Our Orchards

In an orchard there should be enough to eat, enough to lay up, enough to be stolen, and enough to rot on the ground. ~ Samuel Madden

I really love this quote. It resonates with my more natural and holistic side. The part of me that wants to be able to share, and to worry less about things being lost. Continue reading “Our Orchards”


Reasons to Prep – Iowa’s I-80 May Shut Down For Historic Flood

There are many reasons to prep. Being cut off due to flood and forced to evacuate is just one. I posted about evacuation, bug out bags, and edc bags previously. Events like this could put those plans to the test. Continue reading “Reasons to Prep – Iowa’s I-80 May Shut Down For Historic Flood”

Orchard – Almonds

“I said to the almond tree, ‘Sister, speak to me of God.’
And the almond tree blossomed.”

Nikos Kazantzakis, Report to Greco

Why Almonds?

Almonds may very well be one of the healthiest and most useful foods around. Almond trees are my first choice of nut tree. They have a mild pleasant flavor that lends itself to both sweet and savory dishes. They are an excellent source of poly and mono-unsaturated fats, omega fatty acids, essential vitamins, minerals, and proteins. Continue reading “Orchard – Almonds”

Head for the hills! (An emergency prep plan?)

For many, the call of the wild is a very real thing. Living off the land, hunting and gathering is in their blood. They have training, they have help, and they have the right mindset. Most of them live the lifestyle now, there is no concept of another way of life. They know the difficulties and challenges, but they are experts.  Continue reading “Head for the hills! (An emergency prep plan?)”

Alternative Heating Solutions

What to do when your power goes out?

There are many aspects of prepping and homesteading that occupy my mind on a fairly regular basis. A couple of biggies are – Does my family have enough food to survive a long term disaster and what will we do if we lose power. Continue reading “Alternative Heating Solutions”

Property Updates – 9/3-5/16

Spent some time at the property again! Yay!

Got a late start on Saturday, so we didn’t get much accomplished. Angelica got to do some exploring, and she took many of the photos in this post. Continue reading “Property Updates – 9/3-5/16”

Canning Green Beans

Green beans are some of the easier things we have grown in our home garden. Being able to put food up for after season use is very important to us. Canning is the best way to preserve your garden’s harvest through winter. Many people choose to freeze for future use, but frozen beans only last a few months if not stored properly. They also lose their flavor and pleasing texture in a short time. Continue reading “Canning Green Beans”

Fermentation vs Pickling

When I first started pickling foods, I knew there were methods that didn’t use store bought vinegar. After all, I had fermented foods in my organic chemistry class. We made alcohol, sauerkraut, and root beer. So I knew it could be done. When I tried to look up recipes for pickles, however, all I found were vinegar “quick” pickles. Continue reading “Fermentation vs Pickling”