Around the House

Favorite Essential Oil Blends

I have been using essential oils in my home as a natural way to keep me and my family healthy and balanced since long before it was trendy. Before the days of DoTerra and Young Living there was a gorgeous store in my home town called Sage which sold essential oils, diffusers and a few select blends. That was decades ago. Fast forward to today and the internet is filled with recipes, remedies and recommendations for oils to use in…

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Frugal Family

Living on the cheap isn’t about being poor or not having nice things. For me it is about making the choice to consume less and to live more simply. When I need something I turn to the local classifieds, thrift stores and my friends first before I venture out to the store. Likely the OCD memory serves me well because if I do stock pile anything I have a photographic recollection of where it is.

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Gogeous little bear by Inspiring Yarns

Foraging for Food

The other day I wanted to make a craft involving acorn tops which has evolved into a whole project, you gotta love life for that, why don’t I home-school again? Anyway first I had to find an ‘acorn’ tree which the kids learned is actually an Oak tree and several of them grow near the hospital where we live. We spotted them on the way to school the other day they are the only trees left with leaves on them,…

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Perfect Roast Chicken

Tis the season to be butchered…la la…wait sorry. It’s slaughtering season which means fresh meat. Yum. For someone who was a vegetarian for most of their life I sure do love fresh meat and there is nothing quite like a roasted chicken, except maybe a roasted duck….anyway… It’s easy. Even I can do it.

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Testing and Tasting

It seems to me that if you are going to all the trouble of canning food on the premise of being self sufficient, preserving the local harvest and such that buying pectin for your jams is a little bit counter productive. I mean it’s not like your great grandmother bought her pectin from the grocery store. She made it from scratch and she likely didn’t even have to leave the larder.

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