Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Emergency Preparedness - How To Get Started

All of us should be prepared for disasters whether natural or man made and it doesn't have to be overwhelming. Follow in our emergency preparedness series - How to get started.

Do not let the feeling that this prepping or being ready is too much so you will just keep putting it off. I already cover why you need to start NOW. When you begin to gather emergency supplies and start a plan for emergencies, you will discover it gives you a sense of peace and in my case is a little bit addicting. I love working on my deep pantry food storage and getting items that we need checked off of our list.

prepper, prepping, storing water

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Simple Saturdays Blog


   

Welcome to Simple Saturdays Blog Hop!


This blog hop is brought to you by a group of wonderful co-hosts committed to the Simple way of Life and learning to be Self Reliant.  Simple Saturdays Blog Hop is a way for each of us to share the various ways we are learning to be more Self Reliant in our homes and on our land. This is all about building community, learning new skills and growing more self-sufficient!

Please join us, submit YOUR Self-Reliant post (maybe even 2 or 3), browse around, visit a site or two and learn some new Simple tips or Self Reliant How'To's!

 

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Anything and everything related to a more Simple way of life OR Self Reliance....
Homesteading, Prepping, Gardening, Cooking/recipes/food, Livestock of all varieties, Off-grid, Natural Living, Wellness/wholeness and Healthcare, Herbal, DIY & MYO!

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

My Personal Gardening Library

I have been an avid gardener my entire adult life. Before the Internet I kept a few books I constantly referenced as my personal gardening library, the best gardening books worth keeping.

Of course gardening in Southern California, our conditions are different than many other areas and in the last few years our weather is changing even more. I can remember frosts that would come in December and kill off my tomato vines but I cannot remember the last year that that occurred. We are definitely hotter here and more humid.

Back before the Internet often my book of choice at night or for vacation was a gardening book. I have given many away, saved a few but these are some, old and new that are worth sharing.

southern California garden



Hardbound:

Sunset Western Garden Guide  - I think this is the book I referred to the most over the almost 30 years gardening. It is the best southern California or southwest gardening book I have had. So dogeared that my husband bought me a new fresh copy a couple of years ago.

Encyclopedia of Country Living - Not only about gardening, but a valuable all in one resource.

English Country Gardens  - Rosemary Verey, the authority on English gardens. Such a beautiful book and actually a good read.

In The Garden - A very old journal of gardening tips I picked up at a library sale. No longer in print from what I can tell.

On My Kindle:

Gardening Without Work  -  By Ruth Stout, a real organic gardening icon.  Here methods of using deep mulch methods is amazing and as well perfect for areas suffering from drought. I also have her biography on my Kindle as she is a real hoot.

Ruth Stout


Mini-Farming  - Raising all you can on a 1/4 acre peaked my interest and this is my newest book I downloaded onto my Kindle. I try and grow as much as I can using intensive gardening methods so this book peaked my interest.

I am sure there have been others I do not remember as I have been gardening for almost three decades. Wow that makes me feel a bit old saying that but it pays to do a little research because it can save you money in the long run on what and where and how to plant for your area and for the seasons.

How about you? Please share any really good gardening books you feel are worth collecting.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Emergency Preparedness Series - Why You Should Start Now

I have had on my mind for my own family and to share on the blog, a renewed emergency preparedness series and why you should start now. It can feel overwhelming to hear the term "emergency preparedness" so I want to break it down into easy to follow steps. Some of the preps we have already done but also work we will share as we work along and do more prepping for what we hope will never happen but if it does, knowing we are prepared.

why you should start preparing for emergencies

My husband and I have been working on actually listing and plugging away at our emergency kits and supplies for a few years but this last weeks events with four major earthquakes has made me glad we have been moving forward with our preparations. I live in earthquake territory and the threat is very real. But we should all be preparing for the emergencies that happen every day all over the world. For you it may be hurricanes, blizzards, tornadoes. What happens if you can't get home or the roads near you are blocked or impassible. None of us knows when a disaster either man made or natural be occur in our area. This is why you must get started now and move to emergency preparedness planning.

In our series I will cover what you should do first.

-What food we are storing.

-How we store water.

-How to prepare for power outages.

-How to prepare your property.

-First Aid must haves.

-Having a family emergency plan

I am sure the list will grow as we move through our plans and share with you. We as always have to do our emergency preps on a budget but as we have been able to check items off our list, we have felt a real sense of peace of mind as one more thing gets checked off our list. It may seem daunting as you begin but each step, each item you store or prepare is one step closer to surviving and thriving as best as possible if the worst should occur.


Saturday, April 16, 2016

Simple Saturdays Blog Link Party - 4/16


   

Welcome to Simple Saturdays Blog Hop!


This blog hop is brought to you by a group of wonderful co-hosts committed to the Simple way of Life and learning to be Self Reliant.  Simple Saturdays Blog Hop is a way for each of us to share the various ways we are learning to be more Self Reliant in our homes and on our land. This is all about building community, learning new skills and growing more self-sufficient!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Creamy Crock Pot Potato Sausage Casserole

My family loves this simple but hearty creamy crock pot potato sausage casserole. Great for brunch or a pot luck dish you won't want to admit is so easy to throw together in a snap. If you keep the sausage and hash browns in the freezer, you have a hearty meal at the ready.

easy dinner, slow cooker, sausage, hash browns

Monday, April 11, 2016

Saving Money Doing Laundry

With a large family, I do a lot of laundry, I mean a LOT OF LAUNDRY. Saving money doing laundry is important and a skill I have worked at over the years. I am happy to share my money saving laundry tips.

From the cost of laundry detergent to the rising costs of utilities used to wash our laundry, it can be costly to keep our clothes clean. I will break down my steps to save money while I wash our clothes.

frugal, laundry, washing clothes


Saving Money Doing Laundry

Save on detergent:

1. Make your own laundry soap. Low cost, easy and easier on sensitive skin.

2. Use less. You can use about half and your clothes will come clean. Unless a load is really soiled, try using as little as you can to get your clothes clean. Think about it. According to the laundry container of course you have to use a certain amount so you have to buy more.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Simple Saturdays Blog Link Party


   

Welcome to Simple Saturdays Blog Hop!


This blog hop is brought to you by a group of wonderful co-hosts committed to the Simple way of Life and learning to be Self Reliant.  Simple Saturdays Blog Hop is a way for each of us to share the various ways we are learning to be more Self Reliant in our homes and on our land. This is all about building community, learning new skills and growing more self-sufficient!

Friday, April 8, 2016

Frugal Friday Flashback - Saving Money And Time Freezer Cooking

I have been dusting off very slowly all my old posts starting from the beginning (six years ago). One I worked on this week is worth sharing again for saving money and time freezer cooking. The cook once eat twice or three or four times adage, is really a time saver and money saver.

freezer meals, lasagna

Say you put a pork roast you found on sale (buy lots at that time) into the crock pot for shredded pork sandwiches, put two or three times what your family will eat. Remove the extra meat before you add sauce or whatever and freeze that in batches for tacos, enchiladas, soups etc. Be the money saving mom expert with freezer cooking. For us it is a way of life to save money with freezer meals.

Go ahead and check out the brushed up post where I added some of my favorite freezer meal recipes.

Do you have a favorite meal for freezing? Let us know in the comments.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

RV Storage Organization Hacks

When camping, whether in a motor home or trailer, RV storage hacks are a must for organized camping. You cannot enjoy camping if you can't find your camping gear or are tripping over all or your supplies.

plastic bag holder