Septic Tank Woes…

On our last trip to the property we learned a couple of new things about our septic system requirements.

Where we live now, the regulations regarding septic leach fields require the leach plumbing to be at least 3 feet underground. You dig a 6 foot trench, fill the bottom half with gravel, lay your perforated pipe, lay another couple of feet of gravel and then cover with dirt. You can walk on it, graze animals over it or even build over it. The idea is that the leach materials sink into the ground, filtering and purifying as they go. We assumed, wrongfully, that our new place would be the same. Continue reading “Septic Tank Woes…”


Ways to Can Ground Beef

I have mentioned numerous times about how food storage can act as a buffer to inflation, as well as help in case of emergencies. My husband and I are always on the lookout for food that is on sale. Anything that we can put up, we buy in large quantities. When my husband found ground beef on sale for $1.60 a pound (down from $4 a pound) I had him buy up 40 pounds of the stuff! Continue reading “Ways to Can Ground Beef”

Canning 101 – Pressure Canning

When preserving low-acid foods such as vegetables, meats and poultry, or mixtures of the same you will need to employ pressure canning methods to ensure proper food safety.

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Property Updates – 5/21/16

Seems like it is raining¬†every weekend we get to visit the property. Last time the rain didn’t reach all the way and we had mostly sunny days. This time… not so lucky.

It is giving us some great insight into the weather patterns, and we are trying to judge our plans accordingly. Continue reading “Property Updates – 5/21/16”

My Dutch Oven Cook Table

I can’t even tell you how I came across this gem. I think I was looking up how to cook with a dutch oven and I came across this forum post. The gentleman writing the post had these fabulous pictures of a very sturdy, homemade dutch oven cook table. Continue reading “My Dutch Oven Cook Table”

Surviving as a Trucker’s Wife

I started this series almost as a joke. As part of a assignment the idea was to start a series of weekly posts. When I asked Michael for some ideas this is how it went: Continue reading “Surviving as a Trucker’s Wife”

FIFO – First in First Out

I seam to be talking a lot about food storage lately. Between buying canned goods, home canning, long term food storage taste testing, and using buckets for food stores. One thing ALL of these food storage options has in common…

The need for FIFO! Continue reading “FIFO – First in First Out”

What To Do With Sourdough Starter

I mentioned before how much I LOVE sourdough starter! When I learned to use it, it opened up a whole new world of leavened breads.

Starters are so useful for so many other foods besides bread. With the growing number of foodie blogs, the many uses of sourdough starter keeps on growing as well! Continue reading “What To Do With Sourdough Starter”

Canning Sauerkraut

You can store sauerkraut for several months in the refrigerator without any further processing. If you want to store it longer, or if you don’t want to take up a large space with several jars of kraut, you will want to can it using the water bath canning method. Continue reading “Canning Sauerkraut”