough on paper, except that my great grandmother was a pioneer, a homesteader and accidental author. I am many things: a single mom, a full time employee, an outspoken personality.  I am neither a pioneer nor a homesteader in the classic sense of the word.

I am,…


Added by Michelle Wire on April 30, 2013 at 8:18pm — 9 Comments

Below the Line

Below the Line is a 5 day challenge and fundraiser. That link will take you to my profile page. But trying to do it has lead me to notice something:

My backyard is kinda awesome, now that I'm using what just kinda grows there all on its own. I've got 3 different kinds of edible flowers, some wild garlic, wild basil, and some volunteer onions. I know they're volunteers, because the weather's been too wonky to…


Added by Jana Franzen on April 30, 2013 at 6:10pm — 1 Comment

How To Boil A Farm Fresh Egg

I know it probably sounds crazy that I would be sharing with you how to boil an egg, but unless you have boiled a FARM FRESH egg before you may have trouble like we did the first time we tried. Ever have eggs rip apart when you try to peel them?…


Added by Travis Stinnett on April 29, 2013 at 11:22am — 3 Comments

My derecho Bride

I can't believe it's been a year since my last post. The past year has gone by like a whirlwind.....at times, literally like a whirlwind. My little lady and I were preparing for a front yard wedding this time last year. The big day was scheduled for June 30th. All of the plans were made, the food for the reception bought, the decorations in place. Every moment of our day from the ceremony to the small reception of family and friends had been planned in meticulous detail.

Then Mother Nature… Continue

Added by Phil McNeish on April 27, 2013 at 11:17am — No Comments

Promoting CSA membership in upstate New York

Hi everyone! I write a regular regional health and food blog, and I wanted to share my post for this week about joining a CSA. Please check it out and feel free to leave comments. The weather is finally warming up in our area, so I think I can use the word 'spring' safely from here on out...

Hometown Health post for the week: "Think Fresh and…


Added by Jacqlyn Thorne on April 25, 2013 at 10:03am — 1 Comment

How to make Potato Matchsticks from scratch

How to make Potato Matchsticks  from scratch.


The Indian Parsi community calls "Potato Matchsticks" -  "Potato Sali".  Sali is a Gujarati word meaning "straw" or "sticks".


Enjoyed best when fresh with salt and pepper.


Step 1: Peel and wash Potatoes:…

Potato Sali by ParsiCuisine.com


Added by Rita Kapadia on April 24, 2013 at 8:05pm — 2 Comments

Genetic Roulette

Originally posted at Back to the Basics!

GMO Free Worldwide on fb

If you have been following my blog for a while you should know that I am adamantly against…


Added by Marianne Smith on April 24, 2013 at 6:58pm — 4 Comments

Last year's garden should have been named the Drought Bowl! So it's containers all the way this year!!!!

Just completed planting 3 container boxes (Garden PatchTM GrowBoxTM) and 1 City Picker Patio garden box with vaired tomato, bell and sweet peppers, Thai hot peppers, cabbages, strawberries, and leeks.

I plan to continue with the remaining…


Added by John F. Houpt II, PhD on April 24, 2013 at 2:19pm — 3 Comments

Mono Sodium Glutamate, High-Fructose Corn Syrup, and the Modern Diet

About 4 years ago, one of the Doctors I was seeing for Migraine headaches began asking me about my diet. Not making any mystery about it, he wanted to know if what I ate affected how I was feeling. He informed me that several of the "Healthy Addictions" I enjoyed every day were actually contributing to my overall malaise. A banana, high in potassium, nature’s perfect food replenishes electrolytic, gives you energy, and is a perfectly natural food. Now add in some nuts. Still good.…


Added by Rick Nichols on April 23, 2013 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

Raised Beds and CSA

Spring has sprung in my little corner of Western Pennsylvania and I am super excited for all my projects and ideas for the future.  My first project this spring is more raised beds for vegetables.


Last year I removed some bushes from around the house and put in some raised beds.



Added by Ryan Lucas on April 23, 2013 at 8:26am — 6 Comments

4 Eco-friendly Ways To Save Money On Your Energy Bills This Summer

As summer approaches, many of us are dreading the upcoming electric bills. Because cooling a house requires so much energy, most of us will most likely experience an increase in our energy costs during the warmer months. Thankfully, there are ways to lower the financial burden by reducing the amount of energy we consume:

Plant some shade trees

Because a large majority of the heat entering your home comes in through the windows, it is important to block as much…


Added by Alexander Goodwin on April 22, 2013 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment


It is starting to remind me of Christmas: "Oh the weather outside is frightful," . I have a basement full of Peas and egplant that were supposed to be in the green house, but it has been to whacky of weather to risk moving them yet. Last year at this time they were in the garden and growing fiercely, this year I am hoping to save half of them.  I went out into the woods and found a total of 4 Morrel Mushrooms (Yum!) last Monday, but with floods and now SNOW, I doubt that I shall find more.…


Added by Rick Nichols on April 19, 2013 at 10:13am — 4 Comments

Rejoicing in the Springtime

Spring is here and the beautiful, perfect days just keep coming!!! We keep having these amazing mornings that start off with a light rain and then all afternoon we are blessed with a warm sunny day, and sometimes we get another rain or thunderstorm at night. Thank you mama nature!


We have lettuce popping up all over the garden, thanks to my…


Added by Desiree on April 18, 2013 at 7:47pm — No Comments

Natural Pregnancy . Creating life is natural and beautiful!

Mother Earth Pregnant Goddess by PearlWhitecrow

Mother Earth Pregnant Goddess by PearlWhitecrow…


Added by Desiree on April 18, 2013 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

New Mexico Spring

From my blog: http://misanthropicidealist.blogspot.com/…


Added by MisAnthrope on April 18, 2013 at 1:39pm — 1 Comment

ESSAY OF THE WEEK Why GMO Labels Won’t Cost Consumers a Dime


Why GMO Labels Won’t Cost Consumers a Dime

One of the biotech industry’s favorite arguments…


Added by Karin Bosela on April 17, 2013 at 1:39pm — No Comments

Making Butter at Home. It's worth it!

On my long “bucket list” of homesteading tasks to try, butter making kept popping up at the top.  I’m not sure why, except that I have a deep love of butter in general. It seemed like a no brainer, it’s not like I would ever waste butter and leftovers would be none existent. 

Every one of my country living/homesteading books has a simple recipe for butter: heavy cream.  Salt if you want it (duh) and herbs if you desire.  Most of them also suggested that if you don’t have a butter…


Added by Michelle Wire on April 17, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Prayer Warrior Chain For The People Of Boston

I come to you tonight very sad for the people of Boston affected by these horrendous…


Added by Travis Stinnett on April 15, 2013 at 11:42pm — 3 Comments

My Homesteading Adventure: Chicken Butts, Dust and Distelfinks

What an interesting couple of weeks it’s been!  I got the new additions to our brood in the form of nine chicks.  I’ve been doing a ton of research about chickens over the last 6-9 months, including into the breeds that I wanted. Truthfully, I chose a coop before a breed but it seemed like a good idea to be able to visualize myself having chickens in the first place. I had the coop, the surrounding garden layout AND the interior décor design done before I even settled on my two desired…


Added by Michelle Wire on April 15, 2013 at 10:16am — 1 Comment

Spring Is In The Air!!

Hello all you homesteaders!! Just wanted to touch base and let everybody know what's goin' on at Stinnett Family Farms. Spring has definitely been in the air for the past week or so. Been through the whole sinus…


Added by Travis Stinnett on April 13, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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