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Adventures in Cheese

by Lisa Linderman on May 11, 2011

in cheese,food preservation,pioneer home skills

One of the things I’ve been meaning to do for a long time is learn to make cheese.  It seems mysterious, but I know people who do it, and it didn’t seem so much hard as a wee bit complicated.  So when the Clark County Goat Association held a cheesemaking class for a mere $15, [...]

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See also Part I – Cuts, Scrapes, Bruises and Burns and Part II — Sore Throat, Cough, Stuffy Nose. Part I has the long version of my disclaimers: I am not a doctor, this is not medical advice, please see a professional.  Natural does not automatically mean safe.  I am not opposed to Western medicine.   [...]

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How Not To Use Castille Soap

by Lisa Linderman on April 12, 2011

in diy,penny pinching,pioneer home skills

I’ve been making my own laundry detergent for a while now.  I’ve tried a powdered formulation, and while it’s much easier to store, I much prefer the results of the liquid variety, and will be returning to that as soon as I run out of the powder I made…which should be in about 2014. I [...]

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Well, not millions.   Last year we planted a Frost Peach tree near our garden, and waited to see what it would do.  This spring it had lots of beautiful pink blossoms, which our honeybees seemed to like.   And then it set lots and lots of small peaches.  Neat! Yesteraday, we spotted one on the ground, [...]

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My friend Hollie posted an article in her blog a while back about the virtues of making one’s own laundry detergent.  Now while I’m into the DIY thing and I like to make lots of stuff from scratch, it seemed a little more effort than it would be worth to make detergent.  I mean, doesn’t [...]

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Today was Mother’s Day, and I celebrated first by sleeping in until noon.  Yeah, I’m not proud, I’m not a morning person and my last week consisted of nothing but days of getting up before 7am, mostly before 6am, and then ending after midnight.  Once I was up and had scrounged myself a leftover homemade waffle [...]

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I mentioned a couple of posts back that I had decided to dry my beans. Why? Well, I’d originally planted them to eat them green, but after only a couple of times of that, I just fell behind and ended up with plants full of fat green beans at the end of the season. Once [...]

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A few tips and preservation techniques I thought I’d pass along. Seems like the appropriate time of year, when people are hauling in the last of their crops! * Beans to be dried for later use in soups or bean dishes can usually be left to dry on the plant. When they rattle in the [...]

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Seems appropriate…wasn’t that an apple falling on Chicken Little’s head which set the whole thing off? Two things I have a lot of around here right now: chickens and apples. The three new chickens are still skittish, but getting settled. The one missing a large patch of her back feathers will launch herself at me [...]

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What a crock.

by Lisa Linderman on August 5, 2009

in food crops,food preservation,pioneer home skills,recipe

No seriously, it’s a crock! I was at the local Wilco Farm Store yesterday looking for canning jars and generally poking about in the canning section while my daughter was amusing herself riding the pint-sized tractor. I was about finished with my selections when I happened to glance down to the bottom shelf and realized [...]

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