We have talked about Tea Light Candles conveyance of having them as a backup light source. Cheap Small and easy to stash in ever drawer they are at hand all the time. But what if you need more light or just want to find a way to use other things to make Light. Or Gasp you didn’t buy any and now you’re scrounging around trying to find a way to make some form of Illumination.
Let’s take a Page from History. Oil or Fat Lamps have existed you might as well say forever. In their simplest forms they are a container with fat and a wick of some kind to draw the fat to the end of the wick where the flame Burns and produces light. Continue reading →
I stumbled over an amazing Slow Cooker Recipe the other day Slow Cooker Beef Ragu so after reading the recipe It sounded so good I wanted to try it. If you want to see the original recipe I will link it here Little Leopard Book Slow Cooker Ragu. Looking over the list of Ingredients it was clear that it was not to complicated. It didn’t require a lot of Ingredients but I knew I could make it easier and faster if I use homemade spaghetti sauce or a Good store brought one. I love the Classico Brand of Pasta Sauce. You can find it in any store. There are several Ingredient combinations, Roasted Garlic and Tomato, Green Pepper and Onion, Tomatoes and Mushrooms, 4 Cheese, and they are all Good. So lets Slow Cook. Continue reading →
Growing up in the 1970s like many children I had to help my family with the gardening. Picking rocks out of the dirt as dad ran the tiller, weeding, watering it seemed like it never ended. The only thing that never ended was my brother and I complaining that we wanted to go play. We had a large garden. My mother utilized it for all the fresh vegetables we would eat that summer. And large amounts of green beans, tomatoes were canned and potatoes stored. That garden put so many sweet pickle or as my mom called them bread and butter pickles in the cellar that it was several years after we moved before I opened the last jar. Continue reading →
Tring to be frugal today I started working with the tomatoes seed starts I had planted. The Burpee Hybrids I planted are doing amazing they are up and out with only a few slow starts. The Organic seeds from Home Farmer aren’t doing so well out of 37 Starts I have 2 Brandy Wine and 1 Cherokee Purple. To say that I am not impressed is an understatement. The Brandy Wine seeds didn’t germinate I have dissected 3 of the peat moss growing media all with the same results. The coating the seeds had on them didn’t dissolve it just became gooey and the seeds never germinated. I am hoping that this is not the case with other organic seeds. I am going to go back to my local Walmart and try Burpee Organic Tomato’s Seeds and see if I have the same issue. Problem is, now I am almost 2 weeks behind with organic tomatoes. So I have a plan. Continue reading →
Vitamins are a needed item in today’s world. With the ever lowering vitamin and mineral content in the vegetables you buy in the store. To the inability for the plants to liberate the vitamins and minerals from the soil. Nutrient deficiencies are becoming more and more common every day. And without a little detective work or a trip to the doctor you will not know that you are vitamin deficient. Continue reading →
Today is the First official Day of Spring and the Vernal Equinox according to the almanac it happens at 6:45 pm EST when the sun crosses over the celestial equator. If you are a weather man spring started March 1st. For me spring started when I opened the door the other evening and heard the Tree Frogs Peeping. About that same time I noticed that the Trees were just starting get the red Buds. The red buds are a sure sign of days getting longer. And within a few days the Red Buds Burst and what was just a hint of red is now very noticeable. Soon there will be small leaves. There is the old timers saying I heard my Grandpa say every year. Got to get the potatoes into the ground by Saint Patrick’s Day. But the Old Indian Wisdom says Plant the potato when the buds on the trees are the size of a squirrel’s ear. Well that would be about now. The Indians cultivated a lot of crops and use the signs of the season to do it by. Continue reading →
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 →
Yesterday’s Trip to Walmart let me get more seeds for my Garden. It is and exciting time of the year for people who like to garden. The seed catalogs have been in for a while. My Nanny used to call two types of catalogs Wish Books. The First was the Spring Gardening Seed Catalogs, and the Second was the Sears Christmas Catalog. Both were sent out early enough so that you can set and plan and dream of the new plants or toys. And you always wished that your garden plants or toys turned out as well. As I look back and think about that I have to admit that there is a lot of Wisdom in that observation. “We all miss you Nanny” Continue reading →