Proper Battery Storage (aka How I Almost Lost My Home)

A few weekends ago, we had planned to leave for the property on a Friday afternoon. My office had been given time off early Friday for the holiday and we were to leave when I got home. With Michael’s crazy schedule and the fact that our friend had need to cancel going with us, Michael and I decided we had more to do at home rather than on the property. We decided to stay home as well. Continue reading “Proper Battery Storage (aka How I Almost Lost My Home)”

Cream of Asparagus Soup, Paleo

20161022_205314-1.jpgWe recently went through all our old books and either boxed them up or purged them. One of the areas purged was our cook book collection.  I had a full shelf of cookbooks from my mother, Sunset, Better Homes, etc. I only used a select few of those, and only 1 or two had sentimental value. My husband had his own shelf of cookbooks that he inherited as well. So we narrowed down our collections and have now only 1 shelf of cookbooks that we plan to keep for our homestead.

Over the weekend I went shopping and I picked up some asparagus to make some Cream of Asparagus soup. I wanted to make it paleo of course so when I was sitting with my husband, I whipped out my phone and said, “I need to look up a paleo cream soup.” Continue reading “Cream of Asparagus Soup, Paleo”

Reasons to Prep – A Quick Guide to Rising Obamacare Rates – The New York Times

While I don’t use Obamacare personally right now, I have talked to a few people who have. I have yet to find a person HAPPY on Obamacare. Mostly I hear horror stories about folks who accidentally underestimated their income for the year and had to pay 10s of thousands in penalties to compensate. Continue reading “Reasons to Prep – A Quick Guide to Rising Obamacare Rates – The New York Times”

Reasons to Prep – Debt Up $236,991,525,500.74 Since First Trump-Clinton Debate

The $236,991,525,500.74 that the federal debt has increased since the first Trump-Clinton debate just over three weeks ago is more than all the debt the United States government accumulated between the founding of the country and the end of fiscal 1944. ~ via Debt Up $236,991,525,500.74 Since First Trump-Clinton Debate (10/19/2016)

Continue reading “Reasons to Prep – Debt Up $236,991,525,500.74 Since First Trump-Clinton Debate”

My Mandala Madness

I love to crochet, but with everything that has been going on around the urban and property homesteads I hadn’t found the time or motivation. I am a member of a couple of Crochet-A-Long (CAL) Facebook groups along with my mother in law, Nancy. One of the latest projects was the Mandala Madness by Helen at Crystals and Crochet. My MIL asked if I wanted to do the CAL with her and I thought it was a great idea!! 🙂 Continue reading “My Mandala Madness”

Going Gluten Free – Grain on the Brain

As I mentioned earlier, I was recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism. In my research, I found that the autoimmune response to gluten also attacks the thyroid gland. “To the body, gliadin looks very similar to transglutaminase, an enzyme needed to form chemical bonds throughout the human body. [Naiyer AJ, 2008] The thyroid possesses a higher concentration of transglutaminase than any other gland in the body. When the immune system attacks gliadin, the antibodies also attack the thyroid. [Akçay MN, 2003] As the immune response continues, the thyroid suffers damage for up to 6 months after gluten consumption.” Continue reading “Going Gluten Free – Grain on the Brain”

Reasons to Prep – South Australia’s Blackout

Power outages are on the rise and many are lasting longer than people think. What would you do if you lost power for a week? A month? Continue reading “Reasons to Prep – South Australia’s Blackout”

Canning Eggplant “Tapenade”

The best use of eggplant I have found so far. I found the recipe here and boy am I glad I did.

We recently harvested 15 gallons of eggplant with more on the plants growing! I had to do something with these. I made a small batch of an eggplant “salsa” which I didn’t really enjoy the results that come from that recipe. I also had this recipe. Continue reading “Canning Eggplant “Tapenade””