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Common Sense Homesteading

  • newPumpkin Oatmeal Cookies with Cranberries and Walnuts
    These easy to make pumpkin oatmeal cookies are chewy, nutty and delicious. Works well with a variety of flour types, including gluten free flour blends. The biggest problem with these cookies is that I want to eat the entire batch! These cookies were…
    - 13 hours ago 22 Sep 18, 3:05pm -
  • newApple Scrap Vinegar – Easy, Inexpensive Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar
    Apple scrap vinegar is a quick and easy way to turn apple scraps into homemade apple cider vinegar (ACV). Apple cider vinegar can be used as a home remedy for everything from warts to sunburn to acid reflux, and makes a tasty salad dressing. Homema…
    - 15 hours ago 22 Sep 18, 1:00pm -
  • How to Make Elderberry Syrup with Fresh or Dried Elderberries
    In this post we'll share how to make elderberry syrup  with fresh or dried elderberries or elderberry juice. Making your own elderberry syrup is a great way to save money on this wonderful immune booster. It's great for kids and adults. Use elderber…
    - 2 days ago 21 Sep 18, 4:04pm -
  • Green Tomato Pickles – Easy Pickled Green Tomato Recipe for Canning
    I made up a batch of these pickled green tomatoes to use up some of the unripe tomatoes knocked off the vines during our recent hail storm. We picked all the storm damaged fruit, and trimmed off the spoiled bits, saving the undamaged parts for preser…
    - 2 days ago 21 Sep 18, 1:18pm -
  • Emergency Water Storage and Filtration – What You Need to Know Before Emergencies Hit
    Water is Life You can only survive for approximately 3 days without water, so water isn’t just necessary, water is life. In case of emergency, a reliable water supply is critical. Our water supply stops if power is interrupted due to storms, earthq…
    - 10 days ago 13 Sep 18, 4:06pm -

Grow Your Own Groceries

  • Do You Need a Gun to Garden?
    Well guns aren’t really that useful for digging or anything like that.  But do you need a gun if you are becoming self-reliant?  Let me tell you a true story that happened to me an made me decide to go buy several guns. Back when we were first pr…
    - 13 Aug 12, 1:56pm -
  • The Power of Herb
    A friend of mine, Maria, now has a huge bountiful garden.  But in the beginning she got started by simply growing a few herbs on a window still. Just a few simple herbs made a huge difference.  Maria called me one day ecstatic about her success “…
    - 13 Aug 12, 1:45pm -
  • The #1 Reason To Wear Bling In Texas
    I am on a mission to live sustainably.  My primary water source is a rain water collection system.  Collecting rainwater is a great idea almost everywhere, but especially here is the drought-prone Southwest. We collect the water into big tanks from…
    - 15 Jun 12, 10:48am -
  • Perfect Camouflage
    House cats don’t do very well in rural environments.  White cats are in the most peril as they are highly visible – and delicious – to owls.  Solid black cats, or gray-black tabbies tend to do much better. My young daughter really, really wan…
    - 1 Jun 12, 1:46pm -
  • Have You Been Invaded?
    Being able to identify and use plants is a critical skill for living sustainably.  Botany is not the easiest thing to pick up, so anywhere you can get a chance to learn a bit more, take advantage of it.  Sometimes you have to be a bit creative.  D…
    - 3 Apr 12, 1:57pm -

One Acre Farm

  • The Truth About Trapping: An Honest Look at a Controversial Topic
    An honest attempt to determine the pros and cons of fur trapping. A review of research and input from trappers and an animal rights activist, help you decide for yourself what is the truth about trapping.
    - 28 Mar 16, 7:40pm -
  • Guide to Choosing Chicken Breeds: Pick the Best Breeds for Your Flock
    Planning to keep chickens and wondering which breeds would be best for you? Use this guide to choosing chicken breeds to learn which are best for eggs, meat, showing, cold climates, warm climates, companionship, and a variety of other traits.
    - 16 Dec 15, 2:52pm -
  • How to Get Started Tracking Animals: 16 Tips & Resources
    These tips & resources will help you get started tracking wildlife by breaking a daunting task into manageable chunks & set you on the road to expertise. Includes reviews of my favorite tracking books.
    - 19 Nov 15, 10:46pm -
  • Autumn Olive Fruit Leather
    Simple autumn olive fruit leather is made from the delicious, nutritious berries of an invasive shrub. Transform a pest into a resource with this recipe.
    - 18 Sep 15, 9:33pm -
  • Save Money on Chicken Feed with Natural, Healthful Alternatives
    Save money on chicken feed, reduce dependence on industrial monocultures, make your chickens happier and their eggs healthier with these ideas. Give them access to good habitat, let help in the compost bins, feed them from the vegetable garden, grow…
    - 4 Sep 15, 9:11pm -

The Backyard Farming Connection

  • The final blog hop
    After quite a bit of reflection over the holidays and a whole list of New Years thoughts and commitments, I've decided that it is time to say a fond farewell to the weekly blog hop here at the Backyard Farming Connection.  Over the last two + years,…
    - 6 Jan 15, 8:00am -
  • Happy Holidays and a Wonderful New Years
    See you back here after the New Years for more blog hops and posts!  Have a safe and happy holiday!
    - 23 Dec 14, 1:10am -
  • The Backyard Farming Connection Hop #110
     This week's feature: from Grow, Pray, Build: 21 Everyday Uses for White Distilled VinegarI want to know what's happening, in your garden, on your homestead, in the barnyard, and in the kitchen.  Whatever is in your backyard farm and home, I would…
    - 16 Dec 14, 8:00am -