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Common Sense Homesteading

  • Everything You Need to Know About the 18650 Battery
    What is a 18650? 18650s are in more and more electronics. This post will tell you everything you need to know about 18650 batteries. An 18650 is a lithium ion rechargeable battery. Their proper name is “18650 cell”. The 18650 cell has voltage of…
    - 5 days ago 10 Nov 18, 8:46pm -
  • Easy Cranberry Walnut Pie – Part Pie, Part Bar Cookie, All Tasty!
    I had a vision. When I started brainstorming about this post, I thought, “What would make a better Thanksgiving dessert than combining some of my favorite flavors into a cranberry walnut pie?” Alas, recipe attempt #1 was a complete bomb. It turne…
    - 5 days ago 10 Nov 18, 7:00pm -
  • The Doable Off-Grid Homestead – Homesteading on the Cheap
    The Doable Off-Grid Homestead by Stewart and Shannon Stonger gives the reader a taste of off grid life on a tight budget. When they say “off grid”, they mean it. They have no grid electricity, no well or conventional running water. They share the…
    - 5 days ago 10 Nov 18, 6:51pm -
  • Chocolate Chestnut Brownies – Gluten Free and No Refined Sugar
    This one bowl chocolate chestnut brownies recipe makes rich, cake-like gluten free brownies made with chestnuts or chestnut flour and sweetened with honey. Chestnuts start showing up in grocery stores around the holiday season, so I'm experimenting w…
    - 7 days ago 8 Nov 18, 3:39pm -
  • How to Make Hard Cider – You Won’t Believe How Easy it Can Be!
    Making homemade hard cider doesn't have to be complicated. With these easy recipes, you'll can enjoy the benefits of the brew from your own kitchen. Cider is naturally high in vitamin C and antioxidants, and is a great addition to any gathering. The…
    - 7 days ago 8 Nov 18, 2:00pm -

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 -