I know that it is early it’s January. But it is a good time to get out a notebook and start thinking of what you want to plant this gardening season. Soon it will be time to start your cold weather crops like onions, lettuce, peas, beets, the list goes on and on. If you plan ahead you should be seeing your garlic start to poke its head up in a few weeks. It won’t be long until the days go from cold to cool and mild. Young plants will start to show in stores for the gardeners that don’t like to start their own pants. Seed packets are already loaded on pallets and might be making and appearance in your local mega-mart already. So what plans do you have this year. Do you have one? Continue reading →
Roman politicians passed laws in 140 B.C. to keep the votes of poorer citizens, by introducing a grain dole: giving out cheap food and entertainment, Bread and Circuses, became the most effective way to rise to power.
As most of you know I work in and auto parts store as a second job. I have learned many things working there. One simple question that I have is, “why doesn’t someone build a quality car any longer?” In the 1970’s and 80’s when I grew up I believe the automotive industry reached a panicle of component quality. Over all, the parts that made up the car or truck you drove, were made of the best things, for the type of vehicle that it was. Continue reading →
Today we speak of the mason jar. Who among us hasn’t seen used a mason jar you can even get spaghetti sauce from the local mega mart in Mason jars. According to Wikipidia and I quote “The Mason jar was invented and patented in 1858 by Philadelphia tinsmith John Landis Mason (1832–1902). Among other common names for them are Ball jars, after Ball Corporation, an early and prolific manufacturer of the jars; fruit jars for a common content; and simply glass canning jars reflecting their material.” Continue reading →
The five gallon bucket and its little brother the two gallon bucket. They hold hands on bulk storage of foods. Some people will use the five gallon bucket to store large quantities of grains and beans. I like to use them to store meals. Unless you are trying to feed a small army. I can’t imagine ever needing to store beans and rice in bulk quantities like that. Some things can be grown and a pound bag of pinto beans will plant a lot of beans! The plants that grow from that many beans, will make more beans than you can store. So I use my five gallon buckets to provide a second layer of protection to things like meals in Mylar bags. This also lets you grab a bucket and run out with a large amount of prepared meals instead of fifty pounds of rice.
So what makes a Tiny House? I would believe that it is different for everyone. To a lot of people my house is a tiny house. 4 rooms a bathroom and a kitchen quick guesstament is 972 square feet. That is just me setting here and guessing from past projects I have done. Continue reading →
Where and How to Store Your Long Term Food Storage
Food storage is a big topic. Lots of people talk about what to store, how much to store, how long things store for. What about, where in the heck are we going to put it? I have yet to meet a home maker that has enough kitchen cabinets. Even the normal house with the nicest kitchen, always seems to run out of space. You have to have a place for all your “every day” food, then there is the mixers, the bread maker, popcorn popper, coffee maker, and on and on. Just storing your cooking utensils, plates, dishes, cups, and glasses, takes up so much room and we haven’t even started on the pots and pans yet. Continue reading →
Folks, I reported on the fact that OPEC was over producing oil to destroy the ability for the American frackers to produce oil, because it would be uneconomical to do so, at the price oil is selling for now. The price of oil needs to be above $50-$60 dollars a barrel, or the companies that are fracking the oil shale can’t make profit at the lower prices. Continue reading →
Its cold the temperature is struggling to get above 10 degrees and the wind is blowing, who knows what the wind chill is. You left the house this morning lucky you stopped on the steps and went back for a heavy coat. Your normal light sweater although warm would be no match for today if exposed to old man winter. Of you go, to run your errands. Doctor appointment, and get some groceries. As you come out of the Doctors office you rush to the car happy you remembered the heavy coat it has gotten colder with the wind. Thank goodness the sun is out. Continue reading →