Winter Storm on the Homestead!

Surprise! Our predicted “light dusting” of snow turned out to be a full-blown winter storm! We got about 8″ of snow! Wow! Definitely not the norm for us here in Northwest Georgia.

There is always a lesson to be learned from surprises like this! For example, I couldn’t believe how many posts I was seeing on Facebook from people who hadn’t filled their propane tanks yet! C’mon people, it’s December! If you plan on relying on propane for heat, don’t wait until you’re in the middle of a winter storm to try to fill your propane tank! And then, these people had the nerve to be outraged that the propane companies wouldn’t come out during the storm! Why on earth would you allow your tanks to get that low?

Surprise winter storm on the homestead-Goose Creek
Surprise winter storm on the homestead-Goose Creek Homestead

What should you have on hand to be prepared for a winter storm?

  1. Have a minimum 2 weeks supply of an alternate heat source. If your electricity goes out during a winter storm, you need to be prepared to heat your home with an alternate heat source. We never let our propane tank get below 20%. That will heat our tiny home for more than a month.
  2. An alternate cooking method is essential. This could be a wood stove, or a propane stove/grill. We have camp stoves with plenty of fuel, as well as charcoal. Do not rely on your electric stove for cooking during a winter storm! The weight of snow and ice on the power lines makes it likely that your power will go out for an unknown amount of time.
  3. Battery powered radios are also essential for keeping up with news and weather alerts when your tv and internet go out during a winter storm.
  4. You should have on hand a minimum supply of food to last you and your animals two weeks. Don’t be one of those people that have to run out during a winter storm because they don’t have enough hay, or dog food, or milk, or whatever other essential item, to get through the storm! Not only do you put yourself at risk, you put the first responders that come to help you at risk! Check out this article for ideas on how to plan your food storage.
  5. Some other items to consider are paper plates and cups. You may need to conserve water if your power goes out.
  6. Always keep a two week supply of essential medications on hand.
  7. Don’t forget about sanitation items like toilet paper, wet wipes, cat litter, soap, bedding for your animals, etcetera…

What else can you think of that you might need to have on hand to get through a winter storm? Think about what your family uses on a daily basis. What couldn’t  you get by without? Make a list and have your supplies on hand before the next winter storm hits!

Instant Pot: Is it worth the hype?

There have been so many people talking about the Instant Pot lately! I finally had to get one for myself, just to see if it was worth all the hype! I have to say, I love it! It is a workhorse in the kitchen! There are so many things you can do with it, and it saves so much time!

If you haven’t heard about the Instant Pot, check it out here!

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A Common Sense Approach to Food Storage

Food Storage
Food storage is essential for preparedness and self-sufficiency.

When I first became interested in prepping and homesteading, I read everything I could find on the subject of food storage. There is so much information out there on this subject. I became overwhelmed before I even got started. I am not a big fan of the food storage lists you see all over the internet because every family’s needs and situation are so different. Over time, I have developed a common sense approach to food storage that makes sense for our family.

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Welcoming Baby Chicks to the Homestead

Oh my Goodness, ya’ll! Look what we got in the mail! There’s nothing more exciting than welcoming baby chicks to the homestead! I am just in love! We were so pleased and very pleasantly surprised at how well these baby chicks did after two days in the mail. They are perfect! Every one of them is happy, healthy and adorable! We highly recommend McMurray Hatchery if you are considering ordering chicks through the mail. This was our first time ordering chicks through the mail and I would do it again in a second. Continue reading to learn what breeds we got and how we are caring for them.

Welcoming Baby Chicks to the Homestead
We are welcoming baby chicks to the homestead from McMurray Hatchery! This is the box they were shipped in. They are crowded together like this to keep them warm during shipping.

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Should You Prepare for World War III???

Should you prepare for World War III?  That seems to be the big question of the moment for those who keep an eye on what’s going on around the world. The possibility is looking more and more likely with each passing day.

Tensions are rising all over the world. In fact, tensions in our own country are on the rise as well, mostly due to political differences. Economies are crashing. Terrorism is at an all time high, and getting worse every day. Racial hate crimes are a common occurrence in many cities. Christians are being persecuted all over the world. Violence in general has become commonplace and almost goes unnoticed. While the threat of nuclear world war may be too terrifying to even contemplate, there are many threats that are already occurring daily.

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Perfect Deviled Eggs for Easter

This is a really fun way to jazz up your Deviled Eggs for Easter. My daughter and I had so much fun making these! You won’t believe how easy they are to make. Read on to learn how to make the perfect hard boiled egg, and then turn into these pretty Perfect Deviled Eggs for Easter dinner….

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Farmhouse Quiche: A Delicious Way to Use Up Extra Eggs

My Farmhouse Quiche is perfect for breakfast, lunch or brunch! It has a salty, smokiness, from the bacon and a savory, sweetness from the caramelized onions. The cheddar cheese and whipping cream give it a creamy, cheesy, fluffy decadence that everyone in the family will love! And, it’s a great way to use up some of those extra eggs, too!

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Hearty Crock Pot Beef Stew with Root Vegetables

There’s nothing like coming home from work to a house that smells like heaven from a Crock Pot full of my Hearty Crock Pot Beef Stew with Root Vegetables that has been simmering away all day! This stew is hearty and savory, with just a little sweetness from the sweet potatoes and squash. It’s one of my favorite Crock Pot recipes. I hope you enjoy it!

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Plant Profile: Thyme, an Essential Culinary and Medicinal Herb

Thyme is very useful for both culinary and medicinal purposes.

Thyme is an essential culinary and medicinal herb in my household. There are many different varieties including lemon thyme as well as dwarf and creeping varieties.

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Protect Your Chickens From Bird Flu

Protect your chickens from bird flu - Goose Creek Homestead

Avian influenza, or bird flu, has been in news a lot lately. Sadly, chickens that contract this disease will die. Avian influenza spreads very quickly. Wild birds coming  into contact with domestic birds is one way the disease is spreading. Extremely tight biosecurity is critical to keeping a flock alive.

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