The 5 Gallon Bucket Book

This is quickly becoming my favorite go-to book for anything and everything that can be done with a 5 gallon bucket. Of course, I already was familiar with the composting toilet, the washing machine and the planters. This book contains more than 50 projects for around the homestead (and the home) that can be completed […]... Read More
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Stuffed Squash

With all the specials on winter squash right now, you can make really inexpensive, tasty dinners with ’em. They’re not just for jack ‘o lanterns anymore. You can use any kind of winter squash: butternut, acorn, pumpkin, try any of the hard squashes. Rinse off the rind, cut it; in the case of an acorn […]... Read More
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Off Grid Basic Maintenance

Today I have some maintenance chores to attend to, to keep the trailer off grid ready. Some of these basic maintenance items would apply to a stick built house as well.   Batteries –  I currently don’t have solar panels or a generator for the trailer. That means that my batteries need to be plugged […]... Read More
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Baking in the RV – Let’s Make Cookies!

One of the biggest drawbacks to baking in the rv is lack of counter space. There are several workarounds for this. Most rvs have flat covers for the range and the sink. If you’re using the oven, you’re not going to want to cover the range. I also tend to need the sink when I’m […]... Read More
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Baking in the RV – Safety Check

Even though it’s just the beginning of September, where we are presently, in Colorado, nights are getting down into the low 40’s. Nothing takes the chill off the house, or the rv, like baking a fresh batch of chocolate chip cookies, or whole grain bread. If you don’t use your rv very much, you may […]... Read More
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Keepin’ up with Fresh Foods

In my commitment to eating as many fresh veggies as possible, I have run into a snag. That is that many times I do not eat up the veggies before they begin to spoil. I have a compost bucket, but these veggies still cost money. Money that is very tight right now. So I want […]... Read More

Working and Homeschooling – The Value of Routines

Routine helps increase self discipline. In high school, I would get up, throw on my clothes and go run for a couple miles before getting ready for school. Fifteen years ago I moved out to the country to live a less stressful, richer life. I decided that I needed to get up and have prayer […]... Read More
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Working and Homeschooling – Self Discipline

Working and homeschooling is a tricky balance. A child intensive curriculum, one in which the child is responsible for his work and corrections is wonderful in theory, but doesn’t always work the way it is supposed to in practice. Some children just want to be doing something else. Anything else. So they need a certain […]... Read More
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Amish Medical Sharing

At the Amish Auction, there are many, well, Amish people. Dressed in Amish clothes, believe it  or not. As a modest dress fashionista – is that possible? I am fascinated with examining the Amish costume. I admire the talent these women possess, to sew clothes for their entire families.   Many are color coordinated, obviously sewn […]... Read More
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Amish Auction

One of the things I enjoy most in Southern Colorado, is going to the local Amish auctions. There are several during the summer months. They are actually consignment auctions, open to the entire community, like one big garage sale. You can bring your stuff and they will auction it off for a commission. A professional […]... Read More