Homemade Cream of Mushroom/Chicken/Celery Soup

With the prices going up on groceries, cans of cream of mushroom [or chicken, celery, etc], are flying off the shelves at two and sometimes three times the price you'd pay for them only 6 months ago. It's a tragedy. Many comfort-food recipes may call for up to 4 cans of the stuff, and if... Continue Reading →

Dehydrated Lemon-Pepper Zucchini Chips

I'm not new to dehydrating. But I am new to this new commercial dehydrator we recently purchased. I am used to using really old, round, vertically stacked dehydrators without the ability to control the temperature. I had to constantly watch it to make sure the contents on the bottom rack didn't burn, rotating the trays... Continue Reading →

The Natural Order of Things

"A little dirt never hurt anybody." We heard that often while growing up. We were raised outdoors, although we always had a roof over our heads. We were encouraged by our parents to "play outside." We had no television, phones were permanently attached to the wall with a long cord and cell phones and internet... Continue Reading →

Pressure Canning Corned Beef

Corned Beef is a staple around our household. The prices have gone up and up in recent years, but they still go on sale around St Patrick's Day every year. This year we took a "quick run" to the grocery store the weekend before, just to grab a few things. (Yeah, right!) We were not... Continue Reading →

Delectable Beef Stroganoff

I haven't met anyone yet, who doesn't like beef stroganoff. Because of the rich creamy base, I always thought it was exclusively a French classic, but the name "stroganoff" didn't sound French. I was curious about the history of this dish and found a well-written, concise article about stroganoff's history. You can find the article... Continue Reading →

How to Keep Your Farm Fresh Eggs Fresh (without refrigeration)

Did you know that the USA is one of the only countries that refrigerate their eggs? We are the ONLY ones that refrigerate 100% of commercial egg sales. Most of the world does not refrigerate their eggs: they just sell them on ordinary shelves or at roadside stands out in the open. Australia was the... Continue Reading →

Nothin’ Like Country Neighbors!

There's nothing like friendly neighbors...and nothing like nasty neighbors! We've dealt with both over the years. However, as we've grown and matured and gained experience in life, we've discovered that living purposefully and humbly reaching out to our neighbors and even offering help in humility, can make all the difference in the world! It's called... Continue Reading →

Journey to Going Green – Part 1

It's been a dream in the making for several years, this "going green" thing.  Not because of the "global warming" hype you hear in the media.  Not because of the tree-hugging advocates and lobbyists.  It simply boiled down to our need to live a much simpler lifestyle, reduce our daily stress and save money in... Continue Reading →

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