One of the benefits of Exploring A Simplified Life, In the New Old Fashioned Way. Is that you will feel better and become healthier. I mean if you’re out working in the garden, taking care of the farm animals, walking the Woods foraging for the Wild Foods, or cooking from scratch you’re going to be healthier. So let’s go over a Few Healthy Lifestyle Tips from Our Grandparents, Or at least mine. Continue reading →
Over the years I have watched a lot of people Live a Homestead lifestyle. They work all day at the 9 To 5 job come home and work the Homestead. The Funny thing is that the term Homestead Evokes an Image in most people’s minds of a Conestoga Wagon Pulled by an Ox or Horse team Filled to over flowing with a Family hanging on heading to the Promised Land.
Well that might have been a true image of the Homestead Or more accurately The Homesteaders of the 1800. But todays Homesteaders are everyday people like you and me. The Homestead you work can be your 1/12th acre lot in the suburbs. Continue reading →
Yes you read that right you can make Turkey in your crock pot. The most amazing way for me to make Turkey Breast is in my Crock Pot. I have to admit that I don’t enjoy eating Turkey Breast normally because it is often too dry. But when you prepare the Turkey Breast in your Crock Pot It will be Moist and delicious. You can make Dry Nasty Turkey Breast in the Crock Pot if you cook it too long. But if you follow procedure you will be rewarded with Moist Delicious Turkey Breast everyone will be bragging about. Continue reading →
I have heard it so many times “Ill Build and fire and cook dinner” Have you ever cooked over and open fire? I would guess that the consistency and simplicity of heat control of your modern Gas or Electric Stove has provide you with a false sense of confidence. I bet that if you asked 100 people on the street have you ever cooked on an open fire. 95 or better would say no. If you asked the Same 100 people do you think you can cook your dinner on an open fire 100 of them would say yes. To be honest I would bet that most of them would be able to eat something. But there is and art to cooking over an open fire. You can’t just turn the heat up and down with the flip of a knob. True campfire cooks know that you have to maintain and tend the fire, bank the coals know when it is cool enough so you can cook. That is right you just can’t build a roaring fire and stick your pan of hamburgers over the flames. You will have burnt outside and raw insides and ruined food and hungry bellies. Continue reading →
What if I told you that you can make simple delicious cheese at home with nothing other than a quart of yogurt or cottage cheese and a dish towel? The Best Part is you can make it to your own tastes. There are a few things you have to be sure of when you do this. First No Low Fat, No Fat, yogurt or cottage Cheese. You can’t make real cottage cheese or yogurt without fat. Whatever you make with Low Fat, No Fat cottage cheese or yogurt will not be cheese. Second you need to use Plain yogurt and cottage cheese. Third think of the flavors you want to enjoy in your cheese I like to put Pepper on my Cottage Cheese so a good Ground Black Pepper is one option, as is Good Salt, with some garlic and Chives. How about some Honey and dates or just use it to replace your cream cheese in ranch dressing. Continue reading →
The Concept of Slow Cooking has been with us throughout history. Pit Cooking has been around since man first understood that the earth under the fire Stayed Hot for longer than the fire burned. Probably the First time food was cooked in a pit happened next to the fire when food placed in a pot covered with a lid and was buried next to the hearth for safe keeping. Coming back for the food later the person discovered that the food had cooked when they were away and was ready to eat without more work. The advantage of pit cooking like slow cooking, Tough meat becoming tender and juicy, Continue reading →
I love recipes that let me take common foods and make wonderful dinners from them. It is even better if I can make them from my food storage and use leftovers Man talk about a bonus Times Ten in my book. I was raised on leftovers. Every day I had leftovers at some point, leftover cornbread and milk for breakfast, leftover Fried taters with my eggs for breakfast. One of my favorite leftover meals is Fried cornbread OMG!!!! My nanny served me that several times and when I finely asked where she learned it she couldn’t remember. In 1987 she had several strokes that left her memory somewhat vague. If you want to know how to make fried cornbread let me know I will share the recipe. So I guess I am somewhat of a specialist when it comes to leftovers. Especially since I still cook for the locust horde that I used to feed “I love you Robbie and Gerald” Jason eats like a bird. One of the hardest things to unlearn is how to cook smaller portions or meals. Now that it is just me and Jason sometimes I cook way to much most of the time. We have lots of leftovers. Several years ago I heard Dom DeLuise speak of Pasta Fagioli. He explained that it was beans with pasta. Continue reading →