How to use Bar Soap

The humble bar of soap. Sometimes it seems like everyone has forgotten how to use bar soap. Since most people I know use liquid soap in tidy pump dispensers now. Yet bar soap is gentler, more economical, and does a better job of cleaning. Bar soap is truly a multi-purpose cleaner. In order to make […]... Read More
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How to use Cloth Produce Bags

Cloth produce bags are an old idea whose time has returned. They are simple and sanitary. You can keep a dozen on hand and they take up barely any space. Produce stays fresher and mold-free for longer. They can be used damp or dry, depending on what you are storing. They go in the fridge, […]... Read More

Money Secrets of the Amish

Money Secrets of the Amish, by Lorilee Craker is jam-packed with practical, down-to-earth wisdom from the Plain People. Probably most of us want to stop being slaves to money and start living the good life. The Amish have a reputation for living well on less, consequently, it might help to find out how they do it. A […]... Read More
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When Water Doesn’t Run

What do you do when water doesn’t run through the pipes? We’re getting lots of practice with that one right now. Most people on city water just turn on the faucet and are rewarded with a pressurized flow. Out in the country and on the road, however, things get a little bit different. At the […]... 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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Fermented Foods

Life in a 14 foot trailer can get very interesting. Especially when you’re trying to eat fresh, whole foods and your refrigerator will hold about enough for one day. Our fridge is about the size of a large cooler. Just try getting a gallon of raw milk, a half gallon of carrot juice, a quart of […]... Read More
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Heating With Wood

How nice it is to turn a knob and be warm.  How expensive!  How grateful we are to have finally installed a woodstove at the homestead.  Our first several years here were all about keeping the thermostat low and bundling up.  Admittedly, heating with wood can be a lot of work, especially when you cut […]... Read More